Hypnotic Fantasy

Let’s face it: the sun is out in force, and there’s a deadline looming, and finding interesting things to say is not happening. So I’m just going to link to yet another lovely review at The Truth About Books. I like this one: it makes me sound like the Paul McKenna of fantasy (or this chap), in that I write “hypnotic” fantasy. Perhaps a new subgenre?

“Look into my eyes, look into my eyes, the eyes, the eyes, not around the eyes, don’t look around my eyes, look into my eyes, you’re under.”

Hugely intelligent, hypnotic new fantasy…

Nights of Villjamur is an extremely ambitious novel; asking for some serious cranial activity in order for a reader to get into its rhythm. The plotlines are extravagant and elaborately fashioned, with each individual strand eventually falling into its rightful place in the bigger picture and plenty of action, blood, gore and sex to satisfy the most ravenous of readers… an intelligent novel, with subtleties and nuances, darkness and starkness, depth and superficialities and mildly hypnotic; it will slowly wrap itself around you like the coils of a python – squeezing everything else out until only the story exists.

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About Mark Newton

Born in 1981, live in the UK. I write about strange things.


  1. …to be honest, I’m less worried about being hypnotised than I am about the bit where the book turns into a giant snake. Eek.

  2. I read 120 pages so far and to be honest there is a lot of truth in the mentioned review.
    It is hypnotic!

  3. Clearly Mark, we are going to have fun with you in our interview! I just showed Sarah (our Asst.Ed) this and she couldn’t stop giggling – thank God you don’t have to meet her in person!!

  4. Hi Tom, I certainly don’t need much encouragement… Glad to have amused Sarah. Let the interrogation begin. 🙂

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