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Anathema (Cloud Prophet Trilogy, #1) [Kindle Edition]

Megg Jensen
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Book Description

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Forget prophecy. Make your own destiny.

Sheltered from the outside world with no hope for escape, slave girl Reychel dreads her fifteenth birthday - when her master's symbol is burned on the back of her bald scalp. Her best friend disappears the night before, leaving her to face the branding ceremony alone. She soon discovers nothing is as it seems when people desperate for freedom beg for Reychel's help.

Can Reychel learn to believe in herself?

Other Books by Megg:

The Initiate - a novelette bridging the Cloud Prophet Trilogy and The Swarm Trilogy

Cloud Prophet Trilogy:

The Swarm Trilogy:
The Sundering

The Song of Eloh Saga encompasses all of the books above

Editorial Reviews


"Megg Jensen has created an engaging, richly detailed read." - Brutally Honest Book Reviews

"I recommend you run, not walk, to get yourself a copy of this wonderful book!" - The Caffeinated Diva

"I was sucked in from start to finish." - Can't Find a Bookmark

About the Author

Megg Jensen is all sorts of strange things: medieval history buff, Ren Faire goer, fairy garden builder, swing dancer, and lover of movies everyone else hates. She spends too much time waiting for The Doctor.

Product Details

  • File Size: 331 KB
  • Print Length: 193 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1461006953
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: 80 Pages (January 12, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004MDLN66
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,570 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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104 of 112 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What a fantastic story April 21, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I would really rather give this book 3.5.

Despite this, i would like to say the Megg Jensen is an author i will be keeping a close eye on in the future. I think that she has a lot of talent. I will certainly be reading more of her work in the future.

The plot behind the book was great! (4.5 / 5) I love the ideas and concepts. It was the story itself that drew me into this book. I spent every single second reading this book itching to find out what happened next. The plot moved very well and i enjoyed every minute reading this book. The characters were also well crafted. Their different energies flew off the page. I really felt the different personalities shining through.

What i found difficult, was that the author was dropping subtle hints about plot lines that actually were not that subtle. Readers get a lot out of one line. Some of it was very obvious and a few of the 'hints' sounded very false, like they were in there just to drop a hint to the readers.

Secondly I found that some of the speech was a bit disjointed. It slipped from historical sounding to casual modern language. I think it would have improved the story if the speech had been better crafted.

On occasion i also felt that important ideas were just throw in to get them out of the way and a couple of the scenes were underdeveloped.

Despite these little problems the story was engaging to say the least. Junior readers may like the extra hints the author provides and the slightly underdeveloped scenes certainly kept the plot moving at a great pace. Great for people who might put down a book at the slightest pause. It also meant that i could fly through the book and finish it in 1/2 a day.

I would recommend reading this book. I will perhaps even read it again myself and i will certainly be reading more of her work as it comes through.

Great book, Well done!
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review by YA Book Haven August 15, 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I contacted Megg Jensen a few weeks back about a review copy of "Anathema". I've been reading wonderful things about the book online and I was eager to see just how good it is. When I finished this book, my mouth fell open in shock. "Anathema" is quite possibly one of the best young adult novels I've read this year. Megg Jensen has truly crafted a phenomenal story with interesting characters. It's the perfect beginning for what is sure to be an amazing trilogy!

"Anathema" is the story of Reychel, a slave girl on the verge of her fifteenth birthday, an occasion she's been dreading. Upon her birthday she will be branded with her master's symbol, a box, on the nape of her neck below her bald scalp in which she will be claimed by her master. She's scared of the pain that will come with the branding and she wishes her friend, Ivy, who has gone missing, was there to help her through it.

Upon one of her meetings with her master, Reychel tells him a story one in which she states she will not be branded. Her master becomes angry with her, even though Reychel swears the story was false, and sends her to the dungeon where she meets a woman that will help her escape. Avoiding spoilers: Reychel will discover secrets that will change the world as she knows it; she'll realize that those she's held close to her heart have been lying to her for years.

What's nice about Reychel is that she holds a great power, one that she doesn't quite understand. She's a strong, determined character, and I like that about her. I just purchased the second book on Friday, I can't wait to see where the story is headed! Megg Jensen is an author to watch!
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49 of 57 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A great first draft of a story September 28, 2011
By Patrice
Format:Kindle Edition
I got this book because the Amazon reviews were so complementary and I was excited to start a new series. Unfortunately this book reads like (to steal a phrase from one of my writing professors) an "ugly first draft." The story is unique and shows a lot of promise but the writing is very disjointed. There is little effort put into character development and none put into the relationships between the characters. The dialogue is uninspired at best, and painfully unrealistic at the worst. It was downright painful to read at times and laughable at others.

This book *could* be worth reading but it needs a lot of editing to clean up the dialogue, descriptions, and plot. If you're looking for a novel that is well crafted and polished, then skip it.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
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It was a good premise, and some of the characters were likeable, but it seemed very unbelieveable. Reychel is only fifteen in this story, and the romance between her and Mark (who is a ridiculously high ranked soldier for his age) is severely lacking. One page you're just hanging out under the stars, and the next, BOOM! They love each other and totally understand commitment like the mature 15 and 17 year old they are.

The story also lacked description. When one of the gifted people conjured a portal, there was no description of what the main character saw. How would this girl who had never seen a portal before not be shocked? She wouldn't know what a portal looked like.

The diction used in the story was something that constantly threw me off. I think I could possibly have overlooked the lack of description and development and called it decent if the writer hadn't thrown in hundreds of little reminders in the form of the words "stuff" and "like that" and other sloppy vocabulary they wouldn't have used in a quasi-medieval society.

Its major redeeming quality would have to be its storyline. That was well done and I loved the way Ivy, the villain, was portrayed. The weaving in of her master being her father was perfect, and totally humanized the characters and made them more realistic. Mark, however, couldn't really be redeemed. I kept picturing him as some civil war soldier who was trying to pass for 18. Interesting, but I think the author should have spent a lot more time on it and made it a lot longer. It is a good story and deserves more attention and depth than she gave it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
great book, well written, kept my interest till the end, can't wait to read book 2
Published 3 days ago by Stephanie Meek
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read
Interesting read, good characters
Published 4 days ago by C. Schilling
4.0 out of 5 stars Unusual
This in not the type of book I usually read but the story and the characters captured me from the first page.
Published 5 days ago by June Benz
2.0 out of 5 stars Childishly written, and poorly revised.
Okay, so for such a bargain book you cannot expect elegance. Despite being warned off initially, I decided that I might as well give it a shot because there is always the off... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
It was a great book. Interesting premise.
Published 21 days ago by Susan Esplin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Entrancing!
Very good, I read this in one sitting. I only saw one editing error, besides that - this was well written and intriguing. Read more
Published 1 month ago by April Hesler
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 stars

Quick-paced, creative, and unique.

Reychel is to be branded on her 15th birthday by her king to ensure she is marked as his slave forever. Read more
Published 1 month ago by SpellBound Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Fairly enjoyable read
Although this was a fairly enjoyable book, I found myself losing interest towards the end. And I have to say that I don't like how abruptly some of the 'trilogy-type' books end. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Skybluespirit
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.

I enjoyed every character, page and twist in this book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by m pollard
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