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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: #1,408 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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27 of 30 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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17 of 18 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 12 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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7 of 9 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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good July 10, 2012
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Over all it was a good read. The most disappointing part was the length of the book. It was just too short. I read the whole thing in 4 hours. When I invest the time to read a book I want it to last a while (so I don't have to look for a new book to read again). All that said, it was an intriguing story. The author does fairly well at his character development, at least with the main character. The supporting ones were a little less developed, but at least the were diverse. The story flowed fairly well, but I would have liked a little more background on this society the story is set in.

I give it four stars because it pulled me in enough that I really wanted to finish it, but not five stars because it left me wanting, and not in a good way. I wanted the story to have more meat to it. Also the ending was a little soft, but expected because of the shortness of the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read
Pam this book is amazing it's a must read for all who believe in helping the down trodden and believe no one is better than anyone else
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read. Hard living conditions.
Started off a little slow but got great. Reading the second one now. Got to find out what happens.
Published 5 hours ago by Barbara Grisham
4.0 out of 5 stars A good book to read during a blizzard
Life beneath a frozen landscape--caves, magic for heating and light, gems for imbuing with power, and limited resources make for an interesting setting. Read more
Published 4 days ago by W. Irving
4.0 out of 5 stars Overall, a good and interesting book
The book started slow but it did pick up and get more interesting as it went along. I'm not a fan of characters who constantly question themselves and their right to exist but... Read more
Published 4 days ago by R. White
4.0 out of 5 stars Great action and fast paced
Recommend that those readers looking for an action, fast paced drama story This is the one
The setting is of fantasy but so believable and the characters come to life
Published 4 days ago by that man that revews stuf12545
5.0 out of 5 stars good fun with believable teens
Interesting plot line, not overdone with romance. The cold weather science was surprisingly well done.
I urge giving it a try.
Published 5 days ago by Experience
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good read. It has a compelling storyline which wants you to read more.
Published 8 days ago by Mikel Redman
5.0 out of 5 stars A great fantasy to start a series.
Dean Murray tells a riveting story that keeps you involved throughout the whole book. The characters are ones you will want to follow in the continuing saga. Read more
Published 9 days ago by dplee
5.0 out of 5 stars Looking forward to more by Dean Murray
As a Young Adult book, I found this to be a real page turner. It isn't often that I put down a YA book and don't want to leave the world it took me to, and Frozen Prospects did... Read more
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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

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