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I am a writer, editor, reviewer and dance teacher based in Perth, Western Australia.

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The first two novels of my trilogy, The Talismans, are not available as e-books at present, but I expect to get them back online shortly. However, I do have paperbacks of The Dagger of Dresnia at the low price of $25 including postage within Australia. I also have a short story, 'La Belle Dame', in print - see Mythic Resonance below. The best way to contact me is via Facebook!

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The first two books of The Talismans trilogy were published by Satalyte Publications, which, sadly, has gone out of business. I hope to see my books back on Amazon under a new publisher in the near future.

The Dagger of Dresnia

The Cloak of Challiver

Mythic Resonance

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Mythic Resonance is an excellent anthology that includes my short story 'La Belle Dame', together with great stories from Alan Baxter, Donna Maree Hanson, Sue Burstynski, Nike Sulway and nine more fantastic authors! Just $US3.99 from Amazon. Got a Kindle? Check out Mythic Resonance.

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Places I've lived: Manchester, UK

Places I've lived: Manchester, UK

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Places I've lived: Tamworth, NSW

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Sydney Conservatorium - my old school

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Places I've lived: Auckland, NZ

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Places I've Lived: Mount Gambier
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Places I've lived: Adelaide, SA

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Places I've Lived: Perth by Day
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Places I've lived: High View, WV

Places I've lived: Lynton, Devon, UK

Places I've lived: Lynton, Devon, UK

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Places I've lived: Braemar, Scotland

Places I've lived: Barre, MA, USA

Places I've lived: Barre, MA, USA

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Places I've Lived: Perth by Night
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Monday, 25 March 2013

Book review: Fearless by Rowan Hagen

Fearless by Rowan Hagen

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This is a beautifully written book. It speaks of hankering after the past and of moving forward into the future. It points to the connection between love and service, and it examines the conflict that so often exists between between what we feel and how we act.

The worldbuilding (it's set on the central coast of eastern Australia) is wonderfully executed. Hagen has a way with words that often borders on the poetic, bringing to life both the boredom and the comfort to be found in a country town.

Told in the first person by Joss, Fearless is really two narratives in one. In her search for an old friend, Karmi, Joss reminisces to her new friend, Fletch, about her earlier life. This is cleverly done. The flashbacks are so neatly worked in that they add to the narrative flow rather than interrupting it. I did find that I knew the ending long before I got to it, but I never once wanted to stop reading. It was a case of the journey being more fascinating than the arrival! And that journey introduces us to some wonderfully well-drawn characters who play out events both terrible and sublime.

Fearless is a keeper. I shall no doubt read it again.



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