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Tristis Manor (The Never Chronicles #1.5)

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Margaret lives in a constant state of fear. Fear of her mother, whose constant state of anger and unwillingness to speak of Margaret's past have long since pushed Margaret away. Fear of disappointing her father should he ever discover the events of that day. Most of all, Margaret lives in fear of her abuser's return. Margaret turns to self-harm to cope with her pain and fe ...more
Published March 20th 2013 by Solomon Caw Publishing (first published March 17th 2013)
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Mar 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, fantasy
Be forewarned this is not a light, or happy read at all. That said this is a beautifully written story of jealousy, abuse, and how a child survives and copes with the aftermath of trauma. This novella deals with physical, emotional, verbal, and sexual abuse in a very frank manner.

The characters were the highlight of this book. Margaret's young life has been full of more pain than any child should bear, but she preserves with the love of her family's staff, and her often absent father. She does
Mar 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Tristis Manor by J. R. Wagner is a very dark and painful story of a young girl who has only known a life with rare moments of happiness. Most of Margaret's life has been spent as the object of her mother's disdain and cruelty. Although her father loves her dearly, he is often absent for long periods of time and is unaware of the totality of the abuse Margaret has suffered. Margaret has been raped by a pedophile, a man her mother is having an affair with. Her mother knows and warns her never to s ...more
Jessica Bronder
May 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The story starts with 9-year-old Margaret scraping her fingers on the floor, tearing them up so she can escape into the pain. Something is bothering her but it seems as though it is her cold mother. Recently she developed a bed wetting habit and her strict mother was punishing her for it. The head of the house steps up and protects her as best as she can from her mother by giving her chores and other things to keep Margaret from hurting herself.

Then Margaret’s father comes home for a visit. She
Tristis Manor (The Never Chronicles #1.5)
by J.R. Wagner
Epic Fantasy
5 out of 5 Stars

Margaret lives in a constant state of fear. Fear of her mother, whose constant state of anger and unwillingness to speak of Margaret's past have long since pushed Margaret away. Fear of disappointing her father should he ever discover the events of that day. Most of all, Margaret lives in fear of her abuser's return. Margaret turns to self-harm to cope with her pain and fear. Only when her self-inflicted injuries
*I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

Full disclosure: I know absolutely nothing about this series. When I requested this book on Netgalley, I obviously was not paying very close attention. My fault for always searching Netgalley at ungodly hours.

So, I chose to just read this as if it were a stand alone short story by a writer. As a short story, it is very well written and engaging. A warning to those with triggers, the story deals with elements like child abuse a
Brooke (The Cover Contessa)
Mar 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novella
I would like to thank the author, J.R. Wagner, and Net Galley for providing me with ARC copy of this novella to read and give an honest review. Receiving this book for free has in now way influenced my opinion or review.

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Margaret lives in a constant state of fear. Fear of her mother, whose constant state of anger and unwillingness to speak of Margaret's past have long since pushed Margaret away. Fear of disappointing her father should he ever discover the events of that day.
Jun 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Posted at my blog: ReadingToTheStarsAndBack

How do I write a review for this one? This book was amazing! As it was a short book, I read it in one sitting. I just couldn’t put it down.

The writing style of Wagner is just incredible. I could read books by him all the time.

When I requested to read Tristis Manor, I didn’t realise it was part of a series. You don’t need to read the first book to understand this one, but now that I’ve read the synopsis for the first book I think I’ll just have to check
Terra Kelly
Tristis Manor is an exciting novella that takes place in the Never Chronicles Universe. This book is reminiscent of great gothic literature. The atmosphere is haunting and grey while the characters are believable and well drawn out. I haven't read anything else by this author but after reading this story I am drawn to read the rest of of The Never Chronicles.

The story begins with Margaret, a troubled child, who struggles between hurting herself and trying to find favour with her cold mother. Ma
Eustacia Tan
Aug 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Tristis Manor is a novella, but it packs a punch. It starts off with Margaret, the protagonist as she hides in a larder. It's the place that she considers safe, and unfortunately, she scratches the floor so hard that her fingernails come off.

And that sets of a chain of events that end up with her almost dying of an infection. But just as she's about to die, she has a weird dream - and then she gets better.

I have a feeling that this dream is important - and that this novella is part of a greater
Stephanie Cover2CoverBlog
WOW! This was an intense book to read. I was so taken aback by the emotion and pain from the story, but also how well the author put all of it onto paper. I am blown away by this story.

Tristis Manor is a novella in The Never Chronicles series, and I have read book one and it was great, but I am not sure how this will play into it, thus the 4 star rating versus 5. It tells the story of Margaret and her pain and suffering and it was not an easy book to read in terms of there being mental and physi
Mrs. Kenyon
Mar 23, 2013 rated it liked it
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 abuse ...more
Gabic Reads
Apr 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Original review at Gabic Reads as part of the Tristis Manor Blog Tour.

