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Sorrows (The Rogue Saga) Paperback – September 1, 2013
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About the Author
Donna Fernstrom (1973-present) was born in Detroit, Michigan, and grew up in the suburban sprawl of Livonia, Michigan. She runs a metaphysical business, and breeds ball pythons. She has two children, and presently lives with her husband in a small town in Nebraska.
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Top Customer Reviews
What I liked: The first several chapters were absolutely riveting, establishing the main lead character, Jayson and the vampire enforcement group that rescued him. Also, introduced was Ryan, the shape shifting “rael-shaa” wolf, and several more leading vampires and donors. I especially enjoyed the back story scenes that describe Jayson’s transition to becoming a vampire and the malevolent vampire Malachi. I liked Ms. Fernstrom’s succinct wordsmith ability. Most of all, I liked the several unique twists in character and worldview that Ms. Fernstrom brought to an otherwise stale and perhaps, overdone monster. The pace never let up and there were several surprising twists to the story that I truly never anticipated.
What I didn’t like: For me, there was a little too much personal introspection and exposition. Truth be told, I thought several of these big, bad vampires were… well, emotional weaklings, and failed to show enough of the cold, blood sucking creatures that vampires are generally known to be. Yes, I realize that my main dislike is part and parcel of what also makes the story unique. What can I say but, c’est la vie!
I would definitely recommend this book to all horror and vampire fans for its uniqueness and the excellent story telling abilities of Ms. Fernstrom. I will also be in line for the sequel. I'm hoping to see a couple of these guys… vampire up!
But a warning, it is gut wrenching at times and may shock you, but was so good as well. Not a book I would have generally chosen.
It’s about a young man - Jayson Wallace; starting his adult life only to be turned into a vampire against his will. He lives with the horror of that turning every day as he is rescued and starts to face his new life and meet new people who are there to help in many ways.
He is befriended by a different type of Shifter. Still a Wolf, but from a different culture than we are used to reading. Ryan becomes his confidant and close friend. Even the world of Vampires in this book is very different from what we are used to reading. For the most part, very civilized.
Apart from the one who turned Jay. The book is his journey into this new world he’s thrust. Adapting with time and fighting his inner demons that haunt his sleep. He forms unusual friendships and discovers his own mother is gifted.
I found it very intense at times and the author has you emotionally drawn into the tale as we read to see that justice is eventually served and Jay actually finds a true mate in Naomi. She, I loved, feisty and determined as she sticks with Jay through rough moments and the semi romantic.
I’m not sure I could do it justice with this review, but it is definitely a book to be read and if you are a fan of the paranormal, then this will grip you, reading until finished. Admittedly I took one ‘small’ break, but had to finish in a day.
I was gifted a copy of this book from the Book Review 22 group, for an open and honest review. I hope this will encourage others to give this book a read, it is well worth it. :)
This book follows the new unlife of Jay, a vampire who has a case of PTSD from the way he was turned that hampers his future.
The author has created an new world, remarkably like our own that includes Shape Shifters who are not quite werewolves, vampires who act as historians and psychotherapists and inter-dimensional gates.
We are a number of characters, quickly, which is a little overwhelming as they are dropped on you in a matter of one paragraph, many of whom are not explored, just sketched. I have to assume that since this is the first in a series that maybe some of these characters will be revisited instead of just dropped. Unfortunately, the most fascinating character, a young vampire with secrets is shown, we are made to care about her, then she is dropped, poof, gone without exploration of what happened to her in the past and what will happen to her the future. I hope she is given her own book.
Also the heart of the story, as I see it, the relationship between Nick and Jay is never quite fully fleshed out. There are a spattering of scenes between them that hold emotional tension and then they are cut as if the author isn't fully comfortable with what is happening between them. I would have liked to see this also fleshed out.
The prose is often repetitive and the author has the habit of repeating the same descriptions over and over, never quite reach the point of showing not telling. Due to her 'real-life' profession, may be used to explanation of an emotional field, but for those of us new to it are sort of, well, new to it.
Malachi, the villain, is a good vampire villain, and might have grown into a character as fascinating as Hannibal.
The hero, Jay, is dealing with PTSD from his turning and this does set up some tight, painful (for him) scenarios. But he is a little whiny and doesn't reach any emotional change until the near end.
All in all, a good addition to the mythos that needs a little professional editing.