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Willows of Fate

(Lands of Sun and Stone #1)

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Alternate cover edition: ISBN:9781310671531

Know thyself…

All her life, Desdemona has seen things others haven’t. Dragons, knights, dwarves, kids with three eyes. Heeding her mother’s advice, she keeps silent about this and struggles through life, pretending everything is normal.

At her mother’s death, Desdemona returns to a home haunted with memories but she is determined to
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Published January 2015 (first published October 3rd 2014)
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A. Cook
Aug 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Willows of Fate (Lands of Sun and Stone #1) Where to begin?First, lets start with a bit of praise. Willows of Fate is wonderfully imagined, well written and very, very well developed. In this first entry of the Lands of Sun and Stone Series, we encounter Desdemona (Des) who has come home to be with her ailing mother. Des is a troubled, she can see and hear things that no one else can. She is afraid to labelled crazy and who wouldn't be afraid. Especially, when you're the only one seeing knights ...more
Towerbabel
Nov 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fantasy and Family Drama Intertwine in this Suspenseful Novel

Desdemona has a lot to be afraid of. Not only has her mother just been taken into hospital suffering advanced lung cancer, but she is also being seemingly pursued by a number of figures, or ‘phantoms’ as she calls them, classical, mythological, often threatening figures that turn up amidst otherwise perfectly normal scenes. What follows in this suspenseful story is Desdemona’s search to make sense of these events, figure out what her m
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Cheryl
Feb 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was drawn to this book first by the book cover, then second by the summary. I really liked this book. It is a nice start and set up to this series. To be honest, I was not really in the "like" moment at the beginning. I was not instantly drawn into the story. The images that Desdemona saw were not really explained that well. It was just like brief dream like moments with no real explanation. The story would than continue on to Des's mother's death along with her brother's murder.

The murder of
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Jenn
Jul 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't put the novel down. Suzanna does a fantastic job at captivating her readers. it has a little something for everyone. The cover drew my attention and the story did not disappoint.

for a more detailed review visit http://literarykat.blogspot.com/2015/...
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Virginia
May 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I would like to break this review down into categories because there are parts that I thought shone and parts that I thought needed a lot more work. I will endeavor to avoid spoilers.

Characters: 3 stars - This is a tough category. I really enjoyed some of the characters, as well as some of the dialogue between characters, but I thought there was some inconsistency in a lot of the characters I liked and I would have preferred to know more about how the main character thought. Her actions seemed e
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Jenna Holland
Sep 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Willows of Fate reads like a fairy tale for the modern age, full of dark turns and complex characters. In the interest of full disclosure, I received this book for free from the author in exchange for a fair and unbiased review on my website. I was drawn to the book immediately by the gorgeous cover art and was not disappointed by the story in the slightest. The beginning is a wild ride as Desdemona faces devastating losses as she tries to come to terms with the fact that the phantoms she has se ...more
Sarah Olson
Mar 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: adventure, fantasy
I enjoyed reading this book. There was a good amount of adventure and fantasy with just a bit of romance (which I definitely would have wanted more of!) The writing flowed nicely though there were moments that the pacing was too fast. I couldn't give it full stars because I really wanted to get more emotion and feeling from the characters. Some things happened too abruptly that it didn't feel realistic. But other than that, I did like the characters and the plot. I plan to read the next one when ...more
Tatyana
Jun 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book reads in one sitting and so much like a fairy-tale. The story line is intriguing enough to keep you turning pages till you reach the end and will want more.

I also liked that the setting was a mixture of modern day life with all its bleakness and dark sides of human nature and somewhat medieval parallel world where other values are still in gear.
Ashley
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
A nice change of pace after reading the heartbreaking "A Monster Calls", but it could have really benefited from more story development. The elements of fantasy are very hit and miss, and the characters are fairly 2-dimensional.
P Dreadful
Oct 09, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy, beta-reading
Received a free copy from Story Cartel in return for an honest review

First, I dislike reading books that are written in first person, unless the author happens to be Erich Maria Remarque or Ernest Hemingway or Joseph Conrad. You get the idea. Second, it's written in present tense. I don't care much for this mode of storytelling. That being said, the first part of the book was a tolerable read, even though choppy sentences such as "My head aches." made it a jarring read. I liked the way the aut
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Kristen Cole
Nov 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Willows of Fate by Suzann J. Linton (see author interview) is the first book in the “Lands of Sun and Stone Series.” It follows the story of Desdemona who has led a rather rough life and is headed to her hometown after many years to see her dying mother. After a series of family losses, Desdemona is left sad, frustrated, and filled with visions of phantoms from her childhood. One night while looking through her mother’s belongings, a man in a gold suit of armor shows up in the kitchen. The man b ...more
clar
Oct 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Desdemona Casey has seen visions since she was young. But they never became truly real till the day her mother died.

This novel is about Desdemona Casey, a girl that is more than she seems, both to herself and others. After going through rocky times (like being an alcoholic and running away from home when she was 16), she has finally settled down and gotten a decent job. However, her mother dies from lung cancer, which was hidden from Desdemona till her mother is dying in the hospital. A train of
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Amanda Sautbine Clemmer
Oct 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Self-Professed Book Hoarders
Aug 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Where to begin?

First, lets start with a bit of praise. Willows of Fate is wonderfully imagined, well written and very, very well developed. In this first entry of the Lands of Sun and Stone Series, we encounter Desdemona (Des) who has come home to be with her ailing mother. Des is a troubled, she can see and hear things that no one else can. She is afraid to labelled crazy and who wouldn't be afraid. Especially, when you're the only one seeing knights in golden armor or mythical beasts. She soon
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Shannon Leigh
Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What I love about Suzanna's writing is the clear movement from scene to scene and her beautiful prose. She never overkills with description or emotion, striking just the right balance in narrative and dialogue. It is easy to read from beginning to end without getting tripped up on backstories or long-genealogies or curious side-quests that go nowhere. She quickly sweeps you up into the story and keeps you there. Her characters are interesting and well-written and very much three-dimensional.

In
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Elizabeth
Oct 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Just Finished reading this book. This book is by Suzanna J Linton. The main character of this books name is Desdemona who has been through many life tests to finally realize her purpose. The book is mainly told from Des's point of view. When I first started reading the book I didn't know whether I would like it or not, but I found it hard for me to put the book down. It's a real page turner mainly because the reader anticipates the reason behind for the series of unfortunate events that take pla ...more
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Suzanna J. Linton grew up in rural Orangeburg County. At age eight, she tried to read The Secret Garden by herself. After following her mother around for a day, asking questions about the Yorkshire accent, she gave up, but that didn't deter her in developing a deep appreciation for books and the worlds to which they open. A few years later, she wrote her first poem, which eventually led her to try ...more

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