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The Grey Woods is a meeting place between worlds, where souls go after they die, where they come before they are born. Here, the powerful Lady Atya of the Majae draws Fin Goldvale into this spiritual realm to witness past events that hold the key to his future. But Fin is caught between his cousin Madros’ present turmoil and his past love for the enchanting Eamìn of the Ma ...more
ebook, Pre-Launch Edition, 268 pages
Published March 7th 2016 by Lulu.com
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J. Rose It is extremely important to remember when reading any fantasy work that you are in the hands of the author who has a complete vision. My first book,…moreIt is extremely important to remember when reading any fantasy work that you are in the hands of the author who has a complete vision. My first book, The Grey Woods, is a single POV and opinion of one character Fin and as we go on, the POV and characters change, as well as their experiences and reactions to the central figure Madros. Some people love him, some people hate him, it depends what resonates with you, however when we flip the coin and experience him from another perspective, it changes again. It's definitely a journey worth taking, because it is exactly about understanding and empathy, and if you begin to hate him, I am doing my job and if you begin to understand his horrible behavior, that's the point and isn't it beautiful to truly understand another person? There is definitely a cliffhanger but most people have said it ties up enough to satisfy them but they definitely want book 2! Which is a good thing! I am happy to send you the free ebook. And book 2 should be out later this year.(less)

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Michael Boland
Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I just finished Book 1, and I cannot wait until Book 2. I don't want to give too much away, but Rose's detail in the description of the characters, both in their internal monologue and physical goings on is colorful and engulfing. Moreover, her syntax is invigorating, as well as fervent. This is a real deal page turner! This is definitely a series I could envision myself rereading again, even if the next two books are only half as good as the first. I became so involved with the characters, I th ...more
grace
Apr 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I highly recommend this book for readers who do not ordinarily read fantasy. The created world and the complexity of the main characters engaged me with a high pitched battle between human frailty and the powers of the spiritual realm. The main character intrigued me with his contradictory actions and my feelings wavered as to the authenticity of his motivation. While the story is excellent as a stand-alone novel, I look forward to more of this tale.
Reading Right
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was an unexpected find but a fascinating read nonetheless. J Carson Rose wasn’t an author I was previously aware of, and because of this I came to The Grey Woods with no expectation, which I think made me enjoy it all the more.

The blend of supernatural fantasy works really well with the science fiction element of the between-worlds Grey Woods setting. From a review I don’t think the book can be done justice as this may make it sound more complex than it comes across in the writing, but one
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Page After Page
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Grey Woods takes readers on a journey into a wine, women and song-type ye olde world, populated by warriors, kings and fair maidens. It has something else too – a whimsical, ethereal center, around which the plot weaves. It has battles and bloodshed throughout, human-animal hybrids and magic. Readers follow the story of the protagonist as he navigates through accusations of treason and infidelity and the myriad consequences these bestow on him and other characters.

J Carson Rose has created
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Fiction Addiction
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The story opens as very believable historical fiction concerning the (literal) trials and tribulations of a fugitive traveller, Findathúil, accused of adultery with a queen, which is an act of treason. The Grey Woods of the title are considered ‘a meeting place between worlds’, almost a dream-state, where time is not linear. At the first mention of this place, the story takes on another dimension, adding fantasy and a dose of the supernatural into the mix. Chimerical creatures exist within Rose’ ...more
Elizabeth Walsh
Oct 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Before I go into a review, a little background on how i got this book. I was walking & looking around New York Comic Con, I saw a table with three drawings hanging up and thats what absolutely drew me in. Especially Fin one of the main characters; he is so handsome. Also, the Triskele (Celtic spiral) symbol the lady's cheek. (I forgot which character it was but she was gorgeous as well) The author (J. Carson Rose) took the time to explain a little bit about her book. I read the back cover an ...more
Thomas Bellezza
May 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite aspects of this story is how it reads. It has a nice film quality to it instead of a basic novel. You can feel the action happening. I am a fan of a right to the point style and The Grey Woods delivers that in leaps and bounds. The concept is pretty intense too. I love how each character adds to what is, and have had happen, instead of any one character being filler! ~ Thomas J Bellezza
Seregon
Nov 28, 2016 rated it did not like it
Yes, it took me THIS LONG to read about 50 pages.

This has a great fantasy concept, but didn't deliver. It's written in the present tense and choppy, and I found it difficult to follow. The characters aren't defined or well rounded enough to tell one from another and I had to reread several sections to see who was speaking and about what.

Lead character Fin is apparently on a quest to keep his love interest Eamin safe from the husband she married (who's apparently a tyrant) even though she didn't
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J. Rose
Mar 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Sharing a review from another writer in my peer group... if you'll give me that liberty!!

"A story for fantasy and non-fantasy readers alike. It is sure to become a book you have a hard time putting down. The characters are deeply evolved and troubled, struggling with what to make of their ever-changing surroundings: the death of loved ones, the emotional upheavals of their leader Madros, the potential loss of their kingdom to evil forces and the dark world of Doru. One of my favorite characters
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Kristin
I won this book on Goodreads first reads.

Let me start by saying, I loved the writing style. The author somehow magically wove in the tiniest details (scent, environment, emotion, etc) without being overly wordy about it. It was almost like being there with the characters or living through them.

The characters were dynamic and so perfectly “flawed human” that it was easy to sympathize with them one moment and hate them the next. Their environment, personalities, and mood were constantly changing t
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Cj
Mar 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. J. Carson Rose created a fantasy world that quickly drew me in. I became deeply involved in all the characters and right when I thought I knew what was going to happen at the end I was thrown the greatest plot twist. As soon as I finished the last sentence I started wishing for the second book.
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