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Ann Somerville grew up in one of Australia’s prettiest small cities. In 1989, she left Australia with a BA and a burning ambition to see more of the world and its people, and to discover this ‘culture’ thing people kept telling her about. In 2006, she returned home to Southeast Queensland with two more degrees, an English husband, and a staggering case of homesickness, vowing never to leave Australia again.
Her long, plot-driven fiction featuring gay and bisexual characters has been professionally published, although copious free full length stories and novels are also available on her website. She blogs about writing, publishing, her life and many shiny distracting things.
on July 29, 2014 :
I loved the logical pace of the plot and character reactions; a story where everything falls into place too easily is never a fun read. The only reason I'm giving this 4 stars instead of 5 is because I tend to enjoy stories with a bit more drama, however I'm sure this would be a perfect fit for most readers.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Jan. 06, 2012 :
I’m not one to nitpick, however I’m going to nitpick. First of all this is a fantasy world so the reader knows nothing, and Kelten is from another country so he doesn’t know much more than we do. Dharn and Sirel are ‘in the know’ and they both think Kelten will hang for murder even though he is innocent. So, I did not give equal weight to Kelten’s opinion that he could just go back and face the music, and therefore I continued to wonder why he remained so angry. After all, Dharn saved his life. I just thought he was being stupid to want to go back and hang. Yes I know that the background showed that the people of Sed didn’t trust the police so there might have been reason to distrust their judgment. Anyway, I thought the ending had a rather simplistic conclusion. They told the truth and Kelton was free and clear; in fact he didn’t even have to appear.
I also felt the event with the intruder was not well explained. All we were left with was guess work! How did we know he was the only friend seeking vengeance? Somehow the story should have explained that he was an only brother or something, and that they had positive knowledge that no one else would be coming.
Maybe I’m being too judgmental here, but if I’m going to write a review I have to say something.
I enjoyed this book very much and recommend it highly. I always appreciate Ann’s writing because she doesn’t overdo the sex scenes.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)