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The Well of Tears (The Dream Stewards) [Kindle Edition]

Roberta Trahan
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More than five centuries after Camelot, a new king heralded by prophecy has appeared. As one of the last sorceresses of a dying order sworn to protect the new ruler at all costs, Alwen must answer a summons she thought she might never receive.

Bound by oath, Alwen returns to Fane Gramarye, the ancient bastion of magic standing against the rise of evil. For alongside the prophecy of the benevolent king, a darker foretelling envisions the land overrun by a demonic army and cast into ruin.

Alwen has barely set foot in her homeland when she realizes traitors lurk within the Stewardry, threatening to destroy it. To thwart the corruption and preserve her order, Alwen must draw upon power she never knew she possessed and prepare to sacrifice everything she holds dear—even herself. If she fails, the prophecy of peace will be banished, and darkness will rule.



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"[The Well of Tears] begins a series that echoes Arthurian lore and pays tribute to the spirit of those stories...this quasihistorical fantasy should appeal to fans of Celtic Mythology and Arthurian tales." -Library Journal

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"Absorbing and rich in detail, THE WELL OF TEARS is a page-turner that left me eager for more of the Daughters of the Dream Stewards and launches Roberta Trahan as an exciting new voice in fantasy/historical fiction." - Carla Neggers, New York Times and USA TODAY best-selling author of more than 60 novels, including HERON”S GATE, SECRETS OF THE LOST SUMMER, and SAINT”S GATE.

“In the tradition of Mists of Avalon, Roberta Trahan pierces the veil between our world and the mysticism of ancient Wales. With poetic prose, this talented new fantasy author gives us a mature heroine to root for and a family saga filled with lovable heroes and detestable villains." -Stephanie Dray, author of the acclaimed Novels of Cleopatra’s Daughter series, LILY OF THE NILE and SONG OF THE NILE.

"THE WELL OF TEARS is part epic, part fantasy and wholly entertaining." - Melanie Jackson, best-selling author of THE CHLOE BOSTON MYSTERIES series, THE SELKIE, and dozens more paranormal, mystery, thriller and horror titles

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  • File Size: 489 KB
  • Print Length: 327 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1612183727
  • Publisher: 47North (September 18, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00773A6DO
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,453 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some Potential in Rushed Attempt at Epic August 11, 2012
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"Well of Tears" by Roberta Trahan ranks as one of the more puzzling fantasy novels I have come across in some time. Trahan is a fine craftswoman of sentences and paragraphs though--like too many fantasy writers--she needs to work on her dialogue. While the book starts slow, Trahan picks up the pace and the plot does hold the reader's attention but it then moves too quickly. My chief problem with the book is the indecision that hovers over it and the pacing. Traham wants to work in a historical setting and a fantastic one. She wants to write an epic of kingdoms and intimate stories with dashes of romance novels thrown in (the sex scenes often seemed a little out of place). She wants to bring in Arthur and Wales and her own characters, along with notes.....all within less than 350 pages using heavy spacing between text lines (I have a reviewer's copy). Simply put, Trahan puts 20 pounds of groceries in a bag that can support about 10 pounds and the book suffers for it. Still, there is enough potential here to keep an eye on Trahan and she did seem to mature as a writer as the book went on. With a strong lead and an interesting enough story, Trahan was able to overcome some of the flaws of her book, enough to make it readable if not salvage it all together. There is enough potential here to read future books by her. Readers of fantasy should like "Well of Tears" despite the problems.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Taking the Middle Ages out of the Middle Ages October 1, 2012
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The Well of Tears by Roberta Trahan is one of those books that is difficult to rate. It is billed as a historical novel which begins in 905 CE. But here is a strange thing: by page 73 of the 400-page novel, history is little in evidence. The storyline involves a gathering of four sorceresses to act as an advisory council to the Welsh king Hywel ap Cadell. The protagonist, Alwen, is living at the time in Jorvik, in Frisia. In order to answer the summons, she must cross the North Sea to Northumbria and travel overland from there to Wales to the secret bastion ruled by the wise old Ardh Druidh (First Wizard), Fane Gramayre.

Don't get me wrong: I have nothing against sorceressees in the Middle Ages. The people themselves believed magic was real and I like a little fantasy mixed with my history. But as I will show below, the history has gone missing.

Alwen makes the journey across the North Sea without even a mention of Vikings or longships, even though this was a time of war as the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle makes clear, not only between Dane and Saxon but between Alfred's successor, Edward, and his uncle's son, Ethelwald. Nor is there any mention of Alfred the Great, who had just died four years previous, or of any Vikings to speak of or even Saxons, on the road to Wales. It brought to mind the New Testament accounts of Jesus' travels, also oddly detached from history in that Galilee was full of bandits who never seemed to find Jesus or his disciples as they wandered about. At least make the setting plausible, please, if you're going to write this type of story.

I think if I were writing a historical novel set in these times, I would have at least found some way to provide this historical context.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Shoots for epic. Doesn't quite make it September 15, 2012
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This is a fairly entertaining retread of familiar territory, and I did find parts to be extremely moving (especially when dealing with loss).

