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#TuesdayBookBlog Dead of Winter: Journey 3, The Fever Field by Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene (@teagangeneviene) Mysteries and magic come to the fore #Fantasy

Hi all:

Today, I bring you the review of the third Journey of a series I’ve been following with growing interest. If you haven’t, yet, I hope you give it a try. And you don’t need to be all-out fantasy fans to enjoy it. I am not.

Dead of Winter Journey 3, The Fever Field by Teagan Geneviene

Dead of Winter: Journey 3, The Fever Field by Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene 

The Fever Field is burial ground that is far older than the inhabitants of the Flowing Lands realize. We first saw it in the prologue of Journey 1, Forlorn Peak. Now we learn more about the place where ancient evil was buried and forgotten, until that moment in the prologue when it broke free.
On the cover of Journey 3, The Fever Field, Emlyn has turned to look toward Zasha. Much of this third installment is told from Zasha’s point of view. We’ll get better acquainted with the sisters in the Society of Deae Matres who traveled with Zasha. Also, we meet a tall, intriguing north-man and the most mysterious adherent of the Deae Matres.
The youngest of all the Society, Zasha encounters some resistance from the other sisters traveling with her. She also runs into trouble of her own.
Meanwhile, Emlyn’s uncertain situation with her family combines with the threat posed by the Brethren of Un’Naf. What is the greater danger, her loved ones, or the fanatics? In Journey 3, Emlyn’s circumstances reach a tipping point. There seems to be no good choice for her. How can she survive?

Author Teagan Geneviene

About the author:

Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene lives in a “high desert” town in the Southwest of the USA.

Teagan had always devoured fantasy novels of every type. Then one day there was no new book readily at hand for reading — so she decided to write one. And she hasn’t stopped writing since.

Her work is colored by her experiences from living in the southern states and the desert southwest. Teagan most often writes in the fantasy genre, but she also writes cozy mysteries. Whether it’s a 1920s mystery, a steampunk adventure, or urban fantasy, her stories have a strong element of whimsy.

Founder of the Three Things method of storytelling, her blog “Teagan’s Books” contains serial stories written according to “things” from viewers.

Major influences include Agatha Christie, Terry Brooks, David Eddings, Robert Jordan, and Charlaine Harris.

See book trailer videos here:

My review:

I received an ARC copy of this instalment of the serial, which I freely chose to review.

I’ve been following Dead of Winter since its first journey, and despite my usual reluctance to commit to series or long-winded sagas, I’ve been surprised by how quickly it has grabbed my attention and how easy it is to adapt to the format. The length of each journey is such that it gives readers an opportunity to re-engage with the characters and learn more about them, while at the same time moving forward with the adventures and the overall story. The author’s skill is evident in the way she chooses where to pause the story —always managing to give us a sense of completion while leaving us with unanswered questions— and also in her inclusion of a list of characters and settings which allows readers to get their bearings quickly if they have taken a long break in between reading the different journeys.

As per this specific journey… Well, I’ll try not to reveal any spoilers, but I can say that Emlyn is faced with her worst fears; she discovers (as do we) that her gifts/powers go beyond what she had realised until now; her hopes and dreams become real in more ways than one, and she makes some new acquaintances (and I won’t say anything else).

We also learn more about the Deæ Matres, especially from Zasha’s point of view, and realise that not everything is harmony and good cheer. Although it is not surprising, as this group of women come from different regions, cultures, and have been brought up in different traditions, we get to experience some of the tensions, doubts, and to have a peek behind the united front they offer to the outside world.

Magic and mystery are at the heart of this journey, and we get some intriguing clues about objects and characters that have made flitting appearances before but haven’t quite come to the fore yet. We also learn about some of the beliefs and the layers of existence in this universe. The plot thickens, indeed, and the 4th Journey promises to bring even more revelations and eerie happenings.

I also wanted to highlight the quality of the writing. The third person narration from the main characters’ point of view (Emlyn and Zasha in this journey) allows us to witness their internal thoughts and feel closer to the protagonists, while at the same time offering us beautiful (but succinct) descriptions of settings, objects, and people. We also get to experience the feelings, doubts, worries, and sense of wonder they live through.

I can’t but recommend this journey and, of course, remind everybody this is a serial that must be read in the right order. So, if you haven’t started on the Dead of Winter journey yet, do yourself a favour, and get going. And remember, Winter is Coming.

You can check the reviews for Journey 1 here and Journey 2 here.

Thanks to the author for keeping the momentum going, thanks to all of you for reading, and remember to stay safe, and to keep smiling, reading, reviewing, and hoping. Big hugs!

By OlgaNunez

I was born in Barcelona and after living in the UK for many years have now returned home. I teach English, volunteer at Sants 3 Ràdio, a local radio station, I'm a writer, translator (English-Spanish and vice-versa) and I'm a medical doctor and worked in Forensic Psychiatry many years. I also have a BA and a PhD in American Literature and Film, and a Masters in Criminology. I've always loved books and apart from writing them I review them often.
I write a bit of everything, check my books for more information and my about page for links.
My blog is bilingual, English and Spanish.

