Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Review of Sheri Fredricks's Remedy Maker!


I sat down to read Sheri Fredricks’s book, Remedy Maker, recently and was floored!  The concept that Ms. Fredricks’s has come up with is one that I have not run across yet, and let me tell you originality goes a long way in capturing my attention.

From the very beginning I was intrigued by Rhycious, the centaur man who is suffering from PTSD, or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, who while physically strong has a softer side, which is usually brought out by his patients.  He is THE Remedy Maker, or essentially a doctor, to his people, the centaurs.  This portrayal of centaurs was new and invigorating, as they switch back and forth between human form and true centaur form daily, which like I said is a new twist for me.  I loved it, as Rhycious has to excuse himself periodically to make the change. 

While Rhycious wrestles his demons, that are a result of a war with the Wood Nymphs, we meet Patience, a relatively young Wood Nymph who has been injured and brought to Rhycious.  While he struggles to deal with his issues, his healer side refuses to ignore that she needs treatment.  Rhycious eventually moves past his anger with her kind, and begins to fall in love with the wise-cracking Wood Nymph.  Together,  they are drawn into a web of lies and corruption that threatens to rip their world apart.  Someone is conspiring to kill the centaur queen and it is up to Rhycious and Patience to uncover the plot and its participants before war again comes to their land.

As they investigate the deception, they gradually fall in love with each other.  Now let me tell you, their love burns hotter than a fire, and nearly made me blush.  But you can tell that there is nothing sinister in what they feel for each other.  I think we all know what it is to have a new lover, whether we married them or traipse through one after the other.  Patience and Rhycious exhibit this total focus on each other throughout the tale, and come out stronger for all that they have faced.  When I finally reached the end of the book, I found myself hoping that all would work out between them.  The two main characters may capture your attention, but all of the characters in this book draw you further into the tale, and left me wondering what would happen to them in the end. 

There are so many things that I could say about this novel, but if I did then there would be very little reason for anyone to go out and purchase it.  I hope that I see more of Patience and Rhycious in subsequent novels, and cannot wait until Sheri’s next novel is released.  She has gotten me hooked!  
Always on the hunt for the uncommon things in life, author Sheri Fredricks thrives on creating adventures in her mythological kingdom for her readers.

A former engineering secretary, Sheri lives on the beautiful central coast of California. "I wanted to move away from inflexible right angles and create an unboxed world with no boundaries." A voracious reader since her early years, Sheri found her brain crowded with stories and characters of her own. "Ultimately," she says, "my husband encouraged me to write them all down."

Sheri loves to spend time at home. A computer hutch keeps her focused on creating stories, but the panoramic view of life on a ranch will call her outside to play in the sun.

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