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Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2 edition (September 9, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449512801
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449512804
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,506,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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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I never had any intention of writing. I loved reading, but had no ambition to write myself. But one day, I started typing and haven't stopped.

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The characters had depth, and back story elements were introduced well.
Overall I recommend it for a good Sci-Fi novel that keeps the reader guessing and engaged.
Karen Doering
I will even go so far as to say I will read it again when some time down the road.

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35 of 36 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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12 of 15 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Karen on January 30, 2014
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All the best roller coasters start off slow. Stick with this one to the first big hill. The ride is worth it.

If I had a shelf for "classic space opera," then this title would be proudly displayed there. Sadly, there isn't enough great space opera being written to devote a whole shelf for it.. That's why this was such a delightful find.

The world-building is vivid, the grand sweeping galactic history is rich and interesting, and the characters are unforgettable. Their choices aren't always good, but they're always driven by real emotion, and once things get moving, there's plenty of action to keep the plot lively. The narrative was a lot heavier on tell than show for my tastes, but it still caught my interest early and held me all the way to the very satisfying ending.
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8 of 10 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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