Seraphina's Lament

Seraphina's Lament

The world is dying. The Sunset Lands are broken, torn apart by a war of ideology paid for with the lives of the peasants. Drought holds the east as famine ravages the farmlands. In the west, borders slam shut in the face of waves of refugees, dooming all of those trying to flee to slow starvation, or a future in forced labor camps. There is no salvation. In the city of Lord The world is dying. The Sunset Lands are broken, torn apart by a war of ideology paid for with the lives of t...

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Title:Seraphina's Lament
Author:Sarah Chorn
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Genres:Fantasy
ISBN:B07MPYWVQG
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:388 pages pages

Seraphina's Lament Reviews

  • Joy
    May 06, 2019
    This was a most engaging debut novel. Character driven, the writing style very poetic. Set in a country ruled by a cruel dictator who started the revolution that began a communal State. As in real world Communism it became a country of harsh repression and starvation. That is until an ...
  • Mihir
    May 15, 2019
    Read Lukasz and my dual review over at Fantasy Book Critic OVERVIEW/ANALYSIS: Seraphina? Lament is Sarah Chorn?s debut book and knowing Sarah?s penchant for the darker side of literature. This title was high on my list once she announced it. The story is set in a secondary ...
  • Tim Martin
    Mar 15, 2019
    This was a stunning fantasy novel, all the more stunning for being a debut novel, the start of what looks to be a wild ride known as the _The Bloodlands_ trilogy. There is quite a bit to recommend about this book, including its unusual Soviet-inspired setting, the strange nature of mag...
  • Bob Milne
    Feb 21, 2019
    As much as I have grown increasingly tired of the whole grimdark movement, I am the first to admit it's a subgenre with enormous potential, if done right . . . and, as is the case here, with style. Give me characters I care about, a mythology that excites me, and a mystery that draws m...
  • Sarah
    Jan 27, 2019
    I mean, I kind of wrote it so I'm a little biased... ...
  • Ctgt
    Apr 20, 2019
    I am jagged edges and shattered glass. I have come to break the world. A story set in a land suffering after a bloody shift from monarchism to collectivism. Bleak, harsh, brutal with only a few rays of hope. Multiple separate POVs converge, drawn together by an unknown force...
  • Hobart
    Feb 19, 2019
    ? ? ? ? 1/2 (rounded up) This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader, the author also participated in a killer Q&A with me that you should really read. --- I just don't know that I can do an adequate job describing this book -- actually, I do know that I can't ...
  • Mark
    Jun 18, 2019
    I must admit I found this book a little tough to start with. It is written with beautiful prose but it took me some time to connect truly connect with the characters. Maybe because it is such dark subject matter - and while I have read 'grimdark' before I don't think I've read anything...
  • Steven Poore
    Jul 03, 2019
    In which Sarah Chorn creates an ensemble of damaged, broken, suffering characters inhabiting a world stretched to breaking point, and then turns them into unwilling gods. Amend that: *almost* broken. *Almost* unwilling. The characters have at their hearts cores of steel, rusted, or ...
  • Adam Whitehead
    Apr 14, 2019
    The Sunset Lands are suffering. Political discontent seethes, as the collectivist revolution which promised liberty and freedom from the old autocracy has instead devolved in a brutal, totalitarian dictatorship. The once-verdant farmlands of the east have been devastated by drought, wh...
  • Travis Riddle
    May 03, 2019
    Sarah Chorn has created a fascinating world known as the Sunset Lands, filled with a dynamic, intertwined cast of characters hurtling toward a volatile, unknown fate. The setting of the book was interesting, something that I haven't encountered before in a novel. The Sunset Lands a...
  • Cameron Johnston
    May 02, 2019
    It's incredibly hard to believe that Seraphina's Lament is a debut novel. It's exquisitely written, elegant and accomplished, and quite unlike anything else - it's almost mythic in feel. It may be a darkly beautiful book but it's also brutal and grim, with cannibalism, murder, sta...
  • James Dickerson
    Jun 29, 2019
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  • Lukasz
    Jan 17, 2019
    Seraphina?s Lament breaks genres, conventions and taboos. Set in a secondary world based on the Russian Revolution and the Holodomor, it gives a detailed look at a dying world.  A collectivist government controlled by an ex-revolutionary, Premier Eyad, used to have noble obje...
