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The Call of Eirian (The Faelin Chronicles Book 2) Kindle Edition

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Gr 7 Up-This sequel to Crystal Bones (Marshall Cavendish, 2011) finds the 13-year-old Faelin twins, Diello and Cynthe, journeying to the faerie realm of Embarthi to return the magical sword Eirian and, hopefully, rescue their kidnapped younger sister. They are accompanied by a talking wolf pup and Scree, a loyal, but none-too-bright half-goblin boy. The twins encounter threats from humans and magical creatures alike, particularly from Gor-Goblin Brezog, who would possess Eirian for his own dark purposes. When the siblings finally reach Embarthi, their arrival isn't well received. Here, they learn of their mother's betrayal of the crown and of their own royal birthright. But could Embarthi prove to be just as treacherous for them as the world outside its boundaries? One thing's for certain: their quest isn't over. The purpose of this sequel appears to be character development, and the action doesn't pick up until the last third of the book. Unfortunately, readers may have lost interest by then. Plot twists are predictable, and the settings are only vaguely defined. Moreover, the importance of the quest feels buried beneath descriptions of daily travels, tedious dialogue, and other sidetracks. Purchase this for fans of the first book; otherwise, there are better options.-Alissa J. LeMerise, Oxford Public Library, MIα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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C. Aubrey Hall lives in Norman, Oklahoma.

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  • File Size: 789 KB
  • Print Length: 325 pages
  • Publisher: Skyscape (May 15, 2012)
  • Publication Date: May 15, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007FXRYHW
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C. Aubrey Hall was born in Illinois but has spent much of her life in the Southwest. She feels a deep connection to the desert lands of New Mexico and has often explored historical Native American sites there. She loves reading, walking her dogs, and being outdoors. Although she no longer owns any horses, she used to compete in horse shows with her Missouri Fox Trotter.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By fredtownward VINE VOICE on December 31, 2012
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Hated by humans, pursued by goblins, spied on by eagles, despised by "true" Fae, 13-year-old orphaned half Fae (or Faelin) twins, Diello and Cynthe, and their two companions: a talking Samal wolf pup whose mother died bringing warning and a half witted half goblin boy determined to help the only people who've ever been kind to him, must cross most of the human realm of Antrasin in order to return a dangerously powerful magical sword that their parents once stole and hid away until the catastrophic events of the previous book Crystal Bones.

To author C. Aubrey Hall's credit, this is not the relentlessly downbeat grimfest the first book was. Oh, bad things continue to happen of course, but now there's the sense of lessons being learned, progress being made, and the fellowship, especially the twins, being forged into something that will shake their world. When greeted with rejection and betrayal by the true Fae of Embarthi, the twins eschew feeling sorry for themselves and concentrate on improving their ever growing magical abilities, protecting the rest of the fellowship, and plotting against...

everyone.

For the sake of their imprisoned baby sister, they'll take on their world in the upcoming Mage Fire.

Their world is in trouble.

Note: Those who (justifiably IMHO) complained about the lack of a map in the first book are rewarded with a two-pager, not to mention a helpful three page Cast of Characters in this volume.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dawn Killen-Courtney VINE VOICE on April 5, 2013
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I like a good tale, no matter the age level it is geared toward -- if it works, it works. I found myself quite pleased with The Call of Eirian, and more than once recognised how much I would have treasured it as a ten or twelve year old. Chances are good it would've been dog eared from multiple re-reads. The plot is engaging, and the characters well done enough to form attatchments to and engage with them in their struggles. I also liked the quality of the hard cover edition I received, a well made book. I would certainly recommend this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Williams VINE VOICE on December 29, 2012
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This novel does an excellent job of picking up where Crystal Bones (The Faelin Chronicles) left off. Cynthe and Diello are thirteen-year-old fraternal twins. They and their three-year-old sister Amalina are on their own because a horde of goblins have killed their parents. They discover many secrets about their parents and learn that they would have trouble being welcomed anywhere because their father Stephel was human and their mother Lwyneth was Fae. One secret that they discover is that the Sword of Eirian is hidden on their farm. They find Eieran and learn that it can both protect and add to peril. They also have help from a wolf pup named Vassou and a goblin boy named Scree.

Amalina is kidnapped, and there are no clues until very late in the novel about who kidnapped her. However, it is clear that the kidnapper did it to take possession of the Sword of Eiran. It also has much to do with who will rise to the throne in the Fae country of Embarthi. When Cynthe and Diello travel to Embarthi, they have little idea whom they can trust during their journey or when they arrive in Embarthi.

This book is second in a series, but I had no problem catching up without having readThis novel does an excellent job of picking up where The Faelin Chronicles: Crystal Bones left off. Cynthe and Diello are thirteen-year-old fraternal twins. They and their three-year-old sister Amalina are on their own because a horde of goblins have killed their parents. They discover many secrets about their parents and learn that they would have trouble being welcomed anywhere because their father Stephel was human and their mother Lwyneth was Fae.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shadowhelm VINE VOICE on December 26, 2012
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I didn't read the first book, so I may have missed important points in it, but I really don't think I did.

I'm ambivalent about this book because it held such promise and many good ideas, but failed in some areas. My actual stars would be a 3 1/2, but I rounded up to a 4 because Amazon doesn't have half stars and I don't believe in penalizing an author for that. Some spoilers, but hopefully nothing too bad.

The good:

-- Lots of action.
-- Interesting roles of brother and sister; Queen of the Fae and wizard. I love the nontraditional roles women take in this book. It's refreshing to see women as the hunters and warriors as well as the men.
-- Interesting intrigue with the Fae.
-- Eirian as an entity.

The bad:

-- No description of anything. I've written some pretty description-free pieces that needed more pumping up. This book has no real description. I don't know what anything looks like or what the characters look like. I'm not looking for narrative description, but I do need to have a clue.
-- Characters seem a bit more cardboard than they should be -- or their motivations seem less apparent. The Fae seem to just be a nasty lot who have no sympathies for the Faelin children.
-- Their parents being called "Mamee" and "Da." I know this is a pet peeve of mine, but even the words sound childish. I can't imagine young adults finding this anything but insulting to their intellect.
-- Annoying dialogue that repeats something over and over, and then contradicts itself in a few paragraphs.

I've read other YA fantasies and while I think this isn't too bad, it's not the best out there, which is a shame, because it held a lot of promise. Still, I'm giving it the rating for the interesting brother/sister roles.
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