Title: Immortal Writers
Author: Jill Bowers
Blurb (taken from Goodreads):
Young up-and-coming author Liz McKinnen has no idea that her life is about to change forever when she comes home from her first book tour. When she’s kidnapped and told by her captors that she has to kill her fantasy book’s antagonist, she thinks that she’s fallen into the hands of crazy, dangerous fans… until her antagonist sends a real, fire-breathing dragon after her. Liz is quickly initiated into the Immortal Writers, a group of authors from throughout time whose words have given them eternal life, and whose prose is so powerful that it’s brought stories over from the Imagination Field into the Reality Field. As Liz meets authors such as William Shakespeare, JRR Tolkien, Edgar Allan Poe, and Jane Austen, she has to learn how to control magic, fight dragons, and face her own troubled past before her power-hungry villain takes over the world. Will she survive the ultimate battle against the dragon lord whom she created?
What an excellent concept to write about. I feel as though the topic of an author visiting into their written work has been done to death; it was the first time that I read about the characters from an author’s novel crossing over into this world. By incorporating landmarks such as Niagara Falls, Jill Bowers creates a strong universe with infinite possibilities.
I think the highlight of this book for me was the characterization of every single character. The presence of all these famous authors made me laugh from beginning to end. Jill Bowers imagines their personality and shapes them into very intriguing characters (my personal favourite being the downright weird Edgar Allan Poe and his constant search for company during his yearly trek to his own grave). The novel is also full of references to their work, including a quite hilarious bit where Tolkien reminds the readers that he has taken on Smaug, insinuating that Liz’s dragons are inferior.
The protagonist’s characters are also very well made, and their synergy is strong. It’s very easy for the readers to become attached to them, just as it’s easy for Liz herself to fall even more in love with her own characters. Even the antagonist is well-crafted; although he is absent for most of the novel, he is as well-developed as the rest of them.
The book finishes off with a teaser of the next book in this series. It doesn’t seem to follow Liz and Curtis, but the story looks even more action-packed than this one!
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone — there is also a book club discussion guide at the end of the novel, so this is perfect for your club (or classroom’s) next read! I would like to thank Blue Moon Publishers and Netgalley for the free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.