Thread Slivers

Thread Slivers

by Leeland Artra

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ISBN-13: 9781492714422
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication date: 02/26/2013
Pages: 364
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.81(d)

About the Author

I live in the Emerald City (Seattle, Washington) with my wonderful wife and seriously idea-inspiring kids.

The first half of my life was "wasted" (as my mother said once) being an avid science-fiction/fantasy reader. Of course I had to earn money so I joined the US Navy and they trained me to be a computer scientist. Naturally the after "work" time was more important as I was busy with all my friends learning to be a table-top gamer. I always spun stories about the games just to add color. Everyone enjoyed it and said I should write some game expansion modules. (I did, but, only for friends.)

After twenty years of thinking I should publish I finally got serious in 2012, pulling out all the notes and ideas I had stored, and set down to learn how to be a professional writer. I spent 4 to 8 hours almost every day reading on how to write, exploring the publishing world through articles and books. I liked the idea of being an "Indie Author" so I started chatting with more and more Indie authors developing some wonderful friendships. They encouraged me and in only a year of hard labor I had my first book and enough materials for dozens more ready.

I learned that I get as much joy from writing my own books as I do from reading books by other authors. My goal is to eventually transition to full-time writing someday. But, for now there is the reality of a mortgage and looming college expenses, so I still work as a software engineer (which I like referring to as being a code janitor) for Expedia.

In short, by day I help people take fabulous vacations, and at night I help people take even more fantastic trips of the imagination. This is kind of a cool way to live. Helping people have happier lives appeals to the Dagger in my soul. The symmetry of my work appeals to the Navy-trained computer scientist in me.

If you like Fantasy and Science-Fiction feel free to drop me a note I'd love to hear from you. I am still an avid science-fiction/fantasy reader and enjoy finding new books and authors to talk about and friends to enjoy talking about such things. You can find my reading lists on Goodreads.

Thank you for being interested enough to read all this.

Stay Sharp!
+ Leeland

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Thread Slivers 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
RabidReaderReviews More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite elements of Thread Slivers (Golden Threads Trilogy) was the lead female character. Ticca is a very strong and driven female. She desperately wants the approval of her superiors and peers. Ticca’s need is to be the best she can be, and her long held and achieved wish is to be a Dagger and to fit in with her Dagger peers. She relishes sitting at the Dagger table in the Blue Dolphin though when she does, the other Daggers don’t sit with her. So much for acceptance at the cool table. None of that matters once the story gets going. Seems the life of a Dagger, or at least Ticca’s life, is as dangerous but less glamorous than she might have imagined when she’s hired to protect and escort Lebuin. When Ticca, Lebuin and his servant Ditani come together, no one is quite sure who to trust which adds an element of excitement for the reader. When faced by the ancient evil, will one of them betray the others? We do get a bounty of internal dialogue to the point where it is a bit much but we don’t really get to know the characters as a result. As much as we know about the trio, much of who they are develops over the course of this story so that the ending feels less a cliffhanger and more like we’ve only read half of the first novel. Thread Slivers (Golden Threads Trilogy) (Volume 1) really feels as though it ends at an awkward place. It must be difficult for an author creating such a completely new world to self-edit and contain the facts necessary to lay out a cohesive world and strong characters.  Artra’s writing style lends itself to a promise of an interesting future in, at times, laborious first novel. If you are a lover of epic fantasy, you will find Thread Slivers (Golden Threads Trilogy) (Volume 1) by Leeland Artra a solid start to a promising series. The second novel in the series is out this month.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite "Thread Silvers" the first book of the 'Golden Threads Trilogy' tells the story of Ticca, a rising warrior specialist known as a Dagger, and a young mage, Lebuin, who has just been promoted to a higher rank of Journeyman. They cross each other's paths when Lebuin investigates the disappearance of one of the guild’s mage, Magus Vestul. Following an attack by a professional assassin aptly called the Knife, Lebuin’s assistant Ditani hires Ticca for protection. It is not long before they discover a deadly power struggle between two mighty forces. Chapter one took me into the thrilling mission of Ticca, who was doing a job for her important and well-paid client, Sula. I was truly engaged right away. Leeland Artra definitely knew where to place the suspense elements. The setting is very well-described; the writing is not rushed but patiently developed. The illustration on each chapter is apt. It was something that I was happy to discover as in my case, I don’t often find fantasy novel with enough illustrations in it. Overall, it is a fun and good read. Nevertheless, the author needs to work on how to provide a better ending, or cliffhanger, for a novel that is part of a series. All the characters are interesting and fun to read, especially Ticca and Duke, but some characters should have been given more room to grow. I really hope the second installment will be better, for this is a promising series in the fantasy genre.
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DianeRappAuthor More than 1 year ago
Be warned, there is a cliff hanger ending. I had a difficult time deciding how to review this book because the author chose to end it with an apology about the cliff hanger ending.  The book had interesting characters, lots of action, and a magical setting that is worth exploring.  The only downside is the cliff hanger ending.  I enjoy trilogies, but I believe there should be a satisfactory end to the story in each book.  A new reader often feels cheated by a cliff hanger, especially since the next book is not even published!  I hope no one considers this review a spoiler. I believe a reader should be warned that the story does not end with the first book before making the decision to start the series. Having aired my displeasure, I must say the author spun a fascinating tale that is sure to please some readers--those who are willing to wait for the next episode.  There are a few editing errors but nothing that made me grind my teeth.  I enjoyed the glimpses into the society's history (as long as unanswered questions are explored in the rest of the series), and I especially liked the character Ticca, the Dagger. She is clever and gutsy, a great role model for our daughters.  The wizard Lebuin is naive but he learns about the real world quickly enough to keep us interested. Of course my very favorite character is Duke.  (I won't describe him as I believe that would be a spoiler.)  Magical worlds run by their own set of rules and it's fun to explore how this one works.  Although I felt miffed about the cliff hanger, I do believe the series is worth exploring and recommend it to new readers.  It has all the elements of a fantastic trilogy and I hope potential readers can be patient until all three books are published.  We're waiting to see what happens, so don't make us wait too long!