New Age Fantasy Series Meets Old World Europe -- The Soulstealer War at the 2009 Frankfurt Book Fair

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The Soulstealer War: The First Mother's Fire is the first book in an epic fantasy series of magic and mysticism by debut author W.L. Hoffman. The author's unique fantasy vision touches upon philosophy, the universe and true magic, and features dazzling cover art by the esteemed Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell.

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This is one of the best fantasy books… within the past couple of years.

Released in January 2008, The Soulstealer War: The First Mother's Fire, is the first book in an epic fantasy series of magic and mysticism by debut author W.L. Hoffman. The novel's critically acclaimed content has found traction among a grass-roots core of fantasy and science fiction enthusiasts. Its juxtaposition of scientific theory and spirituality within a richly textured fantasy adventure is a welcome exploration to readers tired of the standard sword and sorcery treatment. Although hard to find on the shelves due to limited availability, in August 2008 a second printing was completed with Ingram Publisher Services as the distributor.

The novel is now readily accessible on-line at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. The 2009 Frankfurt Book Fair held in Frankfurt, Germany is the next career step for Hoffman who knows that beyond talent, it takes perseverance and luck to succeed as a writer. The Frankfurt Book Fair purports to be the largest book event in the world with almost 8,000 companies representing book industry leaders from more than 140 countries.

"This is one of the best fantasy books… within the past couple of years." Roundtable Reviews

"Indeed, it is the mark of good genre fiction that it is able to transcend its foundations and shake the very rafters of existence. Douglas Adams did it with his Hitchhiker's Guide series, Tolkien did it with his Middle Earth, and now W. L. Hoffman has done it with the beginning of The Soulstealer War series." Front Street Reviews

"Highly recommended for community library fantasy collections and for fantasy lovers in general…" Midwest Book Review, Small Press Bookwatch Vol. 7, No. 5

About the Book: Unemployed after graduation, Kenneth McNary seeks inspiration on the Appalachian Trail. He never suspected that it would find him first. Ken is transported to a fairytale world by a god-like sentience and is tasked with uniting its denizens for a coming war--a war with eternal consequences for every soul consumed by the Enemy. While grappling with his strange surroundings, Ken learns that humans are slaves to near-immortal beings who have lost their magic. Complicating this situation is a mysterious new race of magic wielders and the reappearance of subterranean, flesh-eating creatures long thought extinct. To survive and embrace his destiny in a land hostile to humanity, Ken must discover the Fire within. But he faces two problems: he is a novice pitted against masters, and the magic may kill him before the masters do.

About the Author:
W.L. Hoffman was born in the 1960's in Atlantic City. Hoffman's interest in reading fantasy and science fiction was voracious from an early age. He took advanced English curricula through high school, received his BA in English from Duke University and attended English literature classes at New College at Oxford University in England. Following his introduction to legislative drafting while serving in the Duke University student government, Hoffman obtained his JD from Cornell Law School. While there, his dreams wandered into strange realms as he quested for life's higher meaning. Thus was born the foundation for The Soulstealer War. Hoffman currently resides in central NJ with his wife and daughters. He enjoys spending time with his family in their organic vegetable garden, exploring the Sourland Mountains, and telling tales on the front porch to the next generation of dreamers and writers.

The Soulstealer War: The First Mother's Fire
By W.L. Hoffman, Soulstealer War Website
Publication Date: January 2008, Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN-13 (Paperback): 978-1598-585-391 ISBN-10 (Paperback): 1598-585-398
Price: $14.95 - 284 Pages    
2009 Frankfurt Book Fair, International Titles Booth in the English-Language Hall, October 14 - 18, Frankfurt, Germany.

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