Saturday, 15 December 2012

The Fargoer Series by Petteri Hannila (Review, Interview, Giveaway)


The Birth of Kainu (Fargoer, #0)The Birth of Kainu by Petteri Hannila
My rating: 7 out of 10 stars

(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Petteri Hannila.)
This is a short poem about the origins of the Kainu people. It rhymes, and it describes how the sun, and man, and woman came to be. Pretty good, and totally free on Smashwords!

End of Innocence (Fargoer, #1)End of Innocence by Petteri Hannila
My rating: 7 out of 10 stars

(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Petteri Hannila.)
Vierra and Aure have both turned 13, and have both started menstruating. Now they go on a journey in the hottest part of the summer to give offerings to a figure known as ‘the mother’ and to return to their village as adults.

This was a good and intriguing short story, with just enough back story to set the scene, and a glimpse at who Vierra and Aura really are, and who they will become in the future.
Overall; A great start to this fantasy series.
7 out of 10.

Autumn Flames (Fargoer, #2)Autumn Flames by Petteri Hannila
My rating: 6 out of 10 stars

(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Petteri Hannila.)
Vierra rescues a strange man in the forest from a Turyan man who seems to want to kill him, and a new chieftain is chosen.

This short story continues the story of Vierra and Aure from book 1, and shows how they have grown up and who they have become.
6 out of 10.

Of Fire and Stone (Fargoer, #3)Of Fire and Stone by Petteri Hannila
My rating: 6.5 out of 10 stars

(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Petteri Hannila.)
This story is once again about Vierra. It is time for the ‘Fire fest’, and she goes into the woods alone to hunt and make a sacrifice to her gods.

This story was more emotional than the previous ones, but is also quite a sad story. It’s nice that the story continues to follow Vierra, but I wish that she would have more good fortune!
6.5 out of 10.

The Roots of Evil (Fargoer, #4)The Roots of Evil by Petteri Hannila
My rating: 6 out of 10 stars

(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Petteri Hannila.)
This story picks up some 3ish years after the end of book 3, and we again catch up with Vierra. She’s not really recovered from the events of book 3, and now it seems she’s in an even worse predicament!

I feel so sorry for poor Vierra! She has been through so much in her life, and it seems that her trials are still not at an end. Thankfully she is a real fighter though and carries on even with all the bad things that have happened to her. I wonder where her travels will take her next?
6 out of 10.

Interview with the author - 

Petteri Hannila

Hi Petteri! Welcome to the blog!

Thank you very much, I am happy to be in here.

When did you start writing?

Well, it was somewhere around spring 2009 when I actually put the "pen 
on the paper". Before this there was years and years of hesitation and 
thinking of it, but I actually never started writing until that time. 
Sure, I wrote some bad poetry in my youths but who didn't :).

What was your inspiration for ‘The Fargoer Series’?

Well, there were a lot of them naturally, but I would break the major 
three sources in here. 
Kalevala, the national epic of Finland has always inspired me as well 
as the form of poetry it was written in. The form is ancient and the 
poems themselves breathe from somewhere in our past, from the heritage 
of us Finns. The tragic and heroic deeds of the main heroes and villains 
in Kalevala deserve a special mention, as they have surely affected how 
I have set the path of Vierra to unfold.

Secondly, pulp fantasy and "action fantasy" from the 1930's, most 
notably Robert E Howard's Conan -tales. Conan is truly a "father-figure" 
for Vierra, even though I don't follow Howard's world views or often 
simplistic character portrayals. What I would love to achieve, though, 
is his ability to wonder the long lost things and mysteries of the world 
while at the same time keeping a pace that makes the reader hold on to 
his chair with one hand and the book with the other.

Lastly, Finnish nature and texts related to it have always been great 
inspirational material for me. I would say short stories from Juhani 
Aho, for example, have certainly had an impact.

What three words would you use to best describe ‘The Fargoer Series’?
What are your favourite things about the character Vierra?
Well, she is determined, often even fatalistic and surely acts quick on 
her feet even if sometimes thinking would be the preferred choice of 
action. She has suffered from these traits considerably during the 
stories and I imagine she will again in the future. Even with her 
shortcomings she has the quality of a hero, a person who is truly 
willing to put her life on the line for the ones that matter for her. 
These compared to her dark and often moody temper would probably be my 

How many books will there be in the series? (if you know)
 I cannot really tell. The first novel consists of eight stories, those 
have been finished in Finnish and the last three are undergoing the 
translation and edition process. I have more written of her but the 
stories are not yet finished. As far as I can see, Vierra's whole story 
could easily contain three novels, perhaps four, but I am not sure yet. 
At the moment the format is "continuing series of short stories" but 
perhaps near the end there will be longer stories as well.

Can you tell us about your other books? (If you have any) 
I haven't got any other publications in English. Some of my original 
Finnish short stories have been published in local genre magazines.
Can you tell us what you’re working on at the moment? (If you are)
I am busy writing NaNoWriMo and the subject is my other love besides 
historical fantasy: Tv-series -structured space opera in the fashion of 
Star Trek the next generation or Babylon 5. We'll see where this ends 
up; the process is still in the beginning stages.

Other than your own, what are your favourite books?
Well, I mentioned Kalevala, Howard and Juhani Aho's shorts. In addition 
of course the classics of my field like J.R.R. Tolkien never cease to 
amaze me. I am quite a slow reader and as such I must choose what I read 
very carefully. It seems that lately I have read lots of different 
styles but not necessarily complete books; they all have something 
interesting to give.

Random Questions

- what’s your favourite treat?
Chocolate would be number 1 choice for me. I can take it in in any 
forms available :). 
- What’s your Favourite place to read/write?
Reading in the bed is perhaps most comfortable. I write wherever I can. 
As a family man I haven't got very much time to invest purely on writing 
so I try to make use all the time that is possible. This is why I have 
written with cell phone (qwerty-keyboarded) on and off for three years 
now. Dropbox and other such tools make sure that all the stuff is 
updated both in my cell and in my computers so the work can continue 
wherever I can find a suitable moment for writing.

- If you won the lottery what would you most look forward to spending 
money on?
Traveling would be choice number 1. I think that knowledge of cultures, 
customs and regions in the world will give great insight for writing as 
it is humans that we usually are writing about. Oh yes and perhaps the 
day job would not be that much of an interest after lottery money and 
more time would be spent on writing and imaging stuff for future 

- If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
A tough call, but I would say I love to live in Central Finland as I 
live today. In here you can find both urban life and solitude in the 
nature and they are both very important to me. 

Everyone can download the poem and first book from Smashwords for free!
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including the books which are yet to be released!

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  1. Just grabbed the short story! Looking forward to reading it! =)

  2. Lottery??? Ha I woud pay my bills off!! =/