  • Lynn K : Grimmedian
    Mar 03, 2019
    Seraphina?s Lament is unique in its telling and as promised by the title it is indeed a lament. Gods of power have awakened to the death of the world. A call must be sent that changes the magic of those who hear that call. Minor abilities become rampaging forces. The Sunset Lands...
  • Frank Steele
    May 08, 2019
    You know how there are artists that color in the lines, and other that say ?screw the lines, i want this color HERE??my art can?t be contained by a box...by convention?. I think that?s how Sara Chorn writes??screw the lines, if using a word or a phrase unconventionally ...
  • Clay Sanger
    Jan 14, 2019
    A fairy tale of sorrow, hunger, and the apocalyptic birth of gods ? 4-Stars Without a doubt, ?Seraphina?s Lament? by Sarah Chorn is one of the most unique fantasy pieces I?ve read in years. It largely bypasses the traditional storytelling conventions of the modern fantasy ...
  • Alex Khlopenko
    Feb 17, 2019
    Originaly for Three Crows Magazine. Before delving into the review, it is important to establish my bias towards the premise of ?Seraphina?s Lament?. I was recommended this book because I?m a Ukrainian and the novel is based on the Soviet genocide of Ukrainians called Holodo...
  • Leona
    Feb 07, 2019
    Full review coming soon! But for now I gotta say this: This was one hell of a grimdark, it's totally METAL and the prose is right up there with Rothfuss -not the story, the story is daaaaaaaark brutal and grim in the extreme but with shining beacons of hope! The prose though..... One...
  • Meri Anne Schow
    Mar 10, 2019
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  • THE BIBLIOPHILE (Rituranjan)
    Apr 07, 2019
    A devastating jewel of indie grimdark fantasy. Passionate, poetic, and agonizingly beautiful, this book is a crafted artwork of death, violence, oppression, and magic that enacts a dark and grand drama of gods and mortals caught in the conflict of a dying world. This is one of the best...
  • Galen Strickland
    Feb 24, 2019
    I've seen others describe this as 'grimdark,' and while I have not read much within that sub-genre I think it's an apt description. It's the reason it took me longer to read than I thought it would, because I could only take the darkness for short periods of time. It's still good thoug...
  • M.L. Spencer
    Apr 27, 2019
    Seraphina?s Lament is a dark and gritty tale that follows six would-be saviors of the world in an interesting take on the Chosen One theme. Seraphina and her twin brother Neryan were born with elemental talent. Seraphina wields the gift of fire, while Neryan commands the gift of wate...
  • Michael Baker
    Feb 17, 2019
    It feels wonderful getting back into reading books. I?ve already finished half the number I did for the whole of 2018. I?m also returning to reviewing, and here is one of the best debuts in a long time for me. This book is dark fantasy in its purest form, and it does it without ...
  • Petrik
    Jan 15, 2019
    ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. A brutally remarkable and captivating Holodomor-inspired fantasy debut. Seraphina?s Lament is Sarah Chorn?s debut and it?s the first book in The Bloodlands trilogy. For the purpose of targeting the right reader fo...
  • Nancy Foster
    Jun 15, 2019
    A part of me was hesitant to read this book, mostly because I don't read Grimdark that much due to personal preferences. However, I heard really good comments regarding this book and decided to give it a shot. And I was glad that I did. Sarah Chorn has set aside her book reviewing h...
  • Gabriel
    May 05, 2019
    *Spoiler free* I was given an e-book copy by the author. I had read one free chapter when it was released and wasn't sure how to react at first. I'm glad I gave it a shot. Seraphina's a complex and interesting character. She's one of that characters you wish you had written. Dis...
  • E.M. Hamill
    Feb 23, 2019
    Every once in a while you read a book that's unlike anything you've ever read. Seraphina's Lament is that book. Part fantasy, part zombie, and all grimdark, the book blew me away. Sarah Chorn's prose is lyrical, heartbreaking poetry in so many places that I just had to stop and digest...
  • Cleveryulik
    Mar 06, 2019
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  • The Write Sisters
    Feb 15, 2019
    AN ARC WAS PROVIDED BY THE AUTHOR IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW How do you describe the gnawing feeling that the world is a dark and horrifying place that you desperately want to know more of? Like a hand grasping about your ankle and pulling you down into another dimension, Sera...