Violette Malan

Violette Malan has a PhD from York University in 18th-Century English Literature, but reports that most people don’t hold it against her. She started reading fantasy and science fiction at the age of eight, and was writing stories not long after. She has been a book reviewer, and has written feature articles on genre writing and literature for the Kingston Whig Standard. She has taught creative writing, English as a second language, Spanish, beginner’s French, and choreography for strippers. On occasion she’s worked as an administrative assistant, and a carpenter’s helper. Her most unusual job was translating letters between lovers, one of whom spoke only English, the other only Spanish. 

Violette’s mystery fiction has been published in the Canadian anthologies of the Ladies Killing Circle, in the noir anthology Crime Spree, and in the magazine Over My Dead Body. Her erotica has been published in Penthouse. She is also the author of eight fantasy novels published by DAW Books Inc., including the high-fantasy Dhulyn and Parno series under Violette Malan and the Faraman Prophecy series under V. M. Escalada.

Violette lives in a nineteenth-century limestone farmhouse in southeastern Ontario with her husband, Paul Musselman. Born in Canada, Violette’s cultural background is half Spanish and half Polish, which can make things interesting in the kitchen. 

Find Violette on her website, or follow her on Twitter @VioletteMalan.

Bibliography

  • Mirror Prince Series
    The Mirror Prince (#1)
    Violette Malan
  • Mirror Prince Series
    Shadowlands (#2)
    Violette Malan
  • The Novels of Dhulyn and Parno
    The Sleeping God (#1)
    Violette Malan
  • The Novels of Dhulyn and Parno
    The Soldier King (#2)
    Violette Malan
  • The Novels of Dhulyn and Parno
    The Storm Witch (#3)
    Violette Malan
  • The Novels of Dhulyn and Parno
    Path of the Sun (#4)
    Violette Malan
     

Reviews

Mirror Prince Series

The Mirror Prince (#1)
“Violette Malan’s debut novel, THE MIRROR PRINCE, is everything a fantasy novel should be. There is adventure, there is romance, there is magic, there is danger and loss, love and sacrifice. There is lovely writing, and again, the promise of more to come.”

The Washington Times

“Malan’s fantasy debut straddles two worlds, each detailed in vibrant colors and images. believable characters and graceful storytelling make this a good addition to most fantasy collections.”

Library Journal

"[THE MIRROR PRINCE is a] Narnia-spiced fantasy debut, which also contains dashes of de Lint, Rowling and Tolkien."

Publishers Weekly

“A well-told secret identity tale.”

Year's Best Fantasy and Horror

“I can definitely recommend THE MIRROR PRINCE. The characters are wonderfully drawn, there are lots of surprises, and Malan’s world holds a potent charm.”

Charlaine Harris, NY Times bestselling author of DEAD AND GONE and DEAD IN THE FAMILY

“In THE MIRROR PRINCE, Violette Malan has accomplished that most difficult of fusions–she’s given a complex, high fantasy world a very readable contemporary voice.”

Tanya Huff, author of the Blood Books series

Shadowlands (#2)
“This is a fabulous urban fantasy sequel to The Mirror Prince […] A strong thriller.”

Alternative Worlds

“Malan alternates an intimate, evocative first person viewpoint (Valory’s) with third person points of view from other characters […] The novel is a success.”

Functional Nerds

“Inventive, compelling, and crammed with action.”

Howard Andrew Jones, author of THE BONES OF THE OLD ONES

The Novels of Dhulyn and Parno

The Sleeping God (#1)
“Combining classic heroic fantasy with a metaphysical twist, [THE SLEEPING GOD features] abundant swordplay and [a] strong, entertaining partnership.”

Publishers Weekly

“A new series of high fantasy and adventure with a hero and heroine cursed with secrets and blessed with natural and magical talents, wit, and bravery. Libraries interested in series SF may want to get in on the ground floor and add this title to their fantasy collections.”

Library Journal

“The highly talented Dhulyn and Parno are great fun to watch as they wade through their adventures.”

Locus

“I’m giving in to my baser instincts and indulging in a bit of shameless cheerleading. Since I want more books like these. [...] Implausibly competent, fundamentally decent characters kicking ass and taking names, wandering the world and saving it […] well-rounded characters both male and female! Derring-do! Heroic (maybe-not-quite) last stands! Come one, come all….”

Tor.com

“Violette Malan shines with a rich pairing of characters in Dhulyn and Parno […] their relationship is especially well done, with a deapth and realism that is frequently lacking in the depiction of long-term relationships in fantasy.”

Fantasy Literature

“A thoughtful interpretation of the hero’s quest theme […] a slower paced but interesting adventure tale that highlights the importance of tradition and working together toward the common good.”

Monsters Critic

“Another excellent read. It’s science fiction fantasy at its best. There’s a wonderful bit of world-building here, and lots of sword-fighting. There’s love, poison and fully-drawn characters, both good and bad and in-between. Malan’s written a classic fantasy novel that manages to be fresh and compelling. I highly recommend THE SLEEPING GOD.”

Charlaine Harris, New York Times bestselling author

“Malan showed a seamless mastery [and] enviable skill with action and setting.”

Julie Czerneda, author of IN THE COMPANY OF OTHERS

The Soldier King (#2)
“Malan has created an entertaining pair of mercenaries and a world for them to adventure within.”

Sacramento Book Review

“The plot twists and turns with plenty of action, good fun for any fan of S&S adventure.”

Locus

“The capture, escape, and chase sequences are all well done and exciting, but as with similar books by Fritz Leiber, Jennifer Roberson, and Simon R. Green, the real joy in the interplay between the two partners. There are prophetic visions, mysterious personal histories, a search for personal roots, and other peripheral elements to enrich […] and differentiate it from the competition. Easily the best of the author’s three novels to date.”

Critical Mass

“A fun sword and sorcery romp featuring engaging characters and an entertaining, multi-faceted world.

Fantasy Literature

The Storm Witch (#3)
“A nicely swashbuckling tale […] Malan has become one of those writers whose new books I watch for."

Critical Mass

“Exciting […] fast-paced […] anything can happen to the delight of readers.”

Alternative Worlds

“Terrific fight scenes, excellent character development and just the right amount of political intrigue make for a great fantasy read.”

Monsters and Critics

Path of the Sun (#4)
“The pace is fast, smooth and flawless [PATH OF THE SUN is] the best book of the series [...] expands upon an already fascinating world.”

Monsters and Critics

“If you want to read a quieter, more thought provoking fantasy, Malan is a great choice. Her characters grow with each novel and there's always more of the world to discover.”

Sci-Fi Fan Letter

Awards & Accolades

Mirror Prince Series

The Mirror Prince (#1)
USA

SF Book Club selection

The Novels of Dhulyn and Parno