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"The author's craft and creativity (plus the glorious tarot card illustrations) are superb. Nedelea's descriptive skill is impressive (one character, for example, is "a short unremarkable blonde with a face like a seal's.") Her locales paint a perfect sense of place, with pinpoint specificity of sights, sounds and even smells. And her literary tour of medieval torture devices? Explicit---and chilling." BLUEINK REVIEW
"A complex, engrossing archaeological thriller with a plot stretching over many eras. Mark and Isa's quest uncovers a vivid, twisting tale of Renaissance treachery, tarot cards, and a potentially explosive historical revelation." KIRKUS REVIEW
"An extraordinarily powerful debut from a highly talented author. Constant Guests proves to be one of those elusive page turners that will leave its readers deep in thought long after they have turned the last page. It is recommended without reservation." BOOK VIRAL
"Debut author Patricia Nedelea arrives in fantastic form with this first title, showing a clear talent with storytelling from the very first page. Readers of titles such as The Da Vinci Code and its sequels are likely to enjoy the read immensely as long as they're willing to commit a little more to the read, certainly, and those used to historical fiction are likely to do well with it as long as they can get on with the more fantastic elements. Constant Guests is a deep, immersive, modern historical fantasy, certainly worth the investment of any reader's time."SELF-PUBLISHING REVIEW
"Constant Guests combines different elements of storytelling to deliver a literary treat that readers will find irresistible. I was most impressed by the powerful plot lines and the seamless integration of different historic moments into an absorbing story." READERS' FAVORITE
"At first blush, Constant Guests seems like a historical thriller akin to The Da Vinci Code, but there is more here than meets the eye. The seemingly disparate plot lines provide hints and clues while building up an interesting mythology." FOREWORD CLARION REVIEWS
"Constant Guests excels in unexpected twists that will keep readers on edge and surprised: a delight to note in any genre. A powerful read that's hard to put down, filled with compelling action and intrigue throughout." MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW
"Nedelea's debut novel provides ample mystery, history, and some romance for a fast-reading and enjoyable tale." THE US REVIEW OF BOOKS
"Constant Guests walks a fine line in terms of plotting, and although it features many literary moments, the story at times reads like something out of a gripping thriller, and manages to take the best of both genres." INDIE READER
"Nedelea's debut is a unique tale with four stories-within-a-story. The enchantingly twisty narrative constantly shifts between first- and third-person viewpoints." ROMANTIC TIMES REVIEWS
"The author also does an amazing job weaving in four storylines set in different time periods. Each plot line is vastly different from one another, yet cleverly connected. Included in these stories are historical facts and people, which makes the read even more enticing. I honestly cannot say enough of how much I enjoyed this novel and look forward to more works from this indie author." ONLINE BOOK CLUB FOR READERS
From the Author
But my reader does not have to care about any of these, she or he might just want to have fun. Regardless her or his age, my reader has a young spirit and wants to be taken on an unpredictable adventure, without minding genre switches.
That's the kind of person I am writing for.
- Publication Date : May 21, 2016
- File Size : 2576 KB
- Print Length : 517 pages
- ASIN : B01G0VYTYK
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Language: : English
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,125,617 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The description talks about two women separated in time involved with the 1389 Tarot deck of cards, when there are really three. An Italian Principessa in the 14th century, a museum curator in 1981 and young, angry woman in the present. All of their stories run parallel in time and intertwine as one takes up where the other left off. There are male stories that are just as entangled with these three women's that make the story more romantic, violent, horrific and tragic.
Unfortunately characterization is not a strong suit of the author. While you really want to know what happens next, and turn pages quickly; when a major player gets taken out by an enemy, my reaction was, oh well, I guess we won't be seeing him again. Ho hum... The character I liked the most was the 70 year old ,fake Bishop in 14th century Italy. She characterized him just fine. The heroine, Isa is almost wafer thin.
But, I have to admit Ms. Nedelea lays down some serious tracks when it comes to both her research and the imaginative way she uses that research to create a truly thundering plot. Each time we can to one of her gobsmacking plot twists, I literally felt like the world had turned upside down. She did this not once, not twice, but all throughout the book. This story is a high tension, page turner. The pace is blistering.
I've seen this compared to Dan Brown. Ms. Nedelea's novel is far more sophisticated. This is more like Eco's Foucault's Pendulum in the intelligence and sophistication of the plot.
If you are looking for a good thumping read that won't rip your heart out, but will get your blood pumping - HERE IT IS!
Isa now in her twenties has always been a rebel child raised, by whom she thought were her parents Victoria and the “Invisible Man”. However, her mother has just dropped a bombshell. Her Aunt Mara, Victoria’s sister who has been in a coma for 20 years, has just waked up. But that is not all Mara is actually Isa’s mother. The visit to the hospital only leaves Isa more confused with a dead mother she knows nothing about. Mara could not speak and couldn’t tell her daughter anything of her life, especially while living in Transylvania. Nevertheless, while in the restroom a man attacks her demanding to know Mara’s last words. All this sets Isa in a new direction in life wanting to know who her father is and what was Mara searching for that now has Isa’s life in danger…
There are actually four stories to be told that include a librarian, a murder and Mara, tarot cards, a bishop, the supernatural, the Guardians, and more all with one connector...Isa. Patricia weaves a spellbinding tale mixed with suspense, history, thriller and romance clearly making this a captivating, intriguing novel that readers won’t want to end. I found myself caught up in Isa’s story as she followed the twists and turns of clues to piece together what her mother was searching for. The inclusion of Biblical text and history of tarot cards had me caught up in the mystery. This is definitely one that will have readers thinking their way through the clues as Patricia has really done her research giving us an exciting well-written storyline. Be prepared to travel through time, follow the clues and solve a creative awe-inspiring, adventurous mystery.
Nevertheless – and I most warn you that there are spoilers ahead – I just wasn’t expecting the “two worlds connected by a passage” thing. That was a major, unexpected plot twist! After following Isa and Mark as they travelled through Europe, retracing Mara’s steps and trying to make sense of the information they found, I expected the conclusion to be something more realistic. Not that the ending didn’t make sense! In fact, it seemed that there could be no other outcome, but I thought that a bit more foreshadowing should have been given throughout the book. The reader only learns of this other world in the last quarter of the book as if the information had just fallen from the sky. I wasn’t expecting it all, but maybe that was the writer’s goal – leave the reader absolutely speechless. It also annoyed me when Isa tried to imagine the actions of her mother and her feelings such as when Mara decided to smash her car against her pursuers. The way Isa described it as if she was really seeing it was a bit off-putting. Additionally, I was really tired of wondering who Ty and the nameless woman were and what the hell where they doing in the story. Glad that was all settled in the end though.
Despite these issues, I really liked “Constant Guests” and I absolutely recommend it. The constant suspense, the use of real historical characters and the images of the ancient tarot cards gave an entirely new depth to the story. This book was ingeniously planned out and I would definitely enjoy reading a next one. I was left with so many questions that need answering!
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