Seeking Solace: Book I Solace

Seeking Solace: Book I Solace

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by Anna Steffl

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The first book in the Solace trilogy follows Arvana, the only Solacian capable of seeing the Blue Eye's revelations, as she reluctantly leaves her cloistered refuge to seek a champion to wield a relic against the resurrected draeden. The obvious champion is the charismatic Prince Chane Lerouge, who possesses the one remaining sword the ancestors used to end the…  See more details below


The first book in the Solace trilogy follows Arvana, the only Solacian capable of seeing the Blue Eye's revelations, as she reluctantly leaves her cloistered refuge to seek a champion to wield a relic against the resurrected draeden. The obvious champion is the charismatic Prince Chane Lerouge, who possesses the one remaining sword the ancestors used to end the Reckoning. But the unknown warrior, Captain Degarius, unrelentingly pursues a rumored lake monster with a blade whispered to be blessed. Will Arvana's mission earn her the elusive solace she seeks or spiral her heart—and the world—into a second Reckoning if she chooses the wrong man? Downplaying magic in favor of romance and fantasy, Arvana's adventure boasts strong characters in an immersive, realistic new realm.

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Anna Steffl has held a string of wildly unrelated jobs, from frying chicken to one that required applying for a Department of Defense security clearance. She lives in Athens, Georgia.

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Seeking Solace: Book I Solace 4 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I put up with quite a bit of disturbing language and behavior in this book. But when Prince Chane attacked and crippled Arvana because she refused to give him the Blue Eye and/or marry him that was the straw that broke the camel's back. This book was not that good of a read to continue. And it makes me question the validity of all those glowing five star reviews.
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MaggieSheWrote More than 1 year ago
Whoa. First, a disclaimer. I do know the author and I bought the book because I do. But, fact is, I know a lot of authors and I don't read all their books -- I couldn't possibly. Anna, herself, though, is smart & witty with a funky, unique vibe I dig. I suspected her writing would be the same and I was not disappointed.  Three pages in my attention was firmly rooted in Steffl's world. By the time I'd finished the first chapter featuring Arvana, the nunesque heroine (in every sense of the word, I suspect we shall find), I was a goner. Let me explain what that means. I read a lot of good books, books that engage me mentally and occasionally prompt me to read way past whatever time I've allotted. But I just don't sink into a book the way a lot of readers can. I don't disappear into its world and become part of the story. I'm almost always aware that I'm reading -- analyzing and pondering as I go. Same thing with movies and TV. I just don't get "lost." Almost never, I repeat. Every blue moon or so, a book or movie truly pulls me into its magic. The Harry Potter series managed it, some of the Robin Hood tales and retellings do it, and now I have Solace. Great, great stuff. So what's so darn compelling? Well, there are the classic and beloved fantasy elements: the chaste heroine, the handsome Prince, the self-sacrificing champion, the wise old woman, the evil wizard, the dangerous monsters and, of course, the all-but-impossible noble quest -- plus more! But while Steffl pays homage to these important archetypes and tropes, she definitely does it in her own way and with her own twist. For one thing, the story is clearly post-apocalyptic, but it read like an ancient, which I love. For another, the archetype characters have been recombined in atypical arrangements, which keeps the interactions fresh and makes for some great surprises. The characters are interesting and occasionally swipe each other's traits and Steffl teases you with backstory and foreshadowing throughout pretty masterfully. Most of all, there's the point that others have made: the world-building is excellent without being excessive. I got a clear picture of the "countries" and characters without being bogged down with reams of description and the pace kept moving, even when the characters were reflecting within themselves. That's fairly unusual for fantasy.  In short, Steffl created the all-important air of mystical elsewhereness and world-threatening tension so critical to a successful fantasy and she did it with a short, concise spell. I'm not entirely sure how and, strange for me, I'm not inclined to go back with a paper copy and an array of colored highlighters to figure it out. This is one of those magic books that just needs to stay a fascination. I had a marvelous time in the other world and I can't wait to go back for the sequels.
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Not going to follow this series. Disjointed.
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You people should just read this novel yourselves and write your own review on this novel. I really enjoyed reading this novel very much.ShelleyMA
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From the opening paragraph, I was hooked in the author's world with her magical, poetic prose and great characterization. Arvana, a humble mystic, is a character I completely fell in love with and look forward to the rest of the series to discover her ultimate fate. Highly-recommended. By Debbie Herbert
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I Fell in Love With Seeking Solace Although I loved The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe and the Harry Potter series, I’m not a huge fantasy fan, but I am a fan of Anna Steffl’s writing, so I gave her book “Seeking Solace,” Book I of the epic fantasy Solace Trilogy, a try and wow, it opened up a whole new world. I don’t know how these ideas came out of her imagination but I do know that the story on the page was original, magical, lyrical and compelling. Once I figured out who all the characters were in the different parts of The Easternland realm, I sat back and enjoyed the book. In fact, I couldn’t put it down and it kept me up at night reading. I am a romance writer, so I was happy to find a love story contained in the book. Now I can’t wait for Book II , which from the excerpt in the back of Book I, reveals that the characters in the various parts of the land are connected. And I want to know whether Arvana will choose Prince Chane Lerouge or Captain Degarius to be the champion. I felt invested in the characters and what happens next. This book has everything, including a lake monster. Give this book a try. It’s well worth it. Marilyn Baron
Cecilia_Dominic More than 1 year ago
I'll add my vote to the "not a regular fantasy reader, but this one hooked me" pile. Perhaps it was the post-apocalyptic elements scattered throughout like little Easter eggs. Maybe it was the characters, especially the female main Arvana. Or it could've been that it was a new take on dragons, which I really hope to see more of in future books. But above all, it was the storytelling. High fantasy tends to be long-winded on description, IMHO, but Steffl manages to do a phenomenal job balancing world-building with lean prose that spends words on actions rather than setting. Character development kept me interested as well, especially Arvana, whose conflict has so many interesting layers. My only complaint was that it felt like too many POV characters at times, hence the four stars. I won't say any more for fear of spoilers. This was a great debut, and I look forward to reading the rest of the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As the other reviewer said, this is a beautifully written book - I could see the characters and settings as I read. I admit that fantasy hasn't always been my top pick when I go to the bookstore, and I did win a copy of this book through a website contest, but I was immediately sucked in by the beautiful cover. Having read it, I would buy if it I had the opportunity. it's a great blend of romance, fantasy, adventure, and some mystery. I was only disappointed when it ended and I realized I had to wait several months for the second in the series. I must know, what happens to Arvana? Does she find her champion? My only recommendation to all authors of fantasy books would be to put some sort of glossary in the book - I found myself wondering what some of the terms were or meant and while I figured it out, a glossary could be helpful for those pesky detail oriented people like myself! But a great read, beautifully written, and one I highly recommend.
Kayaditi More than 1 year ago
What a beautifully written book. I'm not sure I can recall the last time I read something where the prose had such an elegant flow. Seeking Solace is fantasy but stands out in my mind for its more manageable length and patient pacing. We aren't thrown at break-neck speed into a vast world, hoping to God we can keep up. (Not that there isn't a time and a place for that.) The word 'refreshing' is used a lot. But not by me. This book, for me, was different and refreshing. My only tip is to pay attention during those first three or so chapters so that you realize you are following three different locations and sets of people. I missed that (read: too lazy to simply glance back at chapter intros/map) It quickly became clear though and wasn't a problem at all. Bottom line: a truly beautiful read. One I look forward to continuing. Bring on part 2!