Infinite Sacrifice (Infinite Series, Book 1)

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Maya’s shocked to discover it’s not the heaven she imagined;in fact, a life of adventure begins the moment you die.

Zachariah, her faithful spirit guide, explains the rules of the dead: in order to regain complete awareness and reunite with loved ones all souls must review their previous lives. More
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About L.E. Waters

L.E. is the author of two novels of the Infinite Series, a reincarnation fantasy saga. She received her degree in Animal Behavior, which to her father's prediction, she only uses to raise her two children and menagerie of animals. She loves so many things and now writing is the passion keeping her up at night and her excuse for not cleaning the house.

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Maya’s shocked to discover it’s not the heaven she imagined;in fact, a life of adventure begins the moment you die. Zachariah, her faithful spirit guide, explains the rules of the dead: in order to regain complete awareness and reunite with loved ones all souls must review their previous lives.

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Review by: Yesenia Vargas on July 17, 2012 :
Wow, wow, wow. This novel is now one of my all-time favorite books. I don't know where to begin.

The premise of this story is one of a kind. A story about a woman who must reincarnate until she learn's life's most important lessons is genius. And L.E. Waters makes the story very believable. This first book begins in ancient Egypt and continues until the Black Plague in London. It is very clear that she has done her research yet she weaves the background info seamlessly into the story. There are no info dumps or endless facts aout a certain time period. It's like you're really there, and you end up learning a lot about history without meaning to. I think a lot of people, especially history buffs, will like the story just because of how you're learning and enjoying the story at the same time.

L.E. Waters also creates awesome characters you care for. You know they're going to die, but it still shocks you. I had to hold back tears several times throughout the book. These characters will be etched into my mind for a long time. This is the kind of series you'll want to read over and over again. And wish there was a movie, too.I should also mention that the book also has some adult themes in there but nothing graphic.

Overall, this is a very well-written book. The author has a true gift for words. She is a master storyteller. Be prepared to lose sleep when reading this book because you won't be able to put it down. Gotta go read the second book, Infinite Devotion, now!
(review of free book)

Review by: Yesenia Vargas on July 17, 2012 :
Wow, wow, wow. This novel is now one of my all-time favorite books. I don't know where to begin.

The premise of this story is one of a kind. A story about a woman who must reincarnate until she learn's life's most important lessons is genius. And L.E. Waters makes the story very believable. This first book begins in ancient Egypt and continues until the Black Plague in London. It is very clear that she has done her research yet she weaves the background info seamlessly into the story. There are no info dumps or endless facts aout a certain time period. It's like you're really there, and you end up learning a lot about history without meaning to. I think a lot of people, especially history buffs, will like the story just because of how you're learning and enjoying the story at the same time.

L.E. Waters also creates awesome characters you care for. You know they're going to die, but it still shocks you. I had to hold back tears several times throughout the book. These characters will be etched into my mind for a long time. This is the kind of series you'll want to read over and over again. And wish there was a movie, too.I should also mention that the book also has some adult themes in there but nothing graphic.

Overall, this is a very well-written book. The author has a true gift for words. She is a master storyteller. Be prepared to lose sleep when reading this book because you won't be able to put it down. Gotta go read the second book, Infinite Devotion, now!
(review of free book)

Review by: TC on May 15, 2012 :
When Maya dies she finds herself in somewhere akin to heaven. She is keen to be reunited with others she has lost but instead finds herself at the start of a journey, lead by her spirit guide Zachariah. Before she is able to move on she has to review her past lives and show she understands the lessons each incarnation should have taught her.

This is the start of a series and in this book Maya relives pasts as a High Priest in ancient Egypt, a Spartan mother hiding a secret, a young Irish boy captured by Vikings and a Doctor's wife in plague-ridden London. She must prove she has learnt one of the important lessons before experiencing more of her past lives. In each story there are other characters who re-appear, recognisable by minor physical characteristics.

I have to admit I was both impressed and slightly concerned by the foreword. The author has a website which includes more detailed research about the facts behind the work, which I thought was a real positive, but it also mentioned that to prevent confusion from the intricate character histories there was a chart at the end of each life to help identify the characters. This sounded a bit disconcerting, being told up front I might struggle to keep up! As it happens I found that I was able to identify the main characters with no real problems and didn't need to keep trying to refer to the charts at all.

I really enjoyed this book. I'm a fan of historical fiction anyway and the idea of reincarnation is of interest, so I found this an interesting meld of the two. By the time I got to the end I was so engrossed with the progress through history that I'd almost forgotten about the context holding the stories together. Each life was full of interesting little details and mostly I was able to identify approximately where and when the life was unfolding without too much prompting from the author. Some of Maya's incarnations are more likeable than others but each has a good story to tell.

This was a very good read that made me think, and I thought the magical realism surrounding Maya's arrival in "heaven" and how the process she finds herself going through works was well handled where it could have been fudged. I would definitely read the next in the series, Infinite Devotion.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Julie Odron on May 08, 2012 :
I'm a details person, what can I say? I love the tiny details of a story that make it complete. Infinite Sacrifice is about all those small details, so I was in heaven!

When L.E. Waters contacted me for a review, I was supremely intrigued by the blurb. Reincarnation will always fascinate me, then she succinctly pointed out out that one life involves vikings. Now, they are Dane's not Norwegian, but vikings are vikings so I was even more interested. With that said, I was mildly hesitant only because I wasn't sure how all the lives were going to be combined into one soul without confusion (that's what I get for reading reviews prior to reading a book, I usually read them after I've read the story because I don't like going into a book with preconceived notions). I was wrong to be hesitant, so very wrong!

