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  • By Carol Ward
    Oct 1, 2009
    Wow! What can I say! This is top quality stuff, very professionally produced and put together. You should be given a publishing deal. I can't understand what more you have to do to get an interested traditional professional publisher. But well done, this is great stuff. My only contention is that the fantasy market is very overloaded at the moment, with authors like J.K. Rowling, Phillip Pullman and Christopher Paoulini to contend with. But this should not prevent you having a real go, and who knows you might make a good deal from it. Keep knocking on doors and eventually they will open even wider for you. Best wishes Carol Carol
  • By Aaron Holzaepfel
    Aug 24, 2009
    "The Dias" The Dias, is set in a fantasy setting of magic and monsters. But, it contains several original ideas that set it far apart from your typical dungeon and dragons type of book. Its characters are well rounded with lovable personalities. And it contains several twists that surprises you. Now for the bad, there were several cases where I would of like for you to provide more detail. For example, it would of been nice for you to write about the various characters reaction when Wright escaped. There were a couple other spots where the grammar or the wording wasn't the best either. And last of all the ending in my opinion was a little bit to much of a cliff hanger. However, it was still a very well written book, whose story I thoroughly enjoyed. And, I would recommend this book to anyone whose looking for a good fun fantasy book to read.
  • By David Ash
    Nov 20, 2008
    "Review of the "Dias" by David Ash " I came across this novel from the forums, attracted to its "free to download" promise, and have to say I was rather pleasantly suprised. True, some of the passages and expressions read like a young amateur writer, though these were few and far between; in reality the book was rather nicely written and compelling. And the humour was a breath of fresh air - a great fantasy read!
  • By Alex Salvadori
    Oct 20, 2008
    "Amatuer's review - The Dias" Matt, I absolutely loved your book! It was a real blast from the past for me, just like when I started writing (at 15, about a year younger than you did from what i can tell.) I can see right away why you were nominated for this book. It's a real keeper! From the outset the book is superbly written and greatly entertaining... as for your own comment (from the forum), though in ways 'the dias' is similar to many fantasy books; it is well beyond the usual low level of "boy fights dragons, gets girl, and everyone lives happily ever after". The Dias is much much more! My favourite aspect from your book is the characters, and all the nutty jokes and comments you've come up with for them. My favourites are Enon, and Drater (specifically when Zylas only just meets him). Favourite quotes; "Sometimes I eat wood, but i get splinters"!!! I could have wet myself, believe me. If ever I need advice on making a really nutty character i... More > will ask you my friend. Or another classic, Arton - "What was that?" Enon - "It was a door slamming..." Enon said, and he closed Arton's door behind him "see, same noise!" What a truly legendary character! Talking of legendary characters, I dont want to give away too much of your story, but I can't believe the people who die! :(. And just when s/he was so close to seeing the place they wanted to see... Moving on, obviously... your book wasn't perfect... there were a few minor spelling whoopsies and one phrase I thought was particularly wrong (sorry for being frank) but none of this really affected the quality of the book and the story line. I wont bother listing the errors here but i took note of a few of them so get in touch if you'd like to hear my opinion :). Two things I would like to mention (for other readers sake) are about a feeling of anti-climax in some areas... Though the book was well written, and had a good storyline, I found the end too much of a cliffhanger, forgive me for having a moan but it seemed rather abrupt if I'm honest. When I got halfway down the last page i only just realised, and I said to myself "how can this book end in one last paragraph?" but I suppose that's the nature of a cliffhanger and believe me I do want to know more (so release the next one already! =D). The other moan was regarding wight, I really loved the whole build up to his escape; the communications between he and Rat, the way he used Fear in the guard to make himself free. But this was where the interest turned sour, and again I felt an anti-climax, at the point where wight escaped. You had this interesting scene set up, with Zylas and Enon walking down the valley away from the prison, then from the tower wight was just picked up by the wind, and blown away... Fair enough i suppose, the story makes it clear this is easily within the realms of possibility. But it was so unexciting, I wanted to see, a blast of wind burst form within the tower, rubble firing in every direction, and from their distance I thought Zylas could 'know' Wight had escaped, but not actually see it, due to the dust and rubble... It seems viable to me, but it's just an opinion. Either way, this is still a very impressive book, and a wholesomely good read! Good clean fun all round! I recommend this book to any fantasy or adventure lover, and have to say it is one of few books I have read, and actually enjoyed! (I'm from the TV generation it can't be helped). In a way I almost feel like telling you you're lying about your age, because I know that when I started writing I was no-where near your level of skill.. So anyone reading this, buy this mans book!!< Less
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Product Details

First Edition
October 11, 2008
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
1.47 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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