My Writing Soundtrack – Part 4

Here comes the long awaited part 4 of my writing soundtrack -after an awfully long time! Sorry about that- featuring some gems from Faun as well as more game soundtracks and instrumental collections.

Part 1 can be seen here.

Part 2 can be seen here.

Part 3 can be seen here.

Steampunk & Victorian Music Collection

Lindsey Stirling – Dragon Age

I’m a big fan of Lindsey Stirling’s music, it got me through awfully boring night shifts for months back int the day. This is from her official channel, I ordered some songs from her new album from itunes and I highly recommend checking it out. She makes amazing melodic songs which make great background music for writing sessions.

Faun- Ne Aludj El

I wrote many a chapter with this haunting Hungarian song in the background.

Faun – Arcadia

One of my all-time favorites, this Faun song is in Finnish, the lyrics are a poem from the Kanteletar, the lesser known collection of Finnish folk poems (Kalevala is the famous one.) The poem talks about a golden woodland king, which reminds me of Thranduil, which might as well be Tolkien’s inspiration for the character. The way he’s described in Hobbit is somewhat similar to this poem. Tolkien has drawn quite a bit of elements from the Kalevala, it would be no surprise if he was inspired by the Kanteletar also. Anyway, I love this song, it’s flamin’ great.

Faun – Königin

Faun – Egil Saga

Faun – Lupercalia

This one’s lyrics are from an Ovid poem, describing Pan. Ovid was one of the three canonical poets of Latin literature and this song lead me to grabbing a copy of the book, Fastorum Libri Sex, where this poem is taken from.

In the song/poem Pan runs downhill naked, followed by his ministers, in spirit of Lupercalia. At least that’s what I understood🙂 Here is the Google Books link (scroll a bit for the English translation) for the curious.

Medieval II: Total War – Teutonic Campaign Soundtrack

Medieval Orthodox Byzantine Chants

This will sound weird, but I listen to Byzantine Orthodox chants for getting in the mood for certain parts of the story. It’s heavily inspired by the medieval Byzantine culture and they have produced some of the best religious music of the era. I am not a Christian, but I love the Orthodox chants.They are quite haunting and puts me in that certain atmosphere.

Ancient Greek Music: Spirit of Socrates

This one has some reconstructed (from archaelogical findings) and original music featuring ancient Greek instruments. Pretty darn cool stuff.

Earliest Evidence for the Existence of Grimnir’s People

Fascinating blog post from Scott Oden.


I am, by trade, a writer of fiction.  As such, I’m often accused – and rightly so – of “just making things up.”  And while I’d like nothing more than to take credit for the creation of that species of mythological beast called kaunar (which would later achieve lasting immortality thanks to Tolkien, who used them as a template for his Orcs), they are in fact indigenous to the annals of history.  I merely stumbled across them . . .

In 2006, while researching a story on the used grimoire trade in Vienna, I came across a rare find in the basement of a forgotten bookshop in an alley off Kolingasse.  On a shelf below the local histories and the hand-bound volumes of 17th century bucolic poetry, surrounded by lurid romance novels from America, was a crumbling pasteboard file box.  The peeling label bore the name “Mikolajczyk” in a scrawled…

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Waiting on Wednesday – The Court of Broken Knives

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine to let readers share their excitement for books coming out soon, and the book I’m waiting is

The Court of Broken Knives (Empires of Dust, Book 1) by Anna Smith-Spark

It’s available for preorder here (sorry US folks, UK only for the time being but it will likely be available in the US.)
It’s grim and dark, so I’m eagerly waiting for it!

Here is the link to Anna’s web site for the updates:

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I’d Name Children or Pets After


Top Ten Tuesdays meme is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish and this week’s theme is the characters we’d name childre/pets/plants after.

Here goes my top ten:

Five Characters I’d Name A Child After

1. Jorg: I’d name my son after Jorg from The Broken Empire by Mark Lawrence. (Don’t judge!)

2. Tyrion: One of the best characters from A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin, he has quite a charismatic name. It sounds old school too.

3. Miriel:If I had a daughter I’d name her after the elf queen from the Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien. In fact there are people who have done it, I wouldn’t be alone🙂

4. Arya:My fav character from A Song of Ice and Fire, I’d name a daughter after her.

5. Rand: I’d name a second son after Rand from The Wheel of Time, for sure.

Ten Characters I’d Name A Pet After

1. Nighteyes: What better name for a wolf-like dog than the beloved wolf character from Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb?

