- 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: #1,564,796 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.
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. It kept my attention, really easy to follow the story. I listened to it on my kindle. I was given this ebook in exchange for honest review from Librarything. Adelia at the start is packing and getting ready to leave her husband. She has not told him yet. Starts by telling how she fell in love with the Elf. Also mentioned his other 5 wives and what happened to them. I enjoyed it and wish it were a little longer. I would buy other books by Laura Lond in the future. 21 pages.
He tried to recapture the happiness and love he had had with Hannah with wives two and three but chose badly. He was more successful with wives four and five but suffered all the more when they aged and died. He had no plans for another mortal wife, in fact, the elven priest has repeatedly pressured him to find an elven woman with whom he could share the centuries. But he met Adelia and fell in love…
Adelia, who married him at eighteen, loves him deeply – as deeply as he loves her. Being surrounded by the cool and eternally beautiful elves was always difficult for her and now she is aging. At the start of the story she is seventy-five and looks like his grandmother. He tries to reason with her:
“You do realize looks are deceiving, don’t you? I am not staying young, I only appear so. I am not younger than you are; I am much, much older, with all sorts of scars and burdens inside. My body may not show my age, but it’s there all the same. You don’t need to hide from me just because your body works differently.”
But it is to no avail, she chooses to retire to another location with her memories for company for whatever time remains to her.
Ametar is called to assist with some rescued captives and in so doing finds a friend whom he thought long dead. A friend who mentions an obscure rite, one that would tie her lifeline to his… A rite the priest who claimed to be his friend had neglected to mention ‘for his own good’.
Needless to say they manage a lovely ‘happily ever after’. I really enjoyed this one.