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The Steadfasting [Kindle Edition]

D.A. Boulter
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Fantasy (Sword and Sorcery) 94,000 words

Saddled with a woman he neither trusts nor wants, Karsten has good reason to regret agreeing to take on the role of Steadfast. Now, he must find a way to rid himself of her without mentioning his mission, which has nothing to do with the trader façade he maintains.

Arialla so desires to leave Kellok's Crossing and her own secret behind that she accepts the Steadfast, though he seems both a man without honour and a coward. In addition, she discovers he believes, as she feels a child might, in Sorcerers, Woodsies and Lehr Cats.

Unless the two can come to terms with each other and their unexpected and unwanted partnership, they may not survive what lies in wait for both.

Product Details

  • File Size: 529 KB
  • Print Length: 273 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004XJ55FO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #550,930 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Discovered Magic 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ignore the cover; Great story inside! 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Elegant Story 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
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read! 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I like this author (D.A Boulter). 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprising find September 22, 2012
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I had just finished reading a few of D.A. Boulter's science fiction novels and got this one on a whim. I have to say that I was more impressed that I thought I would be when I read the plot prior to purchasing. I did enjoy reading it but I felt like it is the first in a series. The story made references to events in the past without going into detail. The event which started the novel was eventually explained. Both the main characters, especially Karsten, have alot of potentiel for some "prequal" novels so that we can get to know the characters better. The novel ended with the prospect of further novels in this storyline and I do hope the author decides to give us more.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read - would definitely recommend!
First, full disclosure - I am related to the author (his brother). However, that probably works against him since our family tended to be a very critical bunch, growing up. Read more
Published 10 months ago by John Boulter
4.0 out of 5 stars an interesting story
The story telling is compelling and the characters are real human beings even with the mix of magic. This is one of Boulter's better books and I would happily read more like this.
Published on January 3, 2013 by D. Patelzick
5.0 out of 5 stars I wish this was a series
I wish this was a series, because I really enjoyed the characters and the world they were in. Maybe another book will be written about them, maybe not. Read more
Published on November 18, 2012 by Star Foreman
5.0 out of 5 stars Better Than some Combo Meals @ this Price!
Njoyed them getting to know each other before being intimate, although when it did happen (way towards the end! Read more
Published on September 16, 2012 by Southern Bibliophile
5.0 out of 5 stars A very enjoyable Tale
I normally read a Kindle book over a few days or a week but this story stole all my free time-I could not put it down. Read more
Published on September 6, 2012 by Sparta
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good
Really enjoyed this one. Two strong personalities kind of thrown together making the best of it. Use of the local vernacular I guess I'd call it was good. Read more
Published on June 27, 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down
This was definitely one of my "read it in a day" books on the kindle. Unlike many kindle books it has been edited and I can't recall any grammatical/spelling errors. Read more
Published on April 7, 2012 by J. Smith
1.0 out of 5 stars Dull, Gives Kindle Reviews a Bad Name
I won't ever trust Kindle ebook reviews again after buying this one. It's a standard romance novel marriage-of-convenience where both sides dislike each other but inevitably fall... Read more
Published on December 24, 2011 by Rosemary Bailey Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem among trash
Like a lot of Amazon customers, I'm struggling to find good writing among the many cheap offerings from self published authors. Read more
Published on November 18, 2011 by Sci Fi Junkie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story well executed
I had read the author's book Courtesan and thoroughly enjoyed it, so I decided to give this book a try. It is VERY different than Courtesan, but I think it is even better. Read more
Published on October 20, 2011 by Oregon Bird
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More About the Author

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

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