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Sorrows' Master by [Fredman, N.E.]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3330 KB
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Nancy E. Fredman; 1 edition (4 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HP5WQAK
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #879,171 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Furio on 27 April 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
At 18.000+ kindle locations this is possibly the longest e-book I have read up to now and, although self-contained with no cliffhanger, it is just the first instalment in a series of five.
(The author has also created a blog and is planning internet contents.)
Good thing that this pansexual-themed urban-fantasy never drags then, though there are flaws and serious ones at that.

- Editing is a heavy issue: there is nothing really disrupting but typos, grammar mistakes, missing/excess words abound.
A couple of inconsistencies in plot/characters' personalities are also noticeable.

- While writing is generally fluid and rich in humour, the many characters do not have a distinctive voice to themselves. As the POV shifts among them, this is noticeable and a clear stylistical fault.
Besides, some of the side characters, including members of the Coven, are monodimentional and could use a radical revision.

- This is a well thought-of urban-fantasy set in present day US.
The author has clearly an eye for detail but she is not always wise in imparting them. Many necessary ones are missing whereas unnecessary ones are there.

- Although the author writes rather good action scenes, they are quite scarce and this novel is far from action-packed.
Not really a lot happens, Ms Fredman being clearly much more interested in the polyamorous romance (F/F/M/M) she is developing than in delivering a breathtaking plot.
This will probably put off most male and or classical fantasy readers to please lovers of intricate amorous liaisons and yet the romantic element itself could certainly use more depth.
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I recommended this to a friend before I was anywhere near finishing it, that says a lot for the author's style and voice. The romance angle fit the plot rather than overwhelming it or feeling tacked on and it is wonderful to find an author who knows how to fade to black! I am usually not a fan of too much sex in my novels but Ms Fredman handles it beautifully, the descriptions, the language and the real emotion make it a delight to read.
Without wishing to give spoilers, my only criticism is of the ease with which the supernatural elements are accepted by people who have no reason to suspect them.

The world itself drew me in and kept me hooked until the end, the mythology develops and raises questions that I look forward to finding the answers to in future books. This isn't paranormal romance, it's a good solid modern/urban fantasy style novel that just happens to have a lot of love involved. I can see that it would not appeal to everyone but I loved it.
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Longer than most books but worth reading, the pace varies but keeps you interested, no I am not about to reveal any part of the story except to say as supernatural stories go it has depth, and grows in character. Looking forward to the follow up. Only gripe is the cover pictures does not do it justice
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars generous 27 April 2014
By Furio - Published on Amazon.com
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At 18.000+ kindle locations this is possibly the longest e-book I have read up to now and, although self-contained with no cliffhanger, it is just the first instalment in a series of five.
(The author has also created a blog and is planning internet contents.)
Good thing that this pansexual-themed urban-fantasy never drags then, though there are flaws and serious ones at that.

- Editing is a heavy issue: there is nothing really disrupting but typos, grammar mistakes, missing/excess words abound.
A couple of inconsistencies in plot/characters' personalities are also noticeable.

- While writing is generally fluid and rich in humour, the many characters do not have a distinctive voice to themselves. As the POV shifts among them, this is noticeable and a clear stylistical fault.
Besides, some of the side characters, including members of the Coven, are monodimentional and could use a radical revision.

- This is a well thought-of urban-fantasy set in present day US.
The author has clearly an eye for detail but she is not always wise in imparting them. Many necessary ones are missing whereas unnecessary ones are there.

- Although the author writes rather good action scenes, they are quite scarce and this novel is far from action-packed.
Not really a lot happens, Ms Fredman being clearly much more interested in the polyamorous romance (F/F/M/M) she is developing than in delivering a breathtaking plot.
This will probably put off most male and or classical fantasy readers to please lovers of intricate amorous liaisons and yet the romantic element itself could certainly use more depth.
As another reviewer has pointed out, character interaction is not always poignant enough:
a - First of all, characters accept the newly discovered supernatural elements in their life a little too easily;
b - Second, the implication of their new and complex relationships are not explored well enough and this could explain some characters' lack of depth.

