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Medieval Dark Fantasy: An epic romance is featured in this masterfully written novel that takes place in the mystical, magical Dark Ages. Kamara Lania is a pacifistic priestess whose goal is to unite the realm with the divine love. Meanwhile, a violent self-serving warlord, Kayenté Ketola, is acquiring dominion of the realm on his journey to become King. They are both thwa Medieval Dark Fantasy: An epic romance is featured in this masterfully written novel that takes place in the mystical, magical Dark Ages. Kamara Lania is a pacifistic priestess whose goal is to unite the realm with the divine love. Meanwhile, a violent self-serving warlord, Kayenté Ketola, is acquiring dominion of the realm on his journey to become King. They are both thwarted by a supernatural being "The Cold One" who is consuming the world because good and evil in their extremes, always fall. Mystical interplay, characteristic of Shakespeare, throws the Priestess and the Warlord into a harrowing and complicated, even comical transformation where they each must become more like the other to save the world. This novel impassions the heart, unleashes laughter and pumps adrenaline. The plot erupts with mysticism, magic, and romance as the mystery unravels with unpredictable twists and turns in the spirit of Hitchcock, while richly exposing the psychology of the human struggle, highlighted by entanglements with supernatural beings. This novel promises to entertain and to lighten the darkest most secret corners of the hidden self, while imparting wisdom needed in today's world. Excerpt: She crawled carefully through dancing feet, under clanking swords, and a rain of blood. She heard whisking and whipping, thumps and thuds, grunts and groans, curses, prayers, and the blasting beat of a thousand hearts, the world yet spinning round and round. She prayed the warriors would be too engaged in battle to bother with her. Her gown kept catching under her knees, pulling the neck down around her shoulders. Metal feet slammed down around her. Something wet poured over her neck and dripped down her skin curving around her throat. It smelled like blood. However, everything reeked of blood. She kept moving, forbidding tears, wishing she'd drank a second glass of wine, for the elixir seemed to distance her somewhat from the horrors she normally felt. Ahead, on the outskirts of the battle, she glimpsed a lone oak tree ahead of her, looming there, a live thing, like a mother bidding her to come and fall upon her breast. Thinking only of the tree, the tree, the beautiful tree, she found herself more quickly there. She dropped her shoulder against the fragrant bark, and curled into a tight ball, very still, afraid to move, lest a knife come flying at her, the way Kayenté had once told her it could. Her eyes were closed, but the image of swords and bludgeoned bodies flashed erratically in her mind. This battle was like the one in her nightmare: warriors, swords, arrows, blood; and she curled against a tree in a dirty white gown, trembling. Would The Cold One appear next? Her arm was snatched. Someone pulled her forward so swiftly, she felt like a shooting star. Her vision blurred, so fast they did run. When they stopped, she fell to her hands and knees in the thick foliage, panting hard with burning lungs. Someone stood next to her. Would she now behold The Cold One? What was, was; and what was to be, was to be. She could not change it, so she sat back on her knees and looked up to see dust covered leather pants, and a sword dripping blood. Raising her eyes further, she saw Kayenté's face. It was Kayenté who towered over her! Her hand flew to her heart. "You aren't The Cold One." He squatted, resting the sword over his knees. "I don't know about that."


