Reviews

Reviews for FATE:

“This is very special.  It’s a family history of a character introduced to us in Farundell, but this completely works as a standalone.  An epic historical novel with magic undertones as a man searches across Europe for the elixir of life.  It’s 18th-century drama full of science, adventure and mystery on a grand scaleWonderful stuff, highly recommended.” (The Bookseller, Ones to Watch)

“A sensationally engrossing read … elegant characters in an eloquently told tale of mystery, magic and timelessness … a sublimely enjoyable book that will leave you filled with wonder and thinking about it long after you have closed the cover.” (Book Club Forum)

“Fate is an intricate, Gothic novel in elegant style. Fredericks brilliantly absorbs the detail of 18th-century cities, country, clothes, food, theatre, music and architecture. … This fast-paced fiction transcends the genre. … Read Fate; discover its secrets; meet its characters; experience Damory’s quest, above all enjoy a deeper sense of what it is to be human.”  (Historical Novel Society, Editor’s Choice August 2012)

“Brings to life a vivid, exciting portrait of the eighteenth century world. … Though undoubtedly an adventure story, Fate unfolds as an intricate, dark treatise on the costs of attaining knowledge and the double-edged sword of eternal life on earth. … This beautifully written book presents the question of whether a man is truly in charge of his own destiny or whether his fate – and the fate of those around him – is determined by forces beyond his control.” (We Love This Book)

“Lord Francis Damory, bit player in Farundell, deserved a volume of his own, and this is it. … A funny, enthralling, prequel … It’s an action packed story as many events (and people) happen to him but one accepts they wouldn’t be as entertaining recounted by anyone else. This Lord Damory is a kind, generous scientist and polymath, but most of all, Ms Fredericks has blessed him with an excellent sardonic, sarcastic wit and sense of irony.” 4.5 – 5 stars. (The Bookbag)

“…a story with a whole host of elements that blend together to create a great whole. If you want a love story, you have it, you want adventure, yep that too and if you like something that pushes boundaries bringing historical fiction and fantasy together then you’re in for a treat. Add to this some solid prose with a huge cast and all in it’s a standalone that works very well. Back that up with an author who loves to tell a story that brings their own identifiable style and you’ve got something a little bit special. Great.” (Falcata Times)

Fredericks writes absolutely beautifully. … You can get completely, wonderfully lost in Fredericks’ impeccably imagined lazily unfolding world. This novel is a genuine thing of beauty. … Science, Magic and History all combine seamlessly to make this a novel that really stands out from the crowd. I’ve not read anything that I could really compare it to, it’s utterly unique. Add to this Fredericks’ impressive elegance of narrative, and you’ve got a real winner. A beautiful, beautiful read. Can’t recommend it highly enough.” (FantasyBytes)

Reviews for Farundell

“Farundell is a marvellously dark and intricate literary gothic novel. The style is elegant and engaging and the storyline compelling. This is an author to watch.” Joanne Harris, best-selling author of Chocolat

‘Is it possible to know the mind of God? L R Fredericks, in this richly ambitious debut novel, explores this question. Fredericks is adroit at changing moods, able to conjure up the horror of a battlefield, the calm of a garden, or the farce of a party….one cannot help but be swept away by Fredericks’ bold intentions.’ (Financial Times)

Descriptively, conceptually and emotionally captivating.’ (Easy Living )

Beautifully written . . . I am sure it will appeal to many people.’ (Daily Mail )

‘Fredericks has written an epic novel that will no doubt have a cult following and become a best seller once its brilliance is understood by the wider reading society.’ (The Fringe Magazine)

‘In a work reminiscent of John Fowles’ The Magus and The Chymical Wedding by Lindsay Clarke, with their metaphysical overtones and secluded settings, first time author LR Fredericks strikes a bold note with this unusual and accomplished novel. …The story is intriguing, and the acute realisation of this lost Brideshead Revisited world will transport readers into a place of both glamour and squalor.’ (The Big Reader)