#Bookreview – Dead of Winter: Journey 5 – Llyn Pistyll Falls by Teagan Riordain Geneviene

Dead of Winter: Journey 5, Llyn Pistyll Falls

What Amazon says

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.

My review

Journey 5 starts with some insights by Haldis, the Watcher, into the events that are gradually unfolding. Haldis is aware of the breaks in the veil between this world and the afterlife and that spirits are moving between the two dimensions. She is watching the elusive silvery-haired young man who can move between the worlds without using a break in the veil, but she does not reveal how he is doing this.

In the world of humans, spirits are infiltrating life in numerous places. A Deae Martres, Mairead, is rescued from a near-death situation by a dead king. She finally remembers who he is and his name strikes fear into her heart. Her thoughts reveal a little more of Zasha and Tajin’s backstory.

Emlyn’s group of Deae Martres are forced to split up to avoid a confrontation with the Un’Naf under Elder Pwyll. They are still looking for Emlyn and Osabide. Emlyn’s mettle is tested when she has to ride a horse for miles and trust in Boabhan’s ability to lead their group to safety. A lot more of Boabhan’s back story is revealed in this journey.

Emlyn becomes more and more aware of the evil being, Arawn, who seems to be tracking her and her friends.

A well written and exciting episode that shared interesting information about some of the characters while moving the plot along nicely.

If you prefer, you can listen to my review on YouTube here:

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36 thoughts on “#Bookreview – Dead of Winter: Journey 5 – Llyn Pistyll Falls by Teagan Riordain Geneviene

  1. Robbie, I’m tickled pink. Not just a beautiful review, but a video of it! You are spectacular. I’m delighted you enjoyed this installment. Thanks so much for featuring it today. I’ve updated my Wednesday post to include your wonderful video review. Hugs on the wing.

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      1. Robbie, you did a fantastic job with the names. Heck, I wrote the thing and I would not look forward to pronouncing all those names. Many of them have origins in Welsh, Celtic, and Norse languages, any one of which I find difficult. I was impressed with what you did. Hugs!

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  2. Wonderful review Robbie. How many journeys will there be in the series? I want to read them, but have been waiting to start because if I have too much time in between, I forget things that could be important.

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    1. Hi Carla. Even though I wrote the epic back in 2010, I’m only now editing it into serialized novelettes, and publishing one each month. Although I am not certain exactly how many there will be, I think at least twelve.

      Also, since there are a lot of characters and places, at the end of each Journey I include a list, and update it with each month.
      I weave small reminders into the text too, because I realize there is a lot to remember.
      Thanks for asking. Stay safe and well.
      Hugs on the wing!

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      1. Right. There are seven now, and I’m working away on the 8th. By the way, the first one is much shorter than the rest. Amazon lists a page count of each one.
        Most people read them quickly, in a few sittings. However, others say they like to read a few short chapters at a time during their tea/coffee breaks. I appreciate you visiting and asking questions. Cheers. πŸ™‚

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    1. Hi Arnav. Thanks for visiting. Robbie has so many wonderful things at her blogs.
      I’m rather cautious/conservative about stating age ranges for my books. However, I would say all the “Journeys” in Dead of Winter would be age 13 and up. That’s mostly because of a scene in Journey 6 which is about how Boabhan became a supernatural being. The rest could be a little younger.
      *That said* Robbie has two sons. I think she would be a great judge of what age range to suggest. So I hope she will tell us what she thinks.
      Meanwhile I’m happy to answer questions about the series, without giving spoilers.
      Hugs on the wing!

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      1. Awesome! I will check the book out later. Thanks for the suggestion. Great that you are a cautious recommender, most authors might recommend their books to anyone to boost salesπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‰ Your honest rating meant a lot. Hugs on the wing to you too!

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    1. Hi Liz. When I wrote this in 2010, the part of Journey 5 with those vignettes, started in my “3 things” writing exercise. I was using the exercise to help myself with the epic. After I wrote one, I realized that I wanted to show the impact of the “tear in the Veil between the realms of the dead and the living” beyond the effect it had on Emlyn and her companions during the travels of their quest. I wanted to show how it effected her entire world. So, I did a small collection of them and included them together, at the right point in the story. They range from a comeuppance sequence, to one that’s a combination of amusing and chilling, to pretty darned scary.
      Thanks for visiting. Hugs on the wing!

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