Intelligent supernatural action set in World War Two. (5 stars).
The author creates a very believable alternative history of World War Two; one in which both Nazis and the Allied Forces employ the services of skilled warlocks and wizards. Miss Escobar has given us an intelligent heroine trained in the ways of magic, who must pit her skills and her wits in this marvellous story teaming with warlocks, shapeshifters, vampires and mind benders, while protecting her own heart, and the identity of a Time Wizard who may have the power to win the war.
Fast paced action written on a grand scale, and the many twists and turns, together with well rounded all too human characters made this a riveting read. This is the second in the "Gray Tower" Trilogy, preceded by "The Tower's Alchemist" and although I was completely spell bound from the first page of "Dark Rift" and the author's exciting prose carried me directly into the adventure, I've now downloaded the first volume, eager to discover how the adventure begins, and needless to say, cannot wait for the third volume to be published.
You can read Alesha's interview with me, here on this site: The Next Big Thing! Or simply scroll down for links t
I’m delighted that fellow indie author Alesha Escobar has dropped by to talk about her work, and the inspiration behind her writing. Warm welcome to you Alesha, and on with the questions:
What is the title of your book?
"DARK RIFT", published four days ago, on 19th November. it’s the 2nd book of "The Gray Tower Trilogy".
Where did the idea come from for the book?
From my husband giving me a writing challenge--produce an urban fantasy story set in WWII with a female wizard as the protagonist. As a lover of history and of fantasy literature, I jumped at the chance. From there, "The Tower’s Alchemist" (Book 1) was born.
"Dark Rift" (Book 2) is the sequel.
What genre does your book fall under?
Fantasy, although some may also categorize it as Urban Fantasy or Historical Fantasy.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
The war between Wizards and Nazi Warlock Vampires has just gotten deadlier.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
It took nearly a year. I stopped writing for a couple of months after losing my mother. "Dark Rift" is dedicated to her--she loved the first book.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
It’s hard to say since I haven’t seen anything quite like "The Gray Tower Trilogy". However, I will say that one can see it as a blend of Butcher’s “Dresden Files,” Tregillis’s “Bitter Seeds,” and spy novel.
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
One of the most important inspirations incorporated into the story was the women of the Special Operations Executive (SOE). My protagonist, Isabella, is a spy working for this organization, but the real historical women who actually did work with SOE had some of the most amazing stories. Winston Churchill called them “The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare.” They did everything from sabotage the Nazis to broadcasting illegal radio transmissions for the Allies.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
It’s got a nice balance of action, espionage, humor and romance mixed in. And it’s smart. If you like the burgeoning “New Adult” fiction, you’ll like the series. If you’re an unabashed Geek Girl who likes an intelligent heroine, then you’ll like the series. Most of all, if you’re a lover of good stories, fun characters, and fantasy--you will like “The Gray Tower Trilogy”. I had one reader contact me and explain that although he was a guy, he loved my female protagonist and enjoyed the story overall. It was delightful to hear that.
“Gray Towers” premise sounds so intriguing! Thank you so much for dropping by to talk about the new title “Dark Rift”, and wish you every success with this very original story.
If you’d like to discover more about Alesha Escobar and her world, please visit Alesha's website, or author's page on "Goodreads", or send a tweet.
Both “The Tower's Alchemist” and “Dark Rift” are available to purchase from Amazon as EBooks. Why not try a sample now – and see World War Two through new eyes!