However, the book failed to impress me for a number of reasons:
1/ A slew of cliched situations and plot devices (ancient prophecy, circle of power, unnamed evil afoot, etc. )
2/ The characters were entirely one dimensional, and it was apparent at first encounter who was good and who was evil. No shades of grey.
3/ Each character's motivation was similarly obvious. Greed/power for the evil, and duty/honor for the good.
4/ The major plot line was extremely weak, was resolved with minimal fuss, and ended with a just-as-weak cliffhanger.

This is not epic GRRM, and neither is it even close to the more mass market efforts by Goodkind. What it is, is a lazy read with minimal fuss and excitement, that won't raise your pulse rate as you read it.

I gave it 3 stars for writing style, 2 stars for content, and rounded up.

Happy Reading!
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent historical fantasy; I want more July 24, 2012
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In ancient Wales and Cornwall, known in this novel as Cymru, Alwen arrives at Fane Gramarye, the stronghold of the Stewards, a guild for sorcerers. She is the Mistress of the Spiritual Realm, and, as such, is second in line of succession. Madoc, the leader (Ard Druidh), realizes that he is getting old. He and his successor must go to the Well of Tears and perform a ceremony that adds his memories to those of all the previous Ard Drudhs and pass those memories on to the successor.

But who will the successor be? Is there treachery afoot that will destroy the world of Fane Gramarye, and thus Cymru, as it does Alwen's daughter Eirlys?

This is a very enjoyable historical fantasy novel with helpful back matter - a lexicon of the stewardry, the hierarchy of the stewardry, and the bloodlines (descriptions of the characters and their clans). The novel's style and pacing are very good; the characters are well-developed; the plot is engrossing. The ending seems to be hanging a bit, but that simply leaves things open for this to become a series. The author's biographical matter does indeed state that The Well of Tears is " her first book, but hardly her last," and I do look forward to more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story
I really enjoyed this book and am very anxious to read more from this author, excellent story!
Published 5 days ago by Karen Wiggins
4.0 out of 5 stars Well crafted beginning
The Well of Tears is a well crafted beginning to a new high fantasy series. The story opens at the dawn of a new age where prophecies are about to come into fruition. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Denise Z
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Potential---
I stayed up late last night finishing this one! It was an enjoyable read. I thought the author showed a lot of promise and skill. Read more
Published 27 days ago by katie
3.0 out of 5 stars really good... for the female reader
this is not to slight female authors at all but there unfortunately i was just not expecting a softcore highly sexual novel. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Brian
5.0 out of 5 stars very well wrotten
I love books about dragons and this series has me hooked. It has a unique twist to it and I look forward to continuing on with the series.
Published 2 months ago by Eileen Kelley
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous writing; can't wait for more!
Roberta Trahan is a wonderful writer, and I loved this book. It's gorgeous blend of history and mythology and the author's own imagination. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jodi McIsaac
3.0 out of 5 stars not bad
I enjoy fantasy as well as many other kinds of book. This is ok but the story is stretched too thin. It is not well paced and a bit plodding for my taste.
Published 2 months ago by LKH
5.0 out of 5 stars A dazzling debut of inspired imaginative vision that's breathtakingly...
This truly sensational story had me hooked from the very first page, transporting me into the midst of a magical world filled with wonder and remarkable premise. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lucinda
4.0 out of 5 stars Well of tears
Well written with simple phrasing and easy to follow multiple story lines. Looking forward to the other two books in the trilogy.
Published 4 months ago by timothy gold
1.0 out of 5 stars Slow and boring
This is listed as Science fiction/fantasy but would be better placed in gothic romance. Some reviewers complained about the sex scenes. Read more
Published 4 months ago by doug mckittrick
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More About the Author

Roberta Trahan is a former journalist and marketing professional who always wanted to write a book. And then she did. Her first novel, THE WELL OF TEARS (Book One of The Dream Stewards) was released in September 2012.

Although she was born a writer, Roberta loves research almost as much. Part of her still wishes she had become an archaeologist, sociologist, or cultural biologist specializing in ancient eras. Instead, she tries to incorporate her love of mythology, folklore and history into her books. She is particularly fascinated by her own Celtic heritage, which includes more than 300 years of family ancestry in Cornwall and Wales.

Roberta has been writing for a very long time, and was first published nationally as a teenager. She earned a degree journalism and advertising at the University of Oregon and then went on to work in various sales, publicity and marketing positions before finally figuring out how to write that book. When she isn't writing, she stays active in the local writing community as a speaker and instructor, and is a member of many organizations.

A Pacific Northwest native, Roberta makes her home near Seattle, WA (USA) with her family, and as many cats as they will allow her to have. She also admits to having a mild obsession with hummingbirds, a not-so-mild addiction to coffee and chocolate, and an antique jewelry hoard. Most hours of any given day, however, you will find her immersed in a magical world of her own making.

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