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Autumn Girl [Kindle Edition]

Douglas R Hernandez
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Change comes to all things, unbidden and often unwelcome.

In her idyllic woodland home, a young girl finds enormous power at an unexpected age. As she comes to terms with ancient magic, her family unifies to protect her from an old foe. Visions of the past and future haunt her, threatening both her health and sanity. Her only hope is family, for each member must play the role they have inherited to save her.

The magic she discovers destroys better than it creates. It withers those it touches. Neither dark nor light, it is unstable and abusive. Family enemies emerge from across time, fates entwined. The forest they steward produces savage creatures, strange and alien, and harbors ancient magic.

Autumn has come, bringing death to those without the strength, will, or good fortune to survive.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1234 KB
  • Print Length: 273 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Douglas R Hernandez; 1 edition (November 23, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GQK81CM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,088,000 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes, ignorance is NOT bliss. November 18, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Autumn Girl is the first offering from an exciting new voice in modern fantasy. It is, by large, a tale of the coming of age of young Eva, a girl born to an extraordinary family, hidden away for generations in the depths of appalachia.

Eva is the unwitting heiress to a legacy of power and responsibility. She has always known that she was different; the true extent of her abilities, however, has always been kept from her. Left largely to her own devices, her fledgling attempts to understand who and what she is sets in motion a course of events that threatens to destroy that legacy.

Autumn Girl is suitable for teens through adults, and is a refreshing change from the bland, predictable tropes of today's YA fantasy lit.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark and Complex Modern Fairy Tale November 20, 2013
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Autumn Girl is an excellent modern fantasy, set in a well thought out and detailed contemporary world imbued with magic, haunted by ghosts and defiled by killers and demons. At it's heart is a young girl, Eva, who increasingly becomes aware of her magical power and pre-ordained role in an ancient, druidic family cycle. The story starts simply, innocently, but over time as Eva discovers the potential for evil in her magical world the novel transforms into a complex and dark fairy tale.

I thoroughly enjoyed the novel, especially the second half in which a host of interesting characters are thrown into intersecting courses of intense, often violent action. I found myself reading well past bed time, unable to put it down.

I'd recommend this as an entertaining read. Note that when you sample the book using amazon's "Look Inside" feature you're only introduced to Eva at her earliest stages of power, and that the language and characterizations all become more complex right up to the books riviting climax.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars leaves you wanting more November 30, 2013
By CCowan
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This book screams sequel. The character development is great and what hooked me on the book. The concept of magic having an emotional price made a somewhat unlikable character become likable. The book has an exciting and evolving plot and is well worth reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Modern, engrossing tale of nascent magic ... November 30, 2013
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.... and the sometimes painful path it's young wielder is set upon by opposing forces of good and evil.

Douglas R. Hernandez spins a multi-textured yarn of mystery and adventure that takes our young heroine Eva to heights of elation and success that most children her age never dream of. She is also tempted by an ancient malevolence to use her barely controlled powers to serve greed, corruption, and chaos.

Is Eva's bond to her family strong enough to keep her from descending into madness? Will the struggle within consume her and her family? Can Eva resist the quick and easy path to evil?

Let us all hope so. For if not, the power contained within her tiny body is strong enough to destroy everyone and everything in her world.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read - Worth Your Time August 1, 2014
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This was an engaging dark fantasy that felt like a classic fairy tale interwoven into modern times. Anytime you have the level of general darkness and family history that this family has lived through, and the author brilliantly describes, you know you are headed down some intriguing paths. The lessons Eva learns throughout from her remarkable, yet strange family, all while interacting with the magic around her created a magnificent read that kept you involved throughout. I would highly recommend this book. You won't be disappointed, but like me, will be waiting for the next chapter in this series to learn even more about this remarkable family.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unique, interesting page turner July 27, 2014
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As someone who doesn't typically read this genre, I was hooked so I had to write a review. I found myself fascinated by the characters and the development of their stories in this book. I don't usually enjoy fantasy or magic but this book pulled me in from the beginning and kept me interested to the very action-packed end. And while I agree with another reviewer that this book was dark, the story was so compelling and the depth the author brought to the story made it something I wanted to read. I would love to read more about this family or other generations of Autumn Girls!
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant July 5, 2014
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Something of Laura Esquivel in this. I wish I had kids to read it to. It belongs with classics IMHO.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read January 6, 2014
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Quite honestly, I am a very busy person and I don't often take chances on new authors. In this case, I am glad I did. The book is descriptive, immersive, and is truly an enjoyable adventure to read. The story is unique, the characters are imaginative, and the author’s writing style balances on the line between accessible and intricate with magnificent results.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting new point of view
This book is a great read. It takes a refreshingly new point of view on an d genre. Doug's descriptions are done well, and the storyline gives you just enough to keep you coming... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful, magical page-turner
Not my usual genre, but this book was recommended to me and I was hooked from the the very start. The writing is beautiful, rich and evocative; Autumn Girl has the marks of a great... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, hooked from page 1!
This one will really keep you going. It sucks you right in from the first few paragraphs, immersing you almost immediately in a dizzying new world painted with vivid descriptions... Read more
Published 9 months ago by James F Gates
5.0 out of 5 stars This was a great read that captured me from beginning to end...
Autumn Girl is the first fantasy book I have read and I must say that Douglas Hernandez has done nothing less than make me want to dive deeper into the realm of fantasy. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Max
2.0 out of 5 stars Horrifying, if that's your 'thing'
I'll be a wet blanket on the other reviewers. The book is dark beyond belief, and the sufferers are a 5-year-old girl and her family. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Wayne Daniel
4.0 out of 5 stars A dark sci-fi that entertains throughout
This book kept my interest through many unpredictable twists. - The author did a great job pulling the reader into the adventures of Eva.
Published 14 months ago by Bob Twain
5.0 out of 5 stars A total page turner.
The story centers around a little girl named Eva. But this is not your average story about a little girl with dark powers. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Phillip Hensley
5.0 out of 5 stars Autumn Girl is an Excellent Read
I normally would not have given a book like this a second thought, but you will find that Autumn Girl is excellent modern fantasy story. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Rob McHenry
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping and engaging
Great start by a new author that will keep you reading. The story takes you back to your childhood then turns everything on its head. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Will Jones
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More About the Author

Douglas R Hernandez was born in Baton Rouge, LA, to a mixed Mexican and Cajun family. He's moved around a lot and has lived in enough places to say, "all over these United States." He considers Everywhere to be his home.

From his earliest days, he's had stories to tell. These come from flights of fancy, anecdotal incidents, strange daydreams, and real events in his life. He enjoys writing them down with the hope that someone will read them someday.

Currently, he lives in Minnesota's Twin Cities with his family, where he spends his time writing software and stories.

If you see him around, call him Doug and ask him to make you some gumbo or jambalaya.

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