Immortal Writers by Jill Bowers (2016)
YA Fiction | Fantasy
“Young up-and-coming author Liz McKinnen has no idea that her life is about to change forever when she comes home from her first book tour. When she’s kidnapped and told by her captors that she has to kill her fantasy book’s antagonist, she thinks that she’s fallen into the hands of crazy, dangerous fans… until her antagonist sends a real, fire-breathing dragon after her. Liz is quickly initiated into the Immortal Writers, a group of authors from throughout time whose words have given them eternal life, and whose prose is so powerful that it’s brought stories over from the Imagination Field into the Reality Field. As Liz meets authors such as William Shakespeare, JRR Tolkien, Edgar Allan Poe, and Jane Austen, she has to learn how to control magic, fight dragons, and face her own troubled past before her power-hungry villain takes over the world. Will she survive the ultimate battle against the dragon lord whom she created?”
Expected Publication Date: November 7, 2016
pooled ink Review:
Thank you to the publisher for sending me a copy to review!
The idea behind this book is brilliant and one I’m sure many authors wish were possible. I would absolutely love to visit the land of my making or of favorite stories I have read. It would be incredible to receive an invitation into your world of fiction and have the chance to become the hero. Terrifying, crazy, and not void of injury (as Liz was quick to discover) but freaking awesome nonetheless. Truly I feel that Bowers has a five-star idea but for some reason the execution left me a tad wanting.
While I was held enraptured during the adventure and enthralled by all the magic I struggled to truly connect with the characters. I somehow feel that if I had read Liz’s fantasy book series then I would become attached to her characters far more easily. As it was I struggled to really bond with Liz or anyone else in this book. It was difficult for me to hear their voices or picture their faces. I feel sort of bad for admitting this. I really did fall in love with the idea though. The whole world created in this book swept me off my feet and while the characters wooed me I was unable to fully succumb to their charms. I simply struggled to care about them. In the end I was far more attached to the story than to the people in it.
I felt there were a few plot structure issues and a few obvious surprises but it was fun enough to read to not really care about that.
That aside, I really do think Bowers has a limitless creativity. There were some really cool concepts thrown into this story. The melding of not only fiction and reality but of different types of fiction all rolled into one epic domain. It contained a good balance of the familiar fantasy clichés and of clever new ideas.
Of course there is a bit of romance and it was pretty well done. The banter and wit between them was quite good as well (Curtis never failed to make me laugh and my eyes roll). And I will say that Bowers does not shy away from giving her protagonist (and antagonist) a gritty background that perfectly injects the whimsical fantasy with a dark dose of reality.
Overall I enjoyed reading this book. It was a fun and entertaining read even if it did not absorb me wholly. I know the magic in this book will touch its readers in different ways and I wish it managed a stronger hold on me. Even so I will still recommend this book to my fantasy friends and those looking for a fun, dark, fantastical read.
Immortal Writers is an invasion of fantasy into the mortal world of reality. A gritty adventure filled with dragons, magic, sacrifice, love, and strength, this book creates an entire world that will have readers and writers alike clamoring for its visit. Brace yourself for the power unleashed by the quill.
Meet Jill Bowers!
Jill Bowers is a technical writer by day and a fantasy author by night. She is one of two composers-in-residence for the Westminster Bell Choirs and has a great love for all music. She used to be the writer and host for the award-winning radio show Olde Tyme Radio on the Aggie Radio Station at USU and has dabbled in stage play writing as well.
Jill enjoys attending Utah’s Comic Con and Fantasy Con and has an unhealthy attachment to Netflix. She lives in Utah and has a lovely dachshund that needs to lose weight because she probably doesn’t get enough walks and is too cute to not feed. Jill attended Utah State University for their creative writing program, where she actually specialized in creative nonfiction rather than fiction. However, Jill loves delving into different worlds in fantasy and sci-fi novels and is excited to have people enter the worlds she has created.