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Posted in Book review, Uncategorized with tags , , , on March 17, 2017 by Kate Jack

No, I’m not talking about spell books, or grimoires, but fiction books in general. They allow access to adventures, mysteries and places the reader has never seen or experienced; the possibilities are endless. Of course speculative fiction, such as I write, allows the use of magic to enhance a sense of wonder and enthralment not perhaps available in other genres. The bonus of urban fantasy is that it also allows a combination of the real and fantastical.

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 The Silver Flute Trilogy

An example of a mixture of the magical, mixed with realism, is one of the most unusual fantasy books I’ve ever read. Set in the 19th century this story is beautifully constructed, using a wonderful mixture of the author’s own characters and real, historical figures such as mad King George III and Lord Wellington.

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The story follows two English Magicians and their partnership as master and pupil, until a falling out sends them careening down divergent paths. The tale contains weird and wonderful creatures, from a world outside our own. There are elements of adventure, conflict, wickedness, tragedy, and reconciliation. To say that Susanna Clarke has produced a tale of wonder and enchantment, that completely draws the reader in, is an understatement. So it’s possible to combine genres successfully and satisfy readers who would not normally read historical fiction or fantasy.

The above illustrates that it’s perfectly possible to combine more than one genre and produce a book that will take readers’ breath away and send them spinning through a story that will immerse and engage with stunning effect.

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Days like this are few and far between.

Posted in General with tags , , , , , , , , on July 20, 2013 by Kate Jack


This has been a good writing day. Not only have I written two posts for my blog, I’ve shot through the editing on Through the Gloaming, the second book in The Silver Flute Trilogy. I’m over halfway through and racing for the end at the speed of light. 😀

Despite having a great deal on my mind at the moment, I’ve found it relatively easy to keep writing consistently and it’s helped me to focus, something I haven’t been able to do for quite a while. That said, the minute I stop all the tumultuous thoughts currently occupying my mind come tumbling back.

Writing for me is a panacea, albeit it temporarily, for my woes. It takes me away into the worlds I’ve created, into  realms of magic, mayhem and mystery.

I guess that’s what defines me as a writer of fantasy, the fact that I can create an escape route, which while it doesn’t always work, helps to hold back the tide of darkness that threatens to overwhelm us all, if we let it.



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What does a book mean to you?

Posted in General with tags , , , , , on April 28, 2013 by Kate Jack


Does it open your eyes to beauty?


Is it food for the soul?


Is it a means to push beyond the bounds of reality?

Whatever the answer, read a book, open your eyes and fly 😀


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Posted in New Authors section with tags , , , , on December 19, 2012 by Kate Jack

Through the Gloaming, book 2 of The Silver flute trilogy.

Jeremiah Tully sleeps within the Gloaming, a place steeped in twilight, magic and mystery. When he wakes, he will step into a world even darker, filled with those who would take away forever his remarkable musical ability.

How will he stop them? Can he stop them? 


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