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#TuesdayBookBlog Dead of Winter: Journey 5, Llyn Pistyll Falls and Dead of Winter: Journey 6, The Fluting Fell by Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene (@teagangeneviene) Things keep getting intriguing, dangerous and wondrous #fantasy

Hi all:

I bring you the review of the next two installments in the Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene’s serial Dead of Winter. The author has shared that we’re more or less halfway through, and I’m happy there’s much more to come yet, although the story is getting to a point where many of the strands seem to be coming together, although there is much we don’t know yet.

Here they come.

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Dead of Winter: Journey 5, Llyn Pistyll Falls by Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene

The titular dead of Winter begin this Journey in a collection of vignettes. The Veil separating the world of the living and the Realm of the Dead has indeed become thin. As feared the dead begin to enter the Realm of the Living. Small outbreaks of chaos are scattered across the world as spirits try to resume their old lives.

Also in those shorts, two characters are introduced who will come back into the story in future Journeys — Gregorios, and Mairead who recalls the circumstance that brought Zasha and Tajín together. The spirits also visit some characters from past Journeys.

Emlyn and company encounter the King of Hell, and this time, Arawn is not in a dream-like netherworld.

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Dead of Winter Journey 6. The Fluling Fell by Teagan Geneviene

Dead of Winter: Journey 6, The Fluting Fell by Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene

Emlyn’s story continues in Journey 6, The Fluting Fell. She gains tragic insight into Boabhan… horrifying things that she is too young to know. This event also shows an unexpected softer side to another character.

The travelers reach an abandoned estate, Wych Elm Manor, although it is not completely unoccupied. It yields answers as well as questions. Emlyn finds clues that lead them farther into their journey. She also meets the silvery-haired young man again.

The travelers have put some distance between themselves and the Brethren of Un’Naf, but do even worse dangers await them? Danger deepens when they take refuge in a mysterious structure.

Come, be a part of the Journeys of “Dead of Winter.”

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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. www.teagansbooks.com

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

See book trailer videos here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoM-z7_iH5t2_7aNpy3vG-Q?

My reviews:

I’ve been following the serial Dead of Winter from its first instalment; I have read many of the author’s novels, and I also follow her blog, so I didn’t hesitate when she started publishing this serial, even though I am not a regular reader of fantasy. She has a great imagination, can make the most fabulous scenarios and characters come alive, and she knows how to keep her audience captive, as she has proved week after week when she weaves her tales in her blog, even managing to include in the stories elements that her regular readers contribute. So, I’m not surprised to love this story and to have become hooked on it from the very beginning.

Journey 5 is slightly different from the others, as, although we get to hear (or see) from Haldis, the Watcher, as usual (although she knows many things, she does not remember everything, and her process of rediscovering her memories mirrors Emlyn’s learning, while also guiding and intriguing us at once), we also get to witness with her some episodes that clearly demonstrate what the Deae Matres and Emlyn have suspected for a while, that the veil between the living and the dead has definitely been breached. New characters are introduced, that we are told will appear again, and I am eager to see what happens to them in the future, in particular one of the Deae Matres. And, while the dead might bring comfort and advice to some, to others they provide a terrifying and amply-deserved warning (yes, I’m thinking about you, Elder Pwyll).

And then we follow Emlyn’s journey with the Deae Matres; she realises she is being taught many lessons by all the women; and she starts making personal connections and friends with some of them as well, discovering fascinating affinities between herself and these women and learning about some of their wondrous powers.

We get to know more about these incredible women, we travel with them to vividly and wonderfully described places, we hear about distant lands and traditions, and the chapter ends in a hair-raising cliffhanger. What else could we ask for? Luckily, I had the next Journey in the serial already waiting for me, so I knew what to do. And I hope you follow my example.

 

Journey 6 of this serial is, in some ways, like a microcosm of the whole of our Journey so far. It contains adventures and wonderful and scary events aplenty; it has thoughtful and contemplative moments where the characters question their experiences, thoughts, and feelings; it includes beautiful settings, and it adds to our knowledge of the world the story takes place in and its different traditions and legends; it deepens our awareness of the mysteries underlying the story and how intricately they are woven into its fabric; and it manages to captivate us and keep its hold on us, because we have become as invested in the fate of the characters as they are. Having read some of the author’s other novels and her blog, I think most people who are familiar with her work will recognise certain elements and motifs that tend to appear in her writing no matter what the genre is, characteristic of her oeuvre, that will make her fans very happy.

