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Product Details

  • Paperback: 215 pages
  • Publisher: Dublin Mist Press; 1st edition (March 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984919406
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984919406
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,209,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Rachel O'Laughlin is a full-time mom and a moonlighting author. Her first book, Coldness of Marek, was published by Dublin Mist Press and released in March 2012. She lives in her home state of Maine with her husband and children. She can be found spending her free time blogging, tweeting and growing marigolds.

More About the Author

Rachel O'Laughlin grew up writing adventure stories on an archaic laptop that only ran one program, couldn't connect to the internet, and died every few days--which provided a nice excuse to use a typewriter in the middle of an epic murder scene. She lives in New England with her husband and two kids, listens to The Fray, and drinks too many lattes.

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I can't wait to see what happens with the sequel!
Mara Valderran
The characters are realistically flawed, interesting, and well developed.
Amanda
If you enjoy fantasy, you will love the Serengard novels.
Darci Cole

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Great Aunt Reader on March 22, 2012
Format: Paperback
Imaginative and witty. Enough mystery to keep you reading past bedtime. An interesting and fun story for story lovers old and young.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steven G. Chiasson on March 20, 2012
Format: Paperback
The strength of this book is O'Laughlin's delightful writing style. Her prose has a fluid, natural rhythm. It's compact without being terse, full of deft turns of phrase, and the dialog is rich and real. The self-imposed time constraint she was working under (to produce an entire novel in 30 days) meant there was little time for embellishment, but the resultant occasional gap in the storyline does little to diminish what is really a very fast and fun read. O'Laughlin clearly has talent, and I look forward to enjoying more of her work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 30, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I started this book, intending to read two or three chapters and then go to bed.

...3 hours later...

I finished the book and crawled into bed, muttering "why, Mikel, why?!?"

Yes, it's one of those books. I can't recommend this highly enough, and I can't wait for the sequel to come out!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mara Valderran on August 23, 2013
Format: Paperback
I haven't felt this immersed in the world of a book in a long time. Rachel O'Laughlin's attention to detail is amazing. She doesn't spend pages upon pages describing the world to you, but does an excellent job of letting you see it all through each character's eyes. The changes in POV were fluid, the overall voice never faltering, but still giving you a feel for the differences in the characters and their views. There were times I would come back from a reading break and forget that the story wasn't written in first person because of how strong of a feel I had for the characters, particularly Trzl.

The story has a great build, right from the action at the beginning. The intensity never seems to let up as you piece together what happened in the 10 years since Trzl and Mikel first met. I love the changes you can see in Trzl from that stubborn and somewhat naive rebel using her feminine wiles to aid the cause she so believed in, to the protective mother she is today, willing to anything and everything to keep her child safe.

Reading the fight scenes felt like watching a dance. They were easy to follow, but not mechanical in any way. Some writers can get a little too caught up in the action, making the fights too busy. But Rachel did an excellent job writing descriptions that might cause you to wince, but not scratch your head in confusion.

The romantic undertones were very well written and distinguished from the usual cliches you might find in fantasy novels. Trzl is not a damsel in distress by any stretch of the imagination, and Mikel is very much so the reluctant hero. The conflict between these two somehow manages to play a minor and major role in the overall story. It is a card that is never over-played by Rachel, which made the story all the more enjoyable.
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By Darci Cole on August 9, 2013
Format: Paperback
If you enjoy fantasy, you will love the Serengard novels. They're set up in a way I've never seen before, and it makes reading them an adventure of its own. I've been privileged enough to already get an eye on a section of book two and a section of book three, and from what I've seen all three will make you love the characters, get you invested in an incredible world, and touch your heart for good... and sometimes ill.

As for COLDNESS itself, this is Trzl's story. I wasn't sure I liked her at first read, but because the story and the writing were so engaging I kept on. Eventually Trzl won my heart with her love for her son, and I was amazed at how much she grew and changed throughout her experiences.

I don't want to give anything away, but I will say this: COLDNESS OF MAREK ranks up there with my favorite fantasy novels. Serengard is a detail-rich land, and the characters (Mikel in particular) completely won my heart.

Overall, I loved it. That's all I have to say about that.
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I'm so thankful to have gotten the chance to read this book twice (once as an earlier draft, and again as an ARC) because COLDNESS OF MAREK is such a beautifully written adventure of a story.

First of all, I should mention that I haven't read a lot of epic fantasy, so I was a little worried I wouldn't be able to get into this story. I was so wrong! I was drawn into the story world so deeply that I remember the characters as though I've lived a lifetime with them (twice!). I even dreamed of epic sword fights. Seriously. It's so easy to picture the scenes Rachel paints as though they're happening right in front of you, and it's so easy to get lost in them (in a good way).

The characters are realistically flawed, interesting, and well developed. The story is just wonderful, from the overall plot to the tiniest of details. Rachel has truly created a world that will live on in readers' minds and make us eager for the next installment in the Serengard series. I, for one, am eager to see how things turn out for all these characters.
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