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Product Details

  • Paperback: 596 pages
  • Publisher: Wild Wolf Publishing (April 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956373321
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956373328
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,596,940 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...gut-wrenching sacrifice... Wonderfully written. --Karen Blakeney, author of Nathan: A Heart, A Storm, A Prayer

Slick and gripping. --Lynne McLean, author of Brooklyn Bridge

Style and voice, gripping and vivid. --Osman Bangura, author of Cold Love

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Emerald is an epic fantasy of gut-wrenching sacrifice.

Customer Reviews

Vividly painted, characters were well executed.
Amazon Customer
I appreciated both books by M.L. Hamilton, the characters were well drawn and the stories were interesting and complex enough to hold me captive until the end.
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I will confess that at almost 600 pages Emerald is a long story, but it is well paced and keeps the readers attention throughout the entire length.
Jennifer Hampton

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 9, 2011
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Wonderful book! Vividly painted, characters were well executed. Even though I got mad at the main character more than enough (Sometimes whiny and simply hard-headed), this was a homerun fantasy novel and an awesome addition to my library! To the author, best regards and now a diehard fan! Can't wait for your next one! This is definitely worth the read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John A. Karr on February 20, 2011
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Prince Kai has inexplicable dreams that disturb and compel him to seek answers. He's at odds with his father, the King, on how the kingdom of DiNolfol should best handle the encroaching threat of a powerful enemy. Kai has powers that set him apart from other humans ...

And that's only the start of the conflicts that set in motion this well-crafted and detailed epic fantasy. The settings and world building are fashioned with great attention, counter-balanced by the all-important interplay between characters. To prevent these characters from appearing one-dimensional, the reader is provided insights to their emotions. We experience Kai's desires and limitations and his quest for vengeance ... always a compelling motive in the fantasy genre. Also, Kai's princess sister provides another vantage in which to experience Hamilton's world, as do the villains.

Hamilton then takes more steps to add complexity and intrigue to this saga. Characters that seem one way reveal other facets, and some are not altogether expected by Kai or the reader. There's plenty of tragedy and devastation to go around, entertaining action sequences, and automatons that seem all but insurmountable. In the end, Emerald proves itself an engrossing fantasy saga.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John E. Sweat on January 10, 2011
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ML Hamilton writes a tale replete with sympathetic characters caught up in epic conflict against the evil besetting his world.

The beginning is somewhat slow as great care is taken to establish the setting and people. But this approach pays off and is necessary once the action begins. We are introduced and become familiarized with an land uneasily populated by three different races and cultures: Humans, Stravads and Orahim.

It falls to the crown prince Kiameron of DiNolFol to challenge the evil Gava and his hordes of metallic Gaviston, merciless automatons who destroy everything in their path. Assisted by a stalwart group of companions and one ally whose motives and past are somehow linked with his, Kai (Kiameron) goes forth on a quest that will involve sacrifices from the most unlikely members of his band.

This was an enjoyable read and one well worth the time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul Dyer on June 28, 2012
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I recommend this book unreservedly to those who like good, fast-paced, well-written fantasy. The opening pages catapult you into the action, providing all the assurance a reader needs that the author can enthrall you with an exciting adventure. As we move out of the prologue, the action flags, but only so we can focus on the characters. Right off the bat, we have a classic father-son conflict presented without cliché or over-indulgence, and this lays the foundation admirably for the rollicking good read that follows.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pam Nielsen on January 5, 2013
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For book 1 in a new series I was hooked. There was adventure, some scary stuff and slight romance. I say slight because there are no real love scenes in it, which is the way I like a book. The main character is ok but the other characters are the ones who win me over, from the Daman servant to Kiameron to the Stravad leader and his friends. And Cy who captured my heart in this book, he has to fight what he has known his entire life and has become his own person and fights to keep himself on the right path. I laughed and cried with this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ZM on June 29, 2012
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How did she do it? How did Hamilton manage 596 pages of carefully wrought, beautiful, flawless writing? Working on this book must have been a labour of love--no doubt about that. This is a fascinating good versus evil story--a theme that has consumed man since the beginning of time. The characters are remarkable, starting with the hero Kai who one instantly takes to. Hamilton writes with a powerful driving force that makes the reader want to read on and on, despite the hundreds of pages between the eyes and the finish line. Such absorbing, compulsively readable, profoundly moving writing certainly deserves a place on the bestsellers' lists. But don't take my word for it--read it and see for yourself! Delight the mind, the imagination, the emotions for this story will move and shake you, it will make you cry, make you dream, it will make you believe again in the ideals you once possessed but lost somewhere along the line for it underscores the fact that the human spirit (and that of the Stravad) knows no limitations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Morgan on March 19, 2012
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I know, I wish I could come up with something better than Wow for a review, but you feel as if you've been through a war and a whole heap of issues (barely unscathed) when you complete this novel.

Emerald has an underlying theology which I find mesmerizing. Isolated, stubbornly working alone, never asking for help (because of pride), it leaves us vulnerable. This is shown in the attack launched against the kingdoms. (and repeated again at the end between brothers). Kai says it with cutting insight right near the beginning of the book, it doesn't show a lack of intellect or strength to band together to fortify your position in this world, what it reveals is that isolation is most often created by greed (a lack of sharing your power), whereas the king calls it *rule*, Kai said...it's not giving up your rule, it's about giving up your power.

This philosophy is such a strong undercurrent in this magnificent book, that it's a sensitive observation of human nature, and it's explored wonderfully in a very real vivid otherworldly fantasy setting which very much comes to life. It breathes. Gosh it makes me so grateful we no longer have to walk everywhere and use horses to get from A to B.

Behind this epic setting is Kai, who is markedly different. Being the king's son is no easy task for any offspring, but it's a lot harder when you have to hide who you are because your father needs you to be as ruthless as he is *one day*. When who you are is rejected and marginalized by the very person who spawned you. This is an aspect to Emerald which I just fell in love with, because Kai is exceptional, he can do things we wish we could master, and his particular strength manifests at the beginning in the form of dreams (but that's just the tip of the iceberg).
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ML Hamilton has been teaching high school English and journalism in Central California for the last 20 years. Teaching students to appreciate literature has made her career rewarding; however, she always dreamed of publishing her own novel.

That dream came true. Her first novel, Emerald, was published by Wild Wolf Publishing in 2010. In the summer of 2011, she published her first contemporary fiction, Ravensong, and six months later, launched the Peyton Brooks' series. The Avery Nolan Adventures and Peyton Brooks, FBI are two new series launched in 2014.

Between teaching and writing, she spends her free time walking her two Golden Retrievers and reading. Visit her at her websites: http://www.worldofsamar.com or http://www.authormlhamilton.com for more information.