Troublesome Neighbors

ABOUT M. K. Theodoratus

M. K. Theodoratus
Got involved with fantasy when comics escorled my imagination. Then, the Oz series by L. Frank Baum, reinforced my retreat into imaginary worlds. While I sometimes read science fictions, I mostly gravitate to fantasy and the paranormal, especially if there's an intriguing mystery involved. More...


Lady Renna wants to weave in peace. Her neighbor covets her lands.
When Lord Gorsfeld attacks her lands, can Renna find a way to protect her people?

*****Review of Troublesome Neighbors:
One of the best adventures I've read in a long time. Lady Renna, the holder of Ren Creek and veteran of the Rebellion, wants nothing more than to lead a peaceful life as a weaver, but trouble comes looking for her. When she refuses her powerful neighbor's suit--because Lord Gorsfeld wants her lands at the confluence of the great southern river-- his men attack her villages. Then, her leader from the Rebellion, Mariah, wants her to become involved with the struggle over who will rule the Marches.

Renna must find a way to protect her people, her pet pig, and get even, all on her own terms.

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  1. The action scenes are great.
  2. I can hardly wait for the sequel. Please bring it on!
  3. Black Tail, while short on lines, definitely makes her presence known and was probably my favorite supporting character.

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Mariah is the flamboyant hero of the Far Isles Half-Elven Rebellion against religious persecution. Renna was her second, the person who stood behind her in battles and, in my later stories, ages much faster than Mariah. I thought who better to illustrate the problems about adjusting to life after the peace treaty, and the story of Renna and her pet pig was born.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Never Underestimate an Elf -- or even a half-elf November 1, 2012
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Troublesome Neighbors is a delightful read with solid characters (somewhere in between the Legolas and Keebler variety of elves) and well-paced dialogue. I found myself rooting for Renna as she finds herself between a rock and a hard place, and I enjoyed the magical elements of the story. Black Tail, while short on lines, definitely makes her presence known and was probably my favorite supporting character.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I have to admit that Troublesome Neighbours is one of the best adventures i've read in a long time. The plot moves at a good, steady pace and the action scenes are great. The author also does a great job in character development that I can't go into, cause that would spoil the joy of reading the novel. This story is definitely worth the read.
I would recomend this to those who loves a good adventure, as you'll be transfored to a magical world or heroes and elves and all sorts of magical creatures. I can hardly wait tfor the sequel. Please bring it on!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Imagination galore! April 6, 2013
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M. K. Theodoratus has imagined and created a world where half-elves reside, and are magically gifted. They come from Far Isle and some half-elves are stronger than others in terms of magical ability. Some excel in casting illusions, have a stronger sense of hearing, and have abilities that can help transport freight and people across the country.

So, are you ready to read a book that centers on a heroine that is not the most physically beautiful creature out there, nor does she have the tendency to fall into helpless perils just to get a bit of pity from the reader, then please do read on...

In this story, Lady Renna is a short girl for her age and has a permanent limp due to a bad hip. Most people fail to see beyond her physical disabilities. And when her village is threatened by Lord Gorsfeld's pillaging men, she would rather weave than help to subdue them, even when her more confident friend Mariah urges her to. Will Renna accept responsibility and overcome the political strife that she is trying so hard to avoid? We see that she paves her own path in doing so.
4.0 out of 5 stars Pigs a good antidote to elves February 12, 2014
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The world created by Theodoratus is a pleasant one; earthy enough to be believable, with realistic characters. I enjoyed the story. The writing is smooth, although there were a few places where I felt more rigorous editing would have been beneficial. There is obviously a rich backstory to it, but this was well handled and at no time was the reader left wondering who someone was.

I did like the pigs. They gave a lovely down-to-earth flavour to the story, and beautifully offset the air of effete prissiness that, absent efforts to the contrary, always seems to attach to elves, ever since that unfortunate casting of Legolas in the Lord of the Rings films.

I did feel the ending was a little abrupt; a bit more space devoted to the final events would have given a more satisfying conclusion in my opinion.