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Seeking Solace: Book I Solace (Solace Trilogy 1) Kindle Edition

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Anna Steffl has held a string of wildly unrelated jobs, from frying chicken to one that required applying for a Department of Defense security clearance. She lives in Athens, Georgia.


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  • File Size: 1444 KB
  • Print Length: 201 pages
  • Publisher: evenSO Press, LLC (March 1, 2014)
  • Publication Date: March 1, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I7IVYE8
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Anna Steffl lives in Athens, Georgia, home of the New World gods of football and alternative music. She has held a string of wildly unrelated jobs, from frying chicken to one that required applying for a Department of Defense security clearance.

Anna is a past president of Georgia Romance Writers and a Golden Heart finalist.

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Sally on March 1, 2014
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Here's the deal. I like fantasy, but my mind usually wanders during the overdescription or silly songs (see Rings, Lord of the) or it leaves me feeling as though I've lost all faith in humanity (see Thrones, Game of). With Anna Steffl's Seeking Solace, I get the best of fantasy combined with tight story telling, thorough world building, compelling characters, witty dialogue, and a prose so graceful I can't help but be jealous.

Many moons ago there was a Reckoning, and the Easternland still hasn't fully recovered. Now all hell's about to break loose courtesy of one twisted villain and some brand new baby dragons (or draedens in this case). Arvana is a Solacian (think nun) with a relic, and she needs a hero (cue Bonnie Tyler) The obvious choice is Chane Lerouge. He's a prince, after all. Meanwhile, Captain Degarius is piecing together that something is amiss, and he has a magic sword (no, not that kind....or does he?) that may mean Chane Lerouge isn't such a forgone conclusion.

To make matters more complicated, Arvana has the feels for Chane, but she's sworn devotion to the Maker. Chane's feels are mutual, and he isn't a man who knows how to take no for an answer. Then to make matters even worse, the sovereign is a nasty piece of work with a master plan that could spell disaster for them all.

If I had to pinpoint one thing about this book that surprised me, I would have to say that both the repartee and the inner musings of the characters remind me of all of the charm of old black and white movies. Don't let those noble sensibilities fool you, though. This novel has bite. The sovereign and his minions are capable of all sorts of villainy, and Steffl's heroes are flawed. But, hey, all the better to root for them.

Now, to twiddle my thumbs and wait for book 2.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Maggie Worth on May 27, 2014
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Whoa. First, a disclaimer. I do know the author and I bought the book because I do. But, fact is, I know a lot of authors and I don't read all their books -- I couldn't possibly. Anna, herself, though, is smart & witty with a funky, unique vibe I dig. I suspected her writing would be the same and I was not disappointed.

Three pages in my attention was firmly rooted in Steffl's world. By the time I'd finished the first chapter featuring Arvana, the nunesque heroine (in every sense of the word, I suspect we shall find), I was a goner. Let me explain what that means. I read a lot of good books, books that engage me mentally and occasionally prompt me to read way past whatever time I've allotted. But I just don't sink into a book the way a lot of readers can. I don't disappear into its world and become part of the story. I'm almost always aware that I'm reading -- analyzing and pondering as I go. Same thing with movies and TV. I just don't get "lost." Almost never, I repeat. Every blue moon or so, a book or movie truly pulls me into its magic. The Harry Potter series managed it, some of the Robin Hood tales and retellings do it, and now I have Solace. Great, great stuff.

So what's so darn compelling? Well, there are the classic and beloved fantasy elements: the chaste heroine, the handsome Prince, the self-sacrificing champion, the wise old woman, the evil wizard, the dangerous monsters and, of course, the all-but-impossible noble quest -- plus more! But while Steffl pays homage to these important archetypes and tropes, she definitely does it in her own way and with her own twist. For one thing, the story is clearly post-apocalyptic, but it read like an ancient, which I love.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cecilia Dominic on March 30, 2014
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I'll add my vote to the "not a regular fantasy reader, but this one hooked me" pile. Perhaps it was the post-apocalyptic elements scattered throughout like little Easter eggs. Maybe it was the characters, especially the female main Arvana. Or it could've been that it was a new take on dragons, which I really hope to see more of in future books.

But above all, it was the storytelling. High fantasy tends to be long-winded on description, IMHO, but Steffl manages to do a phenomenal job balancing world-building with lean prose that spends words on actions rather than setting. Character development kept me interested as well, especially Arvana, whose conflict has so many interesting layers. My only complaint was that it felt like too many POV characters at times, hence the four stars.

I won't say any more for fear of spoilers. This was a great debut, and I look forward to reading the rest of the series.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By faraway on June 18, 2014
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Read it in one day. Very few grammar/typo mistakes, I think. Enjoyed the main female character especially, and the dragon idea. Became disappointed in another character, but still want to read the next book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lisa J on March 31, 2014
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Seeking Solace by Anna Steffl is engaging and fast-paced. I have very little time to read right now but I found myself unable to put this book down. It was quite the page- turner! This book is well- written and has great character development and dialogue. The characters are intriguing and you find yourself immersed in their journey. Ms. Steffl's writing style is detailed and flows smoothly from one scene to the next. The plot is exciting and you find yourself eagerly reading to discover what will happen next. I am definitely looking forward to reading the next installment of this exciting new series!
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