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Erica Lindquist writes with her husband, Aron Christensen. They have no training in fiction writing, but that's never stopped them.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 414 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2 edition (September 9, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449512801
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449512804
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,006,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I write with my husband, Aron Christensen. After nine majors in college and a short, disastrous career in journalism, I needed something to do with my brain.

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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful By T. R. Jackson on March 27, 2010
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This book was slow in the beginning but pulled through to capture my attention by the middle of the book. At first I was disappointed in the development of the characters. The authors use flashbacks for all of the characters. I would have liked less of this tedious detail relating to minor character, but I do see this helps establish the diversity of Anvil of Tears' universe. The magic (science) of the White Kingdom was very brief and yet the reader learns this world contrasted greatly to that of the Alliance worlds. I hope the second book will divulge more of the lost worlds. I liked Maeve- this winged fairy was especially arresting. Learning more about what happened to her turned the pages for me. Coldhand was slower to emerge but now I'm ready to find out more about what makes him tick. This book makes you imagine how magical kingdoms might be forced to mesh with typical high science worlds. All in all, an enjoyable read. Bring on the next book.
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58 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Mvargus on February 28, 2012
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Wow. This is a story that had a ton of imagination behind it. The idea was definitely inspired, and for once a newer author allowed the characters plenty of free reign. The characters drive the action in this story, with their backstories and personalities meaning something.

Sadly, the story desperately needed someone who could have reigned in the writers.

Early chapters are flooded with "info-dumps" where several pages suddenly start explaining the planet the heroes are visiting, or some aspect of the technology in the universe. This left the story rather disjointed, and the early chapters do not flow very well.

Later the info-dumps diminish, only to be replaced by multiple page flashbacks. The flashbacks are solidly written, tell rather complete tales, and probably would have been much better as their own seperate stories, in building towards this tale. Some of them were definitely necessary to help reveal the personalities, but others again disrupt the flow of the story.

The biggest problem though was the characters themselves. Maeve and Coldhand both possess damaged psyches and events from their past drive their actions throughout the story. This could have worked very well, but both are rather unsympathetic due to the extremely unflattering ways they are described. Maeve as a broken junkie who refuses to allow anyone to become her friend and Coldhand's quiet madness due to the injuries that left him with a cybernetic heart and hand.

And of course, as the first book of a trilogy, only a couple minor plot threads come to any kind of closure or completion. The ending was more of a place that the story ran out of steam than a clear stopping point.

Overall, this is not a very good book.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By ForeverReading on May 9, 2012
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It's not my favorite fantasy read and it'd probably be much better with lots of editing. Very hard to follow as it's so overwritten. Adverbs abound. Shoulders aren't just muscled they're lumpily muscled shoulders. "Aglow in the bright radiance of the system's young yellow sun, Level One was the shining face the Alliance presented to the galaxy." "was hanging from a strut overhead by his long arms, impatiently digging his huge fingers into the support hard enough to dimple the metal." "The underlying shape, however, was almost invisible under a multitude of sensor spars, invaluable in scanning for salvage." "She hurried furtively down the street, scanning side to side through the shadows." "There was blessed release in that gun, in the cold heart of the man who wielded it."
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Rebekah Gray on June 29, 2011
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Anvil of tears is quite an interesting read... I can't help but feel that this long tale is missing the vital input of a great editor and would've benefitted greatly from this. The characters and plot unfold slow and a little clunky. The story is darker than I expected but holds up well to a new universe of rim world magic vs. core world science. There are classic battles weaved in throughout the tale - life vs. death, love vs. hate, magic vs. science, guilt vs. shame - and what happens when you are a survivor of a race that the seemingly whole universe seems to discriminate against. Finding out about each of the characters through first person "flash backs" was simply annoying and unfortunately these picked up greatly towards the end of the book. They managed to get both more interesting and annoying.

How Maeve ever managed to obtain any kind've rank on a ship is anyone's guess. She spends more time fighting, running or seeking drugs than anything else. Logan/Coldhand the bounty hunter hot on the trail of Maeve clearly has more questions than answers and while he lacks "feeling" of at least 80% of his physical and emotional ability to feel he's questioning almost all of her motives and actions - both from the present chase and events from the past year... For a hardcore bounty hunter you'd think he'd be more on top of the "lack of emotion what does it all mean without honor" thing.

One of the most interesting parts of the book was the crew of the ship Blue Phoenix, while we find out how and why most are on the ship - we don't know why they even care about Maeve and what's next for them is evidently going to be left to tell in other books.
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