86 replies on “#TuesdayBookBlog Dead of Winter: Journey 3, The Fever Field by Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene (@teagangeneviene) Mysteries and magic come to the fore #Fantasy”

Olga, your review just takes my breath away. It means a lot to me that you enjoy these monthly novelettes.
Thanks for the feedback about the list of characters at the back too. I’m glad to know that it comes across in the right way. There have been so many times when I’ve read fantasy novels by major authors, and wished for something similar. With these installments coming out a month apart, I hoped it would be well received.
I’ll link my Wednesday post back to this, which includes a little about the world building and the Mercedes character. Hugs on the wing.

Thanks, Teagan. I love the serial, and I can guess at the skill it must take to turn a novel into a serial. The list of characters helps keep all the characters fresh in our minds. I read a review recently where they made a point of telling how difficult it became to keep the different characters separate when you’d been reading for a while (it seems the names were quite similar and unremarkable as well, that is not a problem here). I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s post. Mercedes intrigues me greatly. Well, all the Deae Matres do!

I’m very glad to hear that. As I often say, I’ve been called a “collector of names,” so I put a great deal of thought and research into the names for this story. I speculate that a part of our minds might “feel” (knowledge we’ve gleaned and stored away in our minds without realizing) the old meanings associated with names. So, where possible I chose names that were both from the culture I wanted to evoke, as well as had a meaning that would reflect the character.

Those meanings also helped me create the many character’s personalities. For example Osabide. I debated that name. The Basque origin of the name didn’t go with her country (which is loosely inspired by Ireland), but I wanted a name that had to do with healing — and I couldn’t find one that seemed to suit her. However, the name meant “healing” and it stuck in my head.
In 2010 when I researched names, the meanings I found (for the scores of names I investigated) were consistent across various sources. Today… searches yield inconsistent results. Not only does past research not show up (even when I know the sources are still there), what I find one day can’t be found the next. It’s frustrating. Enough of my tangent. Thank you again.

Thanks, Teagan. That is fascinating to know. I wondered about Osabide’s name.
I remember from classes on research and from the different style guides that they insist on always documenting the date of the research together with the website when it is online, because, as you say, what you find today might be gone or totally different tomorrow. You’re right about the names bringing some extra layers of meaning to the characters, and sometimes even if readers don’t have the specific knowledge, I think we can sense there is something else there.
Take care. ♥

You’ll love it as well, Robbie. I’m very intrigued by the Deae Matres and Emlyn’s powers and… well, everything! Have a fabulous week!

Good review! I’ve read Journey 3. It’s a fun story. In fact, I have enjoyed all three Journeys so far. You are right about the way Geneviene manages to end each story with a teaser yet wrap things up so the reader doesn’t feel frustrated.

Congratulations and good luck to Teagan, with her latest book. She is a great writer, a fully-engaged blogger, and a lovely lady too.
Best wishes, Pete.

I’d delighted to hear that, Teri. I know you like horror. I think these are spooky and suspenseful enough to engage that part of you. That aspect keeps gradually building. Thanks for visiting. Hugs on the wing.

Superb review. I’m an avid reader of the series and you brought out observations that had not occurred to me. Can’t wait for the next Journey. (Hope it is soon.)

Thanks, Pat. That’s the beauty of such stories, isn’t it? We can all find something that speaks to us. I know the author is hard at work, so I’m pretty sure she won’t keep us waiting for too long. Fingers crossed! I can’t wait either! Stay safe!

Thanks, Christoph. You’ve always had great talent, not only as a writer but also as a discoverer of other great writers. Give my regards to Ryan, the girls, and all the good people of Llandeilo, good luck with the literary festival, and stay safe. ♥

I totally enjoyed this review! I will be reading the books in the future! In the meantime I Tweeted this post for Teagan, and you!

Thanks very much! All the journeys are great reads, and the author has plenty of other novels and stories to catch up on as well. And I recommend her blog too! STay well!

I follow Teagan’s blog, and have been a guest on The Delta Pearl since the beginning! See you there! You stay well, too!

Thanks very much. I know what you mean. I have tonnes of books to read as well. The advantage of this series is that it is easy to fit in between longer reads.
I like your motto!
Stay safe and keep smiling!

You might want to have a look at a group of reviewers I’m a part of, Rosie’s Book Review Team. Rosie Amber, a UK blogger, manages a large group of reviewers with varied reading preferences. Writers can offer several copies of their books, and they can sometimes get several reviews from different members.
Here it explains how it works:
Good luck!

A wonderful review, Olga! I am on the third journey right now, enjoying the read. Thank you, Teagan! I hope to read The Guitar Mancer novel on my Kindle some day:)

Thanks, Inese. It’s a fabulous serial, and for what Teagan has commented, Journey 4 will be memorable as well. Great idea about The Guitar Mancer! Stay safe!

Thanks for all your pictures and your excursions. They’re very welcome, especially now that we can’t stray very far off. ♥

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