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Seized (The Pipe Woman Chronicles Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Enter Naomi, plain, normal human being, trying to make her way through life as a lawyer, but not really suited to the cut-and-thrust of the legal profession. Her decision to become a mediator makes her perfect for the astral job. The gods, as usual, play out their drama using the other characters in the story as their avatars. The fun part is that two of the characters are Loki and Coyote, who play the trickster role for their respective pantheons. This leads to some entertaining antics, and contributes to the playful feeling of the conflict. The other characters are well fleshed out and sympathetic, and a vein of gentle humour runs through the book.
But perhaps you can see the problem with a plot where the main character is a mediator; it is not likely to create a great climax for the story. The moment the daggers are drawn (figuratively speaking) and the male egos start splashing around the room, Naomi puts on her mediator’s hat and calms them all down. Which is as we wish affairs would turn out in the real world, but it doesn’t make for great battle scenes.
Likewise with the romantic side of the story. Naomi is a calm and undemonstrative sort who allows herself to be inveigled into an association she really doesn’t seem to enjoy with the representative of the opposing side in the conflict. So there isn’t that much pain when she is rescued from his clutches, and the relationship with her new love comes about so naturally that there is little sexual tension there, either.
So what we have is a gentle New Age fantasy, in which even the harshest of the Old Gods can be persuaded to sit down and air their grievances in a civilized way, if only the right woman can be found to help them control their rambunctious male egos.
It isn’t much of a spoiler to reveal that by the end of the book the first skirmish has been averted. But the next battle – this one to bring Jehova back into line – is about to begin. The all-destructive war of Ragnarok has not been prevented. Plenty of scope for Naomi’s mediating talents; the Pipe Woman Chronicles contains four more books.
When it comes to handing out stars, I think they are meant to combine two different opinions: how I reacted to the book, and how I think the average reader will react. So, while I enjoyed this book immensely, I think most Fantasy readers will find it a bit low key and in need of a notch more tension and excitement. Highly recommended for the gentler, more thoughtful sort of reader.
I just finished the series - read it all in about 4 days. It's been a LONG time since I've been sucked that far into another world. I'll try to write spoiler-free and remember that this is just the first book, though it's sometimes hard to remember exactly where one left off & the next started.
One thing that impressed me was the writing. I've found that so many books I've gotten on my Kindle have LOTS of flaws. It's like the art of proof-reading is dead. It saddens me and angers me, too. But this series was nearly flawless. Off my head, I can think of about 4 errors over 5 books. The errors were primarily a wrong name being used. If I recall, the errors didn't really creep up until about book 3.
The writing style flowed well, for me. It's not often that something written in first person reads so smoothly. After a few paragraphs, I didn't even notice - I was swept into the story. (Almost like a 'fly on the wall'...)
One thing the author does, that should be standard for all stories that cover multiple books, is put a little recap in the front of each subsequent book: Our story up 'til now.... There's a summary for each book, so by the time you get to the last book, you've hit the same summary of Seized several times, but you can skip it. It's broken down by book. I read the whole series together, so I didn't need it, but it would be phenomenally helpful if things were spaced out. Plus there are little memory refreshers in the books, as well. It's all very nicely done.
In the first book, the language is mostly clean, but the f-word does creep in now & again later. It's not particularly prevalent nor crassly done. And, as far as sex scenes... There's nothing graphic - there's no erotica (thank you!!!), but you get the idea of what's going on. It's pretty minimal. Everything is pretty well left to the imagination. That's also refreshing. Violence is also not particularly graphic. Just enough information is given so that you get the gist of what you need to.
I'm not from Colorado, so I don't know how accurate anything about that is, but I *have* lived in West Lafayette and I have to beg to differ on some those details. It didn't ruin the story for me or anything, but it did derail me for a few seconds.
Each book is a fully-contained novel, but it is quite clear that it's one long story. There are no annoying cliff-hangers. What immediately needs to be resolved is resolved while the Big Picture isn't completed until the end. And she does wrap the end up nicely. (By the time I got to the 5th book, I slowed considerably in my reading because I dreaded having it come to an end and I was also fearful of a few things as to how it would end. At the same time, I could hardly wait to see just how it all turned out.)
I think the thing that's most apt to bother some, is the religion. I've known some Christians to be extremely defensive and closed-minded (reminds me of a character in one of the later books....). That type could have an issue. But then, that type probably wouldn't pick up a book that clearly indicates that it's about the woo-woo. :) I had no problems at all with how the various traditions were handled. I thought it was quite well done. There were plenty of surprises and everything was well woven together. I tip my hat to Ms. Cantwell for weaving one heck of a plot over 5 books.
And, for those...sensitive-about-their-traditions types, go ahead & be swept away & keep an open mind. You might be quite pleasantly surprised. And we could all learn a lot from the message of this series.
I will definitely be keeping an eye on Lynne Cantwell.
Basically, this has been by bedtime book. I've been reading it in the Omnibus but decided that I need to review each book separately and will review the whole series when finished with the Omnibus.
In this first book, Seized, we learn about the main character, Naomi, her life as a mediator, her handsome fiancé, and her sudden being taken over by a goddess, White Buffalo Calf Pipe Woman, during a sweat bath with her "Woo woo" (translation: New Age) best friend, Shannon. I believe peyote was involved. But soon Naomi and friends are sent out on a quest to save the world. Yeah, a lot to put on one person and her friends.
There is a lot of old-world Pagan/Norse mythology, a couple Native American tribal religions and the Judeo/Christian theologies. Thought-provoking fiction to say the least.
There are scenes of action and moments of philosophy. But best of all, for a first book in the series, no cliff-hangers.
This book is free on Amazon. Well worth the price! I am well into book two so I am trying to remember book one. I hate it when I do that. Let's blame NaNo, shall we? Enjoy!
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Enjoyed the characters and mix with mythology and native lore.
I liked the mixture of deities and religions.
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