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  Comments on Silvia Hartmann's Fantasy Fiction trilogy "In Serein" from 100+ readers worldwide.  


What is your name?
Jamie
Where are you from?
England
What are your comments?
In Serein is an amazing book.

What is your name?
Ola
Where are you from?
Palestine
What are your comments?
Thank you so much for a wonderful book I loved
reading it and couldn't stop. keep up the great work

What is your name?
Ashriel
Where are you from?
The US
What are your comments?
I really love these books, and I can say that I
really connected with the narrator, and I think that these books have changed my
whole way of thinking of the world. It's full to the brim with mystery, love,
etc, I can say that this is my absolute favorite!
I haven't read the books for a few years, but
... Read Full Review

Anonymous


Sheena

  My favourite author at the moment is Silvia Hartmann, who also writes under the pen-name Nick Starfields. I have recently finished her In Serein series - sort of Harry Potter for adults, and am about to start on Dragon Lords.  

My favourite author at the moment is Silvia Hartmann, who also writes under the pen-name Nick Starfields.

I have recently finished her In Serein series - sort of Harry Potter for adults, and am about to start on Dragon Lords.

Sheena


Stephen Brooke on GoodReads.com

  I would recommend it to anyone [other than young readers] who is interested in a good fantasy read with more than a bit of character insight and psychological exploration.  

I first read this novel – the first part of the ‘In Serein’ trilogy – in online form some time back. I rather expected to be let down in rereading.

Instead, I found myself liking it more than on the first read. I must say right off that, despite being a pretty sizable novel to work through (and there are two more like it to finish the trilogy) it is not a difficult read. Although the prose occasionally comes across as a bit hasty and unpolished, it is an honest, forceful, no-nonsense voice, that keeps the story on track.

This is a fantasy novel, essentially, yet most of the fantasy elements could probably be explained in science fiction terms (psychokinesis, etc.). At times, it seems reminiscent of the work of Michael Moorcock (not at all a bad writer of whom to be reminded). Which is not to say it is in any way derivative — ‘Sorcerer and Apprentice’ stands quite well on its own as a unique world and... Read Full Review

Stephen Brooke on GoodReads.com


Umar Abdullahi, Nigeria

  It took me awhile to read through all three books of 'In Serein'. It was a really magical experience for me. As a fellow writer, I can say it's the sort of book I wish I had written.  

It took me a while to read through all three books of 'In Serein'.

It was a really magical experience for me.

As a fellow writer, I can say it's the sort of book I wish I had written.

Isca is a very unique heroine; strong, determined and refusing to give up. Her journey from a lowborn girl engaged to a butcher's son to the Lady of Lucian Tremain and finally the mother to the high king was breath taking and beautifully done. Lucian is probably the most complex character in the books. It took centuries before he was finally allowed the peace of death but in the end he found some redemption and love. He is definitely no knight in shining armour but in his own way, he did have a sense of honour. Chay was simply lovable, a different kind of man but I assume he got what he wished for in the end.

All in all, this is a very enchanting story. I was hooked from... Read Full Review

Umar Abdullahi, Nigeria


Aonbelay, from GoodReads

  [In Serein] was deep dark and amazing. A great insight into mental capacity and the struggle with love versus evil. Utterly well written.  

I read all 3 books online during a really shitty job. This book was deep dark and amazing. A great insight into mental capacity and the struggle with love versus evil. Utterly well written. This is NOT for everyone and in fact sometimes it was a down right struggle to watch the love and hate between the characters. I don't know if I could ever re-read these books because it just pulled at my heart so much. This is a deep look into a madness that can only come of living so long. It's a unique look at a world that once had magic. It's tough to stick with, but worth it for the insight.

Aonbelay, from GoodReads


Tess - Amazon UK Customer

  Did I mention [In Serein] is my all time favourite fantasy trilogy?!  

I’ve never written a review on amazon before but when I checked to see if one of my favourite books had been brought to kindle I was amazed there was only 1 review on the entire trilogy!!

These books take you on an epic journey with many unique qualities brought to the fantasy genre. The 2 main characters are memorable with both having faults as well as strengths, as the series continues more characters are brought in as well as history and layering to the world which makes it seem so realistic to me. I don’t want to give any spoilers but this entire series is a must read!!! I also implore you to pay for the novel even though it is a free online novel (and has been for years - legally as well I think as it has an official web page but im not good with computers so who knows).