Despite all a.m. criticisms, this is a nice, entertaining work.
The setting is interesting, the supernatural lore inventive and the romance intriguing. Alex, the main character, is flawed and adorable and the author manages to avoid overdoing his emotional sensitivity.
It is not an incredibly fast read, but it flows unhindered, always managing to keep its reader's interest.

A WORD OF CAUTION:

- there are several, if not particularly graphic, sex scenes of various nature and with different "participants";
- the worldview is clearly pagan and mildly disrespectful toward organised religion.

Religious readers and/or those readers thinking of love as a monogamous affair between two people only had better avoid this one.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must-read Urban Fantasy 6 Jan. 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Ms Fredman's novel takes the reader into a unique world of supernatural beings and immortal powers. It's not just about good versus evil, but also about the essence of goodness and of love, about relationships and family, friendships, honor, and all the classical themes essential to great stories. It is well written and well structured, full of emotion and suspense, of action scenes and love scenes, with solid world-building and flawless characterization.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK, I'm gonna buck the trend. 13 Feb. 2014
By Estarianne - Published on Amazon.com
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I loved this authors writing style, but I was not able to get into this book because the characters seemed scattered to me. I didn't much like the Kerry character at all, and the author seemed to miss major emotional issues going on between them.

Basically, at the beginning when it is exploring the growing relationship between the two main characters, one character is discovering that the other has supernatural powers. I think the author could have done a lot with this. Instead, the "normal" character repeatedly rejected the supernatural character, and the author didn't imagine this would have any emotional impact? Also, despite these constant rejections and abandonment, the character is constantly lauded as loyal and steadfast.

Now, to be clear, we spend some time in the heads of the characters. So, it isn't like the characters are grieving quietly. It seemed to me that the author wrote these abandonment scenes but interpreted them as something else. In my book, this is a major flaw in the writing. It means the author isn't really creating a character that lives her plot, but a character that complies with her plot. Sometimes an author has to say "this character would not do this" and mix things up.

So if you have a character who is struggling with self acceptance who is strongly connected to a character who is having trouble accepting him, that is a major issue. Things will happen. Maybe both characters won't see what is happening, that is OK, but other people will. The author has to put the issue out there somehow. Otherwise? It feels emotionally flat. Calling a character who admits regularly to being unable to accept a friend "loyal and steadfast" is ignoring an elephant in the living room. The characters might do that but the author needs to let the reader know that the plot understands the existence of the elephant and isn't just going to go along its merry way as though it doesn't exist.

I might come back to this when I am less annoyed. In my mind, it feels like the author wrote "loyal and steadfast" on the character sheet and then didn't notice that what the character was *doing* was anything but. That is a fatal character flaw. If she meant to describe him growing into that trait, the fact that the supposed wise woman never called him on his failure seems inconsistent with *her* character, as his friend is blaming himself for the abandonment and it would seem someone who cares would point out that it isn't his fault. Plus, I really, really hate when one character is a jerk and the other says "Thank you, hurt me again." which is what Alex does in this book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time 14 April 2014
By Another Amazon Reader - Published on Amazon.com
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Childish nicknames and an ever growing circle of sexual partners/lovers became so boring I could not even get through half the book..... I count myself lucky to not be wasting any more of my time.
4.0 out of 5 stars Stranger in a strange (gay) land 27 Jan. 2015
By movie viewer - Published on Amazon.com
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This novel seems to be a sort of a wizardly coming of age story combined with the idea of a group of people coming together with a charismatic leader to form an extended family much like the ones that appear in Stranger In a Strange Land or The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress. The big difference lies in the gay relationships between the male members of the family. Of course, writing, as he did, in the sixties, Heinlein would not have gotten his books published if he had written a gay relationship into his stories.
All that aside, this is a pretty well written story, with lots of action combined with a cast of really interesting characters.
I found that it held my interest well enough that I had to read it straight through. I would not call it one of the greatness books of all times, but for an entertaining read on a dark winter week, it was fun. I look forward to any sequels that come out.
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