On to my fourth series this year: The Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne.
First, let's start with the good parts:
I really like urban fantasy series and this is a fairly prototypical example there of. It's always interesting to see how an author marries the real world with various mythologies. In particular, this series forcuses on Irish mythology, which is something that I haven't really had that much experience with.
Writing Excuses 10.4: Q&A on Ideas writing prompt: Take one of the ideas you're excited about, and then audition five different characters for the lead role in that story. Make sure they're all different from each other.
"So what brings you all of the way out here?"
The man on the other side of the table blinked. That was all the more reaction he showed, but it was more than I had seen since he'd entered the building.
Writing Excuses 10.3 writing prompt: Take a character, and from that character's point of view, describe their reaction to something horrific and awful, but do so without describing the thing itself.
The old man watched the world end. He knew that he should have been bothered by this, he knew that he should have cared. But he was two wars and uncountable battles beyond caring. When he had been a younger man, something such as this would have mattered, would have gotten a rise out of him. Heck, that was the reason he had gone to battle in the first place wasn't it? The first Great Incursion?