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The Well of Tears (The Dream Stewards Book 1)

The Well of Tears (The Dream Stewards Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Roberta Trahan
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More than five centuries after Camelot, a new king heralded by prophecy has appeared. As one of the last sorceresses of a dying order sworn to protect the new ruler at all costs, Alwen must answer a summons she thought she might never receive.

Bound by oath, Alwen returns to Fane Gramarye, the ancient bastion of magic standing against the rise of evil. For alongside the prophecy of the benevolent king, a darker foretelling envisions the land overrun by a demonic army and cast into ruin.

Alwen has barely set foot in her homeland when she realizes traitors lurk within the Stewardry, threatening to destroy it. To thwart the corruption and preserve her order, Alwen must draw upon power she never knew she possessed and prepare to sacrifice everything she holds dear—even herself. If she fails, the prophecy of peace will be banished, and darkness will rule.

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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 489 KB
  • Print Length: 327 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1612183727
  • Publisher: 47North (18 Sep 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00773A6DO
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #96,317 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By David Burton VINE VOICE
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For a story about a secret group of mages sworn to protect a prophecy, their power, knowledge and loyalty seem to be the first things that you question.
This is very much the first part of an ongoing saga, as the main story arc is just ending its first phase by the end of the book. Unlike most, which try to wrap up a reasonably complete piece of story at the end of each book, while leaving trailing threads to develop, this makes no such effort. The good guys are the good guys, the bad guys are one-dimensionally flawed. Meanwhile the story meanders along its predictable path towards no kind of conclusion.
As much as I'm a fan of fantasy stories, this is one that manages to be devoid of excessive scenery description while managing to lack any real interest. I seriously doubt I'll read any more of the series, as it had nothing to recommend it over stories of the genre - even children's fantasy stories generally have a more compelling plot and more interesting ideas.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Absolute cliche of every other magical/wizardy/fantasy novel that's gone before it and certainly not up there with the best. A mixture of weak concepts taken from the likes of King Arthur, Merlin & Lord of the Rings and set in the usual locations for magical fantasies; Wales/England/Cornwall. I expected any moment Gandalf, Merlin and King Arthur to arrive on a series of winged horses, eagles or dragons to save the world with a magical pasty rather than a ring, sword or book of spells. How I wish that had happened because one shot of humour might just have saved this poor, predictable novel.

OK; my criticism is harsh and I'll balance my review by adding; if you went to the cinema and saw The Well of Tears as a film you'd probably think it was great. As a novel it meanders, loses it's way and lacks any tension. I appreciate that as the first in a series of three novels you have to set the scene, have to introduce the characters responsible for taking the plot into the future. There are too many of them. There's so little character development they remain inky shadows lurking around in the background and that lack of development makes it almost impossible to remember who's who.

The good points; few and far between I'm afraid. There's a half decent prophecy/mystery running through the background, some of the locations are beautifully described and there's a vague sense of medieval history if you look for it. That's why I've reviewed at 2 stars and not 1. Apart from that, I've little to add, except I struggled to finish this long, vague and cliched novel.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dodgy story, devoid of atomsphere and bland 7 Sep 2012
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Set in some bizarre unrecognizable period of welsh history (with some fantastical elements thrown in) the book tells the tale of some wizard/sorcerer organisation which has long ago been forgotten. A ancient prophecy tells of how one person will come to power and will unite people etc etc. A few powerful sorceresses are chosen each generation (i think)to be called upon if the prophecy every comes to pass. Which it does, in this book.
I only managed to read about 90 pages before admitting defeat. The story is not well developed and seems that bit too loose and intangible while the writing at times seems awkward and self conscious. It isn't helped that loads of characters are introduced in a very short space of time giving the reader almost no time to remember names and characteristics etc. I actually think its fair to say there didn't seem to be much characterisation at all beyond the cliche basics. I've flicked ahead and things do not improve and to be honest the very notion that this is only the first book is immensely depressing. I do not like to be harsh but there's just no soul to this book, you do not feel the setting nor the characters and I was never quite sure exactly what the actual story was meant to be.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not good 5 April 2013
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After I had read this book I gave it to another family member and asked for another opinion.
"It's like Harry Potter meets Merlin meets runner-up internet fantasy fiction competition".
Unfortunately, despite how much I really, really had hoped she would find something in this novel that I had missed, the more I found myself agreeing with her.
If you like meandering sagas, with unforgettable lines like 'The warmth of her skin and the blankets worked like a sedative on his senses and soon he began to relax', you are in for a treat, otherwise I would simply avoid this one.
The language in parts is also 'quasi-archaic' which adds to the impenetrability of the whole thing. The characters "avow" and "scoff" at regular intervals. They also "smile grimly" and sometimes their "eyes gleam with suspicion".
I hate writing bad reviews for new authors, as I always try and seek them out in the hope of finding something exciting and new, but in this case I really am struggling to think of who I could recommend this book to, or buy it for.
It doesn't help that there is another book entitled The Well of Tears by Cecilia Dart-Thornton, published 7 years ago, which does get rather better reviews than this one, which may lead some readers to buy the wrong one!
Don't authors check the titles that are already out there, or should I start writing my new novel entitled 'Harry Potter - The Wilderness Years'.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read despite its flaws, but really not all it could be.
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