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Frozen Prospects: A YA Epic Fantasy Novel (Volume 1 of the Guadel Chronicles Books) by [Murray, Dean]
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Book 1 of 4 in The Guadel Chronicles (4 Book Series)
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About the Author

Dean started reading seriously in the second grade due to a competition and has spent most of the subsequent three decades lost in other people's worlds. After reading several local libraries more or less dry of sci-fi and fantasy, he started spending more time wandering around worlds of his own creation to avoid the boredom of the 'real' world. Things worsened, or improved depending on your point of view, when he first started experimenting with writing while finishing up his accounting degree. These days Dean has a wonderful wife and two lovely daughters to keep him rather more grounded, but the idea of bringing others along with him as he meets interesting new people in universes nobody else has ever seen tends to drag him back to his computer on a fairly regular basis.

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  • File Size: 4103 KB
  • Print Length: 316 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Fir'shan Publishing (December 17, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 17, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004I8WPTY
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Frozen Prospects follows Va'del in his quest to find acceptance. It is set high in the mountains where all the communities are based in large cave systems and it is death to wander outside unprepared. Born from a lowlander mother and orphaned at a young age is enough to make him an outcast and a target for the bullies in his community. Constantly beaten by the headman's son Jas'per he once again awakens to find himself in the healing area being taken care of by Sara. While in recovery he learns that some of the mysterious Guadel have arrived to test the youngsters of his community to see if they will be taken away to the Capital. When Va'del is tested he is given the choice to stay where he is and continue his miserable existence of getting beaten up and not having anyone willing to take him as an apprentice, or he can accompany the Guadel for training and possibly become one of them.

Getting into anymore of the story would start to give spoilers so I'll just say that when he arrives at the Capital under less than ideal circumstances his life becomes just as miserable as it was and he is constantly thinking about suicide to end it all. There were times that I really was not a big fan of Va'del as a character, but he really grows as the story develops and at the end I was left wanting to see more books about him. I really enjoyed a lot of the support characters, especially I'rone.

I look forward to the next book in the series, but in the meantime I will check out the other work by Dean Murray.
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This is a difficult book for me to rate. On one hand, the basic story and plot is intriguing. Jain lives in a world that is frozen and becoming more and more treacherous. He is mixed-race and bullied and mistreated for that. He is given the chance to join an elite group that help protect the land. I didn't mind how vulnerable the main character was, it seemed real to me.

The downside is that it reads a lot like a first draft. I would have loved more character and setting development. There were also some distracting editing issues that took away from the plot. More than anything, the ending bugged me. It almost felt hurried and unimportant, but it shouldn't have been. It reveals a lot about Jian's character and potential and deserved more build up and resolution.
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you wonder if it's worth the time to read. This one was free and I only started it when I did because it fit a monthly reading challenge I was doing.

I finished it because it was good.

I finished it the day I started it because it was fantastic.

Totally new world. Magic and mayhem. New love. Cranky people, political people. Danger and triumph. I'm ready to read book two and happy to see a third!
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I think I was checking out new science fiction authors because I don't know quite how I came across this enjoyable story, but having just finished it I liked it so much that I began reading Thawed Fortunes (The Guadel Chronicles Volume 2), apparently the third in a series, which gave the first chapter at the end of this book. It's a coming of age book, which I suppose is aimed at young people, dare I say young adults? At any rate, it is the coming of age of a young orphaned boy and girl who live in caves in a world of ice and snow. They are both sponsored and in training to become what they are chosen for in adulthood. I never thought I would care to read anything that I deemed to speak to magic but this has done it. Of course, there are the adult Guadel of differing families who are the sponsors and teachers possessing varying degrees of "magic" and "entering minds, or mind melds if you are a trekkie," of the young ones. I enjoyed this read and plan to continue on with the new Thawed Fortunes (The Guadel Chronicles Volume 2) having just purchased it and will pursue when I retire for the evening. It's not quite science fiction but entertaining none the less and has me hooked.
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The story begins much as the journeys depicted within. That is; a slow, even plodding, pace which proves to be necessary for the successful completion of the appointed task.
There are some minor plot issues and a plethora of seemingly disposable characters, but this is a reasonably good beginning to the series.
I will happily purchase and read the next book, and would encourage you to check this one out and continue with the series as well.
Will it keep you riveted? Probably not. Is it worth your time? Absolutely.
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BEWARE of any book title that calls itself "EPIC."

I'm not sure how this book had so many positive ratings. It was utterly boring.

We are thrown into a world of darkness. NOTHING is explained to us. The author uses strange references to mark things like government, passage of time, which are wholly and utterly unfamiliar to us, expecting us to accept that we didn't understand anything about that last phrase or sentence, so we should just move on. The hero/anti-hero is a cave-dwelling "dark" boy with absolutely no personality. We know he harbors a deep secret in his miserable life as the bullied underdog. That's about it. He has nothing else to recommend him except his connection to darkness in a dark world. He has no inner thoughts of note. He has no epiphanies. He has no character.

When I concluded this was a world of mage-polygamists, who use magic with the help of magical stones, with a fractured society of capital rule over independent village-states, with "Guadel" who travel the frozen tundras in the service of the capital to find and recruit other young mages, I had no desire to read further.

The names of people and places are entirely distracting. While I don't expect characters in a foreign, magical universe to be named "Tom" or "Harry" I also don't want to be puzzling over how I'm supposed to pronounce something for minutes on end. Why the apostrophes? Why does every name and place sound the same? (Va'del, Guadel, something-el) Only Jasmin has the most decent sounding name and she is the only one with some semblance of personality. Maybe there's a correlation... Give an exotic name to a flat character to make him/her interesting.
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