Lynda responds to a review of Avim's Oath in Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine.
Lynda Williams is the author of the Okal Rel Saga, published by Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing. Part 7: Healer's Sword arrives in 2012. Lynda's work features moral dilemmas in a character-driven, multi-cultural setting with radically different attitudes to sex and social control surrounding space warfare and bio-science.
Avim's Oath has been reviewed in Neo-opsis by Stephanie Ann Johanson:
"Don't believe the descriptions of this novel, even the book's own blurb has the reader thinking this book is something else than it is. Avim's Oath is not about vengeful princesses, it's not about two half brother princes vying for the love of the lovely princess Lutharain. This story is about the growth of Amel. Throughout the other books in the Okal Rel saga Amel has been a beautiful soul, perhaps even a Golden Soul, who has lived and lives through one tragedy after another. Amel has managed to find moments of love and caring, but has always been afraid to enjoy these openly, because of the powers and jealousies of others. This might not have been as much of a problem, but Amel also often cared about his tormentors."
There are few joys for an author as great as when someone "gets" it, except maybe when the person writes a review explaining it. Avim's Oath is, indeed, the novel in which Amel gets his act together and I could just kiss Stephanie Johanson for seeing it so clearly. I, too, had a problem with the "vengeful princesses" blurb Stephanie refers to. It was recommended by someone with marketing flare. I'm not certain, but I don't think the person concerned read a line of the book. The always wonderful Brian Hades let me negotiate the blurb to "power-hungry princesses" before the print run, which works better for me. "Power-hungry" appears on the back of the book. Seeing a reviewer familiar with the series connect with the spirit of the book is a gift. Thank you, Stephanie and Neo-opsis.