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#TuesdayBookBlog DEAD OF WINTER. Journey 9, Doors of Attunement and Journey 10, Pergesca by Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene (@teagangeneviene) The pace is quickening and wonders don’t cease. Get ready for the ride of your lives!

Hi all:

I bring you two more of the Journeys in the Dead of Winter serial, and wow, we are getting close now…

I have been following author Ríordáin Geneviene for a number of years now, down many of the paths her imagination has travelled, from her blog, where she has created a number of serials with the participation of her readers (incorporating the items they propose into her stories), in many genres (steampunk, historical fiction, fantasy…) always with a seamless weaving of research (into artefacts of a historical period, language and fashionable expressions of an era, music, and recipes of bygone times, names and mythology and their link to specific places and meanings…), a wonderful playfulness in her use of language, and a penchant for flights of fancy and whimsy. It doesn’t matter how closely you are following the events and how well you think you know her characters, there are surprises waiting when you turn the next page, and you’re always left wanting more.

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. Http://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?

https://www.amazon.com/Teagan-Riordain-Geneviene/e/B00HHDXHVM/

Dead of Winter. Journey 9, Doors of Attunement by Teagan Ríodáin Geneviene

Dead of Winter: Journey 9, Doors of Attunement by Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene 

In this ninth installment Emlyn, Osabide, and Fotia (in Zasha’s body) traveled to a third world, so little known that it is only called the Other Realm. They hope to restore Zasha. Will Fotia willingly relinquish her new life in a young body? There the trio meet unpredictable, but vastly powerful beings known as the Listeners. One of them is a new enemy. Another might be friend or foe. Either way, he is dangerous.

Arawn has grown stronger. An army of the dead gathers near the Lost Library. Hallgeir faces one of the biggest decisions of his life.

Journey with our travelers. Adventure awaits.

 https://relinks.me/B09F8Y5DML

 My review:

Fantasy is a bit of a hit-and-miss for me, but based on my previous experience reading this author, I knew I had to try her new (although originally written as a single novel a number of years ago) serial, Dead of Winter. And, as usual, she has surpassed herself. I’ve come to eagerly await the next journey, to celebrate every monthly publication, and it has become a highlight in my reading schedule.

In Journey 9, we have Emlyn, the main protagonist of the story, and two of her friends (although one is not quite herself, and that is one of the reasons for their quest), journey through the “Other” realm. It is an strange and wondrous place, and they are soon confronted with decisions (if you love game shows, the fact that they have to choose one of three doors will bring all kinds of connections to your mind) that require not only courage, but also intuition, trust in each other and belief in themselves.

Emlyn uncovers new powers/abilities she didn’t know she possessed, and we find out that the “Listeners” can take many forms and are as puzzling,enchanting, and unnerving as most of the other creatures we’ve come across in these journeys. Readers travel beyond the Other realm, there are more magical objects to be retrieved, and although they achieve their goal, they also confirm that risks and dangers are getting closer and closer.

There is a touch of Alice through the Looking Glass in this journey (although in this case, through a painting), and we get to hear from Luce, one of the most enigmatic characters in this serial (and that is saying something!), who, for the first time, allows us to peep into his mind.

As this journey ends, Hallgeir —one of the men travelling with the Deae Matres and protecting them— finds his loyalty put to the test. Or his loyalties, because, should one always put family before everything else, or are other callings stronger than blood? It is a particularly tense moment, and I am relieved to already have Journey 10 waiting to be read, as it would have felt like a very long wait otherwise.

Those who are following the story already know the author includes a cast of characters and locations at the end, to ensure readers don’t lose track and don’t miss any of the details. This keeps being updated with each new journey, to avoid spoilers.

I loved the descriptions of the new characters, the places the protagonists visit, and, in particular, the insight we are given into their innermost thoughts, doubts, and feelings. A journey full of wonder and adventure, and an ending that pulsates with excitement and expectation.

Don’t forget to read the journeys in the right order, and go on, keep reading Dead of Winter.

Dead of Winter. Journey 10, Pergesca by Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene

 

Dead of Winter: Journey 10, Pergesca by Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene 

Dead of Winter: Journey 10, Pergesca” resumes outside the Lost Library, where Hallgeir was faced with a decision that could impact the entire world.

Lucetius is gravely wounded when he attempts to deliver a message. Emlyn, Zasha, and Osabide are again separated from all their friends. The Three must continue their journey without assistance or protection from the other travelers. They must reach the faraway city of Pergesca. That is also the seat of power of the ancient Society of Deae Matres. Will the companions eventually be reunited?

