Monthly Archives: April 2012

Interview with Charlotte E. English, author of the Draykon Series


Today is a very special day, as I get to interview one of my favorite indie authors! Charlotte E. English is the author of the Draykon series. I have given each book in the series a 5 star rating, so you can imagine how much I like them.

I have one more treat for you. As part of the ‘Featured Author Week’, Charlotte is also appearing on two other blogs, where you can take a look at two amazing character interviews!

Here are the links to the two blogs:

  1. Ebook Apothecary
  2. Urban Fantasy Reviews

Now, I can’t wait any longer, so lets get started!

Interview with Charlotte E. English, author of the Draykon Series

Describe your series? What genre would you classify it into?

The Draykon Series is high fantasy, set in a rather whimsical alternate world. It also has a strong mystery element.

Ritesh: You can find a much longer description of the series here!

How did you come up with the idea for the series?

I hardly know! It can be difficult to figure out precisely where an idea came from. I’m sure that my love of books like Alice in Wonderland had something to do with it, though; I’ve always been fascinated by really original (and whimsical) world-building, and that’s where Draykon really started – with an idea for a weird and wonderful world.

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Review of Orlind (Draykon #3) by Charlotte E. English


Orlind (Draykon #3) by Charlotte E. English

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Disclaimer: If you have not read the previous two books in the series, this review is going to have some major spoilers for you.

Do you like it when a series ends perfectly? Is it not nice to know that everything that was left unanswered in the previous books is finally answered by the author and the loose ends are tied together is the most perfect of bows? Personally, I don’t like series which end with things not explained clearly, or where it is left to the readers’ imagination about what happened to the characters after the series ended.  If you like your series to finally end, and to end well, then this is the book. This is definitely the biggest reason why I am giving this book a five-star rating.

At the end of the last book in the series, we all knew that a war was coming, a war where the draykoni were going to try and lay claim to the world and fight the humans to regain control. Well, we are definitely not disappointed in that regard. The war forms one of the main story arcs in the book and it is a grand war, with everyone from humans to drakoni to the Lokants involved in it. In fact, the second big story arc in the book is about how the Lokants influence and meddle with everything that is going on. Of course, as expected Krays and Limbane end up on opposite sides of the war. I can’t tell you much more about the lokants’ influence on the whole situation without giving away the ending, but I’ll just tell you that there is a lot more going on than you can ever imagine. The war between Limbane and Krays is much more important than some petty rivalry.

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Charlotte introduces the Draykon series


The Draykon Trilogy is the first segment of a planned, well, sequence of series. The three books (Draykon, Lokant and Orlind) cover the first big story arc: what happens when Llandry Sanfaer, a young, shy jeweller, stumbles across a strange – and strangely mesmerizing – new gemstone? The consequences of that discovery will completely change both, her life and her world. By the end of this trilogy, humans are no longer the only sentient species in the Seven Realms world: an ancient race has returned and the two will have to find ways to co-exist.

The Seven Realms is an odd place, composed of lands where it’s always light (the Daylands) and realms where it’s always dark (the Darklands). Existing alongside the Seven are two alternate planes of reality, colloquially known as the Uppers (connected most closely to the Daylands) and the Lowers (connected to the Darklands). These Off-Worlds, as they are collectively known, are dangerous and unpredictable and nobody really knows how they work or how to survive there reliably. Both places are important throughout the series.

There are two main protagonists across this trilogy, both women. Llan Sanfaer is a twenty-year-old, winged human of the Daylands Realm of Glinnery. She’s an only child, and as a result her parents are particularly protective of her. She’s a jeweller by trade and extremely shy. Her counterpart, Lady Evastany Glostrum, is her opposite in many ways: she’s a mature woman and an aristocrat of the Darklands realm of Glour. Both women will be bound up in the world-shaking series of events that follows the discovery of Llandry’s gem.

