Ian Gregoire

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January 31, 1977





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The reclusive Ian Gregoire is a taciturn introvert residing somewhere in London, where he was born and raised. Of all life’s diversions, reading and writing are the only ones he ever deemed worthwhile enough to be passionate about. This eventually led to his belated decision to pursue his true calling in life as a fantasy and science fiction author. His debut novel, The Exercise Of Vital Powers, is just the first of many books he intends to inflict upon an unsuspecting world.

On the occasions he steps out of his reading and writing comfort zone, Ian has a fondness for computing, melancholy music, retro gaming, and Asian Cinema. Ian also loves peace and quiet, something that is in frustratingly short supply in his life.

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Ian Gregoire To answer the first part of the question as simply as I can, the way I went about devising names for the various different magical abilities etc. was …moreTo answer the first part of the question as simply as I can, the way I went about devising names for the various different magical abilities etc. was to use Google Translate. I had a general idea of the English meanings of the terms I wanted to create so I would input those terms and check how they translated into half a dozen different languages and listened to how they are pronounced. After that I started messing around with those words, creating portmanteaus to see what new words I could come up with. Once I came up with combinations that looked and sounded good, it was just a matter of finalising a new word based on those combinations and altering the spelling of the finished words, enough to conceal all trace that the made up word was derived by combining real words from other languages.

To answer the second part of the question, the principal reason why I think Kayden's story was worth telling is because it confronts a complacent assumption that many of us have about abusing power. I suspect most of us believe that if we were given power over other people we would never abuse that power. Yet it would be so easy to allow self-interest to cause us to do just that and come up with justification for doing it, while denying that any abuse of power has occurred.(less)
Ian Gregoire Hi Thomas. I plan for Legends of The Order to be a five book series.
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Book Review: Prince Of Thorns By Mark Lawrence


Book CoverPrince Of Thorns
(The Broken Empire, Book 1)

Mark Lawrence

Genre: Fantasy, Grimdark
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Format: Paperback, 416 Pages
Date: 12th April 2012 (First Published 2011)

ISBN-10: 0007423632
ISBN-13: 9780007423637




Survivor, royalty, bandit leader, petulant murderer, callous rapist, and quite possibly deranged. Prince Honorous Jorg

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“Let me assure you that your fear is misplaced. If you must fear anyone, you should fear me. Nothing and no one in this world can protect you from me if you do not tell me what I want to know.”
Ian Gregoire, The Apprentice In The Master’s Shadow

“It is a sad truth that those who crave and seek power, invariably abuse that power once they obtain it.”
Ian Gregoire, The Exercise of Vital Powers
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“You can try to keep the apprentice out of trouble, but you can’t keep the trouble out of the apprentice.”
Ian Gregoire, The Apprentice In The Master’s Shadow

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“Stupidity is a more dangerous enemy of the good than malice. One may protest against evil; it can be exposed and, if need be, prevented by use of force. Evil always carries within itself the germ of its own subversion in that it leaves behind in human beings at least a sense of unease. Against stupidity we are defenseless. Neither protests nor the use of force accomplish anything here; reasons fall on deaf ears; facts that contradict one’s prejudgment simply need not be believed – in such moments the stupid person even becomes critical – and when facts are irrefutable they are just pushed aside as inconsequential, as incidental. In all this the stupid person, in contrast to the malicious one, is utterly self satisfied and, being easily irritated, becomes dangerous by going on the attack. For that reason, greater caution is called for when dealing with a stupid person than with a malicious one. Never again will we try to persuade the stupid person with reasons, for it is senseless and dangerous.”
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“Let me tell you this: if you meet a loner, no matter what they tell you, it's not because they enjoy solitude. It's because they have tried to blend into the world before, and people continue to disappoint them.”
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“If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.”
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“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
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“How am I going to make friends with these people if all I can think of is how easy it would be to rob them?”
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