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The Darkening of Deacon (Tree of Life Series, Book #1) [Kindle Edition]

Elita Daniels
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Wrath, vengeance, hatred, cannot breathe the same atmosphere as love. And so it was that love began to wither and withdraw...

Among the ageless quietude of the elves, Deacon, a mortal, suffers the inescapable awareness of mortality. He lived in what many deemed perfection, but a dark uncertainty plagued him that there lay treachery in it all.

When secrets of his mysterious heritage are revealed, the young mage is thrown into a revolt of confusion, and in an unwholesome vent of misery, travels a path of unforgivable deeds. One of the few left of his kind - a race whose magical energies are vigorously interwoven with their lifeforce - Deacon is drawn into a world that turns into an involution of evil and death.

Editorial Reviews


It is a abomitable shame to not appreciate this work for all that it is worth. To appreciate it correctly - you need to shut everything off, abolish distraction and make yourself comfortable. It won't be the same experiance if you have to put this book down for any reason - and once you are reading it, you won't want to anyway.  - Ricochet Reviews

From the Author

Written with an older, archaic English style of prose, the "Tree of Life" two part book is something that will appeal to those seeking a more immersive Epic-Fantasy literary experience.

Product Details

  • File Size: 979 KB
  • Print Length: 380 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: PL & EF Daniels (September 22, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004477YCM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,085,105 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
If you are looking for a story brimming with romance, mystery and adventure, you must read "The Tree of Life" by Elita Daniels. The rich fantasy tale has a delicious old world charm and the quality of the prose is intricate and designed to be savoured. I especially enjoyed the full descriptions of the main characters and the love, hate and anguish they feel as the tale unwinds. The story explores the multifaceted nature of love and desire: the joy, the burden, the tenderness and pain, the friendships and the enemies. I felt myself being drawn deep into the minds and emotions of the characters until it was as if I was present in the story myself. The author layers her descriptions with the fine touch of a painter, creating shadows and highlights to the plot and characters, painting a memorable, beautiful story. Congratulations Elita, I eagerly await the next book in the series.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read! September 27, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
I'd like to start this review by stating I'm not particularly a Fantasy genre fan, and really didn't expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. Ha! Fooled me.
Elita Faith Daniels has a definite way with words. The first sentence 'hooked' me, and her flowing sentences made me want to keep reading. Its rare in today's novels to
get such enjoyment just from the way wording is used.

""Set in a mythical country, there are elves, and humans, and 'mage'.....those with mystical powers.
The story centers around young Deacon, and his struggle to come to terms with his part human, part mage heritage, while fighting his own internal demons. The authors descriptive prose brought the characters and surroundings to life, and I found myself rooting for, sympathizing with, and wanting to throttle Deacon at different times.
There are highs, and there are lows, and I felt each one. If there is one downside......its the ending. Elita!! How can you leave me hanging like this??? There had best be a part II and soon.

I read the e-book version, which was very well formatted, with clickable TOC.

I have very few "shelf worthy" books..but this is one I turned around and ordered in paper form.
**Disclaimer. This is a near duplicate post of a review I posted on LibraryThing.
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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars 1.9 out of 5 February 6, 2011
Rating: 1.9 out of 5

The older you get, the faster life moves. Yes, that's a cliché, but most times clichés have their roots in aspects of the truth. Days and weeks fly by, and before you know it you're looking at the past saying, "Maybe I should've stopped for a minute to appreciate the passage of time." When I find myself thinking this, and the limited time I have to do what I need to do, I abhor the things around me that waste my time, things that steal from me precious moments with which I could have been doing something different.

Not the best way to start a review, right? I know. But this is the way I started to feel while forcing myself through The Tree of Life by Elita Daniels.

I received this book as a review copy from the author. When reading the sample, it pulled me in because of the impending sense of sorrow and doom presented during the first couple chapters. I happily accepted it, thinking this melancholy suggested an impending expansion and heightening of emotion over the course of the text.

It turns out I was right. Sort of.

This is the story of Deacon, a young man with severe daddy issues. His father was a great and dangerous necromancer who wanted to use his son and wife's "Riven" blood (According to the tale, Rivens are a people whose connection to magic exists on a level almost like breathing air for everyday folks) to bring about...something. The particulars of his plan were never really explained, other than he wished to overthrow the governing body of magic that was in place at the time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy that makes you believe January 9, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
The story begins not with the main character of this tale, Deacon, but rather with the people and the betrayal that would guide the journey occupying the bulk of this book. Though initially a bit disappointed at the brevity of the first adventure, I was quickly placated by the realization that it was only the backdrop to a more involved production.

