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Seeking Sorrow (Guardians of Terath #1)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  60 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
An earth-like world of high-tech humans faces the reality that their world is not as safe as they thought it was. Five people are thrown together to quietly get to the bottom of an unfathomable mana event that must stay quiet. If the population of Terath becomes aware of the truth, it will spark a civil war. That war would pit the majority of the population against the pow ...more
Kindle Edition, 278 pages
Published March 25th 2015 by Soul Mate Publishing
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Feb 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Review to come.
Christina Marie
**This book was given to me in exchange for my honest review**


This is one of those books that took me a while to get into. Mainly because the world is such a vast and deep one, that I had to really read and learn about new terminology and what it all meant for the story. Many of you are possibly thinking, "well duh", but for someone who is constantly in a world that is contemporary and normal every day life, let me tell you, it takes a minute to adjust. But once I adjusted, I wa
Abigail Lo
Apr 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
NOTE: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my opinion in any way.

My favorite thing about this book: the amount of bad-ass women. Izzy, Kassimeigh, Magistrate Trewe--I loved how they were portrayed as being just as strong as the men. That gave Ms. DiPietro about a million brownie points from my point of view. Ms. DiPietro's handling of Meli's ... predicament was also pretty genius. (Nope, can't tell you any more than that. Read it yourself t
Kara Lauren
Feb 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars!

I have been looking forward to reading this one for over a month and it did not disappoint! Once I found out that Zen was another redhead like me I had to check it out! :)

This story was intriguing to me because it is about Mana. I play a mmorpg, called Ultima Online(it's an older one, before WoW), and mana is very important. However, it is even more necessary to the Guardians of Terath.

Zen DiPietro
Feb 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars- review to come...
Gary Ruse
Mar 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Quest novels are a popular theme in the Fantasy genre, with characters coming together, often randomly, and setting out to achieve some goal. The adventure is what they encounter along the way. “Seeking Sorrow” by Zen DiPietro, which is the first of a new series called Guardians of Terath, is different. The main characters are purposefully chosen to work together by a high official, and sent on a mission to solve a mystery and prevent the recurrence of a disaster that killed thousands. But the j ...more
Mar 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was given an ARC of this book by paranormal romance and authors that rock in return for an honest review

I give this book 5 fangs ( I really loved it and can't wait to read the next one)

Meet Izzy, Will, Arc, Luc and the Shiv these four 5 people are brought together to solve a mystery. Each one possesses a unique talent and they must use all their skills to figure out how an entire town has vanished not just the people but everything as if it was never their from one moment to the next.
Their jo
Heather Duff
Apr 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
I knew straight away that this would be a good read, why? Well the author is a hot redhead just like myself, yes I know modest much!

Seeking Sorrow was a pleasant surprise, I wasn't quite sure what to expect but it was such a good read.

A lot goes on so I will be brief with my review as this is one of these reads, and I am lucky to have had a few of these amazing books of late, that you really need to immerse yourself in them with no interruptions.

At the beginning of the book we meet a group of pe
Chrissy (The Every Free Chance Reader)
3.5 stars

Did I enjoy this book: I did.

It’s not the best book I’ve ever read, but it’s solid. The characters are complex and interesting, and DiPietro’s done a stellar job with world building. My only complaint is about pace. I’m typically an “OMG skip to the important parts” sort of gal, but I found myself wishing DiPietro would slow down a bit and let me enjoy the important moments more. Seeking Sorrow is a tightly packed book, but I hope DiPietro leaves room for some meandering in the rest of
John Marshall Davis
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Zen DiPietro launches her science fantasy series with a strong debut. The reader is immediately hooked by a mysterious conflict that promises an intriguing journey, and the author definitely delivers. For the most part, her characters are well developed. There is great depth to the world she has created, mixing conventional sci-fi ideas with fantasy, creating unique results. The narrative struggles a little at first, but once a new character is "revealed," it picks up tremendously as relationshi ...more
Mar 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Seeking Sorrow is a first novel and, while it has some creaky bits, I think they are more than overwhelmed by wit, invention, and characters I grew to like. I was genuinely wrapped up in the story being told and the characters. It's a fantasy quest novel with a bit of a sci-fi and mystery.

The story is good - it's intriguing and full of suggestion and possible future events - but it's really the characters that stand out for me. There are basically five primary characters, all of whom are general
Elena Alvarez Dosil
Dec 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Review originally published at

I was offered a copy of this book in audio format from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Imagine a world where the main form of energy is called mana, an energy which works in a similar way to electricity, powering vehicles and appliances. Imagine that part of the population has a genetic variation which permits them to control and even transform mana. Terath is this kind of world, where everybody lives in peace bec
C.J. Anaya
Apr 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
There were so many things I enjoyed about this narrative, I hardly know where to start. Just a brief summary here: Two towns have literally disappeared, gone up in ash along with any inhabitants. A group of five people with varying gifts and backgrounds must band together in order to discover who or what is causing such widespread destruction before another town is obliterated from the face of Terath.

Not only is the plot intriguing and original, but it is full of luscious, captivating detail in
Jul 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I have to admit that this book was a nice surprise.

