STILLWATERS (THE FOUR LIVES OF J.S. FREEMAN, 1), BY YVONNE ANDERSON
Fiction: Sci-Fi. Self-published: February 2018. 256 pp.
How did she rise from the shrouds of obscurity to become one of the world's most influential figures? The enigmatic author J.S. Freeman breaks her long silence and tells the whole tale. In Stillwaters, the first of her three-part story, she brings us into the steamy, untamed land of her feral birth. When the City invaders capture her -- they call it a rescue, but it sure doesn't feel like it -- her first life ends. She wants only to run free again on Freemansland, but circumstances take her ever farther from home, until one snowy day, her second life ends as well. Come and see. The truth she tells is better than her fiction.
"Strong characters. An intriguing world like and not like our own. And a heroine that's headstrong and oddly vulnerable at the same time. Author Yvonne Anderson knocks it out of the park with this read. Snatch yourself up a copy and I'll join you in waiting for the second book to be released." - M.M. Griep, Amazon reviewer (5/5 stars)
"This reads almost like an autobiographical narrative but it's not dry or boring at all. The characters really come alive and I was always interested in what was going to happen on the next page. The author lacks an understanding of the deep emotional and relationship issues someone who has endured severe abuse has to deal with, but then that is foreign to anyone who hasn't gone through it themselves or dealt with it up close and firsthand. However this is a fictional story and if it were written true to life it would be a very different tale. For now I'm just irritated I have to wait for the rest of the series." - AaronzDad, Amazon reviewer (5/5 stars)
Anderson made her publishing debut with the novel The Story in the Stars, first in the four-book series Gateway to Gannah. Stars was a finalist for the 2012 American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Awards. The other titles in the series include Words in the Wind, Ransom in the Rock, and the Last Toqeph. In early 2018, she launched a new series, The Four Lives of J.S. Freeman, publishing the first book, Stillwaters, in February. Perhaps 'series' is inaccurate; it might be better termed a serial, as one story is told across three volumes. She will publish the next two titles, Citizen and Free, over the course of the year.