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Duainfey (The Fey Duology Book 1)

Duainfey (The Fey Duology Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Sharon Lee , Steve Miller
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Rebecca Beauvelley is a ruined woman.

In a moment of girlish folly, she allowed a high-flying young man to take her up in his phaeton, not realizing that he was drunk. When he dropped the ribbons, she recovered them, but could not avoid disaster.

The young man was killed. Rebecca survived, crippled, and with a reputation in tatters.

Against all expectation, her father has found someone who will marry her. Rebecca's life seems set, and she resigned to it. Then, Altimere of the Elder Fey enters her life—and everything changes.

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Sharon Lee and Steve Miller live in the rolling hillls of Central Maine with two insistent muses in the form of cats and a large cast of characters. The husband-and-wife team's collaborative work in science fiction and fantasy include twelve novels and numerous short stories in their award-winning Liaden Universe(R). In addition to their collaborative work, Steve has seen short stories, nonfiction, and reviews published under his name, while Sharon has seen published short stories, newspaper pieces, and two mystery novels. Steve was the founding curator of the University of Maryland's Kuhn Library Science Fiction Resesarch Collection and a former Nebula juror. For five years, Sharon served the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, consecutively as Executive Director, Vice President and President. Sharon's interests include music, seashores and pine cones. Steve also enjoys music, plays tournament chess, and collects cat whiskers.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 493 KB
  • Print Length: 496 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Baen Books; 1 edition (8 Jan 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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2.0 out of 5 stars Semi-pornography 2 May 2013
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Interesting tale, but spoilt by nasty sex. Adjoining worlds or dimensions, or alternate worlds, are not a new idea but in this case not very believable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 22 Sep 2010
By Julia
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I have enjoyed all the Liaden books, but was initially put off this one by the write up. I'm very glad that I changed my mind an bought it. I'm looking forward to reading the next one.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Less character development, darker and more explicit than their previous works 30 Aug 2008
By Anneke H. Niemira - Published on
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I am a huge fan of Sharon Lee and Steve Miller-- I have read all of their other books at least four times each.

This book, however, is different than the rest. To state it briefly, the innocent but willful main female character is tricked into being a sex slave of the main male character (and later, is used and abused by his acquaintances to further his political goals).

I wasn't expecting this book to be so sexually focused. Normally their books focus more on character development in a sci-fi/fantasy way, where two people are drawn to each other gradually, and resist falling in love, while the reader sees it coming. This is a much darker and much more sexual novel, although not actually explicit in its descriptions.

Still a very good book, but not what I was expecting, nor does it follow their usual "boy meets girl, boy and girl fall in love, boy and girl are independently strong characters in their own right" pattern.
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Horror that creeps upon one 9 Oct 2008
By L. Runkle - Published on
What if you were shown the power to change your life? What if it were within your grasp? Would you take it, no matter the cost? These questions are posed by Duainfey, the first half of a dark fantasy duology by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller.

This book starts out like a typical Regency with a bit of a fantasy twist. If you're expecting a fantasy Regency with a few elves and sparkles and maybe a panpipe or two, this isn't the book for you. Rather than thinking of Regency romances, think of Faerie Ballads.

Duainfey is about the use and abuse of power. Rebecca Beauvelley is nearly powerless to prevent an unwanted marriage. She's nearly powerless in her father's house, and her husband-to-be has shown that he intends to keep her powerless.

But Altimere, an elder fey from across the border, shows her that she has the power to accept his invitation to go with him. And so she puts her trust in him, and goes across the border.

Across the border in the court of the Queen of Fey, Meripen Vanglelauf is awakened betime from his healing sleep, and is bitterly aware that his love was killed in the land of men, by people intent on power over the fey. He is then sent on a quest to find out why the land and the wood are falling ill. He has come to hate men, and thinks much on their powers.

Although Rebecca and Meripen Vanglelauf do not meet in this book, their stories, and their horrors, parallel one another. And make no mistake. This is a horror story. And it's the most hair-raising kind of horror --not things that go bump in the night, or bloody corpses, although both of those do exist in this book. Rather, it's the horror of the decision made hastily, the question not asked, the price too high, and the courage that might not be enough. And the horror creeps up, written as it is in Lee and Miller's clear, lovely prose.

The horror has enough of a sexual content that I don't feel comfortable recommending this book to younger readers, unlike many Lee and Miller books. In the same way, I don't feel comfortable recommending A Clockwork Orange to younger readers. Both are very fine books, but they are books that should be read with eyes open. It's not really appropriate for younger teens. Older teens? I would tell them that it's a cautionary tale that pulls no punches.

