Thursday, January 5, 2012

Fates' Motif Description

I mentioned yesterday that I've been finalizing the blurb for Fates' Motif. I wanted to share what I've got today. It's short and simple, which seems to be a trend among fantasy books. I find that funny given the average length of such works, but I now understand why. Fantasy can be complicated, and it's as much about discovery and world building as plot (sometimes)... you don't want to give away too much. It made me feel like I was being all mysterious and such, but there are worse ways to feel about a blurb. I also end it with a question, which I think of as a somewhat "cheap trick," but I suppose I'm not above such conventions. Okay, okay, enough hedging. Here it is:

“A Song for everything, and in everything, a Song. Muses exist to inspire creation, Sharee. It's what we do.” – Renee Swift

Werim and Sharee Swift, teenage siblings living in an idyllic mountain village, have known nothing but the sweet song of peace. When that melody is destroyed and their mother slain by an invading dark Warlord, they discover that growing up can be a discordant tune. Escaping to find a nation steeped in turmoil, the two must learn to play their own song as counterpoint to the clangor of war. Will they grow to embrace their inner power, or be silently swept away by the savage horde?

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Fates’ Motif is a full-length fantasy adventure, the first installment of a new series from author Matt Hofferth.

What do you think? Enough? Too much? Would you read this book?


Nadja Notariani said...

Well, I've never really read fantasy, but it definintely piqued my interest. The only thing I would change is the ending question. Make it more mysterious or leading toward something other than their 'power'. If the book is about them, then surely they will embrace their power....but will it be for the good of the nation or not? ...or something like that. Maybe?
Hope you had a great holiday, Matt! Do you have a rough deadline to publish by in your thoughts?

Matt said...

Hmm, I see what you're saying. I'll have to ruminate on it to see if I can come up with something clever.

I wanted to publish by the end of the year, but well, ah, missed that. There have been some conflicting issues both on my end on the my editor's end, but I'm hopeful that'll I'll get the edits back soon. Then, it's just a matter of going over them, integrating, and putting the book up. My wife needs to finish the cover design as well. I'm hoping we can get it out in Feb if not sooner. We sort of took the holidays off to deal with stuff, and I'm just getting back into the swing of things now.

Matt said...

In the mean time (since I'm loathe to harry my time-donating editors), I've started working on the next book. I'm hoping to start writing it this week (just finished the outline), so there's that. It's been a bit slow, but still chugging along. It's a marathon, not a sprint, right? :-)

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