Saturday, May 28, 2011

Frozen Prospects by Dean Murray Coupon and review

Read it yourself for FREE!  Smashwords coupon AZ28V plus Dean is sponsoring a contest until July 1st (details at the bottom of the post)

Frozen Prospects (The Guadel Chronicles)
4.5 stars

Frozen Prospects (The Guadel Chronicles) by Dean Murray follows Va'del in his quest to find acceptance. It is set high in the mountains where all the communities are based in large cave systems and it is death to wander outside unprepared. Born from a lowlander mother and orphaned at a young age is enough to make him an outcast and a target for the bullies in his community. Constantly beaten by the headman's son Jas'per he once again awakens to find himself in the healing area being taken care of by Sara. While in recovery he learns that some of the mysterious Guadel have arrived to test the youngsters of his community to see if they will be taken away to the Capital. When Va'del is tested he is given the choice to stay where he is and continue his miserable existence of getting beaten up and not having anyone willing to take him as an apprentice, or he can accompany the Guadel for training and possibly become one of them.

Getting into anymore of the story would start to give spoilers so I'll just say that when he arrives at the Capital under less than ideal circumstances his life becomes just as miserable as it was and he is constantly thinking about suicide to end it all. There were times that I really was not a big fan of Va'del as a character, but he really grows as the story develops and at the end I was left wanting to see more books about him. I really enjoyed a lot of the support characters, especially I'rone. 

That brings us back to Thawed Fortunes (release date June 10).  I was lucky enough to get an ARC for this book and let me tell you I really enjoyed following Va'del through this adventure as well.  I don't want to spoil either book so I won't go into many details, but I will say that Va'del is still struggling to become a Guadel.  I am of the opinion that this book is better than the first and I continue to look forward to more to come. 

Mr. Murray will be hosting a review contest for Frozen Prospects and Thawed Fortunes.  So you get a free book and if you write a review and e-mail him a link you get entered to win more stuff!  The rules are pretty simple for every review you post for either of his two books on a major review site (Smashwords, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Sony bookstore, Goodreads, Apple bookstore, or even a blog review) you get one entry.  On July 1st he will draw three lucky winners that will choose from these three prize packages (only one of each package will be given away first come first serve):

First Package
A copy of Darkness & Light
A $20 iTunes gift card

Second Package
A copy of Darkness & Light
Advanced copies of Broken and Torn (the next two books to be released, different series)

Third Package
A copy of Darkness & Light
A sneak peek of plot points planned for the third book in the Guadel Chronicles 

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