I was quickly entranced by the writing style as I partook in this unique, fascinating adventure. L.E. Waters captures scenery and dialogue with such ease that it's easy to picture in your head, everything rolls naturally. No stilting, no rushing, no forcing. There are a lot of details to take in as we visit four of Lazrina's (soul name) lives, but I found those details to be easy to keep track of (see, preconceived notion that it would be confusing). It wasn't confusing in the least, but then again, I pride myself on having an eye for those kind of details. Any small details, really. Also, L.E. Waters graciously supplies a chart at the end of each life to help the reader keep track of who was who within those four lives. It also helps that we visit each life one after the other without unnecessary spacing. It helps keep the people, or rather their souls, fresh in the readers mind. It also helps that each soul has at least one thing that helps identify them with each new life. You'll see once you read the book.

The concept was well-crafted, tightly woven together so there weren't any gaping holes. Everything fit together perfectly, like matching puzzle pieces. I cannot even imagine how much time went into Infinite Sacrifice, between the researched history and piecing together the lives of not only one person, but the supporting characters as well. It's really four mini stories rolled into a bigger story where everything ties together to make a compelling tale about the lessons a soul learns throughout their existence. I loved piecing together the tiny pieces to figure out who was positive, negative or neutral, but all influencing Lazrina's soul.

One of the best parts is that L.E. Waters delivers history in a factual sense. She didn't romanticize it, which I greatly appreciated. She wrote about the ways of each life, never masking the ugly with pretty words to disguise the harsh facts. If you betrayed a law, you were killed. If you were a slave, you were owned, with few (if any) sympathizing with you. If you were a female, you had no power, often judged by who you married, owned by the man you married. The harsh realities of history were in your face, and I liked that!

If you enjoy history, read Infinite Sacrifice. If you enjoy reincarnation, read Infinite Sacrifice. If you want a unique, one-of-a-kind story, read Infinite Sacrifice. Or how about you just read Infinite Sacrifice? It's an absolutely amazing story! And, lucky for us, Infinite Devotion (the second book) is already out!
(review of free book)

Review by: SPR on Nov. 16, 2011 :
Am I having another morphine dream? Did I slip into a coma? Where am I?

Interesting start to a book about Lazrina/Maya, who finds herself dead and speaking to her spirit guide Zachariah. From this point on, Lazrina/Maya finds herself in a place where she must now revisit all her past lives and live through the lessons each one has to teach her. This is the place between lives where she will review her past and learn her lessons.

She has four lives reviewed in this book; Ancient Egypt, Sparta, Ireland/Viking Invasions and England at the time of the Black Death. Each life story is actually a vignette of that life, of a particular series of events that portray Lazrina/Maya in a situation that will teach her some meaning that she needs to be aware of from that life.

About the research done on these time periods; I found them to be very accurate in their overall appearance, which made the stories that much more interesting. I am a bit of an ancient history buff and the culture and life styles of the times represented appear to be well researched and accurate. The author provides a short bibliography at the end of the book, and I recognized some of the titles and was pleased that the author used recognized historians for her research. It made the fiction that much more realistic and appealing. Very well done!

I also did appreciate the little tables at the end of each chapter that showed the associations between the characters of one story and the next. It did help to keep the continuity for me, the reader.

The disappointment came in the Epilogue. First, the stories ran out, and after reading the Epilogue, I was not really satisfied with the ending. The Epilogue is actually a philosophical discussion on reincarnation, its applied purpose to the story as seen by the author, and the author’s religious philosophy. After the buildup of the stories, the Epilogue was flat.

While I really enjoyed the stories, I was unhappy with the Epilogue. As we all see the meanings of life and death differently, I would like to have seen a brief discussion between Zachariah and Lazrina/Maya as to how this applies to the story, not the full philosophical discussion that followed. And some kind of plot buildup into the next book would have held my interest a lot more. I assume Erna, who is spoken of in the Prologue and Epilogue, is her daughter. Finn? I would have liked more of a teaser to keep my interest, something to tie the next book into this one, other than a sneak peek at the next book. A cliff hanger would have been more welcome. At least it would have given me a reason to move to the next book.

I have to give the book a 4 star rating, as I really liked the stories and appreciated the research and the story plot concept. The characters are well developed. The short story plots are interesting and carried out quite well.

The tables are good; I can see the connection from one story to the next. But the ending of the book was a bit disappointing. I expected some kind of wrap up or tie in plot and segue to the next book.

To her credit, the author did a really good job on editing and formatting the book. The only issue I found was with the black box that appears before each chapter in the Kindle version. I am sure it was supposed to be a graphic of some kind, but it translated only into a black box. The overall editing was excellent, and the formatting is very good. Any little formatting issues did not distract from the book at all and if there were any editing errors, I did not notice them. I also appreciated the bibliography at the end of the book.

I found the stories to be first class works of historical fiction. If the author could find some way to transition from book to book, tie them all into maybe a larger plot, it would add to the story. While I appreciate the authors attempt to clarify her point of view on how reincarnation fits into the whole scheme of the universe, I would rather have had more story and less philosophy. I like my fiction as fiction.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Hollister Ann Grant on Nov. 11, 2011 :
The cover of this book fascinates me. It shows the infinity symbol against clouds and has to be one of the most beautiful book covers I’ve ever seen. I began reading Infinite Sacrifice last night and was so caught up in the stories that I couldn’t put it down. This is historical fantasy, and the author has really done her homework. I felt I was actually standing on the dusty roads of past civilizations, staring into the faces of real people. My favorite story is the entangled one with the twin brothers, Theodon and Arcen, and their sister Kali, but I don’t want to give away any spoilers (except to say I didn’t see the plot twists coming at all). Well done. A good book to curl up with on a cold winter day.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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