Infinite Sacrifice (Infinite Series, Book 1)

Infinite Sacrifice (Infinite Series, Book 1)

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by L.E. Waters
     
 

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Maya’s shocked to discover it’s not the heaven she imagined;in fact, a life of adventure begins the moment you die.

Zachariah, her faithful spirit guide, explains the rules of the dead: in order to regain complete awareness and reunite with loved ones all souls must review their previous lives.

Maya plunges warily into her turbulent pasts as

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Overview

Maya’s shocked to discover it’s not the heaven she imagined;in fact, a life of adventure begins the moment you die.

Zachariah, her faithful spirit guide, explains the rules of the dead: in order to regain complete awareness and reunite with loved ones all souls must review their previous lives.

Maya plunges warily into her turbulent pasts as a sociopathic High Priest in ancient Egypt; an independent mother protecting a dangerous secret in glorious Sparta; an Irish boy kidnapped and enslaved by Vikings; and a doctor’s wife forced to make an ethical stand in plague-ridden England.

All the while, Maya yearns to be with those she cares about most and worries that she hasn’t learned all of heaven’s most vital lessons. Will she be forced to leave the tranquility of heaven to survive yet another painful and tumultuous
life? Or worse, accept the bitter reality of having to go back alone?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940032825425
Publisher:
L.E. Waters
Publication date:
10/21/2011
Series:
Infinite , #1
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
2,268
File size:
446 KB

Meet the Author

L.E. is the author of two novels of the Infinite Series, a reincarnation fantasy saga. She received her degree in Animal Behavior, which to her father's prediction, she only uses to raise her two children and menagerie of animals. She loves so many things and now writing is the passion keeping her up at night and her excuse for not cleaning the house.