A vicious enemy returns, displaying unexpected strength.

An important character dies in this novelette. The death of a character is a rare thing in stories written by Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene.

https://relinks.me/B09J6TH8TD

 My review:

What to say! We’ve reached Journey 10 in Dead of Winter, and for me, it has definitely been a big journey into a realm I rarely visit, that of high fantasy. I’m not a reader lacking in imagination or preoccupied with productivity and getting the most out of any lecture time. My love for fiction was born when I was a child, and although I’ve read (and still read) a lot of factual and non-fiction books (for professional and personal reasons), my preference for my downtime is fiction. I read realistic fiction, but I’m quite fond of fairy tales and horror as well. My problem with high fantasy, I think, is not so much with the fantasy side of things, but with the build-up to the stories, the large number of characters, often with strange and somewhat similar names (I have the same issue with some spy novels, although those I find dry at times), and the huge amounts of backstory and telling usually required to explain the worlds where the stories are taking place. As much as I love a well-written plot, I have also been more of a character reader, and in some cases, those seem to get lost among all the scaffolding in some of the big fantasy sagas. So, reaching Journey 10 of this serial is an achievement, for me and one that shows the skill of the author.

In Dead of Winter, Ríordáin Geneviene manages to combine a weird, wonderful, scary, terrible, and beautiful world, with different realms and with a cast of characters that although not always “human” and/or “alive” we can easily connect with. Emlyn, the main protagonist, is a credible normal child (only twelve years old) but also gifted, unique, and the perfect hero to guide us on this quest. And I am sure every reader will have his/her own favourite among the many characters (creatures included).

This Journey is pretty special, as the author explains because one of the characters dies. I’m going to avoid any spoilers, although I was not surprised by the event. When I thought about the author’s prologue, I imagined who it could be; it is well done, makes perfect sense, and brings some sense of completion to that character.

There are many other adventures and magical events in this journey: we have characters surprising everybody with changes of heart (possibly); the three women with a most delicate mission (Emlyn, Osabide, and Zasha) are placed in great danger due to a mean and vengeful character trying to get revenge; a new favourite of mine puts in a star appearance; we have further “through the looking glass” moments; Emlyn finds herself in a city for the first time and doesn’t quite know what to think; Zasha —who is slowly recovering her old self, but with some changes— is back home and playing guide; there is further evidence of the breach(chasm in the veil separating the world of the living from that of the dead; we meet new characters and old characters who leave mysterious messages and warnings, and the future appears very uncertain.

The writing is immaculate as usual, with truly emotional moments, vivid descriptions of action and battle scenes where we can feel the danger jumping at the protagonists, and some reflective and quiet moments when we are privy to the thoughts, reflections, and doubts of the protagonists (mostly from Emlyn’s point of view, but we get some insights into Zasha’s thoughts and feelings as well). The pace of the story and the narration is quickening, and things are coming to a head. I will be sorry to see this story end, but, at this point, I’m also eager to know what will happen. Winter seems to have arrived already, and time is of the essence.

I’ve recommended this story to all and sundry, and other than people who only read non-fiction and cannot stand fantasy in any shape, I cannot imagine many who would not enjoy it. The serial format works beautifully to ensure that no reader gets overwhelmed by the story building and the number of characters and settings, and the author also includes a cast of characters at the end, which she updates as required, to help those who might have a doubt or want to remind themselves of some stray detail. Read the serial in the right order, and be prepared for the journey. It is a wild and magical ride.

Thanks to the author for this wonderful serial, thanks to all of you for reading, and remember to stay safe and take care above all, and to like, share, comment, click, and, always keep smiling. 

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.

55 replies on “#TuesdayBookBlog DEAD OF WINTER. Journey 9, Doors of Attunement and Journey 10, Pergesca by Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene (@teagangeneviene) The pace is quickening and wonders don’t cease. Get ready for the ride of your lives!”

I’ve been following this serial too. I agree, Teagan writes vivid descriptions and gives the reader moments of high emotion. It’s a creative story and a fun read. Good review, Olga!

Thanks, Priscilla. I’ve read your reviews as well, and I know we’re both eager to see what happens next. Good luck with all your projects!

(Shakes head in amazement…) Olga, you are amazing. I will be on cloud nine from your reviews forever. Thank you for the expert way you bring out elements of the story without revealing any of my intended surprises. I understand the craftmanship in what you’ve done. I’m truly honored that you are part of these Journeys.
I can’t find a way to actually reblog, but I will share this at my place tomorrow.
Although I might not get any sleep — because my glowing will keep me awake all night. 🙂 Hugs on the wing!

