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When I talk about historical fiction, I always talk about Cat Royal and Bloody Jack, but I always fail to mention The De Granville Trilogy by K.M. Grant.

The De Granville Trilogy takes place before, during, and after the Third Crusade. Unlike most books about the Crusades, these books (Blood Red Horse; Green Jasper; and Blaze of Silver) don't take either side. Will, Gavin, and Ellie are Christian characters, while Kamil is a Muslim character. Saladin and Richard are both leaders who are looked to; neither are demons. Will, Gavin, Ellie, and Kamil change throughout the series, with the help of the blood red horse, called Hosanna.

All four characters fall in love with Hosanna, and he changes them much the way the war changes them.

While Will, Gavin, and Kamil are at the Crusades (needless to say, on different sides), Ellie is at home. The father of the house (Sir Thomas de Granville) is away on the Crusades, and the knight who is running the household (Sir Walter) has died. The constable wants power, and he plans to get it by marrying Ellie. He plans to ruin her reputation and marry her for himself, especially since he believes that Gavin won't want to marry a "ruined" girl. That's just the beginning. In Green Jasper and Blazing Silver, the stakes get higher, and the characters learn to value what is important in life.

Blood Red Horse: Two boys. One girl. The adventure of a lifetime.

overshadowed mini-series, part 4

For those looking for a good heavy dose of fantasy (but not too much), politics (but not too much) and war (but not too much), the Farsala Trilogy by Hilari Bell is a good read. The lack of romance in the books makes them slightly dry, but it also makes for a refreshing change. Granted, of the three main characters, Soraya is Jiaan's sister; Kavi is a sleazy turncoat; and Jiaan and Kavi are boys. (In my otherwise clean mind, Jiaan would have been made out with Kavi, except like I said, Kavi is a bit of a sleazy type...)

Stories are told of a hero who will come to Farsala's aid when the need is greatest. But for thousands of years the prosperous land of Farsala has felt no such need, as it has enjoyed the peace that comes from being both feared and respected.

Now a new enemy approaches Farsala's borders, one that neither fears nor respects its name and legend. But the rulers of Farsala still believe that they can beat any opponent.

Three young people are less sure of Farsala's invincibility. Jiaan, Soraya, and Kavi see Time's Wheel turning, with Farsala headed toward the Flames of Destruction. What they cannot see is how inextricably their lives are linked to Farsala's fate -- until it's too late.

How the characters develop is an interesting aspect of the trilogy. From Jiaan, we have a sulky bastard son of a king who matures and becomes one of the most looked-to figures in the book; in Soraya, we have a spoiled, rich princess who learns about valuing other cultures; and in Kavi, we have a bitter, hardened blacksmith failure who learns about loyalty. Jiaan covers a commander's place; Soraya covers a woman's role in a rebellion; and Kavi covers the difficulties of being a spy and double agent.

The books weren't exactly extraordinary, but I thought they were worth pointing out because of their obscure positions on bookshelves.

overshadowed mini-series, part 3

Realistic fiction! Realistic fiction! Realistic fiction! A Fast and Brutal Wing by Kathleen Jeffrie Johnson (published in 2004) is a book where you decide what's truth and what's lie.

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overshadowed mini-series, part 2

Today, give it up for The Guardians of Time Trilogy by Marianne Curley. What we have here is a continuation of The Books That Don't Have The Publicity They Deserve. In my humble opinion, of course. (Humble? Me? Totally...)

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Now, to find myself some chocolate...

overshadowed mini-series, part 1

Some books are ever-so-popular. Others aren't, despite their brilliance. So, to honor the ones that are mostly unheard of, the Overshadowed Mini-Series is a mini-series of book recommendations of books that are "overshadowed." The majority of Overshadowed will be fantasy, science fiction, realistic fiction, and historical fiction (just for the sake of things, though I can't say how overshadowed they are). The majority of the books are young adult books, but there will be exceptions, as there are always exceptions, and one must not break this tradition. Ever. (I am looking at you evilly. Do you see the evil look?)

Today, we have two alternate-world fantasy books of the same series:

Songs of Eirren by Edith Pattou

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the first step in this journey

This is the very, very first entry in this Epic Blog. We should have a moment of silence as we take in our surroundings. Try not to be so awe-filled that you fall off the face of the planet! (Yes, Earth is flat. It was a fact widely accepted during Hellenistic Greece. For years and years and years on end, we've always believed Earth was a sphere. Ridiculous idea! Earth? A sphere? Pshaw. The very idea of it!)

What shall we be discussing in this Epic Blog of mine? Well, you'll be sure to find my ramblings and daydreams. Every so often, you'll come across writing tips that I hope you will employ in a morally righteous way. You will also find links to Epic Authors (An Epic Author I am not! Alas!), and if I find a book particularly engaging, I will probably babble about it in an incoherent manner in an attempt to persuade you to go out and read it. I would attempt to persuade you to buy it, but there are limits to my persuasive ability. Unfortunately. If I was even a mite more persuasive, maybe my neighbor (who lives on Sirius A and is therefore approximately 540,000 AU away) would actually believe my lies. Lies that are morally righteous! Well, as much as lies can be, at any rate.

There will probably be no graphic stuff (no need to specify, right?; there will probably be random typos and grammar errors, and asylum-worthy insanity. There will be a mix of UK and US English – mostly US English. (Something to do with how I'm a born and bred American. My parents even come from a different part of the world! Mush pot!) I tend to favor -t over -ed on some words, including "dreamt" and "spilt." You'll probably never find me typing "learnt" or "leant" though. Unless taken over by aliens and force-fed spinach. Then, we have an entirely different story on our hands.