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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 Nov. 01, 2011 :
What I would say, if someone ask me what was my feelings reading this story? If I recommend it?
First I would start saying it's a standalone, but it's part of a complex world. Before I read it I did a little research to know something about the "paranormals".
to know the basic info go there
to see a map
So, I knew a little, almost nothing, about the background.
Second and in my view most important it's not a romance... But it's a heartbreaking love story. Yeah, I know it's confusing, but it's true. Dek is completely and absurdly insane... Yep, cruel but true. His past is pain, suffering, and the way his mind choose to deal with it was: be away from everyone and everything. Ren is not far from that point. Used in horrendous scientific experiments and also traumatized.
So, the main characters are really insane? Yep, very... Ren need medical help, Dek is the only one that can help him, because no one, but a crazy man, would try to save a fugitive.
Third and last comment would be a warning. It's a very long story, and full of sadness and hope. Ren can survive such long and desperate trip? Dek can keep his mind away, from his personal demons, keeping Ren safe? The story didn't lost the appealing, but I must admit after a while I was tired of so much angst. I'm used to tormented heroes, I LOVE tormented heroes and I think It was that fact that made me read all this book. It's long... So if you think you can't deal with so much pain better search a more "happy" story... But, I must also say you can lost a opportunity to know two of the best male characters I even found in a fantasy book.
So do I recommend it? Simple way to answer: yes and no. I loved it, I can't give less than 5 stars, but I also know it's my big love for fantasy and tormented heroes that help me finish it... So, yes, I do and don't recommend it... Everything depends on your mood. If you want a happy and funny story avoid this book. If you want two true and in pain men, fighting against powerful enemies, and fighting against their personal demons read it... Because it will be perfect for you, as it was for me.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Oct. 11, 2011 :
This isn't the first Ann Somerville I've read, and won't be the last.
As always her world is believable and sweeping. In this book, you feel the landscape almost like an extra character, it's so well described.
Dek is the first person we meet, and he's complicated. You can't help but feel for him, and care what happens to him.
Then he finds Ren, and somehow you know he'll take care of him, however much Dek thinks it's a bad idea.
I love the period where he tries to keep Ren at arm's length. I found myself smiling and shaking my head at him.
I won't say any more here, just that I thoroughly enjoyed this journey with them. I could have wished it even longer, just because I didn't want the book to end, but it is still a novel-length book and well worth the money.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)