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Frank P. Ryan

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J.R.R. Tolkein, Tad Williams, Ursula K. Le Guin

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Hi!

I write epic fantasy novels, which form part of a series of four books, "The Three Powers". I was lucky enough for the books in this series, The Snowmelt River, The Tower of Bones and The Sword of Feimhin, to have gathered excellent reviews from various sources including the British Fantasy Society and Starburst Magazine, which helped to push my fantasy into the top ten bestseller list of epic fantasy novels on amazon.co.uk.

The fourth and final book in the series, The Return of the Arinn, is now on the countdown to publication with free chapter downloads on www.fantasybookreview.co.uk. There will be a new free chapter download every month right up to publication later in 2015.

More information will be found on my dedicated website www.
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Frank P. Ryan Hi Niamh,

I can't ever recall having difficulty finishing a book. Starting one, yes. It suggests you have having some doubts about the story, or its…more
Hi Niamh,

I can't ever recall having difficulty finishing a book. Starting one, yes. It suggests you have having some doubts about the story, or its inspiration. Might be an idea to start a new one and then, after a little while working on something new, you may feel a fresh inspiration to return to the book again. This is a very common reaction among writers. Iain M Banks said he wrote or attempted some four books before Wasp Factory was accepted. Then he went back and rewrote one of the previous four and rejigged one that became Consider Phlebas, which was the first of his "Culture" novels. We exchanged books at the stage when he was still writing Look to Windward. I bought Phlebas as a first edition and read it a few years ago and it is still quite ropey compared to his later books, so you can see even today that he was on a learning curve. Most of us went through the same, and perhaps you are too. Don't give up. But park it for a while and take on something new . . .

I hope this helps.

All the best,

Frank(less)
Frank P. Ryan I grew up as a child under the shadow of the magical mountain, Slievenamon, steeped in tales of Celtic warriors and, of course, the terrible…moreI grew up as a child under the shadow of the magical mountain, Slievenamon, steeped in tales of Celtic warriors and, of course, the terrible tridedana. But few if any epic fantasies appeared to be based on it. So I decided to develop this theme. But I also looked at Native American and Scandanavian legends, as well as inventing ideas of my own to suit my purpose.(less)
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I see, on amazon.co.uk, that The Return of the Arinn, which is Book 4, and the final book in the Three Powers series, is now starting to sell. It's a modest start, but nevertheless it is comforting to me as a writer that readers who love the series have indicated their desire to read the final book.

Thank you!

Although Return of the Arinn is still 3 months from publication, the marketing will beg... Read more of this blog post »
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I accept your honest opinion. The penultimate book in a series is always tricky territory, since one is leading up to the final confron
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I take on board your reservations and I openly admit I have a lot of strings to tie off in Book 4. You will probably be aware that the openin
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"This is the third book in the series. It's somewhat different from the previous two, in that most of the action takes place on Earth, in a dystopian London. Anything describing itself as "urban fantasy" is something I'd usually avoid. Thankfully t..." Read more of this review »
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“I think that if Mozart were alive today and decided to become a novelist, he would write humorous fantasy.”
Frank P. Ryan, The Snowmelt River

“It is rumoured from sources older than history that once these were happy lands, fruitful and bounteous as any heart might desire. The Arinn were the masters then, a race of magicians of paralleled knowledge – but that very knowledge rather than wisdom was their undoing. In their arrogance, they wrought a malengin wondrous beyond understanding, yet so perilous that even today few other than the very wise or the very foolish dare utter its name. In such folly lay the seeds of our tormented world… - Ussha De Danaan: last High Architect of Ossierel”
Frank P. Ryan, The Snowmelt River

“Other rumours, equally venerable, tell a different – that long before the age of mortals there was a great war between the dragons and a brutal race of titans. So lasting and terrible was this conflict that the bones of the slain are still scattered over the blighted lands. It is said that the titans eventually won this war to bring to an end of the Age of Dragons. This ushered in the Age of Tyranny, when mortals served no purpose other than enslavement, a tyranny that was ended by the coming of the Arinn.
If such be true, deliverance surely came with a price. – Ussha De Danaan: last High Architect of Ossierel”
Frank P. Ryan, The Tower of Bones

“I think that if Mozart were alive today and decided to become a novelist, he would write humorous fantasy.”
Frank P. Ryan, The Snowmelt River

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Jana Hi Frank, Thanks for your kind message, and it's nice to meet you too. :)


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Frank Ryan The feeling is mutual, Claire.

Sent from sunny Fuerteventura.


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Clare O'Beara Nice to meet you Frank!


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