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Infinite Sacrifice 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 61 reviews.
ByTheBeachReads More than 1 year ago
I'm a details person, what can I say? I love the tiny details of a story that make it complete. Infinite Sacrifice is about all those small details, so I was in heaven! When L.E. Waters contacted me for a review, I was supremely intrigued by the blurb. Reincarnation will always fascinate me, then she succinctly pointed out out that one life involves vikings. Now, they are Dane's not Norwegian, but vikings are vikings so I was even more interested. With that said, I was mildly hesitant only because I wasn't sure how all the lives were going to be combined into one soul without confusion (that's what I get for reading reviews prior to reading a book, I usually read them after I've read the story because I don't like going into a book with preconceived notions). I was wrong to be hesitant, so very wrong! I was quickly entranced by the writing style as I partook in this unique, fascinating adventure. L.E. Waters captures scenery and dialogue with such ease that it's easy to picture in your head, everything rolls naturally. No stilting, no rushing, no forcing. There are a lot of details to take in as we visit four of Lazrina's (soul name) lives, but I found those details to be easy to keep track of (see, preconceived notion that it would be confusing). It wasn't confusing in the least, but then again, I pride myself on having an eye for those kind of details. Any small details, really. Also, L.E. Waters graciously supplies a chart at the end of each life to help the reader keep track of who was who within those four lives. It also helps that we visit each life one after the other without unnecessary spacing. It helps keep the people, or rather their souls, fresh in the readers mind. It also helps that each soul has at least one thing that helps identify them with each new life. You'll see once you read the book. The concept was well-crafted, tightly woven together so there weren't any gaping holes. Everything fit together perfectly, like matching puzzle pieces. I cannot even imagine how much time went into Infinite Sacrifice, between the researched history and piecing together the lives of not only one person, but the supporting characters as well. It's really four mini stories rolled into a bigger story where everything ties together to make a compelling tale about the lessons a soul learns throughout their existence. I loved piecing together the tiny pieces to figure out who was positive, negative or neutral, but all influencing Lazrina's soul. One of the best parts is that L.E. Waters delivers history in a factual sense. She didn't romanticize it, which I greatly appreciated. She wrote about the ways of each life, never masking the ugly with pretty words to disguise the harsh facts. If you betrayed a law, you were killed. If you were a slave, you were owned, with few (if any) sympathizing with you. If you were a female, you had no power, often judged by who you married, owned by the man you married. The harsh realities of history were in your face, and I liked that! If you enjoy history, read Infinite Sacrifice. If you enjoy reincarnation, read Infinite Sacrifice. If you want a unique, one-of-a-kind story, read Infinite Sacrifice. Or how about you just read Infinite Sacrifice? It's an absolutely amazing story! And, lucky for us, Infinite Devotion (the second book) is already out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Most of the time, when I've seen "Free" next to a book's cover image, I've been subsequently disappointed by the content (or lack thereof) beyond that point. However, Ms. Waters has done a fairly good job of crafting a story that held my interest, even though I wasn't too sure I was going to enjoy it based on the synopsis. Having read most of the book at this point, I can honestly say I found the plot interesting, the premise intriguing and fresh, and the book itself got me interested in the series enough to put down the $4 to buy the sequel. Good show Ms. Waters, good show.
Openbooksociety_dot_com More than 1 year ago
Can't wait to start reading the Sequel!! Brought to you by OBS reviewer Angie This was an amazing journey that I literally couldn’t put down. I wasn’t sure about reading a book about Angels and heaven. I’m wary of things that are too “preachy” but this book is probably the furthest thing from that. I started reading at 9:00 pm and didn’t put the book down til I was finished at 4:00 am. Maya has arrived at the pearly gates to discover that she’s not anywhere NEAR where she thought she was. She meets her spirit guide who explains to her that she’s got a couple things she needs to do first. Like understand what her lessons to learn have been and truly understand them. To see the journey of a soul through time and continents was beautiful. Through a series of 4 short stories we discover that Maya’s soul has been a priest, a slave, a mother and a well-to-do wife. Her soul has learned painful lessons on love and sacrifice from every experience and made her who she is now, but is she done? What more could she possibly need to know before reuniting with the ones she loves in eternal bliss? We saw 4 incarnations of her soul and know that there are at least 5 as she is now Maya, but we learn nothing of her life as Maya. Waters has spent countless hours researching the eras she writes about. The writing was amazing. I was transported throughout the world and had vivid images of the settings of all the stories. I was moved to tears in more than one story. In the end I didn’t feel preached to at all, but I did have a completely different perspective on what the afterlife might be like. I have to read Infinite Devotion (book #2) immediately! This review and more at openbooksociety dot com
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Never have I been one to prefer historical fiction, but this fantastic series has opened my eyes to the possibilities! Not only is it well written but its like a collection of short stories with a crew of wonderfully developed characters that follow it throughout. I never thought I'd enjoy this book as much as I did, but do yourself a favor and invest in this story. It's well worth it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book, great concept, great tying the mini-stories together ... And this was just book 1!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So enjoyed every word. A book you want to go on forever.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really, really enjoyed this book. I was certain at the end of each life that the the next life could not possibly be as good but was delighted to find that I was wrong. I loved this book and can't wait to read the next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very intriguing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Premise and plot intriguing ... will read next installment
penwallah More than 1 year ago
I was very impressed at the idea and the scope of the story. The idea that one reviews ones previous lives before going on to the next level enchanted me. The stories are very well written and effortlessly draw the reader in.
DBurnworth More than 1 year ago
Infinite Sacrifice is the first book in the series by L.E. Waters and the premise is fascinating. Waters clearly did her homework as she takes Maya through the ages in various forms. What you read is true to the time, and it shows. You know you're in Egypt when Maya is in Egypt. The writing is clean and direct with very little flourish. Historically, she is spot on and should be commended. The book deals with reincarnation and Waters offers her own feelings on the subject through her characters, flushing them out, trying to dig through the 'what ifs' as Maya tries to decide whether or not her journey should end, or if she should continue the path. I enjoyed the stories within the story and the guides at the end of each story were helpful. I would have given 5* had it not been for a few issues I had when reading the book. I felt both the prologue and the epilogue were unnecessary and took away more than they complimented. After reading the epilogue, especially, I felt as if I'd read a few short stories and they were being tied up neatly for me by some editor, leaving very little room for excitement for the second installment. I think the epilogue could have been broken up into smaller pieces at the end of each of the four stories, and it would have blended seamlessly. The way it appears at the end feels jarring and anti-climatic. Overall, Infinite Sacrifice is not only a great read laced with committed characters and vivid scenery. As a huge fan of historical fiction, I'd recommend this novel.
