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"It was brilliant , amazing I couldn't stop reading it, I never wanted to put the book down EVER!" ~Amazon Reviewer~
"The book (and series) had a very interesting plot and characters that were fun to read. There are interesting plot twists and a well developed world for them to grow in. Very enjoyable!"~Amazon Reviewer~ 

"I enjoy a interesting story that has a different slant. I look forward to the next book in the series." ~Amazon Reviewer~

From the Author

The idea for the Healers of Meligna series came to me while I was at the doctor's office for my annual check-up in 2012. I wanted to write something controversial, yet still in the genre of Epic Fantasy. I wanted my main character to suffer the darkest of adversities, to experience the deepest emotional pain possible, and for this to affect her in a realistic way.

When teenagers are exposed to trauma, their personalities can be deeply affected, and I wanted to show just how deeply a person's development can be affected by tragedy and pain. In this way I think my protagonist is somewhat unrelateable at times, because for most of us, our childhoods aren't nearly as scarring. On the flip side, Adenine's trauma, with help from her friends, makes her more resilient, and demonstrates just how strong and courageous the human spirit can be. No matter how affected we are by injustices, we can rise above them. Adenine takes her pain and instead of externalising that pain by lashing out at others or seeking revenge, she takes the path of empathy and love (especially in later books), and most importantly, grows a wild passion for seeing justice served the right way.
I wanted to build a world full of loveable characters, and interesting societies, that when forced together, create conflict and tension based on differences of beliefs, rather than alluding to cliches of good and evil. 

This story focuses closely on the development of her character, and the psychology of her very closely mimics those who've suffered from PTSD, complicated grief, depression, anxiety, and it also shows what happens what can happen to the psyche when the development of a child's brain is stunted by adversity.

While I've written stories before, none of them have seen the light of day, but this story wanted to be published. It has its own life force that on rare occasion, has made me teary eyed.

This year will bring the conclusion of Adenine's narrative, but the story doesn't end there. A new series will spring from this one. The lands of Arcania won't know what hit them!

Product Details

  • File Size: 1992 KB
  • Print Length: 728 pages
  • Publisher: K. J. Colt (January 20, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 20, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D6GDY1W
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,497 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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U.S.A Today Bestselling author Kylie J. Colt writes fantasy with a psychological twist. By threading common psychological pathologies such as anxiety, depression, and mood disorders into her storytelling, she creates deeper more dynamic characters.

Located on the sunny Gold Coast of Australia, she has been writing for three years. Her favourite writers are Kristin Cashore, Robin Hobb, Trudi Canavan and Maria V. Snyder. She has an honours degree in psychology and counselling, enjoys road trips, gaming (Skyrim / Civilisation / Assassin's Creed / Bioshock / Banished), music festivals (electronica), playing pool, meditation, yoga, bushwalking, and gobbles up anything fantasy-related. Her favourite shows include Game of Thrones, Homeland, Dark Mirror, Downton Abbey, X-Files, House of Cards, Hannibal, Trueblood, IT Crowd and anything created by Hayao Miyazaki.

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The thing that first attracted me to Concealed Power was its cover, which is literally eye-catching. At first glance, you are forced to look our young female protagonist in the eye, instantly receiving all of the emotions she conveys in that golden gaze.

We view the world through the eyes of Adenine, the daughter of merchant parents who have decided to hide their daughter from the world. Set mostly in the town of Borrelia, Adenine's home country of Senya is recovering from the combined effects of a civil war and the Death Plague. The civil war, which was finished without shedding a single drop of blood, resulted in the loss of the city of Meligna to a group of women known as Healers, commonly referred to in the south as "golden whores". Despised and reviled by South Senyans, all girls born of Healer blood are sent north to Meligna, to preserve the peace signed between King Erageo and the Queens who rule Meligna.

I love the setting that we are dropped into by the author. We follow a citizen from the losing side of a civil war, from a frontier region whose citizens live in fear of a second incursion by the Queens. The distrust of the Queens and Healers is prevalent throughout the book. For the first tenth of the story, I read in horror as Adenine was beset by tragedy upon tragedy, until at one point I dreaded that the rest of the story must surely get as dark as any George R. R. Martin wedding scene. Just as soon as Adenine's life hits a low, however, her mother falls ill, and Adenine must suddenly find the strength within herself to save her mother's life.

As incredible as it sounds, after these first few trials, I found that Adenine's life surprisingly fell into place a little too easily.
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Title: Concealed Power (The Healers of Meligna, #1) by K.J. Colt
Format: .Mobi provided by author in exchange for review

Review: When I was a younger teen I used to devour Tamora Pierce's young adult fantasy series. Ms. Colt's debut novel likens to Ms. Pierce's novels with the slow build-up of a young heroine in unique circumstances set in a troubled kingdom. Adenine, through no fault of her own but genetics, is kept isolated the total of her life except for small, secret outings. After experiencing a damaging attack, death of her father, and blindness, I seriously wondered if this poor girl would ever get a break! Like Ms. Pierce's novels, the first in this series is a bit slow in the action, but the whole purpose is to start to involve the reader in the world of Adenine, her family and friend, and their small town.

As the story progresses and Adenine is finally freed, the action starts kicking. Adenine is completely clueless due to her family and friends' choices to keep her "safe" and is constantly running into enemies and troubles she has no idea existed. Coming into her undiscovered powers, Adenine quickly comes to terms with her new fate. With more losses, gains in friendship, and personal maturity, Adenine's story goes through a whirl of huge changes packed in a few chapters.

This book provokes a lot of great emotions and totally involved me in the story. I was angry but compassionate toward her parents and friends for their role in her isolation, and my heart ached for all the horrors that Adenine has to endure just because of her genetics. I look forward to reading the following novels as she grows into a woman and her tale continues.

Highly recommended for anyone who likes fantasy or a highly involved storyline with a strong heroine.
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I downloaded this book during a free promotion along with several others which I will read!

Loved this book but wow, it wasn't at all what I was expecting. The first unusual thing was the fact that the book is written in the first person perspective. This has its own strengths and weaknesses - I found myself (a great deal!) wanting to know more about the world, its history, day to day aspects about the lives of the townspeople but I was frustratingly limited to knowing only what the protagonist knows. I don't want to spoil the book but the protagonist has a few "sensory issues" as well, preventing a thorough description of the novel that engages all of the senses. She experiences the world in drips and drabs and I found myself wanting a bit more.

That said, the ignorance of the protagonist did allow for a number of rather thrilling plot twists that I believe wouldn't have worked if it wasn't written in the first person. The author did a fantastic job of capturing the confusion and the chaos that surrounds the protagonist; things that were revealed to her genuinely surprised me too and the writing of the book really captures the impact on the protagonist (and, by extension, me, as the reader). This is a book where a lot seems to happen yet there isn't much action, the book is premised more on the development of the characters which works to the books favour (but may dampen the enthusiasm of anyone purchasing this book expecting it to be non-stop, wall-to-wall action and adventure).

The good:
Character development
Interesting story and very atypical fantasy (it's nice to see a fantasy deviating from the "usual" plot devices and avoiding clichés)

The neutral:
Lack of action.
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