Sometimes, the hashtags just look icky, don’t they? Seriously. Gotta do it. This too: this is the obvious link to buy the book on Amazon.
You have a special reader in your life who likes fantasy, don’t you? For me, that person is myself. We can be difficult to shop for. Do you get them that TARDIS shirt or the Aperture Science scarf? A Lego Millennium Falcon, or maybe a bottle opener shaped like one instead? Captain Kirk’s bathrobe? A Harry Potter wand? A trenchcoat and a fedora? A scale model of Serenity? Plush microbes, creepers, unicorns, or nearly anything else?
The options are a dizzying array of madness to navigate if you have no idea what fandom your fantasy geek goes gaga over, and even if you do. Not only that, but most of the good stuff is expensive. To help, I present the humble book. The Fallen is the first book in the fantasy series The Greatest Sin, and the ebook will be on sale tomorrow, December 9, 2014. There’s not much I can do about the price of the print book, but the ebook will be 99 cents. A buck for a book. You can feel warm and fuzzy about this gift, too! Why? I’d be delighted to tell you.
First, it’s a book. There’s nothing better for a brain than a book, except air, water, and blood. Expand a mind. This book is suitable for fantasy readers age 16+, with some mild violence, a few globs of gore, no swearing, no sex, and a fair amount of sarcasm. It chronicles the life of Chavali, a fortune teller who hates people and loves secrets. It’s also the launch of The Greatest Sin, a series full of secrets, lies, stairs, and spirits. in this volume, you learn who she is, and get to watch while her life is torn apart and mostly put back together again.
Second, it’s cheap. $.99 is a pretty good deal for something that took three people and several months of work to create. If you like your books in print, the paper version is regular price, which is only $8.20 – a pretty low price for a paperback these days. With the paperback, you get a copy of the ebook for free!
Third, although the price is low, by buying this book, you’re supporting two independent authors who have yet to get much notice. It’s a big, wide world out there, with lots of books to choose from.
Finally, complete strangers have said nice things about this book. Here’s a sampling:
“If you like a captivating story that is focused on the lives of a moving characters, you would probably enjoy reading The Fallen. … The novel is an intriguing look at of a complex protagonist and her world. It would leave you anticipating for Chavali’s future journey. If you are in the mood for a fantasy story deeply rooted in the worldview of one character that values her family and traditions, even as she loses them, then this book is for you.” -Fantascize.com
“As every reader knows there are certain books we don’t want to end, and when we finally do close the book, we seem to grieve it. Well, The Greatest Sin, is definitely one of those books. The author did a great job pulling me into the story immediately, and then keeping me there.” – Kim S.
“The other reviewers are right. The Fallen is an excellent fantasy read! As I was reading through it, I could almost picture this Lord of the Rings type of hobbit village meets gypsies. And reading The Fallen was like stepping into this fantasy world of theirs and getting a behind the scenes peek at their lives.” – Carrie January
“The Fallen manages to draw you in from the beginning. Chavali’s world and culture are richly drawn. Chavali’s emotional range and reactions to the events around her flow naturally.” – Tony Breedon of The Bookwyrm’s Lair
“The Fallen, by indie authors Lee French and Erik Kort is one of the better books I’ve read so far this year. Chavali is flat out an awesome character. I can’t tell you how many times I wanted to smack her as I read this story. She is feisty and full of passion, stubborn and wrong-headed at times. The Blaukenev clan is unique, joyous and full of life, an enclosed nomadic society that lives in the world and yet outside it at the same time. Their passion for life leaps off the pages.” – Connie J. Jasperson