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word count 38820
date submitted 23.07.2010
date updated 17.08.2010
genres: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Fantas...
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Forgotten Gods

S.B. Stewart-Laing & Michael J. Chernicoff

Desperate Scots summon supernatural aid in their 1745 war for independence, and create even more chaos.

 

Winter, 1745. Scotland is losing a war for independence. The advancing British army has orders to leave no survivors. In desperation, Robert Maxwell and his fellow soldiers beg for supernatural aid from the daione sìdhe—faeries exiled by humans to a parallel plane of existence. Their plea is answered, but in exchange, the sìdhe demand a permanent reversal of the banishment and unlimited access to the human world.

Their assistance gives the Scots a temporary advantage, but the tide soon shifts. Robert is unsure which is a greater threat to his family: the hostile British army, or the group of faeries who seem determined to take over his homeland.
With no way to return the sìdhe to their own world, Robert realizes the humans will have to learn to live alongside them. He and the Scottish leadership turn to Marian Cameron, a patriotic but flighty teenager with rare psychic abilities, and talented pamphlet-writer Ina Bruce.

Opposing their efforts to create harmony between faerie and humans is Alfred Grayson, a government official whose job is to “civilize” Scotland by replacing discontented farmers with wealthy English landowners—and to investigate the mysterious new rebel forces.

 
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britneyjmartin wrote 1363 days ago

Not only does this satisfy my unquenchable thirst for a good kick-arse historical fiction with poised and detailed military aspects, but it also tends to my need for a well thought out and developed fantasy world. I love that you took the past and put a spin on it by bringing in the fairies, who are quite sinister in my opinion with their demands. Its scary! Anyways, no mistakes found in the first two chapters and I look forward to reading more of this fast paced and entertaining piece.

MARISSA
ETERNAL FLAME

willpower wrote 1364 days ago

A great amount of detail has gone into 'Forgotten Gods', I like the historical background and military theming, mixed with fantasy. A briliant read, even for those who do not usually choose this sort of genre, as it has so many levels to it. On my watch list, looking forward to reading more!

Let me know what you think to 'Sanctorum Effect'.

A Knight wrote 1366 days ago

This is such a fantastic genre blend, breathtakingly unique and well worth backing.
Well done!
Abi xxx

KirstyCrees wrote 1367 days ago

Hello,

Love the premise to your story – it is different. The historical setting feels real and mature, then you cleverly weave in the fantasy element. You bring fantasy to a real world. I take it this is YA?
The Scottish dialogue is great. I am a little biased, since I just spent eight years there.
Your descriptions are lovely and your images strong. The crack of gunfire, brings with it a certain feel. The attack scene is vivid.

Great work on the unique story you have created. I will be back for more.
Kirsty
Prygon: The Circle of Dark Magic

Andrew Burans wrote 1368 days ago

You capture the essence of historic Scotland extremely well and the dialogue is crisp and highly realistic. Your attention to detail brings added authenticity to your story. You have crafted a most unique and interesting storyline and you build the characters of Marian, Robert and Ina superbly. Your imaginative writing makes your historical fantasy a pleasure to read, Backed.

Andrew Burans
The Reluctant Warrior: The Beginning

Padre wrote 1271 days ago

I have kept this on my shelf waiting for the chance to read it. The pitch captured me long ago but now I've had a chance to read the first chapter, I see it is well written too. I will read more, for my own pleasure.

Cliff

Zero-serenity wrote 1301 days ago

Good descriptions and the fighting was realistic and believable. might want to translate what the girls are talking about, but other than that all i have to say is well written =]
~Zero

Owen Quinn wrote 1305 days ago

Love this, bringing in the supernatural into a historical setting where the fate of cultures literally hang in the balance is a wonderful twist and is in the same genre as the forthcoming Cowboys and Aliens movie, I know very little about this period but you have done a very good job of painting it for us, the story flows, has good visualsand solid prose, good job

Paul T. wrote 1312 days ago

Intriguing idea. I love the melding of history with fantasy, and it's very smoothly put together. Background and characters are authentic and well developed, and I thought that the arrival of the 'Fair Folk' was very effectively done. This is one that I'd like to read more of, if I ever had the time, but in the meantime, it's on my shelf.

Lichen Burn wrote 1337 days ago

It's a wee while since I've read an historical novel so I've really been enjoying this. You also classify it as Fantasy, and I suppose technically that's correct. But the amalgam is so good, and the daione sidhe were so real to the west highlanders of those times that, in a sense, it's not really fantasy. Have you read any of Jules Watson's ancient Celtic novels?

