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- Print Length: 353 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Durandus (October 26, 2011)
- Publication Date: October 26, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00609IGMY
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,395 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Then the words stop coming, and I sit a moment, treasuring the story - and more than a little mad it ended.
I also recommend Lowell's other books in the science fiction genre: Quartershare is the first in a wonderful series and is available in both paper and kindle formats.
The most amazing thing is that the author has the empathy to put himself into the mind and spirit of a middle aged woman transitioning from Mother (fecund) into Crone (post menopausal), from grumbling moodiness that goes with hormonal instabilities to serene, centered, self-assurance. It is hard to imagine that any man could have done it so well, and Lowell certainly did.
A few things kept it from being a 5-star novel. The rural pronunciations, leaving off the "g" from gerunds, though about 75% through the book the speakers mix proper pronunciation with the good ol' country talk. It was annoying. "Whoos, mum, when you does a prayer, you don't mess about, do ya." You see what I mean?
And there are unforgiveable (because so easily corrected) errors such as "it's" when it should have been "its", for instance. "Boogie" men should have been "boogey" men. Unless they were boogie boarding, that is. "Laying" when it should have been "lying". "Sheers" should have been "shears"--you get the idea. A good editor would have helped.
The relationships with the villagers were deftly delineated and the special one with Frank just right, for their ages and situations. The descriptions of meals, raising a building, children playing, and so forth were beautifully written.
I never understood why there weren't cats to catch the mice and dogs to help guard the village. Since game was so plentiful, with surplus, those domestic animals would fit right in. Then there's the crow...Read more ›
As far as I know, this is the author's first fantasy. It fits exactly into what I think of as a 'comfort read' and it's gone directly from a first read to my 'keep to re-read' list.
Real, ordinary people (though they are dealing with magic, of course), an interesting story to tell with a certain amount of mayhem and suitably nasty bad guys to defeat. Has very few stereotypes and a wonderfully mature main character rather than the stereotypical young, beautiful witch who enchants everyone in her path.
This is a sensible older healer who settles in a small village for the winter and stomps around muttering to herself when the raven starts talking to her ... been there, done that (well, talking to myself, can't say that I've had conversations with ravens). Instead of a sword, she wields a wicked walking staff.
Just hope this is a series, even though it will do damage to my book budget.
As other reviewers have noted, there are cultural disconnects between the villagers' origins compared to their current circumstances and behaviors that caused, for me at least, serious suspension of disbelief issues.
Other quibbles: the stew was always "rich", the bread always steaming and fragrant. This celebration of homespun goodness became very cloying very fast.
I would read the next Tanyth Fairport Adventure.
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I thought when reading the "shares" series that I'd found a mental home that was very special. The next related one about the shamans also drew me fully in. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Kookiemomster48
This is a well written book in that the author is very descriptive and you feel like you are actually there. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Lee
Every one of Nathan Lowell's works have surprised and pleased me. His universes have, as yet, no world shattering space battles but I find great pleasure in learning about his... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Obsidiona
Worth the read. A simple story told with wonderful imagery. Not the story line that I expected after Ish but very entertaining!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
After reading Nathan Lowells Deep Dark series I was looking forward to this series I was not disappointed. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Elizabeth M. Mattero
Loved this, always enjoy stories about strong woman especially "back in the day" so to speak. Already onto the second book and thoroughly enjoying this one too.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
This was a fun story to read. The main character went places and did things that were unexpected, made for an entertaining life to follow.Published 5 months ago by ET43
It starts as a tiny road story, lovely relaxing way of writing, a real enjoyment to read!Published 5 months ago by Kindle Customer
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