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Medieval Dark Fantasy: An epic romance is featured in this masterfully written novel that takes place in the mystical, magical Dark Ages. Kamara Lania is a pacifistic priestess whose goal is to unite the realm with the divine love. Meanwhile, a violent self-serving warlord, Kayenté Ketola, is acquiring dominion of the realm on his journey to become King. They are both thwa Medieval Dark Fantasy: An epic romance is featured in this masterfully written novel that takes place in the mystical, magical Dark Ages. Kamara Lania is a pacifistic priestess whose goal is to unite the realm with the divine love. Meanwhile, a violent self-serving warlord, Kayenté Ketola, is acquiring dominion of the realm on his journey to become King. They are both thwarted by a supernatural being "The Cold One" who is consuming the world because good and evil in their extremes, always fall. Mystical interplay, characteristic of Shakespeare, throws the Priestess and the Warlord into a harrowing and complicated, even comical transformation where they each must become more like the other to save the world. This novel impassions the heart, unleashes laughter and pumps adrenaline. The plot erupts with mysticism, magic, and romance as the mystery unravels with unpredictable twists and turns in the spirit of Hitchcock, while richly exposing the psychology of the human struggle, highlighted by entanglements with supernatural beings. This novel promises to entertain and to lighten the darkest most secret corners of the hidden self, while imparting wisdom needed in today's world. Excerpt: She crawled carefully through dancing feet, under clanking swords, and a rain of blood. She heard whisking and whipping, thumps and thuds, grunts and groans, curses, prayers, and the blasting beat of a thousand hearts, the world yet spinning round and round. She prayed the warriors would be too engaged in battle to bother with her. Her gown kept catching under her knees, pulling the neck down around her shoulders. Metal feet slammed down around her. Something wet poured over her neck and dripped down her skin curving around her throat. It smelled like blood. However, everything reeked of blood. She kept moving, forbidding tears, wishing she'd drank a second glass of wine, for the elixir seemed to distance her somewhat from the horrors she normally felt. Ahead, on the outskirts of the battle, she glimpsed a lone oak tree ahead of her, looming there, a live thing, like a mother bidding her to come and fall upon her breast. Thinking only of the tree, the tree, the beautiful tree, she found herself more quickly there. She dropped her shoulder against the fragrant bark, and curled into a tight ball, very still, afraid to move, lest a knife come flying at her, the way Kayenté had once told her it could. Her eyes were closed, but the image of swords and bludgeoned bodies flashed erratically in her mind. This battle was like the one in her nightmare: warriors, swords, arrows, blood; and she curled against a tree in a dirty white gown, trembling. Would The Cold One appear next? Her arm was snatched. Someone pulled her forward so swiftly, she felt like a shooting star. Her vision blurred, so fast they did run. When they stopped, she fell to her hands and knees in the thick foliage, panting hard with burning lungs. Someone stood next to her. Would she now behold The Cold One? What was, was; and what was to be, was to be. She could not change it, so she sat back on her knees and looked up to see dust covered leather pants, and a sword dripping blood. Raising her eyes further, she saw Kayenté's face. It was Kayenté who towered over her! Her hand flew to her heart. "You aren't The Cold One." He squatted, resting the sword over his knees. "I don't know about that."