There are secrets galore surrounding Llandry and Eva’s world, many of which are discovered over the course of the trilogy. What is so special about this gem, that someone is willing to kill for it? Who are the strangely powerful white-haired sorcerers who seem to be involved every step of the way? Why are they interested in the stone, and the world that produced it? And what really became of the mysterious Seventh Realm?

The first trilogy draws to a close with the release of the third book, Orlind, in a few days’ time. Later this year I’ll be starting work on the next set of books (maybe another trilogy, I’m not yet sure). These will be set in the same world, and will take place after the events of the first series. We’ll be meeting some new protagonists, plus revisiting many of the characters from the Draykon books. When the dust of the racial wars has settled, how will the new Seven Realms look? What will become of the Off-Worlds once their old masters have returned? And have we really seen the last of the Lokants?

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Charlotte’s Mini Autobiography


Author Charlotte E English

The questions writers and self-publishing authors are always being asked are: why do you do it? Why devote so many hours of your finite existence to spinning stories? How did you ever end up doing this crazy job? And why in the world would you self-publish?

Everyone’s got a different answer to those questions, but they’re usually variations on the same theme. Something along the lines of… “Well, I don’t precisely know, but here’s my theory”.

Ever tried to read your own brain? To figure out precisely what makes you who you are? It’s no easy task, and I know I can’t do it. Not really. It is hard to determine exactly why I do what I do, but I can make an attempt. So here’s my story: a mixture of facts and theories and guesses. It’s the best I can do.

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Charlotte E English as ‘Featured Author’ for an entire week!


Some of you may already know how much I love Charlotte’s Draykon Series. I have previously reviewed both books in the series so far, and and given each book a well-deserved 5 star rating. So, I had to have Charlotte as a featured author when her third and final book in the series is about to come out.

For those who still don’t know what I am talking about, check out my reviews of Charlotte’s first two books in the Draykon Series:

  • Draykon (Draykon #1): … I really liked the story-telling style of the author and the two different story-arcs run smoothly along till almost then end when they collide magnificently and culminate in a crescendo. Now, all I can do is wait for the next instalment in the story.
  • Lokant (Draykon #2): … it becomes absolutely clear that a war will be coming soon. The resurrection of Drakons and their proclamation of war is where this book ends. I am waiting to see what role each character will have to play in the coming war. In the end, all I have to ask you is, “Are you ready for the battle?”

And, I just got an ARC of the third and final book in the series and I can’t wait to share the review with everyone! But, it’ll have to wait till the third day in the week.

As usual, I do have something very special for you guys! Charlotte has agreed to giveaway 2 sets of her entire series to lucky winners! That is right. Two people could be the proud owners of the entire series! I don’t think I have ever hosted a better giveaway (and, I have hosted quite a few till date). Also, this does not mean that others get left out. Charlotte is also giving away 3 ebooks of every book in her series. So, there is something for everyone here! 

It is very easy to enter the giveaway. All you have to do is visit the page linked below and follow the simple instructions. Remember to let me know if you have read any of Charlotte’s books previously.

Giveaway of Charlotte’s Draykon Series

Here is the schedule for the entire week on my blog:

23rd April – Day One: A Biographical write-up by Charlotte
24th April – Day Two: Charlotte’s books – An Introduction to the Draykon series
25th April – Day Three: My review of ‘Orlind’, the third book in the series
26th April – Day Four: An interview with Charlotte E English
27th April – Day Five: Guest post
28th April – Day Six: Short story by Charlotte involving Tren

And now for the final big announcement! I have two other wonderful bloggers participating in this awesome and HUGE week. They are:

Beth at Ebook Apothecary
Kate at Urban Fantasy Reviews

So go ahead and visit these great bloggers . They have a week scheduled which surely rivals mine! I will also be putting up links to these blogs in my posts to make it easier for you to follow along. As an added incentive, I’ll give  all commenters on all participating blogs extra entries in the giveaway! So, make sure you come back each day.

Mark this in your calendars, you do not want to miss it!