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Emerald Paperback – April 12, 2010

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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.

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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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,400,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mad4eBooks on March 22, 2013
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Ops, I expected Brandon Sanderson style epic and got teen romance for my troubles! I, quite happily, read books that have been written for a young adults. What I don't read is a teen romance and after (finally) finishing this book I can honestly recommend it only to teen girls.

I gave 3 stars because plot is passable, got me to the finish line,well edited concerning spelling and grammatical errors.

A 1/4 way in I got bored by the happenings in the Emerald, stopped reading at 1/2 way then come back and scanned through to the end. There was just to many side tracking of the plot with such a glaring inconsistencies like: to travel to another kingdom (read city-state) - takes many weeks, but if you cross border of Daman - one hour walk!
Extensive introduction of extra characters with marginal influence on the plot and unnecessary action scene detracted from the story, awhile descriptions of main characters and actions felt unsubstantial and sketchy. Repetitive dialog and same action description from two different characters felt like a fillers. But, remarkably, there is a lack of details in other parts. "Young" and "old", "beautiful" or "evil" just not enough for me. Use of words 'scientist', 'psychopath', 'maniac' and 'radio waves' made me LOL ;)
Kai 'the hero' is a wimpy and at times downright stupid. Magic is weak 'party tricks'. The 'science' of Gavetons ,most interesting idea in the book in my view, left me with many questions and no answers (robots that scream in pain?).

In summary: interesting idea poorly executed, way to light reading for an action/adventure fun, cheap book if you are stuck for something to read. I repeat: my review may be skewed due to misread synopses/recommendations.
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4 of 4 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 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 Pammi 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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3 of 3 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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5 of 6 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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