Fire in the Dawn – Entered in 2017 ATAI Book Award Contest

4 Stars

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Justin Fike

Fire in the Dawn is the first book in Justin Fike’s fantasy trilogy, The Twin Skies. As the story begins, Kyren is a prince in disguise, pretending to be a peasant to protect himself after the downfall of his entire family. Then, something terrible happens that forces Kyren out of hiding and into action. Kyren must rediscover who he is and unite his people to save them all from a most tragic demise.

Perhaps the biggest downfall (if you could even call it a downfall) of Fire in the Dawn is its complexity. Even with the helpful glossary of terms in the beginning of the book, it can be difficult to follow along with this fantasy world and its rich lore. While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as fantasy novels should be this intricate and detailed, readers should be warned that this isn’t exactly an easy read. It requires a lot of attention and care to detail, much like what was obviously needed to write a great story like this in the first place.

What sets Fire in the Dawn apart from other fantasy novels, though, is Justin Fike’s excellent writing. Fike has managed to create a world and characters that are exotic and fascinating, while still maintaining a level of believability that most fantasy authors can only hope of achieving. Fire in the Dawn is an exciting, creative, fascinating beginning to a fantasy series that is likely to be reminiscent of literary greats like A Song of Ice and Fire and The Lord of the Rings. From Fire in the Dawn alone, it’s overwhelmingly clear that there’s an abundance of promise and potential for The Twin Skies trilogy – promise and potential that Justin Fike certainly has as a fantasy writer.

Originally critiqued by a member of the Authors Talk About It team.

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Living in a Parallel Universe

MT McGuire has geared her books for ages 9 to 90! 🙂 She wanted to step beyond the normal perception when she wrote her books. Therefore, when you step into her K’Barthan series you get to step into a parallel universe!

Such a fun conversation with MT.  You just need to listen in.

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The Pan of Hamgee isn’t paranoid. There must be some people in K’Barth who aren’t out to get him. Unfortunately, right now, he’s not sure where they are.

His family is dead, his existence is treason and he does the only thing he can to survive –getaway driving. As if being on the run isn’t bad enough, he finds a magic thimble. He decides to keep it, which can only mean trouble. Sure enough, it does. He unwittingly sets himself on a collision course with Lord Vernon, K’Barth’s despot ruler.

The Pan is forced to make choices and stand up for his beliefs. It’s a challenge, since previously he had no beliefs he was aware of. Faced with a stark moral dilemma, he realises his new found integrity may even stick … if he can stop running.

Written in British English with some light swearing: Suggested cinema rating, PG: first novel in a complete science fiction/fantasy series of 4 books

Top 100 best seller in two Amazon categories.
Runner up in 2011 Wishing Shelf Awards
Awarded Awesome Indies Seal of Approval
Awarded IndiePENdents seal of approval.

MT McGuire

M T McGuire is a 46 year old stay-at-home mum. She used to do stand up but sat down to write books when she got married. Sixteen years later, she has finished the K’Barthan Trilogy. She still checks all unfamiliar wardrobes for a gateway to Narnia, which probably tells you everything you need to know about her.

Stepping into a parallel universe of our own,

Drs. Rob + Janelle Alex, Ph.D.


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Earth Girl Returns to a Magical Planet in 24th Century

What if this happened to you? What if this was the Monday morning headlines about you: Earth Girl Returns to Magical Planet?

In the twenty-fourth year of the last Highking of Doria: Aurora Celeste crash lands on Talus IV and finds herself scarred, stranded, and all alone, save for her android companion, on an alien planet full of magic and danger. To make matters worse, Aurora is also the focal point of a prophecy that foretells of a cataclysmic war that will test the souls of men. To Aurora, she is nothing more than a little girl, stranded and fighting to survive. To the inhabitants of the planet she’s landed on, Aurora is known and revered as… The Starchild.

What would you do?  How would you react?  Fred Strange’s main character is just 13-years-old, has a scar on her cheek that is connected to a prophecy, and she is abandoned and alone on a plant ruled by magic.

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If you enjoy reading “fish out of water” stories blended with fantasy and science-fiction, then this book just might be for you.



Fred Strange was born in California. An Army brat, he spent his elementary school years living in Kansas, Germany, and Oklahoma before returning to California. Fred wanted to be a musician, but unable to secure a band, he tried teaching, and focused on prose literature. Fred started on his first major project in 2001 titled Starchild: Prophecy, completing the book in 2003. Fred has written one full novel, Starchild: Prophecy, and has several short stories.  Learn more at

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