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Length: 273 pages Word Wise: Enabled

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  • File Size: 529 KB
  • Print Length: 273 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: April 20, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004XJ55FO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #653,079 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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D.A. Boulter hates talking about himself in the 3rd person. Finds it annoying.

Since my early school days, Science Fiction and Fantasy have intrigued me, starting with Heinlein, whose Starship Troopers I read in the middle 60s, long before I knew about the social and political themes it carried. My seminal year, though, came in 1974 when I got my hands on a copy of Frank Herbert's "Dune", which fascinated me with its depth and breadth. At that moment I knew SF&F had hooked me.

However, it took another ten years before I seriously considered writing my own material and another ten after that before I began writing in earnest. Now, with the advent of e-readers, I find myself in the very strange position of being a published author, rather than someone who wrote for himself only. It gratifies me that many have read and enjoyed my works. Thank you.

I've worked as a cook, a first-aid attendant, weather observer, radar operator and tech. I've worked in the city, in the woods, and in the Arctic. Just now, I find myself on the West Coast of Canada, with my feline companion -- one of a line of cats who have shared my writing moments (and interrupted them as well).

And now, due to popular demand (2 people asked for it) I have a Blog
daboulter.blogspot.ca

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Susan O'Neill on May 14, 2011
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This book is great fun--a fine, imaginative read. I loved the setting--a trek through medieval market towns--and the way the story dances nimbly among the genres of period, romance and fantasy, but draws its power from the flawed humans at the center of the story and their antagonistic pairing.

For the record, the author defines "Steadfasting" as the practice of standing up as a sort of "best man" at a wedding. However, if the groom doesn't show, this stalwart soul has to marry the bride. Odd, yes, but it works.

Karsten is an itinerant trader who is literally unaware of what he's getting into when he agrees to Steadfast for a man he does not know well; as the story opens, he finds himself bound by this strange tradition to an equally unwilling wife, the lovely, cranky Arialla. The couple trudge off into the grubbiness and danger of a trader's life--he, searching for the most expedient way to make her agree to return home; she, stubborn (and at times downright hostile) in her resolve to stick with his wagon and team, too proud to return alone to face the ridicule of her small town.

Both characters are not what they appear to be, and therein lies the story. Which is very well written, and very well edited (a plus in KindleWorld).

I feel this book would make an excellent movie, one that might prove superior to most of the current fantasy fare.

The one problem I had with The Steadfasting was the author's use of an early-English-ish grammatical structure and dialogue. It felt awkward, initially. However, once I became accustomed to it, it fell into sync with the spirit of the book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Maine_Yooper on August 1, 2011
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I read D.A. Boulter based upon another author's (Nathan Lowell) recommendation. I passed over this book several times simply because the cover art didn't appeal to me. That was my mistake. After reading several other works by Mr. Boulter, I tried The Steadfasting as a Kindle Sample. After just a few pages I purchased the book. This is a marvelous, intricately created fantasy world. The characters, even the secondary ones, make you want to know more about them. The plot thickens, quickens, and keeps you from putting the book down. Very well done. I don't write many reviews but I believed I had to with The Steadfasting in case others passed it over simply because the cover art seemed to reach out to the Young Adult or Juvenile reader. I wish Mr. Boulter the best and look forward to more work from him.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nathan Lowell on August 14, 2011
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D A Boulter has another winner here.

I read his SF stories and liked the way he handled them so when I saw this one pop up, I grabbed a sample ... and didn't get all the way thru it before I bought the whole book.

The story starts off in a rather unusual place and it just follows the path. It's a heartwarming read and a great take on the quest fantasy story.

Grab the sample and see if you like it. Boulter has great characters, amusing plot twists, and some terrific action. I highly recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on May 2, 2011
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The stories are satisfyingly complete and not just the short serials that so many of the science fiction/fantasy writers produce. The author takes time to develop his/her characters and interesting story lines with plenty of action. And they usually end well, or at least logically as in the case of PELGRAFF.

I think this author's kindle editions are underpriced (and that's from someone who thinks most kindle books, and books in general, are way overpriced).

ADDED: My two favorite books by D.A Boulter are Ghost Fleet and Courtesan. I finished PELGRAFF although it's a much darker book than I usually like to read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Antony Chow on August 28, 2011
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Karsten the trader has a problem. Through an unknown custom called "steadfasting," he finds himself married to a feisty, unknown stranger named Arialla. However, the author slowly unravels their mysterious secrets, and puts together a wonderful story of promises kept, shrewd trading, and even romance.

The Steadfasting is extremely well written, and relatively error free. It is a fantastic fantasy read, and highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Thomas L. Pencek on May 30, 2011
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I have read three other books by this author, so when I found it on Kindle, I immediately bought it. It is different that his other work, but just as good. I became quite invested in these characters and hope that we will see a "part 2" soon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth J. Mcfadden on October 18, 2011
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I almost didn't buy this; the cover art put me off. The heroine of the cover looks like a simpering and sheltered schoolgirl, and that cliche interests me not at all.

That would have been my loss -- this is a highly enjoyable read. Arialla is a fearless and capable woman, and the tale of her journey with her unexpected husband is engaging, and vividly told. Characters are largely well drawn -- especially some wonderful secondary characters -- and the worldbuilding is consistent and appealing, though it could stand some greater detail. The pacing is brisk, and if the plot is mildly predictable on occasion, it nevertheless compels.

I'll certainly be reading more by this author!
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