At Edge-Lit I was given a sampler of a novel called ‘Defender’; the upcoming debut from author G X Todd.
It’s a post apocalyptic story, and the first in a four-part series following the two main characters Pilgrim and Lacey.
The sampler opens with a letter addressed directly to the reader which cleverly offers some backstory without disengaging or distancing from the world of the story. It’s a smart move.
G X Todd’s writing style is quite wordy, and with all the distractions of family life around me, I often found myself needing to reread several passages. But I quickly settled into it and found myself flying through the rest of the sampler.
It’s a genre I love, and I’m most definitely hooked on the story and characters already. The sampler includes the introductory letter followed by just two chapters: just the agonisingly right amount to hook you and leave you hanging. It’s actually quite cruel.
‘Defender’ is due for release on January 12th, so it’s going to be a painful wait until I can get my hands on the full book.
You can find out more at www.gxtodd.com