Anyway, one or two editorial comments below I would echo, but this is a book I will happily back. Good luck.

Chris

paperbat wrote 1344 days ago

Fascinating idea / plot. a MIX OF HISTORY AND FUN. Hope it does well. Will watch it.
Appreciate any comments/backing for my childrens' Paperbat Adventures. [Jerry]

Eunice Attwood wrote 1344 days ago

I love historical stories. You have done a great job with this book. Worthy of backing. Eunice - The Temple Dancer.

Daniel Manning wrote 1344 days ago

The Jacobite Army has overstretched itself with an incursion into England, and the lairds are nervous and demand a retreat, because to march on London they would face overwhelming odds. Stuart has to find allies, the French, the Spanish, the Germans or the Irish are all to far away and unreliable, so he turns closer to home and the people who live in the hills, the faerie creatures.
Great story with first hand accounts from foot soldiers to civilians on the effects of the rebellion, at home and on the battlefield.
Nicely written with the impact of fortune and misfortune etched onto the Scottish fighting spirit, in a competent manner, then we have the arrival of the allies in a dream like aura of light, and the fantasy begins, that they can beat the English!
Excellent stuff.
Backed with pleasure
Daniel Manning
No Compatibility.
Backed

DavidP wrote 1345 days ago

I have gone through your first chapter and I found it entertaining and captivating, particularly right off the start. No wonder it is raising fast.

Backed!

David Placeres
Sunless Shadows

Peter Wild wrote 1345 days ago

Forgotten Gods: Detailed, excellent dialogue and highly atmospheric - well done indeed. How the heck do you write as a team? Intriguing. But well worth reading - recommended.
(Just one tiny niggle: did they really have newspapers in 1745? The rest is obviously well-researched, but just a thought. Maybe The Times and T Spectator go back that far)

Peter Wild
Double Action

flower girl wrote 1347 days ago

I've read the first 3 chapters.This is a well-written story with believable dialogue. In fact the only thing I noticed was that on one occasion, in chapter 1 you used the word Scotch when referring to the scottish. I could have this wrong but my husband, who is part Scot, says that the word is only ever used for the drink! Really interesting story. Backed.

Duncan Watt wrote 1349 days ago

Hi S.B. and Michael ...

This is an unusual mix of history and fantasy, but you appear to make it work so well. The characters are good and belivable with good interaction and dialogue. The plot flows well and the tesion is builds from the first page. It does need a good proof read for repeated words and typo's. In the prologue, 1st paragraph you mention 'muskets' and 'bullets', but a musket fires balls, for bullets had net been invented then. Apart from that, this a strong novel that is well written. 'Backed'. Regards ... Duncan.

Lisa Scullard wrote 1356 days ago

Good teamwork, folks - couldn't spot the joins :)

All the best, Lisa (Death And The City - sorry for the delay catching up)

Eveleen wrote 1359 days ago

Forgotten Gods
It's well written, and interesting to read
Backed
Lenny Harry
(Like a dot on the horizon)

Valerie Herme´ wrote 1360 days ago

Forgotten Gods is a well written, agreeably complex, entertaining novel.

stoatsnest wrote 1360 days ago

This is a lot of fun and has a nice dastardly villain and some sympathetic characters. Backed

Leslie Rocker wrote 1360 days ago

I really must congratulate you both for your wicked historical satire. This is the biggest laugh I have had in authonomy. One of you apparently has a knowledge of gaelic and you cleverly mix this with a broad modern Scottish dialect. Elsewhere you beautifully represent the plummy language of the English against the more natural American dialogue of the Scots.
As for the brae Scots being more afraid of the fairies than the English I had the courage to ask a Scottish acquaintance if this was why they wore kilts. I did! I have a black-eye to prove it!
I am not a student of this particular period of English history, but I am sure your historical references are accurate. I certainly did not realise that the Scots had invaded the north of England or that they were hoping for the "return of King James". I take it this was not King James the Fourth of Scotland and the First of England, who died more than a hundred years before, but perhaps there was another one. Unless the fairiies had brought him back to life.
As students of satire I hope you will enjoy my Adam's Apple, the book I mean.
Oh ! and incidentally, I note that one of you is Amish. We have recently had two very interesting feature programmes on British television in which a group of Amish youngsters have been allowed out of their commune to visit this country to find out what life in the outside world is like.
Leslie Rocker

venugopal wrote 1360 days ago
Pia wrote 1361 days ago

S.B, Miael, J, -

Forgotten Gods - History brought vividly alive. Gripping read. Recently backed with pleasure, on my shelf again.

