Aerial Combat with a Difference for Saffron Walden Author

Some of the beautiful artwork commissioned for the cover of Alex Janaway's novel
Some of the beautiful artwork commissioned for the cover of Alex Janaway's novel
SAFFRON WALDEN, U.K. - Sept. 6, 2018 - PRLog -- Saffron Walden author, Alex Janaway, is celebrating the publication of Resistance, the second instalment of his fantasy trilogy, End of Empire. A compelling Tolkeinesque cast lives alongside human beings in Janaway's fantasy world. Or rather they used to live aside one another until a coalition of other species joined forces to wipe humanity from the face of the planet. As the book opens, humankind has all but vanished.

Book 1, Vanquished, chronicled a vicious and efficiently executed war. Book 2, Resistance, charts its aftermath. Janaway is well placed to provide a credible and electrifying backdrop. Major Alex Janaway spent a decade travelling the world with the British Army. He has seen military campaigns from an insider's view and paints compelling pictures of different theatres of war, from the well-trained fighting corps to the hapless civilian populations caught in the confusion and devastation of battle.

One thing he admits to never having experienced is combat from the back of an eagle! In his book, the remnants of Eagle Rider detachments play a significant role as we see the giant birds with their human riders desperately trying to regroup.

It is not only the reality and aftermath of devastating military action that Janaway is able to portray so well. He follows the trials and fortunes of people taken into slavery as war spoils, the fate of refugees, the sense of isolation and dislocation that comes when lives are turned upside down.

'It's a gripping read from the first page of the first book,' says Dan Grubb, CEO of Fantastic Books Publishing. 'Alex not only has the knowledge to bring this war-torn world alive on the page, he has a deft touch that brings its characters vividly to life.'

It is not surprising that a well-travelled army officer should know about war and its consequences, but it's a surprise to find such skill with the fantasy genre. There is clearly more to this author. 'A few years ago I took an extended sabbatical,' he tells me, 'and ended up in the computer games industry.' It turns out that Janaway worked on the phenomenally successful Jagex, and he now works as a freelance computer games writer having contributed to several successful games including Merlin for Bossa Studios.

Alex Janaway freely admits to being, 'a fully paid up geek who owns a lightsabre'. He also has a house full of painted metal fantasy soldiers. It isn't hard to imagine him playing out the battles in End of Empire before committing pen to paper.

Janaway is a big fan of conventions and is delighted that both his books saw the fantasy and gaming extravaganza, FantastiCon, as their official launch pads.

End of Empire: Resistance is officially launched at FantastiCon 2018, an annual fantasy, science-fiction and gaming convention run by Fantastic Books.

Further information about the book and the author

End of Empire: Resistance:

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Further information about FantastiCon

The FantastiCon convention includes official book launches as part of the annual fantasy and sci-fi extravaganza featuring celebrities and technology from the worlds of Star Wars, Dr Who, The Lords of Midnight, Elite: Dangerous, Star Citizen and many more. Get more information on the official website at fantasticon dot co dot uk.

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