There is the potential that the second book in this pair, Longeye, may not be as much of a horror story as Duainfey. But there's also the potential for deeper horror. I do hope for a happy continuation for both Becca and Meripen, but I don't yet count on it.
26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Promising start, no ending, no plot. *spoilers* 5 Oct 2008
By Anthea Taylor - Published on
I read the sample chapters for Duainfey at the Baen website months ago, and enjoyed them enough that this went on my list of "to be read when it comes out." I saw it in the bookstore, but fortunately shied away from paying the hardcover price for it and got it in the September Webscription from Baen instead. I don't want to think about how mad I'd be if I'd paid hardcover price for this book.

The book gets two stars [revised to 3 stars, see below] because I did care about the characters and keep reading to see what happened to them. It only gets two stars because I didn't get to see anything very interesting happen to them. "THE END" comes at an arbitrary point where nothing much has changed, nothing has been resolved, and no questions have been answered. The two main characters, who are followed in alternating chapters, don't even meet by the end of the book!

Duainfey, unfortunately, isn't a full book. It's an introduction to the next book, and it doesn't even end on a cliffhanger, it just cuts off.

As other reviews have mentioned, Rebecca dodges a horrible marriage by going off with a fey gentleman. Then the story takes a steep dive into gratuitous sexual degradation, which starts out relatively mild and escalates into gang-rape by the end of the book. Rebecca is a supposedly "willful" woman whose willfulness seems to be simple impulsiveness with no actual self-determination. I kept hoping to see her start to develop some sort of goals or desires of her own, but she didn't. Instead of plotting escape when she's unhappy, she begs, and any resistance she offers seems more like a haphazard impulse than actual defiance.

Regarding the other main character: through flashbacks, the reader is shown that Meripen is horribly traumatized by the torture and degradation he and his (now dead) lover suffered at the hands of humans eager to steal their magic. That's basically the only role he plays in this book, except to give a little background to Sian, who in the last page or two helps Rebecca win free from her (partially self-imposed) sexual slavery. (I'm not really sure why Sian gets involved, she just does.) He hates humans for what they did, until he finds out that there are humans living on his cousin's lands, and gains an inkling that they may actually be decent people. This doesn't seem like too much of a struggle, since the trees are willing to vouch for them. I suppose it might be counted as a small change, but one that I would anticipate at an early chapter-end, rather than at the end of the book. He doesn't get the chance to do anything with his inkling, or even turn it into a full change of opinion.

In retrospect, it seems blatantly obvious that the only purpose of this book is to subject Rebecca to enough abuse at fey hands to make her damage and trauma equal to Meripen's, while letting the reader know how damaged and traumatized (at human hands) he is already. Once she's been sufficiently abused, the book ends, presumably leaving any actual plot to occur in the second book.

It is possible to write duologies, trilogies and series where each book has a plot that wraps up enough questions to satisfy the reader while leaving enough loose ends to entice them into reading the next book. Just look at the books of Mercedes Lackey, Patricia Briggs or Holly Lisle for excellent examples of this.

Or, as the authors have chosen to do with Duainfey and Longeye, you can take one long book, hack it in half and sell each half as "part of a duology" to make more money, with no care for whether the first book leaves the reader with the literary equivalent of blue balls.

[Edit: I've learned a lot about the market in the past couple of years, enough to have a lot more sympathy for the authors and how little control they may have once a book goes into the publisher's hands. I haven't read Longeye, and I wouldn't suggest reading Duainfey without the sequel close to hand, but I'll reiterate here that I did care about what happened to the characters, and if you don't mind the sexual abuse in the content, you may well enjoy the two books together. If the book was simply bad or boring, I wouldn't have been disappointed enough by the ending to write this review.]
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What was the point? 3 Jun 2009
By A. Walker - Published on
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This is my first exposure to these authors. Why would I want to read about someone with a "strong will" who's turned into a slave and a very detailed account of her rape is written over and over again and for no point. There was no need to continue on and on with it. Then the whole point of reading the book was to see her escape which takes the whole book and doesn't have a meaning.

The first part of the book was so great, I didn't foresee it turning into a horrible X rated exploit of sexual fantasy.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Just write porn 26 Jan 2013
By De White - Published on
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I saw the title comment [just write porn] in a different review and agree. Duainfey is, like all Miller & Lee I've read, well written but, unlike what I have read before, not completely good reading. I read fiction for enjoyment and generally have a great respect for books but, for the second time in my life, I stopped reading a book, tore it up and threw it in the trash.

Much of the book is very interesting but what I object to are the explicit sex scenes and brutal rape of the main female character. Although I didn't think it was necessary for the story, I was willing to 'forgive' some of the earlier rape scenes for the sake of the story but it finally got to be too much when Becca is attacked by multiple Fey at one of her "protector's" parties and she is raped by several Fey at the same time.

I can not recommend the book for those reasons and, I'm sorry to say, will not be recommending the authors in the future as I have in the past. Particular books, yes. A blanket recommendation of the authors, never again.
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