Be forewarned. This book is not for the faint of heart. It is the story of Margaret, a nine year-old girl who is abused and neglected by her mother. To cope with her mother's wrath and indifference to her well-being, Margaret harms herself by scraping her hands back and forth on the wooden florr and cuts her fingers making them bleed. Tristis Manor is an extremely sad, and oftentimes horrifying, novel about Margaret's journey.
May 21, 2013 rated it liked it
Tristis Manor (The Never Chronicles) Last year I dove into J.R. Wagner's Exiled, and fell in love with the fantasy world he had built. When I found out that Tristis Manor was an Exiled novella, I was excited. I was looking forward to the opportunity to get to know one of the characters better.
At roughly 170 pages, this is a quick look into Margaret's past. A fair warning to readers, her story is not an easy one to read. We meet a girl whose mother mistreats her, who uses pain to escape her real
Kathleen Kelly
Jun 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished
Tristis Manor is a novella who's main character is Margaret, who lives in fear of her mother, who is verbally and physically abusive to her. A story that has Margaret hurting herself and embarassed because she is still wetting the bed at her age, ever since the 'incident', as she calls it. I figured out what the incident was early in the story and felt so bad for what she has to deal with and then when her mother has another child, I applauded Margaret for wanting to protect her little sister fr ...more
Jul 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I received this novel from NetGalley.

This short story/novella, is particularly cold and horrific, yet at the same time it is heart warming and full of love. It is the perfect mixture and creates a world where the evil is almost removed entirely because of the love from the father.

It is well written and cleverly thought out, the diction flows easily and the characters are multi-dimensional, allowing the story to build as it progresses. The characters themselves are creative and relateable, althou
{my thoughts} - This book is about a girl named Margaret and her life. She is a 9 year-old girl through most of the book. She lives with her mother whom isn’t nice to her at all. Her father is always away on business. She has mostly been raised by the staff that work in the Manor in which she lives. This little girl is so terrified of what her mother is capable of doing to her that she shuts down more or less and doesn’t say anything to her father. She has to find ways in which to deal with all ...more
Krishna Naidoo
Sep 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: novels
This book tells the story of Margaret's disturbing childhood in Tristis Manor. Once again J.R. Wagner shows us how rich this world is and although this story only teases at the supernatural element of this world we still get a very well told and dark story which is astonishing considering the palette Wagner has given himself to work on. If he can do this by just examining a small portion of the world he's created what will Evasion be like.

When I read the first of The Never Chronicles (Exiled) I
May 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book was disturbing, dark, and emotional. If you are looking for a feel good story, this is not it. But, that being said, this was a moving, heartwrenching tale of a little girl faced with sexual and emotional abuse. The characters in this book were the key, especially of the main character, Margaret. A little girl faced with so much darkness, but still the ability to be strong. I am glad this book was a novella because I don't think I could have read a whole book filled of this little girl ...more
Jul 28, 2013 rated it liked it
Readers should be aware that although this is part of a fantasy series, this is not a feel good read by any means. This story deals with a very serious issue and is handled with grace for the most part, but is not for those who have trouble dealing with books that feature abuse and sexuality.

I did not dislike this novella, but I definitely think that I should have checked out the rest of the series before embarking on this particular story.

This review is based on a digital ARC from the publish
Apr 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Tristis Manor by J. R. Wagner is a great story. I was very emotional when reading this story. I could not help but feel very sad for the main character in this story. As I learned more and more about what the child has dealt with, and continues to deal with every day of her life I became angry that someone did not step in and help her.
Thoroughly enjoyed this one and will definitely be checking out the series which this is based on.

A dark and rather creepy novella, very gothic in its style of writing and description. An excellent introduction to this author and to the series.

An advance reader was kindly supplied by the publisher via Netgalley
Apr 15, 2013 rated it liked it
Make no mistake, Tristis Manor will rip your heart out and hand it to you.
I ached for Margaret and all she went through. Her mother was a mother in name only, she should have been her protector not one of her tormentors.
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A heartwrenching tale of vibrant immediacy, set in Victorian Oxfordshire, of a young girl, sexually,physically, psychologically abused, who first turns to hiding and self-mutilation, then suddenly finds the strength in herself to protect another victim. Unforgettable!
Janette Mcmahon
Jul 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A short haunting novel of the horrific things that some children have to endure. This is not a happy story, there is no happy ending, only the desire to prevail.
Chris Mclean
Mar 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Will read more from this series.
J.R. Wagner
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Bonnie Macdonald
Mar 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Heavy subject matter.
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J. R. Wagner was born in West Chester, Pennsylvania, during a blizzard. The snow made travel by car impossible, so his father called an ambulance when his mother went into labor. The ambulance became stuck at the bottom of their home’s driveway, prompting the dispatch of a fire truck, which towed the ambulance to the hospital where he was

Maybe it was this experience that destined J.R. to love
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