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Authonomy comments about The Sorcerer's Key
Authonomy is a Harper Collins competition site designed to flush out new talent. I found the process too time consuming to fit into my life and have left the site. The following are comments collected from other Authonomy authors while I participated in the project...
The Sorcerer's Key:
I wanted to write to you and tell you that I think your "Eden to Earth" series is great. I am just a bit curious if there is a way, or if you plan to, make it so that I can read more than the first eleven chapters of Sorcerer's Key. Thank you, and again, keep up the great work.
You have the ability to create some lovely visual imagery and your opening is a great hook. I have thoroughly enjoyed what I've read so far and have no hesitation backing this.
Best of luck
Running, hiding and bounty hunters, what an opening. Sat here and just read, no editing or reading things twice because something didn't make sense. Will make room on my shelf for this one. Smooth and enjoyable. Good luck.
This is good stuff, Clayton. I got involved in the story and didn't notice any nits. Of course, I'm kind of partial to some of your settings, having spent a number of summers on Georgian Bay, in the Lake of the Woods area, and that whole part of Ontario. (Another Canadian, eh?)
I only have one suggestion and that is your opening with Creote and the heaves. I read somewhere that agents and editors don't like the heaves, so opening with them might bias them against what is a very well-written and fast-paced story. And fantasies, romances and thrillers are the three genres that seem to be holding their own, even in this market.
This is shelved, and enthusiastically, too.
Wowee! What a ride! I sat down planning to read 3 or 4 chapters but read everything you uploaded. I love the pace of your story. It never lets up and keeps pushing onwards. I like how your MC takes control and decides to confront our villain up in Eden. This creates a lot of possiblities for more action and I didn't know where you were going to take me next. The suspense! Well done on including important details and descriptions sort of on the fly. This means the pace of the story isn't slowed down too much. Good job! Best of luck with this. Your writing style is good and filled with action, and your ideas are novel and interesting.
This story drew drew me in the moment I started reading. I love the vivid imagery and there's a starkly suspenseful edge to each moment that I find very appealing. I'm very intrigued about this Jack Lightfoot character. I have a way to go in the book so far but I'm looking forward to all that will be revealed in this story.
When I started reading this I couldn't stop. Your blend of the "real" world and the one you have created is amazing. Jake is a very approachable character, a real protagonist you can like and get behind. The narrative flowed smoothly, and the story as a whole was highly enjoyable to read. I wish I could have read more of this book, and I am looking forward to reading "TechnoMage" as well.
Nice and simply written...it's far harder to be pithy with your writing than fly of in fits of purple prose. I don't usually like any fantasy that could be called remotely 'high' but this has a nice day to day 'normality set on it's head' feel, and I warmed to it instantly. I'm not sure about your use of a colon in chapter two.....I don't like the pesky things, other's opinions may differ.
Good solid read...Backed
Fabulous opening. Your writing seems effortless, proof of long hard work. I love your descriptions and atmospheric scenes. Shaping up to be a wonderful tale. Happy to give this a turn on my shelf.
The Sorcererís Key develops an interesting mythology and a world that is richly detailed. It is an enjoyable and effortless book to read that hooks the reader early, and keeps them captivated.
I have read some of this and am pulled into your story, this has a great atmosphere and I will be reading on and leaving further, more helpful comments as I am so sort of time with the madness that is the editor's desk at the moment that I want to spend longer with your MS. In the meanwhile, based on what I have seen so far, this is SHELVED!
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