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  • 04/2019
  • 978-1-942209-59-1
  • 386 pages
  • $8.99
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  • 04/2019
  • 978-1942209584
  • 386 pages
  • $17.95
Listen to the Wind: The Orphans of Tolosa, Book I

Adult; General Fiction (including literary and historical); (Publish)

Where did they come from? Where will they go? Sent away for their own protection when they were very young, Azemar and Azalaïs become separated when they flee from the band of outlaws who served as their supposed protectors. Armed only with their fleeting memories, their names, and the wits and intelligence that have helped them survive brutal conditions, they struggle to find each other again and discover the mysterious past that links them across distance and time. Who are they? And do they hold the secret of the legendary Cathar treasure? All they know is that knights and priests spell danger, and they must survive at all costs, if they are to fulfill their destiny.

Quarter Finalist

Plot/Idea: 10 out of 10
Originality: 10 out of 10
Prose: 10 out of 10
Character/Execution: 10 out of 10
Overall: 10.00 out of 10

Assessment:

Plot: Dunlap's “Listen to the Wind” keeps readers on their toes. One event continually follows the previous one, and it all feels so incredibly real that the reader will be shocked to learn the twist about where it actually occurs. The world-building here is expert and will leave readers wanting more. Time passes gracefully and excitingly in Dunlap's world.

Prose/Style: There is never a dull moment in Dunlap's prose. She doesn't overdo her details, but instead keeps settings vivid--allowing for the reader to make the novel and story truly their own. The dialogue was well-researched and conscious; it never forced itself and it was natural and elegant, much like the period.

Originality: “Listen to the Wind” is in its own league. Completely imaginative, mature and playful all at once, this book doesn’t compete with any other novel for its spot on the bookshelf, as it will outshine many and sit comfortably among the classics.

Character Development: Dunlap creates memorable characters, each unique, each with his or her own thoughts and personal plagues, each just as worthy of the reader’s sympathy as the last. They will stay with the audience long after the final page.

Blurb: Populated by characters worth rooting for, both the nefarious and the outspoken heroes, this novel is packed with heart, imagination, and incredible testament to the human spirit. 

Date Submitted: May 02, 2019

Reviews
Anne Easter Smith, Author of A Rose for the Crown, Daughter of York, Royal Mistr

Susanne Dunlap’s sweeping sage captivates readers’ imaginations from the first page, plunging them back into the Languedoc region of France in 13th Century.  Her impeccable research allows her three spirited protagonists to live, love, fight and breathe life into the dangerous period of rebellion and inquisition, when the Cathars struggled to hold on to their culture and old faith against the power of the Pope. A compelling read for lovers of adventure and romance.

Kirkus Reviews

In this well-researched novel, Dunlap (The Academie, 2012, etc.) breathes life into the distant 13th-century setting by providing many everyday, textural details, such as the uncomfortable realities of wearing jousting armor. Poetry and music are as essential to the plot as warfare, with engaging glimpses of trobairitz (female troubadours). Necessary exposition is well-integrated into the story,..A complex, absorbing, and dramatic start to a planned series.

Formats
Ebook Details
  • 04/2019
  • 978-1-942209-59-1
  • 386 pages
  • $8.99
Paperback Details
  • 04/2019
  • 978-1942209584
  • 386 pages
  • $17.95

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