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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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“The King’s Sons” releases TOMORROW!

thekingssons3-1Tomorrow, the Herezoth trilogy is full and complete. Book III releases, and Book I (The Crimson League) will be FREE for everyone to download.

The King’s Sons focuses largely on the second generation of sorcerers and the second generation of the royal family. Sorceress Kora Porteg–who fights to save Herezoth in The Crimson League— must return there, and she’s joined against her will by three of her children. The oldest of them, her daughter Kansten, has no magical talents. What kind of problems arise from that?

How would you feel if you, alone in your family, hadn’t the power to cast incantations? Pretty worthless, maybe?

Kansten’s brothers sent her a sympathetic smile when she joined them in the parlor. She asked about Jane Trand, and they told her she’d gone back to her office at Vane’s school, to fetch some spellbooks for them to study, so they could be better prepared for any battle.

“Uncle Zac sent you away too?” asked Walten. “Infuriating, isn’t it?”

Her knees wobbly, Kansten took a seat on the floor, against the wall. Her brothers joined her, looking concerned, and while Wilhem tapped his foot on the rug she whispered, “I wonder what Mom’s telling them, that she’d send me away like that. I’m frightened, getting more and more frightened each minute. I’ve never seen Mother’s face look the way it did when she sent me for the king.”

Wilhem reminded her, “You did ask for the job.”

“Of course I did. Magic or no magic, I’ll make myself useful. I won’t sit here twiddling my thumbs.”

Walten told her, “You’re not useless, Kansten. You’re not some kind of failure because you can’t do magic. No one thinks you’re weak, you just….”

His sister shoved him. “You do! Both of you! You think I’m too blasted weak to stand the sight of your cursed sorcery. Well, you can work magic around me. I don’t need you to protect me from my defect. What do you think I’ll do if I see you cast a spell, start crying? Throw things at you?”

Walten stroked his thin beard, looking embarrassed. Still tapping his foot, smooth-faced Wilhem tried to talk, but the sounds he made weren’t quite words. Kansten shot, “I’m as much Mom’s child as either one of you. I’m just as proud to be her child as you are, and I’m older than you both. Sure, I’m jealous of your magic. Sure, I wish I was a sorceress. That doesn’t mean I resent you, all right? It’s not your fault I’m a bloody disappointment. I don’t grudge that you have magic, but if you keep walking on eggshells around me like you think I’ll crack if I hear you mention a spell, I’ll resent you all right. I’ll grow to hate you. Stop treating me like a baby!”

Please spread the word to your reader friends who enjoy a good fantasy story. Now that the trilogy’s complete, there’s no waiting to know how everything ends: that’s always agony, I know. For sure. (Harry Potter, anyone?)

And the first book is available at no cost for a limited time (Friday and Saturday), so you can travel to Herezoth risk free and see how it suits you.


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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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Third time’s the charm! New Ebook Covers (again)

Introducing the third and FINAL ebook covers for my first two Herezoth books. I am in LOVE with them!!! Much, much, and eternal thanks to designer Brad Covey.

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Brad’s a graphic designer as well as a fellow writer. I’ve really enjoyed connecting with him over social media and our blogs. I highly recommend him for cover design to anyone.

http://designer.bradcovey.com/
https://twitter.com/bradcovey
https://www.facebook.com/bradcoveyofficial


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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!