Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Review: Tristis Manor

Tristis Manor
Tristis Manor by J.R. Wagner

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Margaret has started wetting the bed and inflicting injury on herself. The servants help her hide these injuries from her mother because she believes that Margaret just doesn’t want to grow up. Margaret’s father is away for long periods of time and during one of his returns her mother announces she is having another child. The care of this child falls on Margaret since their mother doesn’t seem to care for either of them. Margaret’s bed wetting and self-injuries all started after a visitor abused her and Margaret lives each day with fear of his return. Her only goal is to protect herself and her sister from any future abuse.

Tristis Manor gives the back story for one of the characters in The Never Chronicles. This series began with Exiled and I was captivated by the story, but for someone who hadn’t read that book in 9 months I wasn’t sure what to expect. I advise readers to look at this novella as a standalone story with connections to a larger story. There is only a hint of magic and none of the high fantasy that was found in Exiled. Wagner did a wonderful job of writing this story, I only wished it would tie into the main story more (maybe with a prologue or epilogue refreshing the readers memory).

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