Pia, (Course of Mirrors)

sye wrote 1361 days ago

Hi,
What a great bit of writing, and although I only read the first chapter, decided that this was one to be backed.

You should be proud to have your name on this book. If you get the time, I'd love some genuine feedback on my book, Losing The Hate. Please don't back my book unless you like it, feedback is a lot more important to me than rising through the ranks.

good luck with your book

Sye

greeneyes1660 wrote 1361 days ago

S.B Very well written, the research is amazing as is the premise with the contemporary twist on something historical. You are a gifted storyteller and it's uniqueness is what will appeal to the cross genres Bravo Backed with pleasure Patricia aka Columbia Layers of the Heart

delhui wrote 1362 days ago

Dear SB & Michael --

First of all, congratulations on writing so seamlessly as a team. And then congrats again on your writing, which is atmospheric, of the time period, and yet completely accessible -- very difficult elements that you have mastered all while keeping the plot moving forward. We read 5 chapters and could find little of significance to critique, though Scots history is not our forte. We didn't care after a para or two -- we were engrossed in the story, historically accurate or not. :) It's our pleasure to back Forgotten Gods and thank you for your support as well. -- Delhui, The Long Black Veil

Kristen Stone wrote 1362 days ago

Hi, Can't say anything about the historical content as I know very little about this period but the writing is good, the story flows and had me hooked straight away. If I had all the time in the world I would read the whole thing but as it stands I've just read enough to know it is worth backing as a work of fiction. Well done for getting so far so quickly.
Kristen Stone
Kianda Mala - The Monkey Man

Barry Wenlock wrote 1362 days ago

Superb. The most exciting read I've had in a while. I'm in India and my connection is very slow, but I wanted to say, well done.
Backed with pleasure, Barry

Lynne Ellison wrote 1362 days ago

intriguing piece of historical fantasy

David Nicol wrote 1362 days ago

This does not seem to be based on historical fact at all, and is better classed as complete fantasy. In 1745 there was no war for independence in Scotland . It was a campaign for succession to the crown of England and Scotland, waged by Charles Stuart.

chuckylivesinme wrote 1362 days ago

Not my usual read, hate historical fiction, but this is really good. This could be the piece of work that changes my mind.

backed - Clair

zap wrote 1363 days ago


hi S.B. and Michael,
This is obviously not just Scottish history. I liked that characteristic about your writing style. The book transcends genre borderlines. You have captured different layers of Scottishness and woven them into a kilt of endearing culture patterns, even if it happened 200 years ago.
May I mention that I found the dialogue difficult to follow where it was presented in raw form. Some short links between direct speech sentences might create more insight into the situation and avoid confusion on part of the reader. But I enjoyed your descriptions and timing, and your choice of words. Slightly highlandish but not too stark.
Backed.

britneyjmartin wrote 1363 days ago

Not only does this satisfy my unquenchable thirst for a good kick-arse historical fiction with poised and detailed military aspects, but it also tends to my need for a well thought out and developed fantasy world. I love that you took the past and put a spin on it by bringing in the fairies, who are quite sinister in my opinion with their demands. Its scary! Anyways, no mistakes found in the first two chapters and I look forward to reading more of this fast paced and entertaining piece.

MARISSA
ETERNAL FLAME

nsllee wrote 1363 days ago

Hullo chaps

This is really so different from the usual run of the mill - the combination of the historical Scottish setting and the use of magic really keeps the reader on her toes - I did hesitate at the name Robert Maxwell for your hero though - conjures up shades of the defunct press baron! Overall, a great concept and very professionally executed. Backed.

Nicole

CarolinaAl wrote 1363 days ago

Unique. This is a well written story. Very believable characters and vivid scenes. Convincing dialogue. Awesome world building. Backed.

Sly80 wrote 1363 days ago

What a fabulous premise. The story starts with the grim reality of a messy war, men fighting in hedgerows with muskets and blades. Robert badly injured. Then a step back in time to Marian Cameron. 'Tis naught but a draft', t'isnt ... it's Marian 'projecting' into the room, which is a neat trick for eaves-droppers. Thus we can sit in on history and learn the politics of retreat. Forward a notch to Alfred Grayson, and history from another perspective, along with a touch of social philosophy. Alfred, it seems, has humanity and principles. On to Edinburgh, and Ina trying to rekindle the fighting spirit. Thus the main players are set out on the board, but I have to stick around for the raising of the daione sidhe. 'The lead rider poured herself off her horse', and Robert is healed...

