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Reviewers compare “The Crimson League” to “The Hunger Games.”

thecrimsonleagueI am so excited by the way reviews are comparing the first novel of my trilogy (free today for everyone who wants to read) to Suzanne Collins and “The Hunger Games.”

I have to admit, I haven’t yet read THG, but I can’t wait to do so. The dystopian theme is intriguing to me, and I assume it will have a lot of depth. In addition, I have heard nothing but praise for Collins and her writing chops (as opposed to other very popular series of the moment and recent past involving sparkling creatures of the night.)

Here’s the most recent comparison:

“I just finished The Crimson League and am about to start the next in the series. Victoria has a unique flair for writing and keeping the reader interested. Most importantly to me, her characters are well described and easy to follow through all the twists and turns that transpire throughout the story. If you’re a fan of magic and an era like The Hunger Games, you’ll enjoy this novel to the fullest.”

And here is an older one:

“This was an excellent book. If I were to compare I would say it is close to Hunger Games. It is a different world one that has magical humans and nonmagical humans against each other. There is a man who has taken over the kingdom who is torturing people and a group called the Crimson League that has decided to rise up against him in order to restore order to the kingdom and place the rightful King in his place. The characters are amazing and really tug at your heart strings. The book didn’t end the way I wanted it to but I loved for that. All in All I would recommend this book to anyone.”
If you know someone who enjoyed “The Hunger Games,” would you mind letting the know that “The Crimson League” is free May 31 and June 1?
While it’s the first book in a trilogy, it’s a finished, complete story to itself, and the sequels–both of them–are now available for those who enjoy their journey to Herezoth. When you can travel to a land of sword of sorcery risk free, what’s to lose?


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W. Stuart’s 4.5 review of “The Crimson League”: perhaps my favorite yet!

thecrimsonleagueW. Stuart’s new 4.5 star review of “The Crimson League” might be my favorite of any I’ve yet read. I’m so excited about it I had to share. Here’s what the reviewer posted on amazon.com:

“The Crimson League opens in a rather grim world where a sorcerer has killed the members of the ruling family and taken control. He uses his magic to exact revenge on the population for opposing magic and those who wield it. The citizens, taxed to poverty, begin to rebel with the aid of The Crimson League. Kora, the main protagonist, discovers she is The Marked One during a journey to a village to trade on the black market. Rescued from capture – or worse – by members of The Crimson League from soldiers of the sorcerer King, Kora joins the resistance movement.

The book follows Kora’s adventures as she grows into her own power as a sorceress and details the lives and relationships that affect her and her world’s very existence. Interspersed throughout are surprises and twists that will keep the reader wondering what will happen next. As usual, I will not give away the story or be a spoiler, but I really enjoyed this one. It is a bit long, especially as the first book of a series, but well worth it.

The writing, plot, and character development were topnotch. I loved the way Victoria Grefer created a world that I could relate to and yet still wondered if such a place could truly exist. She also wove some contemporary vocabulary into the story, which further allowed me to connect with the story.

I really liked this book and I like the way Victoria Grefer set up the second book of the series in the epilogue. Again, I won’t give it away, but read this one!! Well Done Victoria Grefer!!

My rating: 4.5 Stars!!!”


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March 25, 2013: CRIMSON LEAGUE new 5 star review

thecrimsonleagueJust when I’m starting to doubt myself, I get a five star review like this one that just fills me with the warm fuzzies. I just love so much to think some of the people who give my writing a shot really enjoy the experience of the characters and their adventures. Shelly Hammond on goodreads.com had this to say today about “The Crimson League”:

When deciding to read this book, I chose it completely at random out of a selection of Kindle books I’d been collecting over the past few months and adding to my “to-read” list. Within the first chapter or two, I began to see realize that perhaps this random choice was a very good one. By the fourth chapter, I was thrilled! I really enjoyed this book more than I could have imagined!

The author created an entire world rich with its own landscapes, characters, and histories. This tale comes to life with each and every chapter and takes you, the reader, on a journey that unfolds in time with the characters. It feels like you are taking each step with them, maybe like you are watching them as if the tale is a movie unfolding as you go in perfect unison? The twists and turns will get you each time and right when you think you know what’s going on something will happen (sometimes so suddenly you r mouth will almost literally hit the floor) to make you have to rethink what you were thinking in the first place!
All in all, I really enjoyed this book so much more than I had imagined I would when I first downloaded it. I am really looking forward to the next one (and the one after that as well). I would really recommend this book!

I thought the review sounded familiar, and it turns out that Shelly posted it on amazon.com back in December. But it still was really great to revisit it, so I thought I’d share here. It warms my heart to hear of someone connecting with Kora and her plights that way…. Makes me glad to think the book is on sale for 99 cents, to maybe give more people an incentive to travel to Herezoth 🙂


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2 new five star reviews for “The Crimson League”

thecrimsonleagueExciting News: The Crimson League has 2 more five star reviews!

