Book Review: Harley Merlin #7 – Harley Merlin and the Detector Fix by Bella Forrest

Keeping a series feeling fresh after 6 books is a difficult challenge. Book 6, Harley Merlin and the Cult of Eris, felt like a bit of a stumble as it’s position in the overall plotline felt a bit forced to ask a question which it immediately answered early on. There was a lack of tension … Continue reading Book Review: Harley Merlin #7 – Harley Merlin and the Detector Fix by Bella Forrest

Storytelling Musings: The Redemption Arc

A very controversial character development depending on the character in question. A character who was misled into doing something evil? Potentially redeemable. A character who gleefully commits murder and doesn’t come off as remorseful? Probably not. There’s a lot of nuance in the idea of redeeming a character. Can it be done well? Absolutely! There … Continue reading Storytelling Musings: The Redemption Arc

Book Review: Harley Merlin #6 – Harley Merlin and the Cult of Eris by Bella Forrest

Entering the latter half of the series begs an interesting question. How does the author keep the story engaging and exciting when so much has already happened? That might sound strange, but truth be told it was something I hadn’t really considered before. Trilogies don’t have this issue, but anything longer essentially has a longer … Continue reading Book Review: Harley Merlin #6 – Harley Merlin and the Cult of Eris by Bella Forrest

Book Review – Harley Merlin #5 – Harley Merlin and the Broken Spell by Bella Forrest

A series that has gone on as long as the Harley Merlin series can be at risk of running into derivative plots and character arcs. As someone whose working on their own lengthy book series, the idea of keeping everything fresh and interesting by book #5 seems like a daunting task. However Harley Merlin and … Continue reading Book Review – Harley Merlin #5 – Harley Merlin and the Broken Spell by Bella Forrest

Storytelling Musings: Showing the villainy rather than telling it.

**Slight spoilers for Harley Merlin #4: Harley Merlin and the First Ritual** While I’ve been praising the Harley Merlin series and especially Harley Merlin #4: Harley Merlin and the First Ritual, there is a strange lack in stakes or at least it doesn’t feel like the stakes are that high. That’s because the antagonist, the … Continue reading Storytelling Musings: Showing the villainy rather than telling it.