Wednesday Reviews: THE BLADE OF FORTRIU by Juliet Marillier

BladeOfFortriuTHE BLADE OF FORTRIU, the second volume of THE BRIDEI CHRONICLES (THE DARK MIRROR is the first volume) pairs the intriguing spy and assassin Faolan, with a minor character from King Bridei’s court. Ana is a royal hostage kept there to ensure that the King of the Light Isles, her father, will not betray Bridei.

Like Bridei in THE DARK MIRROR, Ana is also a too-perfect character who can be annoying for exactly that reason. So it’s great that Faolan finds her so annoying and a bit of a pain in the neck. Just as I was enjoying how their relationships was unfolding, Marillier threw a spanner in the works by making Ana fall in love with someone that she basically can’t see. Marillier would have lost me at that point, except for her truly lovely descriptions which made the story come alive for me. Four stars. 

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Kindle Countdown for THWARTED QUEEN starts today!

Lady Cecylee is pleased to announce that the third volume of her memoirs will be available today at a discount as part of a Kindle Countdown Deal that will commence at 8 of the clock Pacific Time. Please click on the picture below to get the link.

 

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Please NOTE that this deal ONLY APPLIES to the KINDLE version of THWARTED QUEEN in the Amazon.com market.

 

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Today is your last chance to get your discounted copy of ONE SEED SOWN!

Today is the last day to get your discounted copy of ONE SEED SOWN as the Kindle Countdown Deal ends at Midnight (Pacific Time).

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Wednesday Reviews: HEART’S BLOOD by Juliet Marillier

HeartsBloodHEARTS BLOOD by Juliet Marillier is her retelling of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, but she makes this story so much her own, I actually didn’t recognize the original tale, only learning that it was based on the well-known fairy story after I’d finished reading it and was perusing the Amazon reviews.

Deftly downplaying Beauty’s beauty and the Beast’s ugliness, Marillier turns this tale into one about the power of hope to overcome sorrow. Although there are some fantasy elements, this story is firmly grounded in history, in the Norman conquest of Ireland either under Henry I (1100-1135) or his grandson Henry II (1154-1189).

IMHO HEARTS BLOOD is a wonderfully told tale, on a par with the SEVENWATERS sagas. Five stars. 

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Kindle Countdown for ONE SEED SOWN starts today!

Lady Cecylee is pleased to announce that the second volume of her memoirs will be available today at a discount as part of a Kindle Countdown Deal that will commence at 8 of the clock Pacific Time. Please click on the picture below to get the link.

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Today is your last chance to get your discounted copy of ROSE OF RABY!

Today is the last day to get your discounted copy of ROSE OF RABY as the Kindle Countdown Deal ends at Midnight (Pacific Time).

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Wednesday Reviews: THE CASUAL VACANCY by J. K. Rowling

CasualVacancyTHE CASUAL VACANCY by J. K. Rowling is the story of a bitter class struggle between the smug, wealthy inhabitants of Pagford, and their much poor neighbors who inhabit the council flats called “The Fields”.

When kindly counsel member Barry Fairbrother dies suddenly, someone has to be found to fill that vacant seat. The good people of pretty Pagford would rather not have to deal with all the problems created by poverty and would love to redraw the boundaries so that the inhabitants of “The Fields” now live in nearby (and poorer) Yarvil. And so the plot of the novel turns on whether the people of Pagford will be able to fill that seat with someone who will do their bidding, or not. 

This book is not particularly easy to read. It is written in omniscient third with 18 point-of-view characters. Personally, I thought that Rowling did a wonderful job in telling this story, and I was not bored or confused as some readers were. But potential readers should be warned that most of the characters in this book are just plain mean and there is plenty of betrayal, infighting and heartbreak. However, if you stick with this story, you will find a rewarding, thought-provoking read. Four stars. 

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Kindle Countdown for ROSE OF RABY starts today!

Lady Cecylee is pleased to announce that the first volume of her memoirs will be available today at a discount as part of a Kindle Countdown Deal that will commence at 8 of the clock Pacific Time. Please click on the picture below to get the link.

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Happy Fall Everyone!

This Fall, I’m going to confine myself to book reviews of various books I’ve been reading over the spring and summer. Much though I’d like to, I can’t do more than that as I’m in my last year at Lesley University, working on my QuillMFA in creative writing. If all goes according to plan (fingers crossed) I should graduate in June 2015.

I hope you enjoy reading these reviews, and as always, please comment in the comment box at the bottom of the page.

Have a wonderful fall!

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Remarketing THWARTED QUEEN

I have been aware for some time that some members of my audience have been a bit confused about THWARTED QUEEN. They’ve had a hard time wrapping their heads around the fact that THWARTED QUEEN was the ENTIRE saga of the Yorks, Lancasters and Nevilles whose family feud started the Wars of the Roses. The reason why I decided to have both the entire saga AND the four parts that make up that saga (THE BRIDE PRICE, ONE SEED SOWN, THE GILDED CAGE and TWO MURDERS REAPED) is because I was taking a leaf from the page of J A Konrath, who advised authors to do that as a way of giving readers a choice.

I realize now that this was a mistake, and I would like to take this opportunity to apologize to my readers for making things so confusing. I was a newbie author, and a newbie marketer and it just didn’t occur to me that this way of doing things would cause problems.

So, I have re-marketed THWARTED QUEEN to make it less confusing. It is now available as a series of four e-books:

RoseRabyVol1Volume 1 retitled ROSE OF RABY (formerly called THE BRIDE PRICE) is about Cecylee’s girlhood.

Volume 2 titled ONE SEED SOWN is about Cecylee’s affair of the heart with the handsome archer on the Rouen garrison.OneSeedVol2

Volume 3 retitled THWARTED QUEEN (formerly called THE GILDED CAGE) is about Richard of York’s political career, and how Cecylee nearly became queen of England three times.ThwartedGeBAVol3

Volume 4 titled TWO MURDERS REAPED is about Cecylee’s life after Richard of York’s death, her relationship with her son Richard III, and what happened to those two boys in the Tower. TwoMurdersHofVol4

I have created new covers with Create Space to make my work look more beautiful.

If you are one of those people who have already bought my books, you need do nothing. This is just a relabeling and remarketing to make things easier for future buyers. If you have downloaded anything you don’t want, please get a refund from Amazon.

To my new readers, I hope you will find this easier to understand. And thank you, everyone, for supporting Lady Cecylee!

PLEASE NOTE: The Goodreads page is ALL WRONG! Unfortunately, as I am NOT a “super-librarian” (whatever that means) I DON’T have the power to fix it. Sorry!

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