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  • Rebekah James 8:03 am on July 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Fantasy, , , Riever's heart, Romance   

    Advance Review – Riever’s Heart – Renee Wildes 

    Riever's heart - Renee WIldes

    As many of you know, I am not a huge romance reader, so it will probably surprise you that I’m going to say up front – I really liked this book. 4.5 of 5 stars liked it.  This will be available on Sept 27 from Samhain Press.  Or you can pre-order here

    Aryk is the leader of a clan facing a hard reality. The constant in fighting between the clans of Isadorijka causes endless, needless deaths, prevents his people from any real trade and ultimately keeps them living as barely more than barbarians do. To the outside world, they are nothing more than barbaric Rievers. Aryk is on a quest to unite the clans under one leader –himself – but to do that he has to not only overcome generations old traditions, but the army that a rival daq – clan chief- is building. Aryk knows that he cannot bring peace alone. In an attempt to prove to other nations that not all Isadorijkans are rievers, he forms new alliances, including the beautiful warrior Verdeen. She is conflicted – about her future, herself and most of all about the unexpected and intense attraction she feels for Aryk.

    Wildes has created a wonderful and complex world in this series, and knows her way around it well enough that even though I have read only one other book in the series, I never once felt like I needed a map to know what was going on. In fact, it stands alone quite nicely.  The story was told mostly from the point of view of Aryk, who didn’t know the back stories of any of the characters and so we are given just enough information to make this story work. Wildes did an excellent job of portraying the essence of the characters – We see a flash of the deep hatred Queen Dara has for rievers, the love that Cianan and Maleta share but since it is not relevant for Aryk to know the long back stories, we aren’t bogged down with them either. This story stands alone perfectly well. Wildes knows her characters well, and it is obvious that as each player steps on the stage, there is a fully formed personality behind it.  (and it inspires you to want to read the other books in the series, where they have more staring roles.

    The pace is fast, there is no filler here, and that includes the sex. This is a solidly built fantasy story, that could easily sit on the shelf with other fantasy series. There is of course a lot of sex because this is after all an erotic romance novel, but the sex is important to both plot and character building. The one thing I dislike that seems to be a recurring theme in many of the romance novels I have read – otherwise strong women who suddenly turn into raving sex kittens at the first sight of the Hero, and end up turning into jellyfish – is the very thing that Wildes has avoided. Verdeen, even in the midst of passion still has control of her senses and still makes smart decisions. She is conflicted, and second guesses herself, but it seems perfectly in keeping with her character. Verdeen is strong, but young even for an elf, and she notably grows throughout the book.  There is also a great deal of set up for future adventures, and at the end, I found myself already wishing for next book.

    4 out of 5 stars this time.

    • reneewildes1 7:53 pm on July 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks SO much for helping me get the word out about my new Guardians of Light book! I’m glad you enjoyed it, and hope it finds a warm place in many readers’ hearts!

  • Rebekah James 2:01 pm on July 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Donna Newton, , , Riever's heart, , ,   

    ROW80 Update for 7-14-11 A Crash course and a close scrape 

    This one is  yet another short update. I have been very quiet on the twitter/Facebook/blog front lately because I have been really busy this week, and  with limited time available, I would rather focus on the writing.  My close friends already understand this, and well, those who are going to ‘unfollow’ because I was quite for a few days, probably were going to eventually when I wasn’t entertaining enough anyway.

    On Monday, I was in a small accident. Someone stepped in front of me in a very narrow space and I jerked the wheel to miss him and ended up hitting a very sturdy metal gate instead.  Aside from a very ugly scratch on the paint, scaring me to death and finding out that my inhaler needs to be refilled, everything is fine. Of course there has been some time devoted to taking to the insurance company and so on. (and explaining it to my husband several dozen times who swears HE wouldn’t have scraped the truck) As I told him and the insurance company –  I’m human and the sight of a living being about to be mowed over by my vehicle scared me and I veered away to prevent it. The guy I missed didn’t even realize his near miss until someone started yelling at him for stepping in front of me. I’m OK with this outcome even if I do have to get the truck repaired.  For the record, it is one really sturdy gate that I hit- didn’t even scratch the paint let alone cause damage to it.

    On the plus side, I did get a lot of things done this week while I was in my busy mode.  First and foremost, the deadline I was working on is finished and I actually did submit the work I intended to submit. Yay me right?  Now to wait for the reply.

    Part of the experience of this was that I asked Donna Newton, whom I respect tremendously, to go over the story for  me before I submitted it and she was gracious enough to do it for me.  I was thrilled that she liked it, but even more so, it was really impressive to see the master at work.  A few sentences smoothed out, a couple of little details added, and suddenly my story went from pretty good to nearly shiny.  I am very pleased with the result, and it was like getting a crash course in setting the scene and knowing which details need to be included.

    I also was asked to do a review for a book that will be released in September. That review will be posting on this site tomorrow, and I have been adding the review to my accounts everywhere else I can as well.  I cannot tell you how thrilled I was to be allowed to review Riever’s Heart, especially since Renee Wildes, the author, is not only a wonderful writer, but a wonderful person.

    Very proud of myself – I have managed to not only stay on track with my writing goals, but I am actually getting ahead of myself now, and have found a renewed enthusiast for my other work in progress.  The next few days will offer little in the way of writing time for me, but I am still confident I will make my daily goals.  I’m going to develop a little more backstory on my characters before going forward again.




    • Rebekah James 8:41 pm on July 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      In his defense, Hubby hasn’t yelled at me, he isn’t happy about it, but he isn’t mad at me either. 🙂

    • Maria Zannini 6:58 pm on July 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      The accident sounds scary. I can’t believe the guy wasn’t even aware he almost got hit.

      I’m glad at least you didn’t get hurt. You’re hubby should have congratulated you for saving that man’s life.

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