Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Reprise Review: Seized (The Pipe Woman Chronicles) by Lynne Cantwell

Genre: Urban Fantasy/ Contemporary/ World Mythology


Native American and old world mythos intertwine in a captivating story surrounding the winter of solstice 2012. Naomi has a pretty sweet life as a skilled mediator at a large legal firm in Colorado and she has just become engaged. When events from her past come to light, her whole world is turned upside down. It will never be the same again.


“Lynne Cantwell has a master's degree in creative writing from Johns Hopkins University; she is a former broadcast journalist who is working a day job as a legal secretary. Ms. Cantwell is also a contributing author at Indies Unlimited where she shares her knowledge about Indie publishing and promotion. Her Pipe Woman Chronicles include three volumes to date Seized, Fissured, and Tapped. Ms Cantwell’s other books are SwanSong, The Maidens' War, and Lulie: a short story. She was also a contributing author for Live Simply in the City and Indies Unlimited: Tutorials and Tools for Prospering in a Digital World.”

You can learn more about Ms. Cantwell on her blog or follow her on Facebook.


I have a soft spot for Native American stories, I am not sure why, as far as I know I have no Native American blood. I also enjoy stories about old world gods and myths. This story combines the two in a unique way. This contemporary fantasy is told through Naomi’s eyes. She is an intelligent, well-balanced character that you can’t help but like. The story is well thought out, draws you in quickly and has a steady building plot that adds some interesting twists.

Each character in the story is well developed and plays an important part in the development of the plot. I loved the way this story challenges all belief systems, this author has taken this on in a grand scale. The dialogue is realistic, entertaining, and humorous at times. I found it very easy to suspend my disbelief and become immersed in the story. I am excited to see where she takes us as this story continues to build in its ever-widening scope. Well done, Ms. Cantwell, well done. I think I have found a new favorite fantasy author.

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This book contains adult language and situations that may be offensive to some, but I don’t feel they were added for shock value.

Added for Reprise Review: Seized by Lynne Cantwell was a nominee in the Speculative Fiction category for B&P 2013 Readers' Choice Awards. Original review ran February 8, 2013

Format/Typo Issues:

I found no significant errors or issues.

Rating: ***** Five Stars

Reviewed by: ?wazithinkin

Approximate word count: 60-65,000 words


Judi Moore said...

This was the second of Cantwell's books which I read, the first that really took off into territory peopled by the world's pantheons. If you enjoy comparing religions, Native American myths and religious practices, a bit of romance and a rattling good story - you will enjoy these books.

?wazithinkin said...

Thanks for dropping in and commenting Judi. I totally agree.