30 review for Warriors in the Mist: A Medieval Dark Fantasy

  1. 4 out of 5

    Rea

    I enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would. I found a recommendation for it on Amazon (UK) at one point and jotted down the title but due to the price of the book (20 euros) I was reluctant to purchase it for a long time. I'm glad that I did and I will be keeping the book. It's a touching story of self discovery, growth, learning to face that which you fear. Occasionally it sounds a little preechy. The characters were interesting, well-rounded and kept my attention. They made the neces I enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would. I found a recommendation for it on Amazon (UK) at one point and jotted down the title but due to the price of the book (20 euros) I was reluctant to purchase it for a long time. I'm glad that I did and I will be keeping the book. It's a touching story of self discovery, growth, learning to face that which you fear. Occasionally it sounds a little preechy. The characters were interesting, well-rounded and kept my attention. They made the necessary evolutions and the trials that they were put through often made me feel their rage or sorrow, their hope or their hopelessness. It was a good read that kept me hooked all day (and got me sunburnt because I stopped paying attention to my skin despite sitting outside!) The only bad thing about the overall story was that the ending was a bit of a let down, it seemed far too abrupt after all that led up to it. It's a book that will appeal to some and repulse others, so really it has to be your cup of tea. It turned out that it was mine. I'm glad I discovered it and I may look in to the author's other titles in the future. Following is the critique of negative points that stood out to me. It is important to note that while the list is fairly extensive, it does not cover everything I took down while reading, but also most points are relatively minor and can be easily overlooked. Critique: This is obviously a mediaeval fantasy (it says so in the title!), I believe set in our world. There are elements of a small influence of Christianity on the society. I’m not sure where it’s supposed to be set. My first thought was England as a lot of the names are English (Sir Robert Durham being the most obvious; Wincott castle, etc.). I certainly get the impression of northern Europe at any rate. There are, however, silly little mistakes if indeed northern Europe is the setting. At this time in Europe I am relatively sure the general populations were not aware of the existence of panthers, porcupines and skunks, none of which are native to Europe. Panthers here being particularly important as the hero’s nickname is “Panther” and the animals are used on his family crest. There are many such silly little details that don’t fit the place and the era. Word use is another thing. There are some words that just stick out like a sore thumb. “Bangs” “comforter” “shanghaiing” (this one above all... I mean, honestly, didn't it even occur to the author that 'shanghaiing' might be a poor choice of term for a novel set in the mediaeval era??). All of these words are too modern. Why is it a comforter? Why can’t it just be called a blanket? The author also refers to vampires. The notion of vampires as we know them today did not exist until much later than the Middle Ages, the word did not exist (it’s etymology can be traced back to the early 1700s in English) though they did, indeed, have their own demons that worked much like vampires. But they weren’t the vampires portrayed in the novel. The term vamp meaning seductive woman is also used but this did not exist in English until the 1900s. The heroine is called an anarchist… again difficult as the term anarchist did not exist until the late 17th century. They refer to burning women at the stake for being witches at a time when the existence of witchcraft was denied. In fact, anyone who burnt a suspected witch at the stake would either be killed themselves for taking another life (in Charlemagne’s empire) or placed in prison (in England). The witch trials only started in the late mediaeval era. Again, there are many such silly little mistakes. The author spends far too much time describing clothing. She insists on describing Kayenté’s clothes quite often but he always seems to be wearing almost exactly the same thing. Everything is always black; everything always shows off his musculature. Every dress of Kamara’s is also described. These are passing details and I don’t need you to spend several paragraphs on them as I’m not likely to retain the information. Too much detail about trivial things detracts from the story itself and I found that this author’s weakness is clothes. She also seems to have some difficulties describing certain recurring emotions in different ways. Example, in one passage both male characters are exceedingly annoyed with each other. Eventually one of them is described as having “sharp beams” coming from his eyes. Later another character’s eyes “beamed hope”. “Her eyes amplified panic”; “filling her eye sockets with liquid pain”; “his voice sank in her ear”; “hard eyes”. All these are clunky expressions. She also refers to eyes as “orbs”, which I’ve seen a lot in works written by young adults, but is generally viewed as a no-no in writing. The heroine frequently prays to the “Mother Lord” – Lord is male, mother female. Though I suspect the author probably did this on purpose. There are, of course, the usual minor grammar and spelling mistakes. Twice people tap their mounts with their “heals”. This would be ok except that the book is absolutely littered with them. You can probably find one at least every other page. If that sort of thing annoys you, you won't like the book. I have to admit that the biggest ones kept pulling me out of the narrative. My main problem throughout the story was the really weird punctuation. Sentences are needlessly broken up by hyphens. “It has without a doubt – just begun.” “I am – sorry.” “they would one day – part.” “De-scribe… him”. Dialogue is also occasionally cut up by speech marks appearing in the wrong places so part of what is spoken appears as narrative. Some words were also randomly placed in quotation marks when they hadn’t been before. “I have the ‘mists’ to protect me.” Edit: - after having had a look at how I've reviewed books in the past, I have now taken this one down from 4 stars to 3 stars to fit with my ratings of other books. - I have now done some minor research on panthers in mediaeval Europe. They were indeed heard of (dating back to Greek myths) but no one knew what they looked like, as they are not native to Europe, and as such they were presented as anything from a cat to a donkey and even as mythical dragon-like animals. If the representation was of a cat, though, it was of one with a multi-coloured hide whereas the ones in the book are black panthers and as such still do not fit the bill. - Some people mention how annoying the heroine is at the beginning. Forever crying. Obstinate to the point of being utterly idiotic. I agree. The hero was the much more interesting character until his 180 towards the end, which was just sappy (fans of romance will like this, though, and it is a romance novel.) I understand, however, why the character had to go through the transformation from a weepy fool to a less weepy but still not quite likeable character (too sappy for my tastes. I liked her best when she was a more hardened character after the lowest point in the story). - Others mention the incestual rape. The author refutes the claim that it is in the novel. It is true, it isn't, but that is not for lack of trying. If you don't like rape and / or incest, don't bother with the book. Best bit of advice to potential readers: make sure you're 99% sure you'll like the book before you decide to purchase it. If you buy it and don't like it, it is a very expensive mistake! Edit 2: It has come to my attention that the author claims this novel is a piece of accurate historical fiction representative of mediaeval literature and is used by collegues in their mediaeval lit classes. I most certainly hope this is not true. First of all, mediaeval literature is so different from the story and style in this book that I wouldn't even know where to start to refute this claim. Suffice to say, it is by no means representative of the literature of the era. Secondly, there are far too many things, some of which are listed above, that do not at all fit with the era and that the author simply did not research properly or didn't stop to think when including them. While I enjoyed the story well enough as a piece of fiction, I cannot support the claim that it is accurate historical fiction because it simply is not.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Ferrer

