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The author of the book: Jane Fletcher
Edition: Bold Strokes Books
Date of issue: November 1st 2005
ISBN 13: 9781933110271
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This is a review for the entire series. Possible mild spoilers ahead, mainly because I feel the book blurb is too bland and generic to generate any excitement, much less interest in the entire series. I admit I've known about this series for years, but haven't gotten the urge to start it until my GR friends did and loved it.
This series laid down an astounding premise--possibly the most original in lesfic. A pre-industrial all-women society has found a way to procreate with the help of psychically gifted individuals. Control of these individuals means the priestess class has the rest of the population at their beck and call. Militia, rangers and especially temple guards all serve them in some protective capacity or another. Other classes mentioned in the book include farmers, merchant classes, and other specialized trades, even bandits and heretics--but all society revolves around the procreation process called 'Imprinting' and the divination and worship of the 'Goddess' who created it. What makes this series stand out from other alternate universe/dystopian works though, is the origin story. That, of course, is for the reader to discover.
The first two books seamlessly cross over so many genres--fantasy, sci-fi, mystery, adventure, character study and romance--its impossible to slot it into any particular one. It starts off as a simple though exciting fantasy adventure, as we get to know more about the inner workings of this society through the eyes of the protagonists. There are hints and undercurrents of deeper issues but nothing full-on till book 2, so don't give up too soon. The third to fifth books are all prequels featuring minor characters from Books 1-2. A bit disappointing in terms of story progression, but all are nevertheless very well-written lesfic adventure/romances. I've only been gushing about the plot so far, but the author writes very good lesfic romance in every single book--the kind we pay good money for. So you can pick up any of the Books 3 to 5 independently of the series and still get your money's worth. But, I can understand Frank's disappointment. They could very well have been classics.
As things stand now, there is no closure, no true ending. The author has set up one of the most amazing stories ever--we get the big reveal--but we don't get to see what happens next. Its been seven years since the publication of Book 5. Will there be a book 6 ?
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Read information about the authorJane Fletcher is a GCLS award-winning writer and has also been short-listed for the Gaylactic Spectrum and Lambda Literary awards. She is author of two ongoing sets of fantasy/romance novels: the Celaeno series—The Walls of Westernfort, Rangers at Roadsend, The Temple at Landfall, Dynasty of Rogues, and Shadow of the Knife; and the Lyremouth Chronicles—The Exile and The Sorcerer, The Traitor and The Chalice, The Empress and The Acolyte, and The High Priest and the Idol.
Her love of fantasy began at the age of seven when she encountered Greek Mythology. This was compounded by a childhood spent clambering over every example of ancient masonry she could find (medieval castles, megalithic monuments, Roman villas). Her resolute ambition was to become an archaeologist when she grew up, so it was something of a surprise when she became a software engineer instead.
Born in Greenwich, London, in 1956, she now lives in southwest England where she keeps herself busy writing both computer software and fiction, although generally not at the same time.
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