I'm always on the lookout for interesting small press and self-published books, and The Soulstealer War, by W. L. Hoffman, caught my interest. I chatted with the author at BEA for quite a while, and according to him, it's an epic fantasy with SF elements, quantum physics, and philosophy.
The first book is called The First Mother's Fire, and it has cover art by Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell. You can see the cover art in this wall hanging that was hanging in the booth:
Here's a wall hanging of the map from the book.
The map was drawn by the author and it's beautiful.
I haven't read the book, so I really have no idea if it's any good, but it sounds interesting and I look forward to reading it.
I actually did a review of it a while back. I didn't like it, to be honest, but I suspect that has more to do with preference in "kind" of book than with the author himself. His writing wasn't necessarily bad, it was just in a style that I don't particularly enjoy. It might work for you, though, but I couldn't get past chapter one.
Again, just personal preference. We might have drastically different tastes :P.
Thanks for the feedback. Hopefully it's just, as you said, a matter of taste, but I'll have to see for myself.
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