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Refuge of Delayed Souls - RoYds by Miladysa

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Rated 7.78 out of 10 Statistics

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Chapters: 64

Genre: Supernatural / Fantasy

Audience: 16+

Updated: Hiatus

Content Advisory

Occasional Sexual Content

Occasional Coarse Language

Occasional Violence

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Overall Rating: 7.781

Average Rating: 9.29 (Guests), 7.94 (Members)

Ranking: #6

Rating Count: 30 (21 Guests, 9 members)

1 indicates a weighted rating.

"A slow chill, so close to the reality we know."

Rating: 8 / 10

We are whipped back and forth through time in this often gripping tale. 'Chilling' would be another appropriate word.

The characters are clear and each one's history is revealed in blinding flashes at intense moments in their lives. For all this action, I never found myself lost and there are just enough slower scenes to allow me to catch my breath.

I found myself hating one character so intensely that I had to stop reading. Not for long though, I had to find out what happened next.

Each scene is well-crafted with many lovely descriptions (some may say it verges on purple prose in places, but that didn't phase me too much) and dreadful cliff-hangers - in the good, nail-biting way. :D

At almost 70 chapters so far, it gives a new reader much to get their teeth into, yet its still giving old readers the aching question: what happens next?

It's creepy and chilling, fast-paced and intricate, well researched and laid out - but best of all, it is well written. I look forward to each new post.

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"Intriguing Paranormal Fantasy"

Rating: 7 / 10

Cross-posted from my blog

Note this review is about both Volumes One and Two. I'm posting it on Volume One's entry as new readers should obviously start at the beginning ;-).

Refuge of Delayed Souls fits squarely into the Paranormal Fantasy Genre and is an enjoyable read.

Likes:

  1. Refuge of Delayed Souls has an interesting premise and plot which definately kept me reading.

  2. The characterisation is well done.

  3. The multiples times are well handled. The jumping around could easily have been confusing but isn't.

  4. The writing is generally strong.

  5. It's not a romance, thank goodness. Doesn't happen often in the Paranormal genre.

Dislikes:

  1. I read this as an ebook on Stanza. The primary reason I did this is I'm not fond of the layout of the website. The black on grey text makes my eyes go funny. This, of course, is a matter of taste.

  2. While, as I noted above, the multiple times are well handled I did sometimes wish the story jumped around less. Again a matter of taste.

  3. Miladysa occassionally resorts to small scale telling. What I mean is that there are no long passages of narrative summary, but she sometimes tells us what characters are feeling instead of showing it. Sometimes she shows it and then tells us. The alternatives to "said" sometimes get a bit out of hand as well (people seem to remark a heck of a lot for one).

  4. I want book three now, but it isn't written yet.

Verdict:

Refuge of Delayed Souls is an unusual Paranormal Fantasy and well worth taking a look at (and buying if you have the moolah to spare).

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"Well worth the read."

Rating: 8 / 10

So far I’ve read to part 36, and I’m quite pleased.  Admittedly, the start was a bit rocky, and I almost put it down because of that, but I’m very glad I didn’t!  After the first few installments, everything just gels and the story gains some focus and clarity.  It becomes an intricate tale that for the most part seamlessly weaves past and present together in a fantastic web.

I have a feeling that when I have finished catching up on the archives, I’m going to have to re-read them in order to see all the intricacies that RoYds has to offer.  And that is not a bad thing. :)

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