    When people ask me what book is not getting the attention it deserves, I always answer Warriors in the mist. I read it about five years ago and it is still in my top list. Just the fact that it is categorized as a Medieval Dark Fantasy says that this book is for me. The complicated romance between the two main characters is so unrealistically intense, I love it. I hope more people get to read it soon!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    This was a book I happened upon while researching a subject totally different. It was a coincidence, but then I do not believe in them so I figured I needed to read it. What an amazing story. I've not come across a story so full of layers in a very long time. It was a read that touched me in my heart, mind, and soul. Social, personal, spiritual, and deeply emotional, this story hit every facet of me and never let go. Plot twists that were unexpected kept me reading and at the lowest point, she d This was a book I happened upon while researching a subject totally different. It was a coincidence, but then I do not believe in them so I figured I needed to read it. What an amazing story. I've not come across a story so full of layers in a very long time. It was a read that touched me in my heart, mind, and soul. Social, personal, spiritual, and deeply emotional, this story hit every facet of me and never let go. Plot twists that were unexpected kept me reading and at the lowest point, she didn't pull any punches and took the main characters truly to the worse case before she let them heal. Reflection of real life without being monotonous and nothing like what Oprah used to recommend...not a downer! I loved it and it is now my favorite story of all. Check it out, but be ready, it will touch you!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Madison

    3.5🌟

  5. 4 out of 5

    J.M. Robison

    This book changed my life. I happened upon it while browsing for books to read on Amazon, and it popped up as my "recommended". I say it changed my life because of this core concept expressed in the book: it is equally damaging to take and take as it is to give and give (take things from other people, or give your help and services to other people.) There are some editing errors, though the book was so good those didn't bother me. I wanted to connect more with the author, but I can't find her onl This book changed my life. I happened upon it while browsing for books to read on Amazon, and it popped up as my "recommended". I say it changed my life because of this core concept expressed in the book: it is equally damaging to take and take as it is to give and give (take things from other people, or give your help and services to other people.) There are some editing errors, though the book was so good those didn't bother me. I wanted to connect more with the author, but I can't find her online anywhere. The writing style was so gripping, it took my breath away and I even mimicked it for a while when I was figuring out my own writing style. The characters are so real. This book has become my single most favorite book I've ever read.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Godina

    If you like Dark stories with a touch of romance then this is a good book to read. Take an innocent woman raised without the evils of the world and thrust her into the pitfalls of real medieval life. Add to that a warlord that has spent his life in the world of blood and fighting. Now pit them against a common evil and you have Warriors in the Mist. A little slow to start but the backstory is needed to understand the complexities of the tale.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I read this one a bit on and off between other books. It really was a good book, I loved how Kamara evolved through the story and Kayente also. So 4 Stars for a well written story that I had a hard time putting Down when I was half way through it and just had to know what would happen next. Only thing is that I would have liked to know how things went with the peacefull times after the bog fint and how they would raise the next generation.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    I liked the premise of the book, and thought it had a lot of potential, which it unfortunately doesn't live up to. There was enough to keep me reading, but only just, as the main characters initial crying jags, the awkward description, and numerous editorial problems made it difficult to immerse myself in the book.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    This book was extremely well written in my opinion and worth every penny. I was in such agony reading this, but things were brought together just right and all was well in the end.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Fantasy Gifts

    Warriors in the Mist has done just that. The characters hold your attention with genuine appeal.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Saris

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

  13. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa

  14. 4 out of 5

    Valerie Diaz

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jay

  16. 4 out of 5

    Peggy Lewis

  17. 4 out of 5

    Alvin

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sara

  19. 4 out of 5

    jeanette ogilvie

  20. 5 out of 5

    Patricia Marshall

  21. 5 out of 5

    dml

  22. 4 out of 5

    Tabatha Ewart

  23. 4 out of 5

    Deborah

  24. 4 out of 5

    Tim Brindamour

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kitty

  26. 5 out of 5

    Inara

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ingrid

  28. 5 out of 5

    Tyson

  29. 5 out of 5

    Patti

  30. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie

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