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Miranda Mayer lives in the Mount Hood territory of Oregon. A polyglot, artist, avid historic costumer and lifelong equestrian; her interests are broad, and edge on geekery most of time. She is married, and is a new mother. Miranda's stories range from Science Fiction to Urban Fantasy to Fantasy. She writes from her heart, imbues her writing with her quirky humor, and tries very hard to make her characters as real and three-dimensional as possible. Her unpredictable and rather Attention-Deficit-Disordered nature guarantees that her stories will take readers to unexpected places.
on Nov. 18, 2014 :
This is an entertaining story that follows Renath as he tries to identify and capture the Blackroot Murderer, whom he is convinced is a woman despite his colleagues and superiors believing otherwise. As he uncovers more about the murderer and their past he finds himself caught between his work and his emotions as he finds they share experiences that have had lasting influences on how they live and the decisions they make. A good read that keeps you engrossed from the outset, more so as you find out more about the murderer's past and the reasons behind their behaviour and murderous tendencies. The characters were well written and on the whole fairly believable although the complete change in Renath's opinions and views as he identifies the killer was a little extreme and would benefit from a little more detail and angst as he battles to balance his work and personal self. Otherwise a good read.
(reviewed 3 years after purchase)
on April 18, 2011 :
As a reviewer of Miranda's prior, more serious work, I knew that Blackroot if anything would be readable. It's a lot darker than I expected. Miranda told me that Blackroot was the source for many of the themes in Tinna's Promise, and I discovered this was true. There are many similarities, but the core of each story is quite separate. I think for a book that hasn't been professionally edited, it is a markedly decent thing, but I must say that it's more of a skeleton of a book than a full novel. It's not padded enough and it feels a bit rushed. But all in all, I actually enjoyed the complexity of this novel, and the strange likability of two characters that one would not normally write. I think this is a good book to offer for free, and a good book to introduce readers to the style of what I believe to be a creditable writer. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys strange grisly tales.
(review of free book)