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Publisher's Summary

Sistina awakened after millennia of dormancy, her memories in tatters and born anew. Residing in the ruins of an ancient city, she finds herself drawn into a war between two elven nations and the slaver kingdom of Kelvanis when she rescues a princess from slavery.
With her domain containing hints of forgotten knowledge, Sistina becomes a dungeon, stronghold, and source of hope all at once. And perhaps, just perhaps, she could finally find love in her new life.
This is a dark fantasy novel suitable for adults.
©2017 Benjamin Medrano (P)2017 Benjamin Medrano
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3 out of 5 stars
By Eric on 07-07-17

Great premise - Rapey and Unlikable POV characters

This concept has phenomenal potential, however that potential was squandered into mediocrity due to the amount of time the reader spends reading through boring, offensive, villainous POV characters. Weak authors want to ensure that you passionately dislike the antagonists so fall on the tasteless writer's crutch of making these characters offensively rapey. There are two problems with this. The first of which is that I dislike the author for subjecting me to this equally as much as I dislike the antagonists. The latter is that a reader should like the antagonists, but the reader absolutely MUST like every POV character - otherwise those sections are offensive, boring slogs.

I will say that while the author only seems to have 1 voice for all his characters, he adeptly sidesteps the issue by keeping our main protagonist mostly speechless and wrapped with a veil of mystery. However, by the 2nd book the communication disconnect between our protagonist and other characters ceases to be charming. All the wonderful nonverbal communication that brought life to these interactions is replaced by elementary writing such as the commonly used cringe-worthy phrase from this book: "Words hard."

Despite all this the book isn't terrible. The 2nd book will compound the above stated issues greatly, so don't get your hopes up for THIS series. However, I predict that this author will be someone I strongly recommend to others several years down the line.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 06-07-17

Not for me at all...

The story started well and I really love the main character. But almost every other chapter is about Slavers capturing, enslaving and brainwashing women. The salve brand makes it impossible for these women to even resist commands. It's mentioned at one point that most women enslaved are given to the Orcs for sex (the reason wasn't stated). From the start I knew that rape was a part of this book but the fact that hundreds of women are enslaved and raped senselessly was something I did not expect.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 01-10-18

recomend read

i realy likes this Book, and highly recomend it! the only thing is tjat all female characters är quite similar, and seem confuced, weak and needy. exept the main character.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Clinton Hodge on 06-27-18

Great Story of a Dungeon.

I purchased the book because I liked the author's 'Lilith's Shadow' book series. However, I found this book to be of a much higher quality. My only complaint is the narrator's inability to present distinct characters. Although, that may have been in part because of the writing itself.

Overall the narrator is talented and the book is very enjoyable.
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5 out of 5 stars
By John on 06-20-18

Ancient Ruins

I love this book from start to finish the characters a well written and lovable the narrator did a great job with the narration and the author did a great job on the story.

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