I have joined the ranks of the Angry Robot Army.

What does that mean you might ask… it means I read their books and then post a review here on my site. The idea seemed like a no brainer to me as I am already a fan and follower of one of their authors.

Tim Waggoner is an author and instructor who I admire and can honestly say I enjoy sitting down to read his novels. He teaches at the local community college and I was fortunate enough to have him as my instructor when I took several writing courses. Through Tim I learned the skills to go beyond my basic instincts and write like an author instead of someone who just writes.

Tim has several published books that include Fantasy, Young Adult, and Horror. I personally like his young adult and fantasy books.  One of his first books, and the first book I read and consequently am reviewing as my first, is Temple of the Dragon Slayer

The book tells the tale of Nearra, a young girl who wakes up in the middle of a forest with no memory of who she is or how she got there. She soon amasses various friends to include a Ranger name Davyn who along with a wizard name Maddoc, rescues Nearra from the near clutches of the dragon, Slean. They are soon joined by a warrior, Catriona and her kender friend, Sindri. Sindri a very small being, is a riot, always getting into trouble. When we first meet Sindri, the kender has stolen something from a minataur named Jax, who by stories end, like the other assorted lot, become more than friends even as each hides a secret, some more pernicious than others.  Tim managed to bring the characters to life in a very short time with distinct personalities and vivid physical descriptions. It was a good read, the characters were interesting and the plot line exciting, and most important, it left me wanting to read more. For the age range it was written for (10+), it is right on target. I found myself turning page after page to see what next adventure or mishap will befall the adventurers and who will betray who.

Temple of the Dragonslayer was actually a book I pick from a selection to review during one of Tim’s classes. It was intersting to later discuss the book and my review of it with Tim, who was nice enough to go through his writing process with us. I was amazed when he told me he’d added a scene in the middle to up the word count, at the request of his editor. Recalling the scene I was surprised at how well he had integrated it into the body of the book, never having it evident. In class we dicussed the steps to putting together a good story and the perseverence needed become a published author.

You can find Tim’s book at www.angryrobotbooks.com and at his website www.timwaggoner.com Look to future blogs of his  recently released book, Nekropolis. Originally published as a novella, this is an extended version of the novel and book 1 in a 3 part trilogy.   Nekropolis.