June 10, 2013

Book Spotlight: The Pact by Graeme Brown – Guest Post and Giveaway



Enter the world of Will Lesterall, a boy who’s grown up in the safety of his father’s castle. Tales of the outside world ruled by warring kings and creatures of nightmare have never seemed a threat, yet on the night celebrating the two hundredth year of the sacred Pact that has kept Fort Lesterall safe, a secret intrigue ripens, and in the course of a few hours Will is confronted with a choice greater than he can comprehend.

Join an unlikely hero as destiny pulls him into the middle of an ancient conflict between fallen gods and ambitious women, one that demands blood, both holy and wicked, and the power of an ancient fire bound in steel. As swords clash below a watching wood, hope and betrayal war as fiercely as fear and valor.

Whether he lives or dies, Will Lesterall will never be the same.

add to goodreadsThe Pact by Graeme Brown Publication Date:  May 6, 2013 Publisher:  Burst Books

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The Pact – Enter the Majestic Fantasy World of Will Lesterall


Most readers of epic fantasy know J.R.R. Tolkien’s map of Wilderland from The Hobbit, or better yet, his son’s carefully drawn maps that accompany any copy of Lord of the Rings. As I grew up and discovered a love for fantasy worlds and the various masters of the genre, it was always maps like these that made me stop and think. I saw a story waiting somewhere in those drawings, perhaps in the unlabeled mountain ranges, or the named cities that only got a passing reference—a story that the book didn’t tell.

So, I decided it was my job to tell it.

But I couldn’t write in Middle-Earth, or Robert Jordan’s world of the wheel. There was a time I thought about it, but I quickly realized I needed my own world. So I started drawing maps—all kinds of maps—and trying to write the stories down. It took me seventeen years before I had the skills to succeed. I wrote two novel-length manuscripts and enough failed beginnings to dwarf both of them, but all of it fell short of what I felt it ought to be. It was only when I decided to give up and try something else that I was able to succeed.

I met Will Lesterall on a dark morning while on my walk to work. At the time, I didn’t know much about him, but I knew he had a brother and that they lived near mountains, a terrible place, and soon the home they’ve grown up in and loved would be destroyed. That was the idea, anyway. I set to work, forming my outlines, carefully piecing it together. I knew the tale was going to be dark and frightening, but it was there, waiting to be told.

I had a choice: discard it, or write it. After all, aren’t writers supposed to pick and choose tales that are going to satisfy their readers? Who wants to read a story about a boy who’s going to lose everything and discover, through it, that the world isn’t the place he thought it was? I’m glad I didn’t give into that little doubting voice; dark though it was, inside the fabric of The Pact awaited something I could never have expected.

When I sat down to write it, the story took on a life of its own. Despite abandoning my old stories, those maps and mysteries that had taunted me for nearly two decades made their way into the narrative. Soon those mountains were in fact the Crossling Mountains from my old stories, and those monsters were none other than the Unborns I knew too well—Goblins and Trolls and Ogres, creatures begotten by the Lord of Darkness.

Layers of intrigue came together, and soon The Pact, a mere short story, was full of many dimensions of complexity and tension, loaded with the sort of questions and discord that keep a story going long after the final word.

The Pact was a lot of fun to write and taught me that choosing a story isn’t about picking something that’s going to appeal to a certain group of people. If you pick it that way, you might never tell the story you were meant to tell. Instead, going through the hard work it took to get The Pact just right taught me that I need to trust that inner storyteller—the process writers call finding your voice—tell the story and tell it true. Not every reader will like it, but that just means they’re not the readers who it’s meant for. But there are so many people in this world, so many people who like so many different things, and being a writer is about telling the story that is true to you, then finding the group of people who will enjoy it.

So here’s a dark story set in a world full of mystery and vivid detail, a ticket to a world rife with conflict and tension, one boy’s discovery not only that the world is a terrible place but that his life is part of something much greater, something he can run from, but never escape. The Pact is about questions, and the role of destiny in the midst of tragedy, of faith in the midst of hopelessness.

But first and foremost, it’s about a map and its secrets, those dark mountain passes and unnamed cities, all with stories to be told. It is a beginning, a quick visit to the world of a map, and a promise of more to come.





Graeme Brown is a Winnipeg author and junior editor for Champagne Books, with his first title, The Pact, now available for Kobo, Kindle, and other ebook formats. He’s also an artist and student of mathematics. Being a a long-time fan of epic fantasy and suffering from an overactive imagination, he has been writing stories for more than twenty years. He also enjoys running, yoga, and classical piano. He’s busy working on The Pact’s sequel, A Thousand Roads.

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  1. Meghan Stith

    This looks great! Love that cover, too ; ) I always wonder if the author has any life experience that they put into their books? Thanks for sharing with us and Thanks for the giveaway!
    mestith at gmail dot com

  2. Misty Rios

    Seems like a great read! Can’t wait to get into this one!

  3. Lacey G.

    I love reading about medieval times, mostly because of hte swords fights and horse riding! Probably why I took fencing and horse riding classes haha, as well as archery.

  4. Jennifer Crawford

    Thank you for the review/giveaway!

  5. Courtney Elena

    Great giveaway!!!

  6. This is a really good read for me, thank you!

  7. Graeme Brown

    A belated thank you to everyone who participated in the draw. I’m happy to see so much interest in this story I took a lot of care to get just right. I hope you all enjoy it.

  8. Chapter by Chapter

    Thanks for stopping by Graeme! I’m sure readers everywhere will love your story :)

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