The Influence of Kaiju, and Other Giant Monsters On The Legend of Light

I’ve been a giant monster fanboy for a very long time, just about all of my life. I can still can remember that day I was walking through a Toys R Us store as a three-year-old with my parents, and my eyes were eventually drawn to a VHS copy of King Kong vs. Godzilla. When I watched it with my family back home later that night, and we watched Godzilla’s introduction where he emerges triumphantly from an iceberg, it was love at first sight.

Something about that big, atomic fire breathing lizard just resonated with me as a youngster. Kong was pretty cool to me, too, as were so many of the other giant monsters I would go on to see in films and television, primarily those of the Japanese variety (Kaiju). They came in such a wide array of sizes, shapes, colors, abilities, and personalities, but all fearsome and awe inspiring in their own unique ways. I didn’t really follow superheroes or DC/Marvel comics until my high school years, so as a kid I didn’t have much interest in Batman, Superman, Spider-Man, or Wonder Woman―my heroes were Godzilla, Kong, Gamera, and Mothra.

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Most Anticipated of 2019

And then there’s the other tradition I love at the end of the year; what has me most excited for the coming year! I’ve been hyping it for months that 2019 will be an absolute homerun for movies, video games, and tv. It’s going to be jammed packed with awesome releases, too many to count for each category! Here’s what I’m most looking forward to in the coming year.

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A Gleaming Path Excerpt – A Night in the Arid Reaches

My very helpful proofreaders and I are currently in the process of editing the manuscript for Book 2 in The Legend of Light, A Gleaming Path. I can’t put an exact date on a publication at this point, but we are very much well on our way to finishing this, and I can confidently say that we will see a print version sooner rather than later.

As we creep closer to that inevitable release, I’m here to continue offering glimpses into the story with exclusive excerpts straight from the manuscript. Two major additions to the story in A Gleaming Path are featured here. In this middle entry to The Legend of Light trilogy, readers will get to know more of the mysterious, reclusive Aesur people, who live on the highest peaks in the Tower Mountains, and have developed a form of magic called Airtaming, where they manipulate the winds and air currents to their whim. One of those Aesur in the spotlight is Elisstriss, Dayneth’s younger sister, who is one of the mightiest Airtamers of them all.

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A Gleaming Path Excerpt – Those Who Call The Ocean Home

Earlier this year, The Legend of Light kicked off its adventure with the opening volume, The Echoes of Light. This is a young adult, high fantasy trilogy that any fan of such series like The Legend of Zelda, Shannara, Earthsea, and The Chronicles of Narnia should enjoy, one filled with magic, myths, monsters, and loads of action.

A reawakened terror swept across the kingdom of Tordale in Book One, forcing our heroes like the young swordsman, Alamor, and the princess of the kingdom, Raissa Hokara, into action. After obtaining the sacred vessel of magic known as the Radia of Gallantry, Alamor, Raissa, and their companions still have a long journey ahead of them, one which will take them across the oceans surrounding Tordale, and into the perilous desert, the Arid Reaches. Both Alamor and Raissa will continue to develop their understanding of the supreme power they wield, while facing some of Tordale’s bloodiest secrets.

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Interview with Armand Baltazar: Author of Timeless – Diego and the Rangers of the Vastlantic

I’ve interviewed my fair share of authors, artists, athletes, professional wrestlers, and actors throughout the years, but this was a special one for me. I read Timeless – Diego and the Rangers of the Vastlantic earlier this year and simply adored it, so much so that I can comfortably say it’s my favorite book that I’ve read in many years. The host of vivid, detailed illustrations that gave us looks into the story’s unique world of fantasy, scifi, and steampunk elements helped make it one of the most unique artistic endeavors that I’ve ever enjoyed.

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Interview with Author Isaac Hooke

I’ve always been passionate for writing my own stories because I love the escapism of fiction. I’m an avid reader of comics and literature, I spend many hours playing video games, I’ve watched Lord knows how many animes, I often make multiple trips to the movie theater every month — I just plain love storytelling and everything that goes with it.

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