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Frozen Prospects: A YA Epic Fantasy Novel (Volume 1 of the Guadel Chronicles Books) [Kindle Edition]

Dean Murray
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Book Description

The invitation to join the secretive Guadel should have been the fulfillment of dreams Va'del didn't even realize he had. When his sponsors are killed in an ambush a short time later, he instead finds his probationary status revoked, and becomes a pawn between various factions inside the Guadel ruling body.

Jain's never known any life but that of a Guadel in training. She'd thought herself reconciled to the idea of a loveless marriage for the good of her people, but meeting Va'del changes everything. Their growing attraction flies against hundreds of years of precedent, but as wide-spread attacks threaten their world, the Guadel have no choice but to use even Jain and Va'del in their fight for survival.

Publisher's Note: Frozen Prospects is a YA Epic Fantasy book, and is the first novel in the Guadel Chronicles Series, a series of books which were written so that they can be safely enjoyed by teens and adults alike. Frozen Prospects is followed by Thawed Fortunes, and is only one of several free YA books available from Dean via Kindle.

The Guadel Chronicles: All the scope of an epic fantasy combined with the action of a sword and sorcery book!

Dean Murray is the successful author of multiple clean young adult paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and epic fantasy books which collectively have more than 480,000 copies in circulation.


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About the Author

Dean started reading seriously in the second grade due to a competition and has spent most of the subsequent three decades lost in other people's worlds. After reading several local libraries more or less dry of sci-fi and fantasy, he started spending more time wandering around worlds of his own creation to avoid the boredom of the 'real' world. Things worsened, or improved depending on your point of view, when he first started experimenting with writing while finishing up his accounting degree. These days Dean has a wonderful wife and two lovely daughters to keep him rather more grounded, but the idea of bringing others along with him as he meets interesting new people in universes nobody else has ever seen tends to drag him back to his computer on a fairly regular basis.

Product Details

  • File Size: 4103 KB
  • Print Length: 316 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Fir'shan Publishing (December 17, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004I8WPTY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,546 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit on the dark side, but a good read March 28, 2011
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Frozen Prospects follows Va'del in his quest to find acceptance. It is set high in the mountains where all the communities are based in large cave systems and it is death to wander outside unprepared. Born from a lowlander mother and orphaned at a young age is enough to make him an outcast and a target for the bullies in his community. Constantly beaten by the headman's son Jas'per he once again awakens to find himself in the healing area being taken care of by Sara. While in recovery he learns that some of the mysterious Guadel have arrived to test the youngsters of his community to see if they will be taken away to the Capital. When Va'del is tested he is given the choice to stay where he is and continue his miserable existence of getting beaten up and not having anyone willing to take him as an apprentice, or he can accompany the Guadel for training and possibly become one of them.

Getting into anymore of the story would start to give spoilers so I'll just say that when he arrives at the Capital under less than ideal circumstances his life becomes just as miserable as it was and he is constantly thinking about suicide to end it all. There were times that I really was not a big fan of Va'del as a character, but he really grows as the story develops and at the end I was left wanting to see more books about him. I really enjoyed a lot of the support characters, especially I'rone.

I look forward to the next book in the series, but in the meantime I will check out the other work by Dean Murray.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Potential February 11, 2013
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This is a difficult book for me to rate. On one hand, the basic story and plot is intriguing. Jain lives in a world that is frozen and becoming more and more treacherous. He is mixed-race and bullied and mistreated for that. He is given the chance to join an elite group that help protect the land. I didn't mind how vulnerable the main character was, it seemed real to me.

The downside is that it reads a lot like a first draft. I would have loved more character and setting development. There were also some distracting editing issues that took away from the plot. More than anything, the ending bugged me. It almost felt hurried and unimportant, but it shouldn't have been. It reveals a lot about Jian's character and potential and deserved more build up and resolution.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes when a book is free ... April 21, 2013
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you wonder if it's worth the time to read. This one was free and I only started it when I did because it fit a monthly reading challenge I was doing.

I finished it because it was good.

I finished it the day I started it because it was fantastic.

