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The Well of Tears (The Dream Stewards Book 1) by [Trahan, Roberta]
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"Absorbing and rich in detail, The Well of Tears is a page-turner that left me eager for more of the Daughters of the Dream Stewards and launches Roberta Trahan as an exciting new voice in fantasy/historical fiction." —Carla Neggers, New York Times and USA TODAY best-selling author of more than 60 novels, including Heron's Gate, Secrets of the Lost Summer, and Saint's Gate.

“In the tradition of Mists of Avalon, Roberta Trahan pierces the veil between our world and the mysticism of ancient Wales. With poetic prose, this talented new fantasy author gives us a mature heroine to root for and a family saga filled with lovable heroes and detestable villains." —Stephanie Dray, author of the acclaimed Novels of Cleopatra’s Daughter series, Lily of the Nile and Song of the Nile

"The Well of Tears is part epic, part fantasy and wholly entertaining." —Melanie Jackson, best-selling author of The Chloe Mysteries series, The Selkie, and dozens more paranormal, mystery, thriller and horror titles

"[The Well of Tears] begins a series that echoes Arthurian lore and pays tribute to the spirit of those stories...this quasihistorical fantasy should appeal to fans of Celtic Mythology and Arthurian tales." —Library Journal

About the Author

A lifelong writer, Roberta Trahan’s first works of fiction draw upon generations of family history originating in Cornwall and Wales, as well as her love of the mythology and culture of her ancestral home.

After graduating from the University of Oregon with a journalism degree, Trahan pursued a twenty-five year career in sales, marketing, and publicity. Eventually the lure of writing drew her back to her creative roots, and she is now a full-time novelist and core member of her local writing community—as a speaker, instructor, and member of several writing organizations.

The Well of Tears is her first book, but hardly her last. She is a Pacific Northwest native and currently lives with her family near Seattle, Washington.


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  • File Size: 1047 KB
  • Print Length: 327 pages
  • Publisher: 47North (September 18, 2012)
  • Publication Date: September 18, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00773A6DO
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By Kevin M. Derby VINE VOICE on August 11, 2012
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"Well of Tears" by Roberta Trahan ranks as one of the more puzzling fantasy novels I have come across in some time. Trahan is a fine craftswoman of sentences and paragraphs though--like too many fantasy writers--she needs to work on her dialogue. While the book starts slow, Trahan picks up the pace and the plot does hold the reader's attention but it then moves too quickly. My chief problem with the book is the indecision that hovers over it and the pacing. Traham wants to work in a historical setting and a fantastic one. She wants to write an epic of kingdoms and intimate stories with dashes of romance novels thrown in (the sex scenes often seemed a little out of place). She wants to bring in Arthur and Wales and her own characters, along with notes.....all within less than 350 pages using heavy spacing between text lines (I have a reviewer's copy). Simply put, Trahan puts 20 pounds of groceries in a bag that can support about 10 pounds and the book suffers for it. Still, there is enough potential here to keep an eye on Trahan and she did seem to mature as a writer as the book went on. With a strong lead and an interesting enough story, Trahan was able to overcome some of the flaws of her book, enough to make it readable if not salvage it all together. There is enough potential here to read future books by her. Readers of fantasy should like "Well of Tears" despite the problems.
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The Well of Tears by Roberta Trahan is one of those books that is difficult to rate. It is billed as a historical novel which begins in 905 CE. But here is a strange thing: by page 73 of the 400-page novel, history is little in evidence. The storyline involves a gathering of four sorceresses to act as an advisory council to the Welsh king Hywel ap Cadell. The protagonist, Alwen, is living at the time in Jorvik, in Frisia. In order to answer the summons, she must cross the North Sea to Northumbria and travel overland from there to Wales to the secret bastion ruled by the wise old Ardh Druidh (First Wizard), Fane Gramayre.

Don't get me wrong: I have nothing against sorceressees in the Middle Ages. The people themselves believed magic was real and I like a little fantasy mixed with my history. But as I will show below, the history has gone missing.

Alwen makes the journey across the North Sea without even a mention of Vikings or longships, even though this was a time of war as the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle makes clear, not only between Dane and Saxon but between Alfred's successor, Edward, and his uncle's son, Ethelwald. Nor is there any mention of Alfred the Great, who had just died four years previous, or of any Vikings to speak of or even Saxons, on the road to Wales. It brought to mind the New Testament accounts of Jesus' travels, also oddly detached from history in that Galilee was full of bandits who never seemed to find Jesus or his disciples as they wandered about. At least make the setting plausible, please, if you're going to write this type of story.

I think if I were writing a historical novel set in these times, I would have at least found some way to provide this historical context.
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This is a fairly entertaining retread of familiar territory, and I did find parts to be extremely moving (especially when dealing with loss).

However, the book failed to impress me for a number of reasons:
1/ A slew of cliched situations and plot devices (ancient prophecy, circle of power, unnamed evil afoot, etc. )
2/ The characters were entirely one dimensional, and it was apparent at first encounter who was good and who was evil. No shades of grey.
3/ Each character's motivation was similarly obvious. Greed/power for the evil, and duty/honor for the good.
4/ The major plot line was extremely weak, was resolved with minimal fuss, and ended with a just-as-weak cliffhanger.

This is not epic GRRM, and neither is it even close to the more mass market efforts by Goodkind. What it is, is a lazy read with minimal fuss and excitement, that won't raise your pulse rate as you read it.

I gave it 3 stars for writing style, 2 stars for content, and rounded up.

Happy Reading!
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This book had a lot of promise - with editing and reshaping I think it could have been a strong book. In the beginning, we're TOLD how important it is that the magical community come together now to ensure the rightful king gains the throne. We're TOLD the country has been struggling, and that the people have lost respect for or belief in the magical community (which has been hidden until now, the proper time). The priestesses begin their journey out of hiding and back to the community and their mentor. Their journey was a great opportunity to show us how the country and the people were struggling; why the magical community was needed; to show how some still believed, but some people did not; and through all that, to reveal the characters of the priestesses. As it is, the main characters do develop, and I did find them compelling, but not till about halfway through the book. In short, this needed to be rewritten to tell the reader, earlier on, why it was so important these characters fulfill their part of the prophecy, and to show the reader, earlier, the depths of the characters. I also wish the bad-guy characters had been more three dimensional - not just evil and selfish, but struggling, a bit, with their responsibility, and talking themselves into believing selfish choices were really the best for the magical community and the land. As it was - they were just two-dimensionally rotten.
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