The book takes place in a world sorta like our own that has one continent called Terath. It no longer uses fossil fuels but uses mana. A small portion of the population can hold mana and even small amount can wield it. I guess in other fantasy type books this would be the mages.

It starts out a bit slow but gets pretty good. There are five characters that to me were all distinct an
Apr 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
‘Guardians of Terath: Seeking Sorrow’ is the story about five strangers with all different talents. These five strangers are put together to investigate a treat on Terath, an earth like world. Not only do they need to travel a lot but they also need to keep everything they do a secret. If the people of Terath would know what kind of treat is happening, there would be a lot of panic and maybe even the start of a civil war.

This book was definitely a huge surprise for me. After the first two chapte
Mar 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
On the land of Terath, a strange problem has occurred. A whole town, called Sorrow, has gone missing-reduced to a pile of ash, with no clues as to what happened there or who was responsible. This is the second time such an event has occurred on Terath and Magistrate Trewe has assembled a team of five experts to investigate the situation. Among the experts are Magistrate Trewe’s favorite nephew, Arc Wilding, a survival and wilderness expert as well as an archer; Will Azrith, a Blade and warrior; ...more
Naturalbri (Bri Wignall)
Apr 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved-it, fantasy
My Thoughts:

This was the perfect book for me. I haven't read a fantasy, quest style adventure like this one for a good bit. I truly enjoyed the world created and the depth of character moulded by the author.

From the beginning of this journey, the author created a world that was whole and believable. It wasn't just filled with objects and the immediate surrounding, but we were also given the details for the background, the beliefs and the emotions a real world would contain. The conflict and te
Mar 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Seeking Sorrow is a fantasy/sci-fi book with mystery added in. It takes places on a planet similar to Earth, but with people who have special abilities and quite a lot of futuristic technology. The book is centered mostly around five people. All assigned by the High Council to investigate and settle a serious threat to the people of Terath. Each of the five were brought on for their abilities and expertise in their field and slowly become a sort of “dream team”.
It was fun to read their story and
May 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
I must admit that I had more difficulties reading this book (talking about the language) than the other English books I've read so far. However this is absolutely not a negative aspect, because thanks to the use of precise words the descriptions were more effective.
At the beginning I was a bit puzzled by all the "roles" of the different characters (or it would be better saying "jobs"? I'm not sure how to call them), but after a few chapters I managed to understand everything.
The beginning was
Mar 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'm finally finished with this full-length, stand-alone novel. The number of characters and sub-plots kept growing as the book progressed. Terath is a world rich in magic and it is the mana-holders and manahi that control and utilize the magic. Mana is what powers everything when used in simple and controlled forms. However, harnessing too much mana at once can be disastrous.

And this is where our story begins, with an entire community reduced to ashes and no explanation as to the cause. A team o
Leslie Fisher
I liked this book more than I initially thought I would. I first tried listening to the Audible Audio version with my husband, but the narrator spoke a little too slowly for my taste, and it was hard to get into. However, I restarted it and 1.5x speed and really got into it. I thought the story was good, and there was even a twist at the end that I really didn't expect. This is not my go-to genre (sci-fi), but it engaged me enough to want to read the next book in the series. If you are a sci-fi ...more
Gary Henry
Mar 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Though Seeking Sorrow might have had a bit more detail about this interesting world of Terath, and a touch more clarity here and there, it serves up plenty of wonders and horrors. The writing is crisp, vivid and action-packed, filled with delightful turns of phrase, and is more than enough to overshadow any perceived flaws.

Zen’s characters are rich, fully developed and sympathetic. Their journey of discovery into themselves, each other, and the fate of Sorrow, are a fine contribution to the lite
Dominic Salvucci
Aug 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, sci-fi
This book is a strong start to a series I will definitely continue to read. The characters are interesting and unfold in depth as the story moves forward. The plot moves at a good pace, keep in the reader engaged with the events and characters. I look forward to purchasing the other books in the series.
Aug 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A good book to get lost in.

I really enjoyed this story. Though a long book, the pacing was done very well and the intertwining of the characters kept the book from becoming dull. I ended up staying up very late at night because I couldn't put it down- a hallmark of any good book. I'm off to find book 2.
InD'tale Magazine

The four main characters are fully fleshed out and very captivating.

Read full review in the 2015 July/August issue of InD'tale Magazine.
Terance Richardson
Jun 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was a very enjoyable reading and would encourage anyone to read it. “I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review”. That isn't the reason I liked the book.
Heather Henkel
Dec 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great book

This was an incredible story with lots of twists and turns. I really enjoyed reading it and can't wait to start the next one.
Abrielle Fuerst
Mar 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Highly original story, vivid setting, and kick-butt characters that truly came to life. Amazing debut! :)
Josephine E. Parker
rated it it was amazing
Feb 12, 2016
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Zen DiPietro is a lifelong bookworm, writer, and dreamer. Perhaps most importantly, a Browncoat Trekkie Whovian. Also red-haired, left-handed, and a vegetarian geek. Absolutely terrible at conforming. A recovering gamer, but we won’t talk about that. Particular loves include badass heroines, British accents, and the smell of Band-Aids. Writing reviews, author interviews, and fun stuff at www.zendi ...more
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