Tristis Manor (The Never Chronicles) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B00BW4AYV8
- Publisher : Solomon Caw Publishing; 1st edition (March 17, 2013)
- Publication date : March 17, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 4421 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 96 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,215,668 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Tristis Manor is a story about a young girl, living in a manor with her mother, while her father is away on business. Margaret has a lot of emotional issues spawned from her mother's lack of care for her but also more that the story alludes to and in the end right out and says it -- but I will leave that for when you read it.
Right away I have to say that is was a 4 out of 5 star book. Tristis Manor is a novella in The Never Chronicles series, and I have read book one and it was great, but I am not sure how this will play into it, thus the 4 star rating versus 5. It tells the story of Margaret and her pain and suffering and it was not an easy book to read in terms of there being mental and physical abuse, as well as a good amount of violence all around.
The author does a spectacular job with his descriptions, in the beginning of the book you learn that Margaret has a coping strategy of running her fingers over splinted wood, and the detail that he goes into to describe these motions and feelings made me both cringe and assess the state of my fingertips.
Also impressive is the overall storytelling, Wagner is a wonderful fantasy writer, and this was no exception. He builds the Manor, the characters, and the emotion around this one little girl that has you feel for her as if you know her. She is strong but also weak and deals with so much more than a child should.
I am interested to see where his character is added into the Never Chronicles or how these stories merge. If you have the opportunity though, and a strong stomach, you can pick up this novella without any knowledge of the first book in the series.
Be forewarned this is not a light, or happy read at all. That said this is a beautifully written story of jealousy, abuse, and how a child survives and copes with the aftermath of trauma. This novella deals with physical, emotional, verbal, and sexual abuse in a very frank manner.
The characters were the highlight of this book. Margaret's young life has been full of more pain than any child should bear, but she preserves with the love of her family's staff, and her often absent father. She does the best she can to protect herself, and her younger sister from her unstable mother. I like that, while Margaret's mother is truly vile person, I was able to understand her past, and how a weak person like her could be so overcome with jealousy, and misdirected anger she could do the things she did, and allow what she did. She is not a sympathetic character, but she isn't simply evil for the sake of evil. I liked her father, and enjoyed the wisdom, and the understanding he provided. It was a shame work kept him away for so long. Maybe if he had been around more this story would have had a much different outcome. The staff was caring, and supportive, but I understood how their positions left them unable to help in many situations. There were no easy answers, no one clear right thing that someone should have done or not done in most situations in this book.
The writing is beautiful, and haunting, but in no way glamorizes or makes light of the serious nature of the story. The ending is honest, and the actions and inactions of different characters have serious consequences. It is not a fairy tale ending, but it is not without hope either. I look forward to reading more, and finding you what happens to Margaret and her sister after this.
Blurb from Goodreads:
Margaret lives in a constant state of fear. Fear of her mother, whose constant state of anger and unwillingness to speak of Margaret's past have long since pushed Margaret away. Fear of disappointing her father should he ever discover the events of that day. Most of all, Margaret lives in fear of her abuser's return. Margaret turns to self-harm to cope with her pain and fear. Only when her self-inflicted injuries bring her near death does she realize she has the power and the support from an unlikely place to stand up to her fears and believe in herself again. Tristis Manor is a novella from The Never Chronicles, an epic fantasy series
Having read the first book of The Never Chronicles, I have to say that I was intrigued as to how this particular novella will fit into the series. It weaves a background of the characters from The Never Chronicles with hints at the magic we see. This is not a light read. Nor is it happy. Be prepared to read this and feel sad, but also to learn a great lesson of life: resiliency.
In this story, we meet Maragaret, a young child who has seen very little happiness in her short life. She copes with the aftermath of abuse by inflicting harm to herself. I have to say that Wanger does a great job of showing the pain Margaret has endured, without having to go into specific details of what the abuse entailed. Margaret's mother is cruel and yet when you learn of her past, you have an understanding of why she is the way she is. That is not to say you become sympathetic to her, it's just to say you get insight into who she is. Margaret's father is loving and caring, but he is away much of the time and he cannot protect Margaret from things. The staff are caring but cannot completely side with Margaret for fear of retaliation from their employers. They do what they can, when they can, but it is always secretive.
Wagner does a wonderful job of painting a world of pain and hurt. He is able to create a world where you are bonded to the main character, wanting her to prevail and hoping with all hope that there is a happy ending. He weaves his tail with beautifully haunting words and keeps the reader enthralled through scenes that create suspense and intrigue. It's am emotional ride for sure.
My only wish is that Wagner would have shown more of the connection between this story and the first book in the series. But perhaps we will see it unfold more in the future!