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Product Details

  • Paperback: 476 pages
  • Publisher: Aenetlif Press (April 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615622038
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615622033
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,372,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An exceptionally well-built world...the sheer depth was done brilliantly." - Fantasy Book Review UK

"Not only are the lead characters worth the price of admission, but some of the supporting cast are strong enough to provide for novels of their own.  I look forward to joining them on their adventures... I hope Ms. Bresnick has a few more tales up her sleeve." - Christopher Byron (Goodreads.com)

Named the GRAND PRIZE WINNER for Best Self-Published Book (all genres) by Shelf Unbound Magazine
Featured in the CreateSpace Author Showcase as Book of the Month, March 2013


"Jennifer Bresnick's enchanting Tolkien-esque epic fantasy captivated our judges from page one and held us in thrall through its conclusion 467 pages later.  We fell in love with the story and its characters and with Bresnick's assured literary tale-spinning." - Margaret Brown, Shelf Unbound 

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Jennifer Bresnick is a 2007 graduate of Mount Holyoke College with a major in history. Born and raised on Long Island, NY, she now resides in the Boston area, fervently avoiding all discussions about professional sports.

When she isn't writing down the conversations in her head to give them an appearance of respectability, Jen enjoys crocheting silly animal hats, being creative in the kitchen, and on a completely unrelated note, putting out kitchen fires.

http://www.jenniferbresnick.com


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So glad I gave this book a try... I have 30 pages left to read and can't put it down.
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It's impossible for most books in this genre to escape comparison to the works of Tolkien, and the author is a self-confessed fan.
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A wonderful story that captivates the reader and provides an escape in to a new fantasy world.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By LAZ on October 24, 2012
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I have read over 100 books within the last year (thanks to Kindle). This was one of the rare gems in the bunch. It is well written, very few editing mistakes, took me just few days to finish it and I have enjoyed it to the last drop (page). A wonderful story that captivates the reader and provides an escape in to a new fantasy world.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sbprz on April 17, 2012
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I am always wary when I pick up a fantasy novel. I love and admire the possibilities of the genre, but always fear the author's temptation for a quick and clean magical solution. It's a trap this story successfully avoids.
The pacing of the story works very well, and most times, one can really see Tev Chrisini succeeding as any mortal would.
There are some points, where the story might have lingered, might have explored the world ms. Bresnick sets up for us a little more, but this, it would seem, will soon be remedied in the prequel the author is preparing.
A most commendable debut!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By a reader on January 9, 2013
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I am, like several other people who read this book, not the most frequent reader of fantasy novels, yet that did not get in the way of my enjoyment of The Last Death of Tev Chrisini.

It's impossible for most books in this genre to escape comparison to the works of Tolkien, and the author is a self-confessed fan. There are certainly themes and archetypes shared here, with The Lord of the Rings especially coming to mind, but I would say that this is more influence than imitation, and The Last Death of Tev Chrisini stands competently on its own. The world that Ms. Bresnick has created is no plagiarized Middle Earth, and you will find no magical races or creatures, just people. For me, that's refreshing.

Admittedly, the beginning has a tendency to be slow, but the story steadily builds up steam, and the last half or so will certainly reward the reader and keep them turning the pages.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Addy on September 11, 2012
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What if you are immortal and you can't die but you feel pain like anybody else? And what if you have tried everything, but still unable to unravel the mystery behind your puzzling condition? And now you have lived for more than five hundred years, but caught in the middle of a war that won't end. That is precisely the position faced by Tev Chrisini, the central character of Jennifer Bresnick's novel, The Last Death of Tev Chrisini.

To begin with, I love this book and finds little to no fault with it. I was simply held enchanted and glued to the book till I devoured the whole book. The prose was very well written, the dialogues were superb and I admired Jennifer Bresnick's handling of character. Bresnick created a world that features absorbing character, who despite the fact that he is immortal, could still be seen succeeding and facing challenges like any mortal would. For those who demand imaginative and excellent writing, characters who engage the reader both intellectually and emotionally, The Last death of Tev Chrisini is the book for you. Although it might be difficult to get through the beginning, once you managed to get yourself familiar with the places and people, you can begin to picture yourself as part of the story and begin to participate in the adventure.

All in all, the Last death of Tev Chrisini is a great book which I would recommend you reading. Hopefully Bresnick will speculate on further challenges for our hero.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By the_OtherOne on July 28, 2012
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I'm terrible at reviews that cover the plot, as I'm prone to spout off spoilers without blinking an eye. So I'll comment on why I think you should take the time to read "The Last Death of Tev Chrisini". For the sake of total transparency, I'll admit that I know the author through online interaction.

For a debut novel in a well traversed genre, "The Last Death of Tev Chrisini" is fairly impressive - the prose is tight or elegant as the scene demands, without the feeling of mental whiplash that can be a staple of getting one's feet wet in the literary world, while a careful use of foreshadowing allows the tension to be ratcheted up at all of the right moments. I can also say that the novel is not derivative - while it does owe something to the genre staples (there are flashes of Tad Williams and Terry Pratchett here and there) there is no sense of pastiche or being cobbled together with the interesting parts of other books - "The Last Death" is a bit inventive, and while still nodding to the tones, themes, and tropes of Fantasy, Ms. Bresnick never relies of them to the detriment of the work.

The actions scenes are enough to keep you turning the pages, although few (there are some, but by no means all) will be described as pulse racing. This is more than made up for by the twists and turns of the plot and the well fleshed out cast that you find yourself caring about (even the "bad guys" - not all of whom are guys, but you know what I mean), which adds, element of drama upon element of treachery, to the final act, which did not disapoint - open enough for a follow up, but tidy enough to stand on its own.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ramerra on June 22, 2012
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Upon picking up this novel I wasn't quite certain what to expect - as much as I enjoy the genre, I tend to handle fantasy stories at a dubious arms-length. As with any story that introduces you to a brand new world of the author's creation, the beginning takes some brainpower to work through. Once you get yourself a grip on the new places, factions and people, you can effectively begin to participate in the adventure. (Here I would have included my only complaint: that the book did not include a map. However Ms. Bresnick has included one on her website! Hooray!)

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But like mom always said, you have to finish your supper before you can have your dessert. When this story winds up, it is unstoppable! The drama is appropriately poignant and the emotional turmoils (even of an immortal man) are entirely relatable. One thing Ms. Bresnick is assuredly skilled at is making you care very deeply for her characters, however flawed they may be. I was pleased to see that even as a new author; no hero or villain is portrayed in caricature, the dialogue is vibrant and not cliche, and the story remains unpredictable with just enough similarity to other fantasy adventures to keep you comfortable in the genre. The sarcastic quips between Tev and Lerien are priceless, and not hokey in the least. I just adored it.

For a first novel, Ms. Bresnick couldn't have done a more impressive job. I cannot wait to see where her experience takes her in future works!
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