As I said, a great premise, and you've done it justice with the mixture of genuine history and myth. The cement is a series of very different characters, male and female, from each side of the divide, all of them holding the reader's attention with equal force. Of course, the faerie folk are even more gripping and dangerous than the warring opponents; their presence chillingly portrayed. I'll buy this when it's published ... backed.

Possible nits: 'Following you. And you haven't answered my question', this seems in reply to a question by Marian, but there isn't one.

CharlieChuck wrote 1363 days ago

SBL & MJC
I wish I knew more about history so I was clearer on where the real story of the war ends and reality begins. Read the first chapter, you've a good clear writing style and althoguth I didn't get the gaelic the accents didn't put me off, but have to admit it does make reading it harder. Good luck with this
Charlie

Valley Woman wrote 1364 days ago

Hi, I know nothing about British history so I cannot make any historical comments. Your dialogue is strong and it moves the story forward, but it needs to be balanced with more description. Or you could write this as a movie script. Certainly there is a lot of action in the prologue and characters that would do well on the big screen.

Your synopsis is intriguing, especially about the hope of peace centered on a psychic teenager. Reminds me of the story of Joan of Arc, a story I know all too well.

Patricia
All Saints' Day

Sharahzade wrote 1364 days ago

FORGOTTEN GODS
S. B. Stewart-Laing & Michael J. Chernicoff

The beginning of this beauty has a strong ring of authenticity to it. I really like the dialogue and the burr in the tongues as the Scots are speaking.

I am eager to get to the part where you write about the sidhe. I am feeling this will be one of my favorites here and I intend to read it all. It's really the kind of story I love.

Happily Backed!

Mary Enck
Author of A King in Time

tisseurdecontes wrote 1364 days ago

An intriguing story. Well written dialogue. Scotland with its history of war and betrayal is an ideal setting for this story.

Backed.

Steven Lloyd
The Audacity of Hope and Change

willpower wrote 1364 days ago

A great amount of detail has gone into 'Forgotten Gods', I like the historical background and military theming, mixed with fantasy. A briliant read, even for those who do not usually choose this sort of genre, as it has so many levels to it. On my watch list, looking forward to reading more!

Let me know what you think to 'Sanctorum Effect'.

Walden Carrington wrote 1365 days ago

Forgotton Gods is an imaginative historical. Your blending of exact historical dates with fantasy is unique.

Su Dan wrote 1365 days ago

good book. told well; great style...and original...on watchlist for now...
read SEASONS..............

lizjrnm wrote 1365 days ago

I don't know much about Celtic mythology but this is so interesting and unique. A little bit of everything! Well crafted so far and polished. easy to back.

Liz
The Cheech Room

Nursing Around wrote 1365 days ago

like the sound of this a lot. Adding to watchlist. Will read at a later date.
Bryn

chasecarrig wrote 1365 days ago

Well written. I love celtic myth and fairy tales. Backed.

Chase

Jen wrote 1365 days ago

Love this. Fastpaced and generally exciting. Backed!

Roxanna R. wrote 1366 days ago

Very compelling work. And the pitch is nicely constructed, too. That's a rarity.

Roxanna

Laurie A Will wrote 1366 days ago

Interesting and enjoyable read. Just the right amount of details. I love the premise, the faries helping the Scotts in their war toward independence. Definitely an origional idea!

Sheleved with pleasure!

Laurie - Into The Master's Lair

A Knight wrote 1366 days ago

This is such a fantastic genre blend, breathtakingly unique and well worth backing.
Well done!
Abi xxx

rab14 wrote 1366 days ago

This has been a difficult story for me to assess fairly as it's not the type of book I would usually read. Nevertheless I feel you have dealt with your subject well, the atmosphere of the battle is realistic and the manner in which you have interspersed Marian and Alice's story in Ch 1 held my interest. Good luck Backed K.J.

slh68 wrote 1366 days ago

I like the combination of this, your pitch is good and the story is well written. Backed

Sarah Louise

Butler's Girl wrote 1366 days ago

Recognised the taibhsear- seventh child of a seventh child. Great story, pace, dialogue...the gaelic might put some people off unfortunately. Wonderful story. Alison Butler

Cariad wrote 1366 days ago

I'd have made Derby a new chapter. Not only is it a great, tense, natural break there, but also, otherwise the first section is so LONG. Possibly 'London' and 'Edinburgh' too, could be chapters on their own.

Having made that minor point - the writing's great. That first section whizzed along and was so vivid. Then we switch to a different place and the voice changes with it, so we get a different feel. Really good.
Watchlisting to back when a space is free.
Polly
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