BTW did I mention this is my all time favourite fantasy trilogy!!

Tess - Amazon UK Customer


Ryan Breault, USA

  I love the story!  

i have been reading the first book and i very much enjoy it in fact i love the story its very exiting a real "page turner"!

Ryan Breault, USA


Krista Conaway, USA

  I wanted to savour every word  

I have never quite read a book like this. I have always been know as a speed reader however I couldn't speed read this book. I wanted to savour every word. I can't wait to read Book 2 and Book 3. Thank you for writing a wonderful masterpiece!

Krista Conaway, USA


Deeply Thankful, Estonia

  Thank you for this book, thank you for putting it into existence in this world where it can spread its deep magic, which revives the fantasy and heals the soul and spirit with it's touching words and enchanting idea that harmony, unity and compassion can  

Here I am, crying out my own feelings as I can truly understand the deep similarities between the characters of In Serein and myself. It is probably an epic work for me that destiny has made me stumble across in the wide web of Internet at this time of great changes in my own life.

I am to move on from a job and from colleagues who are more like family to me now. I am to make a huge step into the unknown and it has been too scary and emotional for me to be honest.

Yet here I am, deeply touched by this trilogy which has been like a journey to my own depths to my own longings, love and fears. It is something that has moved deeply my inside, yet I hardly feel that these days for as emotional as Isca in the inside as far from others as Lucian am I, myself, in this life.

I do fancy about magic to heal me and my beloved ones and even strangers whom I see suffering, and sometimes I can almost... Read Full Review

Deeply Thankful, Estonia


Marlin, Mexico

  This is a great book. All kudos to the author. Kept me involved all the way. Keep writing!  

Marlin, Mexico


Anonymous

  I was so caught up that I would read for hours on end.  

I've just finished reading all 3 books and must say I enjoyed every minute of it.

I was so caught up that I would read for hours on end. I'm quite impressed by the depth and flow of the story and can't tell you how glad I am that I stumbled along this site.There is only one thing that truly vexed me in the story and that was when Isca first when to the horse plane and they found that strange place. And it turned out that she was some kind of supreme being. Was she a white serein?

I'd really liked to know, so please email me.

P.S. I think the author should create a series that chronicles Lucian's life in vast detail from childhood until he meets Isca.

Anonymous


Shenaya, Austin Texas, US

  This is the best book i've ever read!  

This is the best book i've ever read! I couldn't stop reading it! I've read it twice now and when I get to the end I have to start again. How did you do that? Amazing! And thank you thank you thank you for putting it up on the web.

Shenaya, Austin Texas, US


Afsar Khan, Pakistan

  I really enjoyed the books. i was really in search of such books.  

Afsar Khan, Pakistan


Sandy, Oklahoma, US

  I enjoyed the different uses of magic and the detail and thought put in to it all.  

I just wanted to say I really enjoyed reading your books and wanted to thank you for making them free online.

I enjoyed the different uses of magic and the detail and thought put in to it all.

There was a few times I would have to go back and reread something to understand what happened but over all it was wonderful.

Sandy, Oklahoma, US


Mia, Philippines

  Your books are truly captivating! I have read only a few good fantasy novels, and I have to say that your books are the best.  

Your books are truly captivating!

I have read only a few good fantasy novels, and I have to say that your books are the best.

Mia, Philippines


Philipe, Decatur Ga, USA

  This was a great book, emotions fly eveywhere when reading it. It inspired me to some paintings of the Serein world, and of Isca and Lucians.  

This was a great book, emotions fly eveywhere when reading it. It inspired me to some paintings of the Serein world, and of Isca and Lucians.

Wish there was more...

Philipe

Philipe, Decatur Ga, USA


Rashida, Pakistan

  I dont think i can find words to comment on such a well written novel ....It was truely an amazing xperience....Isca & Lucian seemed to be a part of my life rite till the end....In short it was SPECTACULAR!!!!!  

Rashida, Pakistan


Jody, California

  Wow. What else can I say? I got hooked, partially neglected work until I could finish the 3 books. Thanks for the experience!  

Jody, California


Terry, Canada

  Someone should make a movie.  

Ive read the whole thing twice now. Its REALLY REALLY good! Someone should make a movie. LUCIAN RULES!

TerryXXX

Terry, Canada


Jason, Canada

  Very well written. It held my interest and attention very well. I recommend this series for any who like the fantasy genre of novels.  

Jason, Canada


 
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