Thanks, Teagan. I hope you get a good night’s sleep, though!
You know how much I love being a part of the journey. I know we are many following along, and it can be a bit tricky to read the reviews that come out before we have had a chance to catch up, but all your followers are very clever that way, so I’m always eager to read their insights.
Because my blog is on WordPress.org, there is no reblog button. I think the Press this might be an option but it isn’t the same.
I am already looking forward to Journey 11 and to the next episode of the Armadillo Files.
Stay safe, and I hope November is good for you.

Thanks, Robbie. You are so well organised! November and December should be great months, then, although I know you enjoy reading a wide variety of genres and have plenty of activities to keep you busy. Stay safe and all the best for you and your family.

Wonderful review. You recalled incidents that I had forgotten (which is prompting me to re-read the last Journey. I agree with your summation of the the character who died. I had anticipated two possible characters and was very pleased that it was this one and not that passed on. Great job!

Thanks, Pat. I know what you mean, and there were a couple of other characters I was quite worried about as well, but Teagan managed to make it work for everybody involved, and it wasn’t quite as traumatic as it could have been. Stay well and keep smiling!

It’s something to make the story fresh on my mind while awaiting the hopefully soon publication of Journey 11 where we can learn about that stunning white dress. Hugs boomeranging your way.

Fabulous reviews, Olga! I am on Emlyn’s Journey, but not quite up to 9 & 10 yet, so only skimmed your reviews as I didn’t want to know anything that’s coming. 🙂 Teagan is such an amazing fantasy writer!

Thanks, Jan. I also try to avoid reading detailed reviews before I have read the journeys. I try to avoid spoilers, but people who are very attuned to the story might easily guess from a few clues. Enjoy the week!

Thanks very much, Jan. The most amazing thing about Olga’s reviews is that she manages to provide so much insight without revealing anything that I mean to be a “surprise” to the reader.
I’m very happy that you are part of these Journeys. Hugs on the wing.

, ” Geneviene manages to combine a weird, wonderful, scary, terrible, and beautiful world, with different realms and with a cast of characters that although not always “human” and/or “alive” we can easily connect with.” WELL SAID, Olga! High praise from an illustrious book reviewer such as yourself, and congratulations to Teagan on another stellar accomplishment!

Thanks, Claire. You’re very kind. Teagan has skills that both, jugglers and magicians, would be delighted to have. Enjoy the week and keep smiling (and writing your wonderful stories as well, of course)!

This is a great review, Olga and it is especially interesting for me because I don’t normally read fantasy of any kind. On the other hand, I learned long ago that I usually enjoy everything Teagan writes. I stopped adding “I don’t normally read…” to my comments on her blog because, I consider her writing its own little genre. I guess I am a reader of “Teagan.”

I have all 10 Journeys, but I got very busy and I haven’t yet finished Number 10. I need to fix that.

Dan, what a wonderful thing to say. You are so very kind.
Don’t rush for Journey 10. Number 11 needed intensive reorganizing to make it flow for this serialization. Plus I’m adding a good deal of new material. In other words — it won’t be published this week.
Take good care of you. Hugs on the wing.

Thanks, Dan. I agree. I think reading Teagan is a genre in its own right, and I will follow her wherever she goes as well. I was going to say Journey 10 is a good one, but there isn’t a bad one in the lot. Stay safe.

Wonderful reviews, Olga! Teagan’s imagination is incredible. I’m reading Dead of Winter more slowly than she is writing, but I’m enjoying the journey. Thanks for sharing!
~Lauren

Thanks, Lauren. I was reading each Journey soon after she published them, but then I had a bit of a backlog of other things and decided to read several in one go, but I find it difficult to put off reading them for very long. They are a delight and should be savoured, I agree. Keep safe and enjoy the rest of the week.

Thank you kindly, Lauren. Realizing how busy modern lives are has really validated my decision to revise this epic into novelettes. Happily it’s a “journey” that each can take at their own pace. I appreciate your support. Hugs on the wing!

Fab review, Olga!
I’ve read 3, at this point. I was completely fascinated. I was getting them on Kobo, but Teagan isn’t selling there anymore.
I agree enthusiastically about Teagan’s writing. She’s amazing! I always look forward to her Saturday serial!

I hope you can get hold of the rest soon, Resa. As you well know, they are fabulous. I also enjoy her blog serials, and I am sure there will be plenty more to come. Stay well and thanks for commenting! 🙂

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