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Product Details

  • Paperback: 386 pages
  • Publisher: Silence in the Library (June 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983656703
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983656708
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #657,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Janine K. Spendlove is a KC-130 pilot in the United States Marine Corps. Her bestselling first novel, War of the Seasons, Book One: The Human, was published in June 2011, and she’s also had several short stories published in various anthologies. A graduate from Brigham Young University in 1999 with a BA in History Teaching, she is an avid runner, enjoys knitting, playing Beatles tunes on her guitar, and spending time with her family. She currently resides with her husband and daughter in Washington, DC. She is currently at work on her next novel. Find out more at www.waroftheseasons.com.

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Janine K. Spendlove is a KC-130 pilot in the United States Marine Corps. In the Science Fiction and Fantasy World she is primarily known for her best-selling trilogy, War of the Seasons. She has several short stories published in various speculative fiction anthologies, to include Time Traveled Tales, Athena's Daughters, and War Stories. Janine is also a member of Women in Aerospace (WIA), BroadUniverse, and is a co-founder of GeekGirlsRun, a community for geek girls (and guys) who just want to run, share, have fun, and encourage each other. A graduate of Brigham Young University, Janine loves pugs, enjoys knitting, making costumes, playing Beatles tunes on her guitar, and spending time with her family. She resides with her husband and daughter in Washington, DC. She is currently at work on her next novel. Find out more at JanineSpendlove.com

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The other characters are also very well depicted.
CRSkittles
I enjoyed this book immensely and I look forward to being able to read the next book in this series.
Mandy
It has wonderful characters who seem real, especially in the case of the main character, Story.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Jim Bernheimer VINE VOICE on November 14, 2012
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In this animated video I review Janine Spendlove's War of the Seasons Book One - The Human. It's a solid 4 star Young Adult fantasy offering that doesn't have any strong language, excessive violence, or other graphic content. All in all, it is a well told tale that I enjoyed reading. Janine was kind enough to answer my questions and we conduct a mini interview at the end. Thank you for watching.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jordan Leigh Frederick on July 4, 2011
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For all you lovers of fantasy out there, even if you're not into "YA lit" (that term in itself is so debatable), I would recommend this! It's a quick read, and makes for a good, relaxing, and engaging time. You will fall in love with the reluctant heroine, Story, a believable heroine in a world of faeries, dryads, elves, and selkies that is, surprisingly enough, not so very unlike our own. Read this! You won't be disappointed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Trooperchick on June 11, 2011
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Spendlove has developed a new world that I never wanted to leave. She writes a compelling story that make you want to read more and more. Not to be cliche but I couldn't put it down. Her characters are so well written that you begin to feel they might be real. I can't say enough great things about this book and can't wait for the next in the series to come out.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 12, 2011
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"The Human" is a fantasy novel that draws you in to a richly detailed fantasy world. It has wonderful characters who seem real, especially in the case of the main character, Story. It is many levels as Story adjusts to her new situation and comes to terms with pain and grief that has been not allowing her to live her life. This is a great book for anyone who is fan of the fantasy genre.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mlarsen1 on June 20, 2012
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The mythical world is REALLY fleshed out for you. I love that. It makes it feel so real and like you want to visit it for yourself. The main character's background comes out at a good pace throughout the book and the flirty love story is believable, not instant and not corny. It's not a super-thick plot or anything, but definately a good sit back and dive into a different world kind of book. It's more about the journey than the destination and I enjoyed the ride. Had me up all hours of the night turning pages not wanting to leave the world of Ailionora (or Eirnin) behind. Love.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daywalker on November 7, 2011
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I must say that this book was absolutely amazing! The pure world of Fantasy is rather new to me. I must say that this stretched my imagination while keeping a perfect balance of real world experience. I was able to relate to many of the characters both in personality and experience. What you think you know about your fairy tales, forget it! Mrs. Spendlove puts a fantastic twist on her world of Ailionora that will leave you breathless as you rush through the book to find out what happens next. I didn't want to put the book down and lost sleep during the two days I took to read it. Once you read this you will be begging for her next book. I am! If you like Fantasy you'll love this book. If you don't like Fantasy, you'll still love this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CRSkittles on June 20, 2011
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I absolutely love, love, LOVE this book. I read it all in a day and started it again the next day to pick up on things I may have missed. Spendlove's fantasy world is, well, fantastical yet real enough to be able to imagine yourself there with the characters. As for the characters themselves, like others have said, they are very real, especially Story, the main character. It is awesome to see how she transforms when she finds herself in this new world facing new and dangerous things. The other characters are also very well depicted. Spendlove's writing is easy to read and also quite funny in parts. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading fantasy books.
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The Human is about a 17 year old named Story, who has lost her family and has been spending some time driving away her friends. While spelunking with her remaining friend she goes through a portal and comes out into a world where the once immortal race of elves is slowly dying away and as a human she holds the key to ending their curse.

The story aside, the book is about a lonely and somewhat socio-phobic young adult thrust into a fantastic setting. And while physically competent as a young adult (she is a spelunker, and good with a knife and bow), the people she meets in this new world are wise to the ways of the world, cunning and remorseless. And her wits are not helpful and her people skills are not much better in this setting. So The Human is her learning how to deal with others instead of being the outcast teenager she was. She learns (mostly by mistakes) about reading people, of considering the motivations of others, of having trust betrayed, and trust rewarded. She has relationships that are purely manipulative, some that are genuine care, some that are sacrificial, and even one that is without any agenda. And as she goes from an isolated teenager into a young adult with a range of relationships, her view of the world and her place in it grows.

There is a romance in the book with the female protagonist. But I appreciate the fact that she had a chance to become competent as a person (both in skills and how she related towards others) and other aspects of her growth were more important than the relationship for most of the book. And that this growth is what made her attractive to the other person in the end.

This was an engrossing story. I liked following the main character's growth as a person, and how it fits in with the overall story. I'm looking forward to the other books in this series.
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