Pawn, A Greypine Novel by Steven Beadle

Pawn

A week or two ago I had the opportunity to read a partial manuscript for what promises to be an interesting book.  The book is Pawn, A Greypine Novel, by Steven Beadle.  This story kicks off a chain of 3 books taking place in the Greypine setting. I [pullquote align=”right” textalign=”left|center|right” width=”40%”]Pawn has been released!  You can get it on Amazon.

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only had access to the first chapter of the book, but that was enough to pull me into this fantasy world that exudes realism.  The brief introduction to the main characters provides a lush field for story hooks and character development without hampering the flow of the narrative.  The pacing made me feel like I was strolling along with the characters through the windswept fields and watching their interactions from a few steps behind.

Setting

The story setting appears similar to the beginning of the Wheel of Time series.  Everything seems very normal and ordinary, but there’s an undercurrent of power and mystery. The main character in this excerpt is intriguing. Like all great first chapters this story hints at everything and reveals very little.  So far the book has provoked some excellent ideas, but confirmed nothing. The author’s descriptions provide enough to give the reader’s imagination a colorful picture of the world without bogging down the action. The glimpses into the minds of the characters are brief and informative. The picture below is a painting done by the author to illustrate the 17th chapter of the book.

Pawn, A Greypine Novel, Chapter 17

 

Release

The book will be published on Kindle on June 28, 2013.  In the meantime, check out the Author’s new blog here and join me in following him for updates to the series. I’m really exited to get to hear the rest of the story. The first chapter is quite tantalizing.

The Author

Pawn is the first published work of Steven Beadle, my cousin. While I may be biased because of my family relation to him, I honestly would not be promoting this book if I didn’t think it has excellent potential. I’ve grown up reading his short stories and experiencing his storytelling ability first hand. He has a potent ability to take events and experiences from the real world and create compelling and entertaining stories from them.

From the Back Cover

The Moine Empire spans a vast tract of land, zigzagging between two mountain chains and an ocean, but in the distant northern plains things are brewing that could spell trouble. The residents of some of the farming towns are starting to come under the influence of a strange new religious order, and The Covenant has in fact, apparently brought peace and prosperity with it.

But maybe not all is as it appears on the surface. One resident of the northernmost outpost of the empire has questions; those unacceptable doubts will lead her farther afield than she ever thought to go, and grant her some of her most unexpected dreams… for a price.

At the far end of the Heartland she will find that friends, religion, and politics, are a dangerous combination. As rulers are toppled, nobles vie for power, and unseen forces play a deadly game, observers are left to wonder who is the player, and who is the… Pawn