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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, unique epic fantasy, August 19, 2013

Abby Goldsmith (Austin, Texas, USA)



If you've ever been totally immersed in another world, this book is for you. Susan Shell Winston thought through every detail, painting a vivid and colorful world that alludes to pastoral Medieval Northern Europe. I'm tempted to say the world is like a cross between George R.R. Martin's Game of Thrones series, and Guy Gavriel Kay's Fionavar Tapestry trilogy. The characters in this one are easy to identify with and like, and the battle scenes are awesome. If you read it, find me on Goodreads and let's discuss!


5.0 out of 5 stars

Brilliant secondary-world fantasy, October 6, 2013
By Ellen Denham (Indianapolis, IN USA)
Singer of Norgondy (World of Colonium) (Kindle Edition)

I picked this up for my new Kindle after reading George R.R. Martin's last Game of Thrones book. It follows very well--both authors write excellent secondary world fantasy with complex characters whose conflicting goals drive most of the plot action. Where this book really stands out is the author's ability to do so without getting overly complex in number of characters and societies to keep up with, but you get a sense of a fully-fleshed out world with a rich history. The three main protagonists are distinct characters with their own goals that sometimes coincide, often times not, which is one of the things that makes the book so interesting. It's not simple good and evil--there is a lot of messy gray area. I don't want to spoil the ending, but I can say that the author leads to it well, making it feel inevitable, but with some surprises, and tying up loose ends while making me feel I would definitely like to read more in this world and with these characters. The only downside? I wish it was longer and went into more detail in places!

5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable October 28, 2013
Never predictable! The author builds a rich world with intricate cultures and history that will draw you in. This story doesn't fall victim to the common genre pitfall of characters that are pure good or pure evil, they behave like real humans- at times selfish and at times noble and rarely entirely honest.


5.0 out of 5 stars
Original and Engrossing, September 29, 2013
Erica Aguilar (Wharton, TX United States)


Highly thought out world with fascinating characters. I rank this one with the likes of Stephen R. Donaldson and George R.R. Martin. I eagerly await more works from this author.


and from the Kirkus Review:  "...The strongest elements of Winston’s novel are the detailed descriptions of Norgondy, its rituals and its religious conflicts. Merind’s people hold a celebration each year called Festival Week, and Winston’s descriptions of the event are lively. Verl and Crel are appealing heroes who use courage and ingenuity to fulfill their destinies. In the large supporting cast, each character has a unique back story, and Winston adeptly balances multiple subplots while keeping a tight focus on the main plotline..." --- Kirkus Review


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