Reviews and Interviews

Reviews for The Crow God’s Girl

“This book was simply fabulous. I loved it! The writing was descriptive and clear, and the narrative was lyrical and natural and I was easily sucked into the story right from the start. Although I hadn’t read the other books in the series prior to “The Crow God’s Girl”, I found I was able to easily follow along and adjust to this new world that Kate inhabits. Although I do want to read the other books now, just to see all that has happened before hand. This is a wonderful novel rich with great characters and a twisty, tension filed plot that hold tight right up until the end. A definite must read for fans of fantasy.” — BookPrincess Sophia

“I couldn’t put it down. I have read all three books, and I have to say I believe this one is the best! I can’t wait for the next one. The directions this story can go are endless.” — Mary Nagle

“Yes, it’s a medieval world, and yes, Kate is very much a modern teenager. And yes, there’s a cute guy. But there the story veers off into its own path, where the cute guy isn’t the real love interest. In fact, there is no real love interest, only a love possibility. And while Kate does aim to change the medieval world, Aeritan changes her just as much. (More, I think.) Many of the characters aren’t very likeable, most of them you can’t trust, and even the ones who are on Kate’s side have their own agenda. It’s a story about war and politics and a people reclaiming their heritage. About a young woman who leads them, and by doing so, finds a new identity for herself.” –Beth Bernobich

As a reader I was constantly surprised by the twists and turns of the plot. The author takes us into new territory, where the complexities of the Council rule the lives of the nobles. Kate finds herself in the middle of their machinations, scrambling to prevent all-out war. Alliances change, putting her in ever greater danger. I thoroughly enjoyed this book…and am impatient for the next installment to come out.” — JK Cheney

Reviews for The Unexpected Miss Bennet

From Savvy Verse & Wit:

Readers favorites from Mr. Darcy and Lizzy to Lady Catherine and Anne de Bourgh round out the cast, but the colorful and rambunctious Mr. Aikens captures some of the spotlight as he shows up at inopportune moments and disrupts the decorum of Regency society with his amiable nature and constant rambling about horses.  Sarath’s characterization of Aikens helps offset the quirkiness of Mary in a way that will endear her to readers, who will see her faults as charming foibles of a well-meaning woman.

From Austenesque Reviews:

What a engaging and endearing tale about Mary Bennet! I love when authors write about the forgotten and neglected characters of Jane Austen! I truly loved this closer look into the heart and mind of Mary Bennet. She captured my interest from page one. I loved witnessing her gradual transformation, her realization that she can never be something she isn’t, and her newfound understanding of men and relationships. Yes, there is romance in this story! And the hero is just as unexpectedly charming as Mary Bennet!

From 5 Minutes for Books:

The Unexpected Miss Bennet is a delightful continuation of Pride and Prejudice. At times, I felt that the author tried to copy Miss Austen’s style too closely (and who can truly copy Jane Austen?), but reading the novel felt like a visit with old friends. When I think of the Bennet sisters as depticted by Jane Austen, Mary and Kitty are the least memorable. I enjoyed following along as Patrice Sarath developed Mary into an accomplished young woman. I appreciated that most of the characters from Pride and Prejudice appeared in the tale, some with more prominent roles, and I thought the new characters added to the appeal as well.

 

 

Interviews

My radio interview with Nanci Arvizu of PageReaders on blogtalkradio.

Fantasy novel author to sign books Sunday in Ridgefield, by Emily Froelich of the Danbury News-Times

Out of the Slush podcast with Shaun Farrell Adventures in Sci Fi Publishing

Baker’s Dozen Interview with Rick Klaw of RevolutionSF

Reviews:

From Paranormal Romance:

pnr-top-pick-logo.jpg Gordath Wood is just a splendid book!…This book is full of plots, magics, love and mysteries. It is a good read and for a first novel, is excellent. Congratulations to the author and I hope to read more from her soon.

From All About Romance:

The book truly excels when the focus is on Kate. Kate has led a sheltered life and watching her grow in skill and confidence among the people of the new realm in which she finds herself makes for an interesting story. Though Kate has her adventures in an obviously fantastic world, they somehow feel real and the reader can believe that a New York teenager somehow found her way into a Medieval-level army at war in a wood somehow parallel to the one she knew back home.

From Reading Etc.

The book worked for me. It takes a realistic look at war—bloody, dirty and often started for little reason. The people in her world aren’t perfect and they don’t always act heroically or honorably. Things don’t always end well. Their actions have consequences and things that happen to them scar them and aren’t easily forgotten. This is not a comfortable or lighthearted book. It didn’t end quite the way I hoped. There is no “happily ever after” for many of the characters, but there is resolution and it was in character with the rest of the book. Patrice Sarath is an author to watch. I recommend the book to people who enjoy fantasy. Grade—B.

From SciFiGuy.com

There is lots of well described gritty detail about the culture and the military and the story unfolds through multiple character viewpoints including Lynn, Kate, Joe and several of the key parallel world characters adding even more perspective.

From Fresh Fiction:

GORDATH WOOD is s fascinating tale which outlines the dilemma faced by women in a patriarchal society and their abilities to cope with the disasters thrown their way.

From Night Owl Romance:

When one side of the conflict is using guns and the other side is using swords and crossbows, can they meet as equals? This part of the story was done with realism and well. The war strategies were well thought out and expressed so the reader was able to visualize them.

From Critical Mass:

The crossover novel is a standard device in fantasy, and an obviously useful one because it allows the author to introduce the new world through the eyes of a character to whom it is all a revelation, which makes it easier for the reader to identify with the character and situation.  Unfortunately, it has been seriously over used in recent years and feels a bit awkward, even though in this case the author tells a pretty good story.