Title: Immortal Writers
Author: Jill Bowers
Publisher: Blue Moon Publishers
Source: NetGalley ebook
Immortal Writers is a book for any reader who dreams of their favourite book becoming reality, for any writer who longs to meet their characters face-to-face and not just on the page. It speaks to anyone who wishes to live the adventures they could only embark on in their minds.
In Immortal Writers, Liz discovers she is part of a mysterious organisation of some of the greatest writing minds out there. Unfortunately, the excitement of the discovery, and what comes with it, is dampened by the fact that she must save her own world from the all-powerful villain of her books, and the dragons he commands.
I love dragons, I love writing and I love fantasy, so the very description of this book on NetGalley called to me. The basic plot is not especially unique – normal person discovers only they have the power to save the world and defeat their mortal enemy, but the twists and additions that Bowers adds to it make it quite an enjoyable read. More than that, however, this book is about Liz, who comes from a past she tries desperately to forget and must learn that she is more than what she believes herself to be. There are a vast number of ups and downs, and a couple of emotional moments, that make it fast and exciting to read.
Unfortunately, Immortal Writers is let down a bit by the writing. There is definite potential in Bower’s writing, demonstrated beautifully by the story she has created, but with a bit more tweaking and fine-tuning, this would have been an incredible read.
With a book such as Immortal Writers, the scope for characters is immense. There are so many authors and characters that could be dropped into it, that the potential is huge. Fortunately, Bowers made the smart decision to have the book not be about the people we’ve already met and even studied; instead the majority was nearly about the characters from her own mind. With the exception of Shakespeare, the others only get a passing mention or a couple of lines, and even Shakespeare himself is only a minor character. This worked for me. The was no overwhelming sense of characters I really should know more about, but there was the small burst of excitement as one is mentioned who I really enjoy. That being said, I did feel like the characterisation of them that we did see was slightly different to how I imagined they would be, which is always the danger when bringing well-known people and characters into a book.
The main group of characters were really fun to read. While there were moments where they did feel slightly awkward, I really enjoyed the dynamic between them and how they interacted with each other. Curtis was probably the only one who felt two-dimensional at times, but as a fictional character of a fictional character that could be excused. Liz herself was an enjoyable heroine and her development from start to finish was fun to read. There were moments where she felt slightly mary-sue-ish, but this was all explained within the context of the book so, somehow, it worked.
Immortal Writers had a rather interesting set-up which blending the modern day with a pure fantasy world. It developed, almost unnoticed, from a contemporary outlook to quite a magical one. I really liked the idea of the Castle, with different wings for different genres, and all of the different possibilities it could conjure up. The running joke regarding the usefulness of science fiction writers was another part of this world that I quite enjoyed, one which highlighted the power that these characters had.
The concept of the magic was a little hard to grasp, however. I loved how writers with incredible writing talent could become one with their words, and so become immortal. However, the idea that the magic system, in the case of fantasy writers, could follow them into reality was a little hard to grasp. With all the various fantasy novels I’ve read, having all their magic systems alive and kicking in this world was quite a feat to imagine, and left my brain reeling from all the possibilities, and clashes, that could cause.
Immortal Writers is not perfect, but it is a lot of fun and surprisingly addictive. The concept is brilliant and the plot delightful. While the writing could have been better and the characters a bit more realistic, Bowers has stumbled across something great and, if I’m at all honest, I finished this book and wanted to dive straight into the next one – the sneak peek at the end was far too tempting.
Immortal Writers will be released on the 7th November 2016.