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A Divided River (Tales From Vasini #1)

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Vasini, founded and rebuilt from the ashes left by the fall of the deities. A city-state divided by politics, class, philosophies and by the Sini river.

As the tides turn and the riverbed is exposed, mudlarks search the silt for valuables that have been washed into the Sini. In The Mudlark’s Tale, one mudlark’s find may be worth far more than he first thought, but it comes
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Kindle Edition, 186 pages
Published July 21st 2017 by Christian Ellingsen
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imyril
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
It's not badly written, and there are hints of interesting politics in the world-building, but I think this collection might make sense if you've read the books it (indirectly) relates to. As a point of entry into Vasini, I found it disjointed and confusing, with no reason to care about the characters and my grasp on the setting more informed by the historical cultures it riffed off rather than the text itself. With little resolution at the end, it left me irritated rather than dying to know mor ...more
Bethan Hindmarch
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Divided River contains a short story (The Mudlarks Tale) and a novella (The Winter Fayre) set in the city of Vasini; the two are companions to Ellingsen's series The Vasini Chronicles but do not contain the main characters from the series.

The Mudlarks Tale is the story of Ned and his discovery of a mysterious chain.

The Winter Fayre features a kaleidoscope of characters through a day in Vasini - the first day of the Winter Fayre. Intrigue ensues as their stories brush past each other on the ic
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Izzy
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received this book from the author in exchange for a review. I have to say I enjoyed it. It was a lovely little book about a few people who live in this world. At times I did get a bit confused at all the different ranks and classes but I just put that down to me not reading the original and now I've read this short novella, I will definitely be reading Ellingsen's other books 😋
Angela Kelly
Aug 22, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a collection of a short story and a novella, set in a world created by the author. It was hard to decide upon a star rating as my opinions of the two works were different.

Firstly, the short story: A definite four star. A wonderful moral tale that is just a little bit creepy and, to be honest, I could have read more. I could well imagine using this story with an English class, as Ellingson is great at the 'show don't tell' concept. This story reminded me a great deal of Scott Lynch's 'The
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Frederico Santos
Two in one:

The short story, easy to read, page turner, waiting for more.
The second one is to confusing, not that easy to follow, confusing enough
to let you think: _"Should I continue to read, will I understand!?"
Chris
Jan 15, 2018 rated it liked it
A reasonable set of fantasy stories with a good pace but I did not find them exemplary. It is possible if I read Silver Mask I would have found more in them.
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Christian Ellingsen grew up first near treacle mines in Hampshire and then in the depths of the South Wales valleys.

He attended the University of Wales, Lampeter, and Cardiff University, graduating with a BA in History & English and a MA in Creative Writing. After several jobs in community regeneration in one of the most deprived areas in Wales, he worked for the BBC, first on the Switchover H
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