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Monsoon Reign Paperback – May 12, 2013
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About the Author
R.C. Fettig is a graduate of Long Ridge Writers Breaking into Print and Novel writing courses. This is her first novel and she is quite excited to share it with readers. She’s an army wife that zig-zags across the country with her husband, four children and a crazy Sun Conure named Excalibur.
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Kathayr's heroism was evident to say the least. The symbolism and parallels to what women go through, she really did a nice job with that. Writing was exceptional, story didn't go like wanted in the end, but that's what made it so good. I strongly recommended Monsoon Reign.
I'm not exactly sure how to describe this book. Sure there was the mystery of Kathair's dreams and where exactly she came from, or how exactly Fayodale came to be but that isn't what kept me reading. Sure I was interested in finding these things out, but Kathairs character and the struggles she has is what keep me drawn in until the very end. To live the way she had to and to still be able to stand up for herself made her pretty amazing.
The book is told from different point of views, and this is done pretty well. You get inside the minds of all the important characters and it gives you a good idea of what exactly is going on. It gives you the opportunity to really get to know the people that surround Kathairs and how they either supported her or hindered her with all her struggles.
I'm pretty interested in knowing what exactly happened to the "old world" and how Fayodale came to be, which I'm sure is something that will be focused on more in the books to come. I also liked the magic used and it seemed realist the way things progressed with Kathairs training in it.
The only thing I didn't like about this book was the passage of time. There is really no warning as to when months or years will pass by and it would jar me out of the book when this would happen. It would have been a good idea to think of a way to date the chapters so that the reader is aware ahead of time when a long passage of time would happen.
Would I recommend this book? Yes, it has a very post apocalyptic feel to it, so if you are into books like that you will enjoy this book a lot.
**Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for a honest review.**
Fayodale is a mystical place, ruled by a King, supported by religious fanatics, and populated by barren women. Families pay tribute to the Goddess who gift them with children - not born of their womb, but are plucked from a pool of water and adopted into the family. Katharis lives in this society, and by nefarious design, is wed to Duke Nicholai. Seeking to escape her loveless marriage, she escapes for one brief moment - and in that moment, finds the man who shows her what love feels like. The kingdom is thrown into turmoil when the Katharis is found to be with child, and the plans of her husband are revealed. She is but a dispensable pawn in his strategy, and she must now find a way to protect herself and her child.
Katharis starts off as a weak willed woman, unable to stand up for herself, defenseless and alone. Once her maternal instincts kicks in, she finds her voice and her conviction. There is no fiercer animal in earth than a mother protecting her young. I liked her loyalty to her friends, and how she tries to make their lives better.
What I could not appreciate was how naive she was to the duplicity of her husband. As a victim of his physical and sexual abuse, and her realization that her husband has malevolence in his heart, I would have expected that she would wizen up and realize that her life and that of her child are in danger. It was almost too late when she realizes this.
Unfortunately, technically, the story leaves much to be desired. The words used and how they were used made parts of the story difficult to follow, and did not make me feel immersed in the story. It felt that the author tried hard to bring her story to a more elevated level, by using words or sentence phrasing that could have been much simpler and more understandable to the reader. Unfortunately grammatical and spelling errors, hanging sentences and incomplete thoughts made it a also hard to read the story cleanly and clearly. I had to re-read some paragraphs several times to understand what the author was trying to impart.
I would have loved to see the plot points addressed more completely, and the rationale of why and how developed more deeply with as the story progressed.
The end of the book left me at a loss, as it felt unfinished. I believe the intent of the author is to continue the story and create a series of books. Unfortunately, the end of book one left me hanging as there were a number of plot points left unresolved.
This book is a good effort for this first time author, and a more polished work would have resulted with better editing, better pacing, more character development and better pacing. I am hopeful that book two will address all the plot points left unaddressed in book one.
Let me start off by saying I REALLY liked this book. I would have given it 5 stars if it wasn't for a few typos and the section of the book where the passage of time didn't really flow for me.
I really like the lead character Kathair, and one of my favorite sayings is, "the most dangerous place to be is between a mother and her child," this book is the perfect example of that.
After mysteriously appearing in the town of Fayodale without any memories, Kathair is forced to marry a duke. Her husband becomes king after a war, is very abusive towards her, and will let nothing stop him in his need for power.
When Kathair gets pregnant, her husband is thrilled as it is the first pregnancy in Fayodale in many years. After she gives birth, questions begin to circulate about the paternity of her son and the king threatens to not only kill her but her son as well.