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Frank P. Ryan

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City of Limerick, grew up in magic town of Clonmel, Co Tipperary, then moved to Lancashire, England aged 13. University education Sheffield, England., Ireland
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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 published as a paperback and kindle in the UK (and globally) and will in a year or so be published in hardcover in the US.

More information will be found on my dedicated website www.frankpryan.com.

Cheers!

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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)
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,

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I'm about half-way through reading two novels right now and very much enjoying both.

One is "A Face Like Glass" by Frances Hardinge. I've read two or three other novels by the same author and enjoyed them too. She's a most unusual fantasy writer in that, in those books of hers I've read so far, she constructs an entirely novel world and set of characters in each and every book. The story lines a... Read more of this blog post »
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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

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message 4: by Jana

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


message 3: by Frank

Frank Ryan The feeling is mutual, Claire.

Sent from sunny Fuerteventura.


message 2: by Clare

Clare O'Beara Nice to meet you Frank!


Christine Hatfield Thanks for being my friend


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