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Turning a 1 Star Lemon Into Lemonade

The Five Elements has a 1 star review. It's been out there for a while. I haven't tried to hide it. In fact, I called it out, especially since the person who left it gave away a fairly big spoiler in his review. I went back and forth with Amazon on it. The review's still there, unaltered, so you can guess how that went.

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At this point I have to issue a spoiler warning. If you haven't read The Five Elements then I have to first ask, why not? One reviewer said "the pace is rapid and there's a dizzying array of twists and turns". Another called it "vibrant and entertaining" and said it "far surpassed my expectations". Also, "I had absolutely no idea what was going to happen next". It's a blend of pseudoscience, alchemy, and elemental magic with a varied cast of deep characters. It's usually $2.99 or less, too. You should go buy it now.

In any case, there are spoilers below. You've been warned.

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I've decided to take this person's 1 star review:


And make something out of it by leaving the following comment for the reviewer:


You're reading that right. If this person contacts me I will let him (or her) decide if Shanna returns or not. This is an absolutely sincere offer. Things happen in The Nullification Engine such that it is a definite possibility. It's big, too. If she comes back she can potentially really tip the balance. She has a connection to the elementalists as well as the druids. Then there's the Five Elements. At the end of the book they were lost to the ocean, but if she comes back, would she still command their power? Guess we'll have to wait and see.

If aalleexx212 does not contact me, then oh well. Unfortunately, because of Amazon's inane review system I have no way to contact him (or her). So, if I don't hear, the decision will fall to yours truly.

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