Book Review: Dead Seth

We are now to the halfway point for this series. Book five is by far one of my favorites because you get to see inside the mind of Jack Seth. You get to see the boy before he became the killer they know him to be. What makes a killer? How does his child hood effect the way he ends up as an adult? You will find out the horrors of his past and how it connects to Kiera Hudson.

The Review

We left Kiera Hudson as a captive of Jack Seth. Now facing death at his hand she believes Potter has betrayed her. Her friends aren’t coming and she is on her own. She is turning to dust by the minute. The worst fate is sitting across for a killer as he tells her the story of his life while her father bleeds on the floor.

Emotions are high in this book and leave you craving more. I found this book refreshing because Tim O’Rourke lets you see inside the eyes of Jack Seth. You get to see the story of his life unfold and how it has affected him. He even lets his guard down and shows Kiera a side to him she never knew existed. Kiera will face yet another choice forced on by Jack himself. Will she become a statue, let her father die, or save Jack? The twists and turns left me reeling with excitement. This by far is one of my top favorites. Highly recommend this book to anyone that wants to get into the mind and past of a killer.

Ranking: 5 out of 5 stars!


The Book

DEAD SETHDead Seth

Held hostage by Jack Seth, Kiera Hudson must not only find a way to escape, but save Potter and her father before she turns to stone. With Jack becoming evermore unstable and dangerous, Kiera soon realises the choice he is forcing her to make has far more terrifying consequences than she first believed.As Jack’s past begins to unravel, Kiera finally understands what turned him into a serial killer, and how his disturbing past affects her future…

Dead Seth is Book Five of The Kiera Hudson Series Two.

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About the Author

Tim O’Rourke is an obsessive writer, spending eight hours a day, five days a week hunched over his laptop, completely immersed in the worlds he has created in his own imagination.

In the real world, Tim lives in Buckinghamshire with his wife, three sons and a cat.

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Bright Star: Goddess of Light

Bright StarBright Star was the firstborn from the shadows and lights union. She is the Queen of the gods and rules with a gentle demeanor. Her power is the good within people and guides those that seek the path of righteousness. Bright star is an influential goddess that brings great power to the world.

She has long flowing blonde hair, pouty lips, and has an hourglass figure shape. Her eyes are blue like the sky and sparkle with stars within. Many say the stars in the sky are her eyes and she uses them to watch over her people from afar.

Her constellation takes the form of a white wolf when times of war are on the horizons. Normally her constellation remains vacant from the skies unless times of turmoil take place.

Bright Star is the proud mother of Mortez the god of dragons and Serena the goddess of magic. The father is unknown to the gods, but the gods know these two were created from the union between the Goddess Bright Star and a human. These two are looked on as two lesser gods because they are a half and half. But, Bright Star loves them all the same.


Disclaimer: The images used in this post were found on Pinterest and led to no source. These are not my own, and they are only examples. If this is your work, please let me know. I want to give you credit. 

Wednesday Writing Tips: How to Build Fantastic Worlds

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing: How to Build Fantastic Worlds
by: Kameron Hurley

So, you’re ready to write a science fiction or fantasy novel. But where to start? Lots of writers begin by creating a map, or researching some distant heavenly body. Six novels into my speculative fiction career, I’ve discovered that I create my best work when I begin building my fantastic worlds by starting not with magic systems or geography, but with a single character. Here’s why this method has been so successful for me.

Asking the Right Questions

When you begin your worldbuilding process by creating a character first, then asking what type of world created that character, you focus on the parts of the world that matter most to the people in it. That means spending less time on research that you ultimately aren’t going to use. I look at my worldbuilding and character creation processes as interconnected. They don’t – in fact, can’t! – exist independently of one another. As I flesh out a character, the world, too, will come into sharper focus. If I create a skilled government assassin who’s tasked with bringing in deserters from a centuries-long war, I have to ask myself what the war is about. If it’s about a lack of resources, what does that world look like? Dry, dusty, low in metals? If a planet was low in metals, how would their technology progress? What would they use to power their vehicles? If they had crashed there on a big generation ship, what was the likelihood they would ever get back into the stars, and how would that change their religious philosophies?

Overcoming the Gauntlet

Most approaches to building new worlds ask you to fill out long questionnaires about geography, magic systems and technology levels, social structures, governments, how people greet one another, the languages they use… the list goes on and on. But how much of that are you really going to squeeze into your novel? How much is relevant?

The first fifty pages of a science fiction or fantasy novel are what one of my editors calls “The gauntlet.” It’s in these vital first pages that readers must orient themselves to a new world, complete with unique societies and ecologies. Dumping all of this information onto readers in long narrative chunks up front overwhelms most readers. Few will be able to get past those first fifty pages.

To dissuade this tendency to dump information onto my reader up front, I only map out my worlds in broad strokes before I start writing. I knew that in my recent space opera, The Stars Are Legion, there would be a legion of living starships that each had independent ecological systems. I knew the worlds would be inhabited entirely by women, whose bodies the living ships relied on to birth vital pieces of themselves. I wanted the two primary societies to be surface-dwellers who organized themselves into authoritarian states. But the nitty gritty details of how people ate, what they wore, and how the ships themselves functioned was something I left for myself to discover during the writing process. By doing this, I was able to convey details about the world to the reader in manageable bites.

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