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Frozen Prospects (The Guadel Chronicles Book 1) [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 followed by Thawed Fortunes.


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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.

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  • File Size: 1098 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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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,523 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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19 of 21 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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7 of 7 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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4 of 4 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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good July 10, 2012
By JD
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good series February 4, 2013
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Dean Murray creates an interesting world for us to explore, but it falls just short of perfection. And I say this in a good way. You should buy this book because it's very readable and certianly enjoyable, but if I had a complaint it would be that it's missing some flesh. The potential is so apparent you can taste it, but the storry and characters just needed a little more...character, descriptive, whatever you want to call it. It felt a little hollow. Once agin, not that this book is bad by any measure, it just falls one step short of a masterpiece.
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1 of 1 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun book to read
Fun book to read. Lots of plot twists and turns that kept it interesting and fast moving. Hard to put down to do other things in my life. Read more
Published 14 days ago by HonoluluBill
5.0 out of 5 stars This will be a fantastic series as well
This is one of the first books I bought from this author. I got so entrenched in his other series that it took me a little to get this one read, but completely worth it! Read more
Published 17 days ago by Diamondlady
5.0 out of 5 stars Have read the book and enjoyed so much
Have read the book and enjoyed so much. Characters are fresh and the world they live in becomes real enough to feel the cold. Read more
Published 1 month ago by gmomreader
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it.
I enjoyed this book and ended up buying the rest of the series.
Published 2 months ago by Twips182
4.0 out of 5 stars Frozen Prospects Review
A delightful story with engaging characters and an unusual cultural basis. The storyline intertwines with the culture and characters capturing your interest and holding it to the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by jbshorses
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
this book is one of the best read's I have found . I expect to find more from this author. Dean has a unique way with fiction . Read more
Published 3 months ago by v.geniebrown
4.0 out of 5 stars Frozen Prospects
Dean Murray has done it again. I was entering uncomfortable territory in reading this as I have completely fallen for his Reflections and Dark Reflections series from the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
5.0 out of 5 stars worth it.
Well written solid chrs.good story.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series.
This is part of a series and it is very well written.
Published 3 months ago by C.S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book.
Didn't want to put it down. Very good book.
Published 3 months ago by Barbara Mansfield
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More 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.

You can find Dean's blog at deanwrites.com and his forum (filled with tons of interesting discussions and speculation) at http://z13.invisionfree.com/DeanWrites/index.php?

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