For all you fantasy fanatics


nce upon a time, the whole European landmass was covered by more people than humans.

Centaurs roamed the open forests. Cyclops lived a tribal lifestyle in the deeper forests. Humans mingled with these races, but it wasn’t always a happy existence. Humans expanded their cities, and forced many of these races out. Some of the human women formed bands of their own called Amazons.

They are all gone now; only the humans remain. A brilliant researcher, named Boyack, combed through ancient pottery shards and scrolls and discovered bits and pieces of their story. The stories always led back to a Southern Dwarf who may have been named Paulus Atrius. Most of the texts refer to him simply as Cobby.

Boyack aggregated these bits and pieces into a story he called, The Cock of the South. This story tells the tale of these other peoples, before man took completely over.

Let’s look at what the reviewers are saying:

5 stars Non-Stop Dwarven Adventure!

This is not a story about good against evil, although such conflict does occur; it’s not about big battle scenes, although there are some (and exciting and detailed, they are too!); it’s not about weird and wonderful mythical creatures, although there are plenty; it’s not about doomed and unrequited love triangles, although there are romances; and it’s not about handsome musclebound heroes, although heroes do show up, albeit in the most unlikely packages.

Set in the Roman-Greco era, even this has a twist. Boyack is a master at turning everything on its head with that infamous ‘but what if’ question. Cobby is a southern dwarf brought up by humans to be totally unaware of his true heritage, although it is evident to everyone else. When disaster strikes, he sets out on a journey to find the truth. His fair-mindedness, ingenuity and cunning soon have peoples of all races flocking to him as their leader, leading him to a conclusion he could never have anticipated.

5 stars The Cock of the South

It’s a mix of fantasy and mythology in a world where Remus killed Romulus, and Remsians, rather than Romans rule the world. Cobby, brought up among the Remsians, doesn’t realize he’s actually a dwarf. Little by little this gentle being, who gives everyone a chance to prove themselves, is forced to into a role of leadership. The book is entertaining, humorous, and exciting, with epic battles fantasy fans look forward to. But it also sends a clear message about biases and bigotry learned from our upbringing, and how we should all be able to get along.

5 stars Wonderful story that will hook you!

I love Roman and Greek mythology, but find it hard to read fictional pieces, this novel was different. Within the first few pages I was hooked. I found myself stay up until 2AM reading, I just couldn’t put the book down. I finished the novel in 4 days. I’m super excited to read more from C.S. Boyack.

5 stars Great Fantasy Book

This book was full of adventure and kept you turning the pages. A very smart and resourceful fellow and he holds your interest all the way through the story. You learn why he becomes known as The Cock of the South. If you enjoy fantasy you will enjoy this book. I certainly did. I’m a fan of Dwarfs left over from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

5 stars Surprised!

Ran into this after following a link on a blog, bought it on a whim, not sure what to expect. Great, entertaining read, though! Highly recommend.


I really tried to take a new spin through Dwarven fantasy. I placed it in Southern Europe in a Greco-Roman environment. I also mashed up some of the traditional Nordic legends with Greco-Roman mythology. I’m excited about this story, and the reviewers all seemed to like it too. I’d appreciate it if you would give it a chance too.

Here is the buy link: The Cock of the South.


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25 responses to “For all you fantasy fanatics

  1. Reblogged this on Legends of Windemere and commented:
    Check out these stellar reviews for ‘The Cock of the South’!

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  2. Ali Isaac

    What an image Craig! Love it!!!

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  3. What an innovative way to intro your reviews. Congrats on all that positive talk!


  4. Love the bust, Craig! And congrats on all the positive reviews. That’s awesome.


  5. Wow, those are some great reviews! Congratulations. I’m planning to buy this as soon as I finish my reading for the Hugo awards.

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  6. Awesome bust! I smiled immediately, just knowing this one would be good 😉

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  7. Reblogged this on Mari Wells and commented:
    I really loved this novel and this…… this is fantabulous. Go over and read it then get a copy of The Cock of the South, if you haven’t already.

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  8. Love this post and that bust. Reblogged, but I can’t remember what I said. 🙂

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  9. More people than humans, huh? LOL! I’m glad the bust served its purpose. You look good in bronze.


  10. Centaureg

    Reblogged this on Centaurica and commented:
    Sounds like it might be worth reading. Finding really good fantasy material can be difficult especially among self-published works. Too much is just lite porn and there is far too much of that available these days IMHO.

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