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Tatterdemalion (Foundations of Magic) Kindle Edition

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“Tatterdemalion is the newest story by authors Anah Crow and Dianne Fox and those who love shifter stories are sure to love this one.” 5 Nymphs, Review from Literary Nymphs
“Tatterdemalion hits the ground running and never slows until the final word has been devoured and savored. Unlike the title there is nothing ragged, except perhaps my breathing, in this fantastic offering from the writing team of Anah Crow and Dianne Fox.” 5 Angels, Review from Fallen Angel Reviews

Book Description

Sent by his parents to a military testing facility to have his magic “fixed”, Lindsay finally escapes—only to be rescued from near death by a dangerous feral mage. Playing nursemaid to a delicate, skittish mage isn’t high on Dane’s priority list, although Lindsay does unwittingly harbor one of the greatest magical powers ever known. Lindsay hides his growing desire as Dane restores the one thing he thought he’d lost forever: hope. But only when he regains his magic will he be free to win Dane’s devotion. If he survives the ordeal…

Product Details

  • File Size: 895 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (March 25, 2010)
  • Publication Date: May 18, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003DX0IAS
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #659,782 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kassa VINE VOICE on May 20, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
Tatterdemalion apparently means a person wearing ragged or tattered clothes, which is an apt description of the rather large main character Dane. Here the book plays on a really beloved pairing of the physically big, grunting man that is surprisingly tender and gentle with the tiny, cuddling but stubborn boy turned man. This is a combo that's been used and abused so poorly in the past that the characters have been bad stereotypes in many, many novels. Yet here the great writing and really skillful handling shines through in creating a fabulously entertaining and incredibly satisfying start to what has to be a series.

The plot sets up the urban fantasy setting with mostly a modern atmosphere but with the inclusion of magic and mages. There are several kinds of mages and whenever there is something different, there is the evil group that is doing medical experiments on them. Thankfully the story kept this element both realistic and interesting by showing Lindsay at the beginning of the story as he is subjected to the experiments of his captors while they attempt to subdue his magic ability. This is just a quick scene and shouldn't bother readers but will definitely accomplish its goal in quickly immersing the reader into the setting and creating sympathy for the broken, tortured young man in Lindsay. This thread is carried throughout the book as the group attempts to re-capture Lindsay while he and the misfit group he's joined are trying to heal Lindsay's magic.

The quick pace is not always even and trips in a few places. For example, the first excursion into the forest slows the pace and I actually put the book down, somewhat bored, but after that the story picks up pretty quickly again.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Charly T. Anchor VINE VOICE on May 10, 2011
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Warning: This review might contain what some people consider SPOILERS.

Rating: 7/10

- The first scene is both exciting and unusual, so I was hooked right from the start. The plot continued to keep me entertained all the way through to the end, simply because it's a little different than anything I've read before.
- The hurt/comfort storyline is done very well here. Dane is strong and wild almost constantly except for when Lindsay is with him; then he's tender and gentle and reassuring.
- These authors are good at illustrating concepts rather than simply telling the reader, "This is the way it was." The first chapter, for example, does an excellent job of showing how powerful Lindsay's magic is without ever actually saying that he's powerful.
- I loved that Dane isn't a devilishly good-looking character. I thought he was incredibly sexy, but that projection comes entirely from his thoughts and actions, not from his physical appearance (which is hulking and fierce and even a little frightening).

- Crow and Fox do a really good job of showing Lindsay's desire for Dane as it grows and becomes almost unmanageable. They show almost none of that with Dane, though (at least not until well into the story). He's possessive of Lindsay, but it's in an animalistic, marking-my-territory sort of way. For the first half of the book, at least, I was under the impression that Dane was basically just tolerating Lindsay (or at most, dallying with him because it was convenient).
- I found the story difficult to follow at times. Some things aren't explained very clearly, and the men's conversations often seem jumpy and disjointed. There are statements like this throughout the book, for instance--"Did you...before you told me?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By amf0001 VINE VOICE on June 23, 2010
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Let me start by saying I liked this. I enjoyed spending time with Lindsay and Dane. But it started me thinking... this is the third or fourth m/m erotic book I've read, and in each book one of the men was so fragile and childlike, that there was no possibility of an equal relationship. The other man was the older, stern, gruff protector and the younger the innocent lamb (or in this case, the affectionate nick name was bunny.) This is the old 80's Mills and Boon trope that is no longer believable or wanted in heterosexual relationships, but somehow is permitted in homosexual rels, and it's starting to press my buttons. I'm not blaming Lindsay for his youth and giving his (literally) tortuous past he's doing as well as he can, but he is such a fluffy bunny and Dane is so older (hundreds of years, not just 30!) and damaged and needs the youth and innocence and perky strength and faith of Lindsay to bring him back into the light... well haven't we outgrown that a little? I guess not. I guess it's a deep archetype that needs constant retelling and as we can't have 18 yo young fluffy girls because it bothers the female readership, we've segued into 19 yo fluffy boys, but although the lyrics may have changed, the music stays the same...

I like Anah Crow, this is the third book of hers that I've read and I think she writes really well. And I liked the romance while I was in it, it was only afterwards that I got to thinking...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sassy on February 4, 2012
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This is a good story, but so much of it is left unexplained.

There is much written about the relationships . . . or rather that they exist. Yet, despite all that is written, there are no explanations. No reason why Dane hates Jonas and vice versa. No reason why Dane is in some type of service to Cyrus. No reason why there is hostility between Dane and the elder fae. No reason explains why Dane, Cyrus and Vivian are together. No reason why they rescued Lindsay. There is no reason why the woman they call "the girl" is hostile to the Dane crew. No reason why the Dr. Moore woman is after Lindsay. What is the relationship between the elder Fae and Cyrus?

The author hints about some betrayal, but we don't get to know who betrayed who. Did Dane betray Jonas or vice versa? Was the girl involved? Nothing. There is just this hate between Jonas and Dane that is raw and deep but is not explained.

All of the relationships are like that, except the main one between Dane and Lindsay. That lack of detail hurts the book, makes it less. The relationships are empty and all that defines them is this argumentative tension.

There is lots of space written about all the hostilities. It is as if the author wanted the hostilities or tension to exist but did not know why. There is no known reason for any of them. The story would have been richer and fuller if less time had been spent talking about the hostility and more had been spent explaining the hostility.

The same is true about Dane's so-called curse. We don't quite know what the curse is or how it came about or how long it lasts. Yet, there is a great deal of the story talking about this "curse." Again a dearth of explanation that would have made the story rich.
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