Liefdom: A Tale from Perilisc

Liefdom: A Tale from Perilisc

by Jesse Teller


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A zealous guardian in a peaceful city, Gentry Mandrake is a fairy unlike any other. Cast out and hated for his differences, his violent nature makes him wonder at the purity of his soul. He hunts for belonging while fighting to protect the human child bound to him.

Explore the mythical realm of The Veil, the grating torture of the Sulfur Fields, and the biting tension between power and purpose in this wondrous struggle against a demonic wizard and his denizens. Can Mandrake overcome such terrible foes to defend those he loves?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781534763494
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 06/22/2016
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.55(d)

About the Author

Jesse Teller fell in love with fantasy when he was five years old and played his first game of Dungeons & Dragons. The game gave him the ability to create stories and characters from a young age. He started consuming fantasy in every form and, by nine, was obsessed with the genre. As a young adult, he knew he wanted to make his life about fantasy. From exploring the relationship between man and woman, to studying the qualities of a leader or a tyrant, Jesse Teller uses his stories and settings to study real-world themes and issues.

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Liefdom: A Tale from Perilisc 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Girlintheswing More than 1 year ago
Gentry Mandrake was born different. He was a fey, but, neither beautiful nor delicate. He flies to his family yearning for love, but, is met with rejection at every turn. The darkness inside him that scares him and tantalizes him in equal degree is yawning wide and as the world of man begins to dip perilously close to hell, he has to decide whether to protect his innocence in The Veil or enter the darkness like the warrior he was born to be. Firstly, credit where credit’s due: this book saved me from an excruciatingly boring evening. I could lose myself in its intense climax and forget all about being hungry, angry and stuck in a crowded place. Also, that summary I gave above doesn’t really do justice to the actual novel. That is because, I confess here, it’s really too complex for a blurb. The story runs on parallel levels that might seem a little intimidating in the beginning, but, comes together quite well in the final 100 pages. Also, also, warnings! Apparently, a pinch of sadism is in vogue nowadays. There were quite a few narrations in the book that made me grimace and draw into myself. They made for meaty additions to the overall atmosphere of the story, though. So, I might just forgive their gruesomeness. (I’m still considering). As Liefdom is a fantasy novel, my first thoughts always go to the world-building. Jesse Teller has done a bang-on job of that. The world is complete, complex and three-dimensional. It should have been an easy draw for me. However, the language is a little flowery, tad dramatic. While dramatic dialogue and prose can be used excellently to build-up to a climax or to a confrontation, when it’s being used throughout the story, it’s a little tiring. So, even apart from my annoyingly interruptive academic schedule, I sometimes needed to take a break before going on to the next chapter. Ooh! Speaking of chapters! Time skips are incorporated in between chapters. Again, while sometimes it’s used extremely well to establish the fast pace of the narrative, at times, it just felt rushed; like there had been a few passages bridging the last chapter to the next that were struck out by an over-zealous editor. (Especially Mandrake’s transformations later in the book). But, there was so much to like in this book. The vivid descriptions of the world- the clarity of the author shines through the most in the clarity of his world-, the concept which is so unique (and we are all starving for unique), and a special mention has to be given to the description and use of magic in this book- I loved it! The smell of brimstone that always hung on the wizards, the use of incantations that slice through the air, the aura build up that precedes a cast and the things it is used for- I loved it all. Magic felt like an art rather than like wishful thinking. BOTTOMLINE: This book is for adult fantasy lovers. There the variety of creatures. There’s the powerful magic, there’s some hell and demons and some love and romance. It has all the staples of a good fantasy in an original story, in a completely new world and written in dopamine-worthy dramatic prose. So, if you’re a fantasy lover in search of a new lore with a non-abrupt, closure-bestowing ending, then, this is for you. Check it out. Happy Reading!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brilliantly Fantastical! I will start off by saying that I am a humongous fantasy fan and I had very high hopes for this book...I'm glad to say that the author delivered all of my expectations, down to the last word in the last sentence of the last page! I'm literally mind blown at the amount of action and magic the author weaved, without it all jumbling together. The plot was intricate, the characters were well-developed, the pace was perfect and the tone was definitely dark but entertaining! Jesse Teller's writing is amazingly descriptive and talented. I will definitely reread this one over, blog about it and put it on my favorite virtual bookshelf! ***I received a free copy in exchange for my honest opinion!
TheHungryMonster More than 1 year ago
One tough thing about writing fantasy books is that the reader doesn’t show up already knowing what’s possible. This genre is set in a world of mythical creatures and magic, by definition being completely different than our own. Liefdom is one such book, centered around the conflicted and hyper violent fairy, Gentry Mandrake. The book is written in a sparse and compelling style, one that keeps the action flowing from page to page but sometimes manages to pass over exposition that might connect the reader to the circumstances and stakes of the conflict at hand. It’s subtitle is “A Tale From Perilisc”, Perilisc being the fictional universe in which the author Jesse Teller sets many of his books, and as such the book is a bit tricky to follow for readers who are not already familiar with the author’s broader world. This is a challenge for the genre in general, not for Liefdom in particular – indeed its focused prose style proves to be one of its strongest assets, keeping the reader engaged and entertained even when the action itself isn’t abundantly clear. The murkiness just comes with the territory; what are the limits of magic in general and for any given fight in particular? Could a hero or villain use magic to get themselves out of a scrape or are they in real trouble? The answers to these issues and more may be obvious to fans of the genre and of this series in particular, but setting an entire story in a universe where magic isn’t peripheral or incidental (like in Lord of the Rings or Game of Thrones) but is instead foundational to the existence of the entire cast of the book may make the story opaque and forbidding to the uninitiated newcomer. The story itself is brisk and full of action, violent action. The plot starts with a birth and a bang and very rarely lets up, barely given the reader any room to breathe. Almost every character in the story finds themselves the subject of some form of brutal torture at some point or another, the hero most of all. It feels like more than half the book is devoted to describing some form or feeling of pain. That said, though, it never feels like too much – the book is well-crafted enough such that the constant presence of pain feels unrelenting rather than overdone. Plot-wise, no narrative acrobatics really present themselves. Gentry Mandrake is Different and Talented and must make peace with his Difference to use his Talents to save those he loves and indeed the broader world, facing both rejection and scorn at home and unfathomable all-consuming evil when he walks out the front door. There’s plenty of fantastic magic, shape-shifting and aura fights and threats of immortality, all compelling and fun. In all, Liefdom is a strongly written book with a pleasant plot that features an extraordinary amount of violence and pain in a way that never becomes overbearing. If all of that sounds like your cup of tea then you’ll probably feel right at home.