Mitch Rock writes:

“Really neat story showing an underground group’s efforts to fight the overbearing evil wizard leader. Interesting character development. Lots of neat twists in the story.”
Krista Kimbrell writes:

“Great book. A unexpected read. Will be reading the next book in the series. Grefer creates a believable world that we all step into.”

It’s always so wonderful to hear people are enjoying the Herezoth trilogy! If you haven’t discovered it yet, the first book, “The Crimson League” is currently on sale for 99 cents. So don’t miss out!


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“Storytime Thursday” Magic Council Review

I’m honored that Megan Broutian of meganblogs.com added “The Magic Council” to her review list! Her review went live today, and I was so excited to read what she had to say! Here’s my favorite part, though you can read the whole thing here:

This story just keeps getting better, folks. I don’t know that you can read this book as a standalone novel but why would you? In this installment, Grefer brings back the expertly crafted characters and weaves new situations for them to untangle. If you loved The Crimson League like I did, you must read this sequel… if for nothing else than at least for the “closure” scene between Rexson and Kora where he actually admits something about his love for her that  frankly I never did see coming. Juicy stuff! Well done, Victoria.

“The Magic Council” is the sequel to “The Crimson League,” which happens to be FREE for download from amazon.com February 14 and 15, 2013. If you haven’t yet discovered Herezoth, now’s your chance!


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“The Crimson League” Jewell Hicks 5 Star Review

Excited to announce that “The Crimson League” just got got another 5 star review on amazon.com! This raises the average star rating to 4.5. If you like magic, says Jewell Hicks, you should snag yourself this story:

“An amazing book. I love magic and this one is full of it. The characters are a little hard to keep up with, not the main ones but the ones supporting the main one but all in all I am so glad I got it and read it. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys magic.”

Check out all the reviews of “The Crimson League” on amazon at HERE!


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New Five Star Review: THE CRIMSON LEAGUE

The latest review on amazon, five stars, literally made me cry. Here it is, by Michael K. Eidson (permalink HERE)

I’m a sucker for fantasy novels with sorcerers and sorceresses as POV characters. In The Crimson League, the POV character is the sorceress Kora, but because of magic we are made privy to what is happening with other characters, including some that are miles away from Kora, without losing Kora as the POV character. This is genius on the part of the author.

When I read how magic works in the world of this novel, I wondered if the author would be able to pull it off in a manner that would allow for the continued suspension of disbelief. Those who practice magic can cast spells as quickly as they can speak the words, if they are able to focus properly. Spouting off three spells in immediate succession, within a matter of seconds, is possible in this world. That makes for quite a different story from one in which spells require rituals or material components or at least a minute or two of focusing, gesturing, and chanting. It’s not easy to interrupt the casting of a spell. All you can do to defend yourself is put up a shield in the split second before the spell effect strikes you. So you can imagine that conflicts involving magic are deadly, and the author does not hold back in this regard. Characters that I cared about were slain, some within view of the POV character and others not, and so the reader is made privy to the details of some of these deaths and not others.

Another reviewer didn’t like the character of Menikas. I did. Menikas always tried to do what was right, and not just for himself. He saved Kora’s life, but she didn’t appreciate it and refused to make peace with him. I’m confident that if I had been in the same situation, I’d have done the same thing Menikas did. Because of the way magic worked in the world, with it being so easy to fire off a spell with but a word, and in a situation where Kora would have been outmatched by enemies who had magic, she would more than likely have been killed if she had tried to do what she wanted, which Menikas stopped her from doing. She blamed him for what happened after that to some of her friends, but realistically if she had intervened when she wanted she would have been unable to prevent the outcome anyway.

The situation with Menikas, a “good” character who acted in a manner he thought honorable and which another “good” character thought was deplorable, is just one example of the complex natures of the characters in this novel. Even the antagonist in this novel has some redeemable qualities, including the ability to love someone other than himself.

Another reviewer said they were able to put the book down, and so only rated it 4 stars. Well, I never have time to read a book of this length through from beginning to end without putting it down multiple times, so I appreciated the breaks where I could put the book down. But I must also add that I could not put the book down once I had read 70% of it. I had to finish it then, and stayed up way too late, until the wee hours of the next morning, so I could finish without putting it down. I wanted to put it down and get some sleep, but I always found myself starting the next chapter just to see how things were going, and then I had to finish the chapter.

This is not epic, save-the-world fantasy fiction, and it’s not urban fantasy, but it has elements of both. There’s a touch of romance, some underground crawls and above-ground treks and a lot of hiding out in cities, an ample supply of adventure and misadventure, sword and sorcery conflicts, trolls, and complex characters. It’s my kind of fantasy tale.

So, yes, I loved the book. I’ll be reading the other books in the trilogy. I was able to obtain this book as a free download, but I’ll pay for the next two, because I want to support this author. I’ll publish some of my own fantasy novels some day, and hope they are on par with The Crimson League.