This particular journey comes with a content warning by the author, as Emlyn shares a vivid dream of the abuse of one of the other characters (I am trying not to give too much of the plot away), and although not explicit, as Geneviene explains, it might be disturbing to people who have survived similar experiences. The warning also contains information and advice on who to contact for those who might feel personally affected or who need support. Although there are other dangerous and scary episodes in this journey, I agree that the vivid shared dream Emlyn experiences is the most disturbing part of it.

I had mentioned Haldis when reviewing Journey 5, and she expresses her doubts and confusion quite clearly at the beginning of this journey, while also leaving us some highly intriguing comments that bring some interesting connections and links to mind and leave us wondering.

Emlyn shows great courage but also an impulsive nature that had been kept under control by her circumstances until now. She is greatly affected by the dream mentioned, and that causes her to question many things and to go into a reflective mood, which seems to affect many of the other characters as well. This more contemplative aspect of the journey allows us to gain insight into some of the characters’ personalities and also to learn more details about their lives. We get to understand why some of the characters behave in the way they do, and also why their interaction with others can appear peculiar at times.

Emlyn gets dragged into the world of the Dead once more, and her experience leaves her with some answers but many more questions. It is clear that Emlyn is called to play an important part in the Deae Matres’ journey, and a new quest —full of magic and wonder— takes form.

In this journey, we get to visit some fascinating locations, and there are beautiful examples of the rich and textured descriptions the author has got us accustomed to (I loved the way she describes the clothes they find, but also the furniture, the landscape…). There are also more episodes of the dead coming into the world of the living, some glimpses at what might be behind some of the things that are happening, and an overall sense that the past, the present, and the future, life and death, and reality and dream might not be as fixed and separate as we’d all like to believe.

I wanted to mention a couple of things I haven’t talked about for a while. The author includes a list of characters and locations at the end of the book, to make sure people can check if they have any doubts and don’t feel lost if they cannot recall the full details about a character or a place. The beauty of this list is that it is updated with every Journey, and that means that not only there are no spoilers, but also that although new information is added with every journey, you don’t need to search through lots of characters and places you know nothing about, which are bound to cause confusion before we can locate the one we are looking for.

The other thing I wanted to mention is the wonderful illustrations that accompany each new chapter, which offer us a gallery of pictures and provide a perfect visual companion to the story.

Is there a cliffhanger? Well, we leave the characters in a pretty dire situation, that is true, although it is not as dramatic and dangerous as the point at what the story left us in the previous Journey. But I know I’ll be thinking about what will happen next until Journey 7 falls on my hands.

(I was provided with an ARC copy of this Journey of the serial, which I freely chose to review).

Thanks to the author for her story and for the care she has invested in the adaptation of her novel into a serial that keeps getting better and better, thanks to all of you for reading, and remember to keep safe, keep smiling, review, share, and of course, never stop reading. ♥

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.

36 replies on “#TuesdayBookBlog Dead of Winter: Journey 5, Llyn Pistyll Falls and Dead of Winter: Journey 6, The Fluting Fell by Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene (@teagangeneviene) Things keep getting intriguing, dangerous and wondrous #fantasy”

Great reviews, Olga. I’ve read both of these and particularly liked Journey 6 because of the strong descriptions. I could really picture their journeys and the old mansion.

Thanks, Priscilla. Yes, the old mansion is fantastic, and their encounters there as well. Their adventures never cease to amaze me. Have a great week!

Thanks, Jacquie. The author thinks she has reached the middle point, so there are a few months to come. Perhaps you can catch up this summer, although I’m sure your reading list is as long as all of ours, and you’re busy with your writing and everything else as well. Stay safe and enjoy the rest of the week!

Thanks for visiting, Jacquie. I hope all is well with you and yours. I’m looking forward to the one you’ve been working on. The “Journeys” are always here whenever you care to join in. Regardless of “Winter” or our summer heat, I always imagine Emlyn’s world as the perfect temperature. LOL. A place to escape reality. Hugs on the wing!