Daniels proves herself as one with a good understanding of human nature. Her characterizations are consistent, even with the transformations and maturation of personalities. Deacon himself displays aspects of the Byronic hero, a man whose inner darkness drives a self-destructive attitude towards those who surround him. We are slowly drawn into his inner turmoil, and while much of this is elicited through his scenes with Magenta, the interest gave purpose to the otherwise overly-romantic sections. With that being said, there were still moments when I wanted to knock him upside the head for being so slow to make up his mind.

Many of the names, as well as the fantasy realm itself, seem to draw heavily from Tolkein. The similarity of elven attributes was difficult to ignore, and while this facilitated the process of picturing an ethereal race, it took away from the mysticism of it all as my mind started drawing parallels between Tree of Life and Lord of the Rings. Fortunately, the creativity of the plot, as well as the well-paced storyline, maintained my interest in the reading at hand. Daniels displays a firm understanding of "show, not tell," as she introduces the reader to concepts and characters without giving excessive background information. We learn the details as we would in real life -- through conversation, action, and events.

For the most part, the text flowed quite readily.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Darkening of Deacon (Tree of Life) by E. F. Daniels
The Darkening of Deacon is a fantasy Sci-Fi world building novel set in a mystical time of elven and magic. Read more
Published on November 11, 2012 by Kindle Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars A 2.5 of 5 would be generous.
For starters, this book was much darker and creepier than I expected. My impression of the cover and summary seemed to make it seem more like a swashbuckling Elven fantasy, like... Read more
Published on October 18, 2012 by Michelle J.
1.0 out of 5 stars Would not get!!!!
This book was terrible! Normally I can push through any book and finish but this one I could not. It bored me to no end and I could not finish it. Read more
Published on April 17, 2012 by CC81
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting novel
This was a very interesting first novel. I will be very interested to see what happens next to our hero Deacon. Read more
Published on March 26, 2011 by Katha
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable but.....
A good romantic fantsasy, good characters ,a good story line, but .....lacked explanations as to why , how ,where . Read more
Published on March 16, 2011 by amanda hutchison
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesomely written by a talented writer.
I'm not exactly sure how to start a review, but I'll try and keep it somewhat conversational. Last night, I finished reading a book called Tree of Life by the talented E.F. Read more
Published on March 14, 2011 by Beck
4.0 out of 5 stars Revenge is a Double-edged Sword that Cuts the Soul
Revenge... it incurs bitterness and motivation unlike any other emotion, settling deep into the soul like a festering pustule until the seeker is completely consumed. Read more
Published on March 10, 2011 by Jennifer L. Melzer
4.0 out of 5 stars Tree of Life
Tree of life is a High Fantasy novel that in its descriptive, colourful prose sits amongst those works in the manner of Tolkien and Paolini. Read more
Published on September 10, 2010 by Joanne Valiukas
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The idea of exploring fascinating characters and great stories has always captivated me. Working with a small team of people who get excited over the same project, the story, the cover design, the videos, and everything else that goes into bringing a book to life. It's been a pleasure to work with my friends and family, and all of you who have supported me along the way. We still have a long way to go, but I'm looking forward to it!

I had dabbled a bit with story writing for years, but it wasn't until I wrote a screenplay for a competition, from which I received some excellent encouragement that I decided to try my hand at a novel. But I had no story. I did, however, have a beautiful little scene in my mind of mother and son running from something or someone. As I began to get excited and ask myself more questions a story began to unfold. Then my beloved dog, whom I had loved and looked after for over thirteen years died in my hands, and my world went black. Not only for the loss of him, but the sudden revelation of mortality. I thought of all my loved ones, the fragility of life, and how I could not bare to lose any one of them. Here, a silhouette of a story was taking shape.

It wasn't until I came across a picture on the internet of a dark-haired young man, who was devastatingly beautiful, that my story rapidly came together. I did some research and discovered he was a character from Christopher Paolini's "Eragon", portrayed by Garrett Hedlund. It was decided instantly. I wanted more of him. All the feelings impressed on me when I look at him I put down on paper. And this fantastic story came alive, with characters so real I couldn't stop them from speaking in my mind, even at night when trying to sleep.

With the help of my husband (putting up with my virtual love affair with Garrett Hedlund), the help of my family and friends, and my beautiful dark-haired muse, an awesome story came into being. It was a wonderfully therapeutic, exciting experience and I look forward to many more great stories!


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