2. Sirius: If I had a huge black Lab, I’d name him after Sirius black from Harry Potter. How un-original of me, but that was my favorite character and the name is just fitting.

3. Justice: I think I’d name a Pitbull after Jorg and William’s dog from The Broken Empire by Mark Lawrence.

4. Wichtig: If I had a spoiled horse, I’d name it after the self-worshipping swordsman from Beyond Redemption by Michael R. Fletcher.

5. Nakor: If I had another mischievous kitty, I’d name it after this unforgettable and awesome funny dude from the Riftwar Saga by Raymond E. Feist.

What is your top ten? Share in the comments!

And the BiblioSanctum #SPFBO Finalist is…

The BiblioSanctum

Since revealing our short list in the summer, we have been busy reading and reviewing our top six books in order to determine who will submit for the final rounds of the Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off. While each of us has read all six of the books, we have posted reviews for two of those books each. Now it’s time for us to sit down and chat about our favourites and our not-so-favourites. What worked for Tiara? Why did Mogsy really like that book? Why did Wendy end up disappointed with her picks? Join us in our Sanctum Sanctorum as we sum up our thoughts and whittle it down to our finalist!

To start, let’s take a look at our six books again…

Assassin’s ChargeAssassin's Charge by Claire Frank SPFBO by Claire Frank

Reviewed by Mogsy: I enjoyed this book so much. The writing was strong from the get go, and I only became more…

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Book Review: The Dragon Reborn by Robert Jordan

AThe Great Hunt
Genre: Fantasy
Series: The Wheel of Time
Author info:

This is book #3 of the legendary Wheel of Time series. See my reviews for the first book and the second book.

Warning: Spoilers for the previous books, since it’s inevitable when reviewing series, especially a long one like The Wheel of Time.

I enjoyed reading this book a great deal, I must say it was quite interesting to read a whole book with non-Rand POV’s and getting to know some of the supporting characters better. I didn’t care much for Perrin in the beginning, but he grew on me since he had some great POV chapters showing his internal conflict quite well.

The pacing is excellent, a lot of things are going on, different teams of characters set out on different journeys and deal with serious threats.

The star of the book was Mat without question. He has been a great burden on everyone in the previous book, paralyzed with the curse of the dagger and pretty much out of the game. Once the Aes Sedai cured him of that horrible curse, he started to kick serious arse. His gambling runs and inn-hopping with Thom were some of the most entertaining parts of the book. Mat is awesome and he grabbed the spot for my favorite character in this series so far.

A new character called Faile aka Zarine is introduced in this book and dear Gods she is irritating as hell. She wins the second place for the most annoying female fantasy characters after Denna from the Kingkiller Chronicle, though I’ve been told she cleans up her act and becomes nice in later books. We shall see.

Hopper, Perrin’s wolf familiar is another favorite of mine. He sort of reminds me of Nighteyes from Farseer books, but unlike vigorous and youthful Nighteyes, Hopper is a wise elder wolf type.

We get to know the mysterious Aiel people and their awesome warrior culture. Aiel girls were cool as hell and I loved their witty lines. A Goodreads reviewer wrote Aiel sound like a fantasy version of the Fremen in Dune, and not very original, but it has been many years since I’ve seen the Dune movies and I’ve never read the books, they seemed quite original and awesome to me. They actually sound a bit like the Tuareg tribes in our world.

Tear setting was excellent, so different from the other cities -which were also different form each other- with its unique power structure and strange culture. The details of the cities and the different cultures never fails to immerse me in the world and the story.

Only two things bothered me so far about the Wheel of Time series: 1) Nynaeve’s constant braid tugging (the girl will go bald if she keeps that up!) 2) Bad guys’ names being Hebrew demon names (Sammael, Bel’al=Belial) and the Dark One’s name being the same as the Islamic name for Satan (Shaitan), his alias Ba’alzamon sounding too much like the Hebrew demon Beelzebub -it is kind of annoying. I imagine it shouldn’t bother the readers who are not familiar with Middle Eastern demonology.

Verdict: I loved it. Excellent prose, characters, pacing, action, worldbuilding. I can’t wait to dive into book 4!