Totally new world. Magic and mayhem. New love. Cranky people, political people. Danger and triumph. I'm ready to read book two and happy to see a third!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly Surprised! June 3, 2012
By Gwen
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I think I was checking out new science fiction authors because I don't know quite how I came across this enjoyable story, but having just finished it I liked it so much that I began reading Thawed Fortunes (The Guadel Chronicles Volume 2), apparently the third in a series, which gave the first chapter at the end of this book. It's a coming of age book, which I suppose is aimed at young people, dare I say young adults? At any rate, it is the coming of age of a young orphaned boy and girl who live in caves in a world of ice and snow. They are both sponsored and in training to become what they are chosen for in adulthood. I never thought I would care to read anything that I deemed to speak to magic but this has done it. Of course, there are the adult Guadel of differing families who are the sponsors and teachers possessing varying degrees of "magic" and "entering minds, or mind melds if you are a trekkie," of the young ones. I enjoyed this read and plan to continue on with the new Thawed Fortunes (The Guadel Chronicles Volume 2) having just purchased it and will pursue when I retire for the evening. It's not quite science fiction but entertaining none the less and has me hooked.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a must read. June 8, 2012
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The writing isn't bad, just not great. It is definitely a teen book, with a simpler plot than I am used to. Overall it is a simple read that is fairly entertaining. I won't mind reading the rest of the series just to see how it ends. My one major complaint is the lack of editing to pick out the misspellings and grammar errors that are fairly abundant.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An above average start. March 8, 2015
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The story begins much as the journeys depicted within. That is; a slow, even plodding, pace which proves to be necessary for the successful completion of the appointed task.
There are some minor plot issues and a plethora of seemingly disposable characters, but this is a reasonably good beginning to the series.
I will happily purchase and read the next book, and would encourage you to check this one out and continue with the series as well.
Will it keep you riveted? Probably not. Is it worth your time? Absolutely.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Average as ever. June 8, 2012
By Jedi M.
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I think it was only okay. I don't know if the 5 star reviewers were friends of the writer or what....

The setting was interesting, and the beginning was decent, but it slowed down after about 20% through. The characters were very similar to each other and I never got hooked to them. Previous reviewers have said a page turner, but I was definitely able to put it down.

As a side note to the author: Your main character got knocked out or fell unconscious almost a dozen times....this gets monotonous and leaves me rolling my eyes.

But I did finish it, so it gets a 3.
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4.0 out of 5 stars So what happens next?
I really enjoyed this book. It was easy to step into this world, and although it ended with a teaser ( you have to read the next volume to find out what comes next) the characters... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Alice Nelson
4.0 out of 5 stars Frozen Prospects
Good science fiction. The story was interesting and different. There seems to be a lot of unknowns to explain so there are many ways to write further stories about the characters... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Kindle Customer Ward
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Entertaining
Published 1 month ago by cindy mueller
1.0 out of 5 stars Frozen prospects
I started reading and to me it was very depressing and I stop reading it.
Published 1 month ago by Luz I. Barnett
5.0 out of 5 stars Great concept. Gripping
Great concept. Gripping. Looking forward to reading more from this author. I don't often purchase books, but will likely purchase the next in series when I tire of waiting for... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sherry Cullison
3.0 out of 5 stars good world building, slow start
I really enjoyed the world building in this story and how the main character's culture has adapted to such a harsh existence, living in carefully constructed caves to survive the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by J.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very Good start, but it leaves one hanging.
Published 1 month ago by Steve Rollins
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
I gave up on this early. Couldn't get into the story at all.
Published 1 month ago by michelle hartline
5.0 out of 5 stars Frozen prospect pans out well!!
I enjoyed both the story line and and the characters. The storyline was very readable and the characters are believable.
Published 1 month ago by Margaret Crain
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love the series
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
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More About the Author

Dean Murray discovered the joys of reading at a young age and unknowingly ingested unhealthy doses of romance along with his science fiction and fantasy. By the time he realized what had happened it was too late to reverse the process and he spent his formative years (while his peers were still convinced that girls had cooties) trying to convince one specific girl to be his girlfriend to no avail.

As fate would have it, he's incredibly grateful that he failed in his attempts in second grade because it meant that he was able to eventually find his real happily ever after with his wife Katie to whom he's been happily married for more than six years.

Dean is the author of nineteen published novels (and a host of short stories), which collectively have nearly half a million copies in circulation, and he's currently writing six books a year in an effort to create the perfect, larger than life romance story--which he's pretty sure involves either vampire, werewolves, fairies or shape shifters.

You can find a complete list of Dean's work and keep up to speed on his current projects at DeanWrites.com.


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