Thanks, Robbie. You’ll enjoy it. I know what you mean about reading commitments. When I think I’m catching up a bit, something else comes up, or I realise I’d forgotten about a book that I was supposed to read, a while back. Oh, well… I remember when I never had enough books to read. This is such a luxury! Stay safe and all the best to your family!

Ha! That’s so true, Olga. It’s hard to imagine living in a time, even before any sort of “printing” when books had to be hand written, and copies made the same way.
Sometimes, when I describe to people the scarcity of books in Emlyn’s world, and how amazed she is to see more than a few books in one place, the person looks at me as if that is such a far fetched idea, but even in the real world, there was a time when it was so.

Yes, indeed. We take so many things for granted nowadays, Teagan, that it’s quite difficult to imagine when such things were luxuries. Although, in some places and for some people they still are, and that’s a tragedy. And so many people have access to books and never read anything! Good luck with the next Journeys. I can’t wait for the next one, or to know how the Delta Pearl concludes. Thanks for keeping my imagination flying!

I appreciate you visiting, Robbie. The reviews you’ve done of Dead of Winter are so wonderful. I hope you will love the rest of them. But first, take time to relax. I hope Michael is recovering nicely and that somehow this procedure also helps with other things. It seems that so many unexpected things are related. Stay happy and sassy. Hugs on the wing.

Olga, I am absolutely thrilled. The way you handle reviews is amazing. I can’t help being sort of stunned to be the recipient. What I love is the way you provide useful information and descriptions in a way that never seems like a summary. This one feels rather like a guidebook. I realize this overall story is complex, so it’s wonderful that you’ve given the reader that kind of guidance. You’ve made my month! I hope everything in your life is bright and beautiful. Hugs on the wing!

Great review, and I wish the very best for Teagan with her new book. Hopefully, I will get around to reading them all one day!
Best wishes, Pete.

Thanks, Staci. Her blog and all the journeys are a great read, and yes, I think character lists are helpful, especially in novels with many characters with unusual names, and in historical novels, fantasy, and sometimes sci-fi, extra content like maps and images can help give readers a better idea of what the author had in mind, although nothing can beat one’s imagination. Stay well and enjoy the rest of the week.

Heartfelt thanks for visiting, Staci. I hope your daughter is healing nicely. Years ago there was an epic fantasy series that I liked so much that I started making my own Excel spreadsheet to help me keep track of all the characters and their affiliations. Talk about complex… Anyhow that wasn’t the only time I read a large book and wished there was a list of characters to help me. So I decided to add one for Dead of Winter. I revise it each month to include new characters or places, rather than sharing everything at once.
Take good care of you. Hugs on the wing!

Wow. That’s diligence. I either would have dealt with confusion or stopped reading. But I think the character list is a fabulous idea.

And Sammi is doing very well with her recovery and physical therapy. Thanks for asking.

I was nodding along with you throughout these reviews, Olga but never as strongly as when you wrote, “I didn’t hesitate when she started publishing this serial, even though I am not a regular reader of fantasy.” I would go so far as to say I never read fantasy before finding Teagan. I have left so many comments on her blog that began with “I don’t normally read…” that’s I’ve stopped saying it. I’m happy to read anything she writes because she is such a good storyteller.

Thanks for helping to promote her work.

Thanks, Dan. I know we aren’t the only ones, either, because Teagan has a way of trying new genres and dragging all of her readers in, even when they would never have considered reading them if anybody else was the author. Your collaborations with Teagan are a great source of inspiration, and I love your images and the way she uses them in her blog. You make quite the winning team, Dan. And you do a lot of work to promote writers, so thanks for all the beauty and the features. ♥

Thanks Olga. I am happy when someone can use my photos. Teagan puts them to such good use that I feel grateful. I love seeing her “tomfoolery” in her posts.

Thanks, Resa! Yes, I decided to read two this time, to make sure I caught up.
I’m sad about the Delta Pearl, but I’m also very intrigued to see how it will all work out in the end. Teagan has such a wild imagination!
Stay safe!

Isn’t it, Toni? I love all the covers. They will make a lovely gallery, for sure. I hear the 7th Journey should be coming our way pretty soon, and I’m looking forward to it already.
Stay well and have a good weekend.

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