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Seized (The Pipe Woman Chronicles Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Today, after a twenty-year career in broadcast journalism and a master's degree in fiction writing from Johns Hopkins University (or perhaps despite the master's degree), Lynne is still writing fantasy. She is also a contributing author at Indies Unlimited. She lives near Washington, DC.
Top Customer Reviews
All in all, it was a very good read and I can't wait for the sequel!
The characters are entertaining, intense, funny, and quirky (or as Naomi would say, "woo-woo"). It'll be interesting to see where the author is going to take the story from here since it's lined up that it can really go anywhere!
I recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys a good paranormal mystery that has a little bit of romance in it!
Review By: From Me to You ... Book Reviews
(read more of this review, an excerpt, and a teaser on my blog during and after my blog tour stop on May 23, 2012)
Enter Naomi, plain, normal human being, trying to make her way through life as a lawyer, but not really suited to the cut-and-thrust of the legal profession. Her decision to become a mediator makes her perfect for the astral job. The gods, as usual, play out their drama using the other characters in the story as their avatars. The fun part is that two of the characters are Loki and Coyote, who play the trickster role for their respective pantheons. This leads to some entertaining antics, and contributes to the playful feeling of the conflict. The other characters are well fleshed out and sympathetic, and a vein of gentle humour runs through the book.
But perhaps you can see the problem with a plot where the main character is a mediator; it is not likely to create a great climax for the story. The moment the daggers are drawn (figuratively speaking) and the male egos start splashing around the room, Naomi puts on her mediator’s hat and calms them all down. Which is as we wish affairs would turn out in the real world, but it doesn’t make for great battle scenes.
Likewise with the romantic side of the story. Naomi is a calm and undemonstrative sort who allows herself to be inveigled into an association she really doesn’t seem to enjoy with the representative of the opposing side in the conflict.Read more ›
Basically, this has been by bedtime book. I've been reading it in the Omnibus but decided that I need to review each book separately and will review the whole series when finished with the Omnibus.
In this first book, Seized, we learn about the main character, Naomi, her life as a mediator, her handsome fiancé, and her sudden being taken over by a goddess, White Buffalo Calf Pipe Woman, during a sweat bath with her "Woo woo" (translation: New Age) best friend, Shannon. I believe peyote was involved. But soon Naomi and friends are sent out on a quest to save the world. Yeah, a lot to put on one person and her friends.
There is a lot of old-world Pagan/Norse mythology, a couple Native American tribal religions and the Judeo/Christian theologies. Thought-provoking fiction to say the least.
There are scenes of action and moments of philosophy. But best of all, for a first book in the series, no cliff-hangers.
This book is free on Amazon. Well worth the price! I am well into book two so I am trying to remember book one. I hate it when I do that. Let's blame NaNo, shall we? Enjoy!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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I just finished the series - read it all in about 4 days. Read more
I enjoyed this contemporary paranormal/Native American tale. In an Indian sweat lodge, a young woman experiences profound revelations about herself and the world she inhabits. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Candace Williams
Pure escape read, ready for more adventures with a strong female lead.
Enjoyed the characters and mix with mythology and native lore.
Clever twist on the end of days.
I liked the mixture of deities and religions.
If you love urban fantasy, Native American lore, and mythic gods then you MUST read Seized! I must admit the cover art is what initially drew me to this book but I was pleasantly... Read morePublished 17 months ago by SeaWitch
4 stars This book is an exciting novel about mythology and paranormal things happening in the real world. Read morePublished 22 months ago by B. Lamping
Curious, I began reading Seized, book 1 of the Pipe Woman Chronicles... and kept going to the end, book 5 which wrapped up the story, and more. Read morePublished 22 months ago by EllaDee
This book is just one of the finest pieces of contemporary fantasy I've read. A stunningly original concept, executed with flair and daring. Read morePublished on February 10, 2014 by T. Ormiston-smith
Cantwell is an excellent writer, knocking out tight prose that is engaging and fun to read. Her characters are believable and interesting. Read morePublished on January 5, 2014 by John R Phythyon Jr