Delighted to welcome David Jordan and his books to the Cafe and Bookstore and the featured book today is King of the Asphodels released in September.
About the book
John Thomond has made a deal with the mage, Jack Foster. In return for directions to the Underworld, and the means to bring back his dead wife, he must become the magician’s apprentice. In the Underworld, Thomond is guided by the spirit of the great Bluesman, Robert Johnson, who sold his soul to the Devil to become the ‘King of the Delta Blues Singers’. As they travel through Hades, Johnson shows Thomond some of the sights the Underworld has to offer and Thomond also learns the principles of magic. Eventually, newly empowered, he makes it his business to free the soul of the Bluesman, but there are hazardous consequences, in both the Underworld and the world above…
King of the Asphodels is a novel concerned with many things: power, music, magic, myth. But at its heart it is a book about friendship and freedom.
Also by David Jordan
One of the recent reviews for The Echoing Green and Other Stories
The Echoing Green and Other Stories by David Jordan is a unique, short story collection of contemporary stories mixed with fantasy and mythological elements. I found it very atmospheric and addicting as I read through it.
I loved the Irish mythology mixed into the contemporary world. It was really cool to see how much research went into this as I learned something new quite a few times. David Jordan‘s writing is wonderful, and he keeps you entranced by the setting and the characters.
Speaking of characters, every one was fleshed out and real. I love when an author is able to take their characters deep in a short story. That is a rare and wonderful ability.
I am looking forward to reading more from David Jordan. I’m happy I had the chance to experience this collection and I highly recommend it!
About David Jordan
I’m writing out of Cork, Ireland, where I was born and bred. As well as writing fiction and poetry I play the bass guitar. Steve Harris from Iron Maiden is my bass god. My favourite author is either WB Yeats or James Joyce – I can’t decide which, but I also love popular fiction, especially dark fantasy: Clive Barker, Neil Gaiman, Stephen King and Alan Moore are all huge influences on my writing.
I love to quote. My current favourite quote is by the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche: ‘You need to have some chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.’
I love dogs, the great outdoors and coffee. My favourite film is A River Runs Through It. My favourite song is Little Wing by Jimi Hendrix.
You can check out David’s poetry and short fiction magazine, Crossways
And if you enjoy melodic metal music, visit the site for his instrumental project, Bladehound
Thanks for joining us today and it would be great if you could share David’s books – thanks Sally.