SPRcom More than 1 year ago
Am I having another morphine dream? Did I slip into a coma? Where am I? Interesting start to a book about Lazrina/Maya, who finds herself dead and speaking to her spirit guide Zachariah. She has four lives reviewed in this book; Ancient Egypt, Sparta, Ireland/Viking Invasions and England at the time of the Black Death. About the research done on these time periods; I found them to be very accurate in their overall appearance, which made the stories that much more interesting. I am a bit of an ancient history buff and the culture and life styles of the times represented appear to be well researched and accurate. The author provides a short bibliography at the end of the book, and I recognized some of the titles and was pleased that the author used recognized historians for her research. It made the fiction that much more realistic and appealing. Very well done! I also did appreciate the little tables at the end of each chapter that showed the associations between the characters of one story and the next. It did help to keep the continuity for me, the reader. The disappointment came in the Epilogue. First, the stories ran out, and after reading the Epilogue, I was not really satisfied with the ending. The Epilogue is actually a philosophical discussion on reincarnation, its applied purpose to the story as seen by the author, and the author¿s religious philosophy. After the buildup of the stories, the Epilogue was flat. As we all see the meanings of life and death differently, I would like to have seen a brief discussion between Zachariah and Lazrina/Maya as to how this applies to the story, not the full philosophical discussion that followed. And some kind of plot buildup into the next book would have held my interest a lot more. I assume Erna, who is spoken of in the Prologue and Epilogue, is her daughter. Finn? I would have liked more of a teaser to keep my interest, something to tie the next book into this one, other than a sneak peek at the next book. A cliff hanger would have been more welcome. At least it would have given me a reason to move to the next book. I have to give the book a 4 star rating, as I really liked the stories and appreciated the research and the story plot concept. The characters are well developed. The short story plots are interesting and carried out quite well. The tables are good; I can see the connection from one story to the next. But the ending of the book was a bit disappointing. I expected some kind of wrap up or tie in plot and segue to the next book. To her credit, the author did a really good job on editing and formatting the book. The only issue I found was with the black box that appears before each chapter in the Kindle version. I am sure it was supposed to be a graphic of some kind, but it translated only into a black box. The overall editing was excellent, and the formatting is very good. Any little formatting issues did not distract from the book at all and if there were any editing errors, I did not notice them. I also appreciated the bibliography at the end of the book. I found the stories to be first class works of historical fiction. If the author could find some way to transition from book to book, tie them all into maybe a larger plot, it would add to the story. While I appreciate the authors attempt to clarify her point of view on how reincarnation fits into the whole scheme of the universe, I would rather have had more story and less philosophy. I like my fi
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this 600+ page book. It was broken into shorter glimpses of te main character's lives, and causes you to think about your own growth and relationships, while still being entertaining.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ive loved to read for well over 40 yrs., so therefore I've read probably thousands of books.This is the very first time however,that I feel compelled to write a book review..Yes,this book is THAT good.It's a story in itself how this book even ended up on my Nook in the first place as it's not the Genre that I read,which I guess can be considered Hsitorical/fiction slash Fantasy. I was transported from the first page to another time and place,and despite having a house to clean,children to feed,and a gazzillion other things to do,I just couldn't put this book down and read it in 2 sittings,finishing in less than 24 hours. The story begins with the main character,Maya,dying.Once she gets to Heaven?,she meets her spirit guide,who takes her through not only one life review,but many many of them-making this several mesmerizing books within a book.I cant get into any more detail as I dont want to ruin this journey for you,and quite a journey it is,in fact several of them. The author has clearly done her homework,regarding the time periods,many of which I never knew anything about before having read this book,making me wish my history teacher had made those years come alive as E.L Waters did. I've also never bought a series of books before,until now.Immediately upon finishing this book,I bought and devoured the 2nd one in the series,again in under 24 hours,and Ive just begun reading book 3.There's so much more to say,so I'll continue on for my review of book 2.Until then,if you love to read great books,I personally guarentee,you will love this book.We have for sure,not heard the last from E.L Waters..There is not a doubt in my mind that if Oprah reads this book,it will for sure be chosen for her book club,as there is so much to talk about,and lessons to be learned and wrapped up in a beautiful bow.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I very rarely am pleasantly surprised by the free books offered on my Nook. Usually, I'm under whelmed and left wanting more. However, that is not the case with Infinite Sacrifice. The premise of the book is intriguing. I was immediately hooked into the story. With each life I found myself seeking out the common characters with enthusiasm. Beyond the unique premise is an equally unique format. The sections are essentially short stories the author ties together through reappearing characters and themes. Each story is beautifully written and as historically accurate as any fictional story can be. The author uses vivid details to immerse the reader into each life's setting. Yet despite so many shifting settings and characters, the author's writing style and voice is consistent; lending to seamless continuity. I am not a professional reviewer. I am just an avid reader who was so impressed by this book I felt it necessary to write this review. I highly recommend you delve into this book. Even if at some point this book is no longer free - it's worth paying for! Now I am off to buy the second book. I have many lives to read and lessons to learn...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First thing i noticed was as i turned the pages is ur missing a page at every new chapter....very annnoying. Love the take and views on heaven though. I have met many ppl over the years who believes this is what life and heaven truely are. With the sole eception of how short it is its a good read. Will get second book.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Am a avid reader of historical fiction but the fiction over powers the history in this (these) stories. Sorry.
Anonymous 10 months ago
This was a free book from Bookbub and the summary sounded interesting so thought I would give it a try. I am glad I did because this is on of the more interesting books I have read recently. The characters are very engaging and I find myself looking forward to identifying them from life to life just bought book 2 and plan to get book 3.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the stories and the characters. Can hardly wait for number four in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Found book informative and insightful
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although very well written, the story was long but the message was unclear. The life lessons learned as well as the purpose for reincarnation were best explained in the epilogue only.
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Chaosity More than 1 year ago
Very thought-provoking
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