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"Blender’s story is refreshingly original with top-notch characters...."

Sword, Sorcery and Low Fantasy

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  • Publisher: ‎ Independently published (25 July 2020)
  • Language: ‎ English
  • Paperback: ‎ 219 pages
  • ISBN-13: ‎ 979-8669341824
  • Genre: Sword & Sorcery and Low Fantasy


The BookViral Review:

A vividly imagined novel with an emotionally gripping core and a crafty plot Blender’s Story proves a smashing start to Beth Schluter’s Servants of the Wheel. A series that’s sure to find popular appeal amongst fans of Low Fantasy and Heroic Sword and Sorcery.

In the tradition of classic Sword and Sorcery and Low Fantasy fiction Schluter is quick to work some old-school magic in her magical nonhuman characters. In doing so she takes us beyond the genre’s typical offerings which sadly seem centred around a derivative mishmash of classic fairy tales and ideas gleaned from some of the bestselling fantasy fiction novels ever written.

Blender’s story is refreshingly original and its sensibilities stay true to the genre’s favoured tropes whilst being bolstered by a top-notch cast of supporting characters who are each imbued with unique magical qualities.

Central to these is Blender and through him Schluter breaks from the genre’s preoccupation with stereotypical protagonists. He’s surrounded by the leaping bravado of his comrades but he is quiet and reflective and full of surprises as he takes on the mantle of leadership. Schluter seems to instinctively understand what readers love about stories like Blender’s and she conveys it with the kind of clarity and affection that makes him wholly endearing.

At its core Blender’s mission to rescue Brava, and ultimately Axl, is a battle between the forces of darkness and light but its empowering themes of comradeship and resilience in the face of overwhelming odds flourish in novel fashion and it’s these that make Blender a genuine pleasure to read.

A rare gem which will appeal to a broad spectrum of Low Fantasy and Heroic Sword and Sorcery readers Blender’s Story proves a fine start to Schluter’s Servants of the Wheel series and is highly recommended!

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