Well, day 5 has finally rolled round, marking an end of the Game of Crones mini blog tour and I’m happy – and a little relieved – to report that the great reviews for my witchcraft themed collection of short stories have continued to the finish line. Here’s a sample of what the book bloggers thought:
Trails of Tales: “Jay Raven can certainly pack a punch. Yes sir! All the stories in Game of Crones, and I mean all are qualified to boast of endings that are anything but predictable.
“Of course, as is the case with most anthologies, you might like some stories better that others but each of them will shock or surprise you. Jay Raven’s prowess as a writer is clearly evident in the manner he suddenly changes the direction and pace of a story, leading to an end that is completely capable of leaving you stunned.”
Terror Tree: “The stories are all set in a different time and place and due to the author’s fine detail gives you the feeling that you are there. One thing I could not get over was how much was crammed into each story. There was comedy, intrigue, suspense, vengeance and so much more, that kept me hooked. Jay Raven is a new author to me and he has just gained another fan.”
KT Robson: “Despite the dark nature of the book, it makes for a quick read, each story being gripping from the first page, drawing you in and giving you that ‘just one more..’ feeling as you begin the next one. I really hope this isn’t the last short story collection that Jay Raven publishes! I devoured this one and was quite sad when I reached the end and realised there were no more stories for me to read!”
The ayjaypagefarer book blog: “Raven has a real touch for the dark and macabre. In this work, he offers some short tales of witchcraft and devilry that seem strangely familiar to us – like a gut feeling that you may have seen the film you are watching before, even though you haven’t. As an introduction to Raven’s writing, and to malevolent magic stories in general, it certainly works; those familiar stories are told with a freshness and world-building that, together, show us old tropes in a new light – and which keep the reader turning the page.”
The Midnight Review: “Game of Crones is a series of short stories written by Jay. I love a good anthology but I have never read one where the stories are all written by the same author.
“So what are you in for? well, according to the cover, tales of witchcraft and wickedness. Do you get it? Oh yes! The thing I love about short stories is the intensity of them. The author has to get to the point straight away so they usually pack a punch and the story that kicks off this collection is 2-3 minutes long. It really sets the tone for what is coming.
“My favourite story of the lot was Changeling. The reason being it relies on your imagination to work out what the outcome is. I don’t want to go into details and spoil it. Let’s just say it sent shivers down my spine.”
It’s been a fabulous tour and I’m really grateful to all the wonderful reviewers who took part. Many thanks.