- File Size: 149 KB
- Print Length: 21 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: May 30, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0087TFEWK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,749,308 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Sixth Wife (A Novella) Kindle Edition
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This story takes place in mainly Adelia's later years (her late 50′s) as she's dealing with the fact that she's an aging human living in an ageless elf world, living with her elf husband who hasn't changed in appearance since the day they married. On the surface, this story wasn't the completely to my liking. But when I took a closer too at the themes involved, I found that there was more to it than I saw at first glance.
This isn't only a strange attempt at a romance between an elf who's still hung up on his first wife, who died on him countless years ago, and a human who's grown to accept the fact that she doesn't belong in a world surrounded by elves. There's an underlying theme of what inner beauty really means, and how vanity can often get in the way of happiness. I'd like to have seen this be a little more prominent, but it was still there and in a way worked well not as an in-your-face element.
This story started out a bit slow, but my enjoyment picked up more when it got closer to the big revelation. That was when the story began moving forward instead of dwelling on the characters' pasts, when it wasn't going anywhere. It made me wish there was more to the story because it set up a better, bigger picture of the world these elves, humans, and other creatures live in. In turn that brought up a conflict between some characters that could have been elaborated on for a bit more story to add.
I felt that while the characters weren't terribly written, Adelia lacked much dimension and Ametar's character bordered on more complex. There was much more back story to work with for Ametar, and with his numerous wives, he was more complicated. It was this combination of characters that has me questioning just what kind of romance they have.
Despite some areas where I feel this story was lacking, I did after it all, enjoy what was accomplished. If the author were to have a story, or even novel, that elaborated more on Ametar's character and his accomplishments, I would be sure to check it out. There's much to that character that could make a great companion to this short story.
Adelia's husband, an elf, has not changed outwardly since she married him more than fifty years ago. She has aged, since she's human, and is now in her 70's. Ametar is a warrior and at the beginning of their story, he's still in love with his first wife, also a human. In fact, all of his wives were human. He keeps searching to find the kind of love that he and the first one shared.
There's mention of wars and backstory as to who all the players are in this book. I would have liked to have seen a bit more of that as it all sounded quite fascinating.
We've all heard that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and this story carries that theme out. Adelia needed to come to that realization.
Ametar, and his search for love, was the best part of the story. I liked him.
While I enjoyed it, I did wish for more within the story. One thing this short did for me was to ensure that I'll be searching out more works by the author.
*Thank you, NetGalley and Laura Lond, for the opportunity to read The Sixth Wife
This review, and others, can be seen at my blog:
First Page to the Last
Immediately following, Ametar is called to the field to assist with returning elfin captives, missing for centuries. He discovers not only a long lost friend, but a way to keep Adelia.
This sweet novella was like going to a fancy restaurant with delectable dishes, but tiny portions. I loved everything: the characters, the allure of another land with a mysterious species mingling with humans, the complicated relationships, controlled passions, and how the most beautiful understood that beauty was only skin deep. The ending was sudden; the storyline was succulent with promise of many possible developments. My appetite has been piqued; I am ready with fork and knife. Tragically, the kitchen has closed.
I can only hope this gifted writer is somewhere working on the continuation.
This is a interesting world and the writing is clear but not compelling in terms of romance or fantasy. I think the writer does have it in her, however.
I was given this book for my honest review. So, there you have it.
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4 STARS This is a short story that keeps your attention. From the title I was thinking the book would be a lot different than it was.Read more