Godsland Book One - Call of the Herald243 pages
Echoes of the ancients' power are distant memories, tattered and faded by the passage of eons, but that is about to change. A new dawn has arrived. Latent abilities, harbored in mankind's deepest fibers, wait to be unleashed. Ancient evils awaken, and old fears ignite the fires of war. When a Catrin Volker, a teenage horse trainer, inadvertently fulfills the prophecy of the destroyer, she becomes the most feared and hunted person on all of Godsland. With the help of her friends, she must convince the world that she wants only peace.
Godsland Book Two - Inherited Danger 276 pages
Leaving her homeland behind, Catrin Volker goes in search of knowledge and peace, unaware that she will face the greatest evil her world has ever known.
Godsland Book Three- Dragon Ore268 pages
Dragon Ore is the exciting conclusion of The Dawning of Power trilogy. Clinging to life, Catrin Volker struggles to regain her strength as her foes go in search of even greater power. Ancient enemies threaten and forgotten alliances emerge.
Genre: YA Epic Fantasy/ Action AdventurePublication Dates:
Wayward Spirits: 1/2013, Call of the Herald: 10/2008, Inherited Danger: 10/2008, Dragon Ore: 10/2008, Regent: 290 10/2011, Regal (latest book in the series) 1/2013, Next release, The Fifth Magic, expected in December 2013
Brian Rathbone started out as a professional racehorse trainer, but he later transformed himself into a network engineer, programmer, and, more recently, rural broadband specialist. One thing that never changed was Brian's love of reading fantasy fiction. For years he would think of story lines for his own stories as a way to keep from dreaming about writing code. When the time came that Brian could concentrate on writing, The World of Godsland became real.
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What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
I fell in love with speculative fiction in grade school and developed a penchant for fantasy fiction by the time I reached high school. Fantasy added a magical aspect to what I did every day. Growing up as a professional horse trainer and groom, I spent a great deal of time learning old world skills and techniques. Fantasy series that dealt well with horsemanship were always among my favorites. It might be true that some of the dragons in the series are based upon horses I worked with over the years. Especially a stud horse named Vic Quinton who ispired the following quote, "Animals can teach us many things. Stud horses taught me that what does not kill me might try again."
Who is your favorite character in the book?
Catrin is dear to my heart, but Kenward, Barabas, Mother Gwendolin, Milo and Gustad are all competeing for honors.
Which came first, the title or the novel?
The name of the first book, Call of the Herald, and of the first trilogy, The Dawning of Power, sprung into my head fully-formed. I've known from the beginning where the story was going, and the titles just sem to present themselves. I haven't actually changed a title yet after my initial instinct.
What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
There is one scene where Catrin catches a horse no one else can catch just by being clever. This scene was inspired by real events where my mother, who is all of 4' 11", caught the yearling who had eluded my grandfather, my father and my uncle.
Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you’ve learned as a writer from then to now?
Don't give up.
What do you like most about the cover of the book?
My Aunt Doreen and I produced the original cover art for The Dawning of Power trilogy back in 2007. I've always appreciated having her energy in the book. I later hired Mike Brooker to create new covers for the series, and I think his artwork more accurately represents the contents of the story to potential readers.
What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2014?
I'm looking forward to new releases from Scott Baughman, Nicholas Taylor, and M.R Mathias. Finding the time to read them might be tough, and I will likely listen to these while driving.
What was your favorite book in 2013?
I enjoyed Scott Baughman's Rule of Thumb.
What’s up next for you?
Well... I just sent book seven of the Godsland series, THE FIFTH MAGIC, off to the editor and am looking forward to new releases in the first quarter of 2014. Chris Snelgrove is working on the premium audiobook versions of the second trilogy, which should also be released Q1 2014. Premium ebooks, second edition paperbacks, large print editions and a dramatized podcast edition are all in the works.
Is there anything that you would like to add?
I'd like to say thank you for hosting this interview and a big hello to all the readers out there. I love giving away ebooks, and Audible is offering a special deal to those who download my free series starter. If you grab the free Call of the Herald ebook, you can get the premium audiobook for just $1.99!
Also note that you can get the entire first trilogy in ebook for just $9.99 and get the full 27 hour audiobook for just $1.99! And if you like a paperback, you can get the paperback, ebook, and audiobook for just $28.98.
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