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Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Hydra Publications (June 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615493785
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615493787
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,024,504 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Marisa Mills (pronounced muh-ree-suh, and known as Reese to her relatives), is a native Tennessean, presently living in Gulf Shores, Alabama. She has written and published various short stories, poems, and novels. A jack of all trades, master of none, she is a writer, artist, photographer, dancer, kick boxer, baker, and occasional cashier girl. She is easily recognizable from her eccentric personality (and equally eccentric hair), and she can often be found dancing around in public fountains, making lame jokes, talking to complete strangers, and scoping out exciting things to do and try. Her favorite genre is fantasy, which she most often writes in, though she also writes horror, science fiction, historical fiction, and romance. More information about her can be found at: www.marisamills.webs.com

More About the Author

Once upon a time, October 9, 1992 to be exact, in a kingdom far, far away-- okay, scratch that. It's too cliche. Once upon um, once, in the state of Tennessee there was born a princess (okay, so the United States isn't a monarchy nor was she a princess, but just roll with it). This princess was unlike any other. She wasn't graceful with a charming voice or beautiful. However, she was very strange, no, odd, no, quirky. Okay, so she was strange.

Her parents sought wisdom from the girl's fairy godmother, who after pondering for many minutes, came to a solution. The fairy waved her hand and using the magic of money, poofed a laptop into the room. "Will this make our daughter normal?" the mother asked.

"No," replied the fairy godmother, "But she won't bother you anymore. You can just let her stay in her room and pretend she's normal."

And so they did.

Afterwards, the young girl penned several very bad novels and one not-so-bad one (which was rather fond of) named Andraste, which was published by Hydra Publications in 2011. She wrote a lot of short stories and poems, too, but no one ever asks about those.

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Marisa weaves a tale that grabs you from the very first sentence.
James W. Peercy
Andraste is fine if you're just killing time, but I wouldn't go out of my way to read it.
Kirae712
With Andraste, the world that the author created was believable and very exciting.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By thefictionalbookshelf on August 11, 2011
Format: Paperback
It's rare I read a book where the fantasy world created for the story seems so believable I forget that I live on earth. With Andraste, the world that the author created was believable and very exciting. It was a treat to learn about the different lands, customs, traditions, types of people, their powers and etcetera. It was as if I walked side by side the main character while she traveled throughout the pages of the book.

The fate of the fairies rest on the shoulders of a young fairy named Andraste whose world is not as it seems. This book has several twists and turns that leads Andraste through a life she never dreamed of or expected especially when it comes to fighting the vampire empress who is determined to conquer the world.

I would highly recommend this book for so many reasons but this is just of the few reasons why.

1) The world that Marisa, the author, crafted was fantastic and clever.
2) The book is very fast-paced and sucks you in from the start.
3) The whole cast of characters (good and bad) strengthen the story's plot. I loved learning about each and everyone of them.
4) Who doesn't love a good fantasy when there's a mystery to be solved?
5) Did I mention it's about fairies? I love fairies.

Now there is one tiny thing I had an issue with and it's so minor it didn't have too much of an effect on my overall rating.

In the beginning I found it slightly difficult to follow along because I was trying to remember who was who, where they came from and were they good or bad. But after a very short while I caught on and loved the book. Other people may not find this an issue.

I'm actually going to enjoy reading more from this author.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tiffiny Sarradet on March 4, 2012
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I loved this story. The characters are creative; there are even never-before-seen races and species! The setting is also original, detailed and captivating.

Andraste is a Nymphian warrior princess prophesied to become a queen capable of uniting the tribes and races of her world and defeating the evil vampire empress currently terrorizing and enslaving race after race. On her journey to the capital, Andraste visits each tribe in order to solidify alliances and gather troops. Each tribe sends its own leader to accompany her and lead their own soldiers.

These characters' personalities vary greatly, reflecting the customs, beliefs and socially acceptable behaviors of their people. It's disappointing that more wasn't written about the dynamics of these relationships. This is my main problem with the book. The characters are military leaders, each accustomed to his/her own way of life. It's unreasonable that these leaders and warriors would all behave as children/teens, but sadly, that is the case.

Andraste's own cousin and right hand behaves as if she's going to prom, not war, throughout the story. She's very ditzy and superficial, always babbling about whether the "boys" are handsome, who should date each other, fashion, hairstyles, etc. This is a warrior who's lost an eye; she should behave like an experienced warrior and help Andraste plan for what's to come. Instead, she's Barbie.

Very few characters display a maturity level appropriate for an adult. It's like high school kids putting on a play about war.

If Ms. Mills had taken her own work more seriously, given her characters a little depth, this could have been a saga to rival the likes of Terry Goodkind's 12 book "The Sword of Truth" series. Even as it is, the story and setting are strong enough to balance the characters' superficiality and still give us a decent reading experience. It's just a shame the potential for greatness wasn't realized.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cassandra (The Huge Anime Fan) on April 20, 2012
Format: Paperback
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The daughter of a fairy queen and elfin prince who's charged with an amazing prophecy, Andraste, is a serious young warrior princess. In the first opening chapters we see Andraste and her upbeat cousin, Radiance, readying to attend a court party. Obviously its a social event to present everyone with the warrior princess.
Andraste remains dispirited for the evening though being aware of the prophecy that mentions she will be the downfall of the Abutu empire run by evil vampire Empress Sarai and bring peace to the land of Nymphia, Latlan, and other mystical lands in Magick. Towards the middle of the party we see that some type of of serpent shapeshifters have been sent from the Abatu Empire by the command of Empress Sarai who is actually Andraste's aunt but its mentioned she has embraced dark magic guarded by some dieties trusted by the Magick inhabitants in the world of Andraste. Andraste with Radiance know that the time has come to fulfill the prophecy that was created by her mother, Queen Rhiannon of Lumounisia. The serpent shapeshifters are soon fended off with the help off a new friend of the court and the late queen's ambassador. Elvin who is known as the son of a ambitious conquering general who Andraste's mother died almost at the hands while she waged war as he tried to take Lumounisia.

Andraste, comes to know Elvin who for the most part is helping her with politics at court and to also help her fulfill the prophecy to bring down the Abutu Empire. Andraste doesn't believe him at all and we really see her struggle throughout the novel by being in his presence. Nonetheless, she has to fulfill her destiny and journey with Elvin as well as others to gain allies in the war against the Empress Sarai.
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