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on Sep. 11, 2012 :
What if you are immortal and you can't die but you feel pain like anybody else? And what if you have tried everything, but still unable to unravel the mystery behind your puzzling condition? And now you have lived for more than five hundred years, but caught in the middle of a war that won't end. That is precisely the position faced by Tev Chrisini, the central character of Jennifer Bresnick's novel, The Last Death of Tev Chrisini.
To begin with, I love this book and finds little to no fault with it. I was simply held enchanted and glued to the book till I devoured the whole book. The prose was very well written, the dialogues were superb and I admired Jennifer Bresnick's handling of character. Bresnick created a world that features absorbing character, who despite the fact that he is immortal, could still be seen succeeding and facing challenges like any mortal would. For those who demand imaginative and excellent writing, characters who engage the reader both intellectually and emotionally, The Last death of Tev Chrisini is the book for you. Although it might be difficult to get through the beginning, once you managed to get yourself familiar with the places and people, you can begin to picture yourself as part of the story and begin to participate in the adventure.
All in all, the Last death of Tev Chrisini is a great book which I would recommend you reading. Hopefully Bresnick will speculate on further challenges for our hero.
(review of free book)
on July 28, 2012 :
Upon picking up this novel I wasn't quite certain what to expect - as much as I enjoy the genre, I tend to handle fantasy stories at a dubious arms-length. As with any story that introduces you to a brand new world of the author's creation, the beginning takes some brainpower to work through. Once you get yourself a grip on the new places, factions and people, you can effectively begin to participate in the adventure. (Here I would have included my only complaint: that the book did not include a map. However Ms. Bresnick has included one on her website! Hooray!)
But like mom always said, you have to finish your supper before you can have your dessert. When this story winds up, it is unstoppable! The drama is appropriately poignant and the emotional turmoils (even of an immortal man) are entirely relatable. One thing Ms. Bresnick is assuredly skilled at is making you care very deeply for her characters, however flawed they may be. I was pleased to see that even as a new author; no hero or villain is portrayed in caricature, the dialogue is vibrant and not cliche, and the story remains unpredictable with just enough similarity to other fantasy adventures to keep you comfortable in the genre. The sarcastic quips between Tev and Lerien are priceless, and not hokey in the least. I just adored it.
For a first novel, Ms. Bresnick couldn't have done a more impressive job. I cannot wait to see where her experience takes her in future works!
(reviewed the day of purchase)