Character Origins: Queen Ionia

The origins of a character. Queen Ionia. I like that.

Legends of Windemere

First, this character is named after Ionia of Readfulthings.  She has become a dear friend even though we only met this year, 2013.  So, I’m sure people are already jumping to the comments for one reason or another.

Now, the character of Queen Ionia is a major factor in Legends of Windemere: Allure of the Gypsies.  This is where I start deviating drastically from the game this series is based off of and she is one of the reasons.  The guy who ran the game loved ‘The Forgotten Realms’ and he brought in the famous NPC’s a lot.  It meant I had to make variations that grew over time when they were major players in the plot.  In this event, he used a popular character named The Simbul.  She is a sorceress who rules some kingdom and is sort of deranged because she tied magic rings to her…

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Quentin Hide and the Evil Lord Twigton by Dean Kealy

QuentinHideQuentin Hide and the Evil Lord Twigton by Dean Kealy

Description from

Young Quentin Hide has just graduated from the Dragon Academy of Knights and Warriors, and with a new quest in his pocket, he’s off on his first adventure, but little does Quentin know, this may also be his last!

Quentin Hide and The Evil Lord Twigton was first seen on the blog: but see it here and now in all its glory with never before seen illustrations included!

I gave this book four stars out of five

My thoughts:

I was deliberating between three and four stars for this book, but decided that the inventiveness of the story and the entertainment provided warranted four.

This was a short story, that was quick, easy and very fun to read. I did think that the manner in which it was written was overly simplistic in nature. I will freely admit that I tend to be particularly critical about the more technical aspects of writing. I did, however, find that the strength of the story allowed me to mostly ignore this and enjoy it for what it was. A fun and inventive story.

I liked the characters of Quentin Hide and also the Evil Lord Twigton. They were well enough developed to feel very real, especially within the confines of a short story. I also loved the location of the professor’s office and his reasoning for it.

I really liked the plot twists, and I did not see them coming. This is, I think, for me, one of the marks of a good story, being surprised by events.

I would recommend this to others as  a quick, fun read. It  is reasonably short and a lot happened in these few pages. If you want to be entertained with some laughs for half an hour then it is definitely well worth a read.

Oh my F*cking Sweet mother of WOW!

I had to reblog this. What an awesome title. I shall be reading this book soon and am pretty excited about it.

readful things blog

Okay, so now that I have your attention…


There is this really great book floating around cyberspace called


Yesterday Road


Kevin book cover

I am the first to admit that I have not read it yet, but I am working on getting there. I have heard nothing but good things about this book–and that is highly unusual in and of itself. This to me means that the author either threatened a lot of people or that he is a damn good author. We are going to assume that Mr. Kevin Brennan is the Latter variety and not the former.


So here is what I am saying. Go buy the book if you have not done so already. Really, don’t wait for everyone else to do it. Treat this like a Black Friday Sale and beat the poor schmuck next to you senseless if they try to steal your copy.

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