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Farro (Farro and Sulfur Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

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Book Description

Khensa, a girl from the slums, is one of the last of a dying breed. Farro blood courses through her veins and for it she has suffered countless atrocities. Orphaned, kidnapped, imprisoned, and tortured, she endures without knowing if it shall ever end. For eleven months she endures…

Enter Bomani, her unintentional savior. Sent by his father to assassinate the high priest, he finds her, bloody, starved, and naked upon the floor. She is feral and half-crazed and yet still he takes her away. He introduces her to a whole new world – his own.

Together they navigate their way around a fragile society of kings, vendettas, and magic. Their story crosses deserts and mountains. It begins with fire and ends with water.

Product Details

  • File Size: 952 KB
  • Print Length: 344 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004ZZSPC6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,710 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read! June 26, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
***May contain spoilers***

Less than a page into this book I knew that I was in for a treat. How did I know so early on? Right off the bat it was clear that author Arreana had a way with words quite unlike that I have ever read before. What this obvious talent lead to was an impeccably created world that was so easy for the reader to fall into. I find that with books of this nature (historical fiction/ paranormal) that the writing can be very heavy or unnecessarily convoluted but I didn't find that at all with this book.

A lot of the times I find that the female lead doesn't make all that much of an impact upon me because I find her to be much less developed than her male counterpart (males who are almost, in a sense, hyper-developed, seriously, we can recount the way that their hair falls over their eyes, or the coloured flecks in their eyes) in order to allow the female reader to easily occupy her place in the story, but Khensa wasn't underdeveloped in the slightest. She is by far one of the strongest female characters I have ever read of before- seriously what she endured in her life, it was unfathomable (physically, mentally, and emotionally). While at the time Khensa may not have always made the wisest decisions she always did so with the best intentions at heart. Though at first I loathed Bomani (thinking that he was an booger- literally kicking a girl when she is down- not cool!), he really did start to grow on me over time and in my opinion he did show many redeeming qualities (and dare I say it? I am quite excited to see if a romance between him and Khensa comes into existence).

This was not the type of book where only the male and female lead shines, while all of the other characters take a back seat to them.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars YES. May 11, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is seriously amazing. The culture Areane was able to conjure up was divine. It had me wasting my entire Spring Break lying in bed, inside, viciously clicking "next chapter". The main character--you don't know her name for the first few chapters, so I leave it out for your benefit--is uncommonly strong. She has the past to make you question some parts society's life today. It has a great amount of mystery but not quite enough to fully fit the genre of "mystery". I just. Wow. I love it. If you like slightly-represed, kick-ass females, buy it.
Even if you don't.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent, but Lacking January 19, 2013
By Higbee
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The plot of this book was intriguing. However, the main character was not. Pretty much all of her problems would be solved if she:

Was not so pig-headed
Would stop and listen to someone else for 2 seconds
Think before acting

Basically, if you don't mind an annoying, stubborn, and impatient protagonist, then I recommend this book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Adventure September 2, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I fell in love with this story from page one. The plot flowed beautifully and the lively characters were immensely entertaining. I love regency plots and this one was in no way overly done. Khensa and Bomani have an interesting bond full of trust and mistrust but as they grapple the world together, they come to rely on each other. I enjoyed reading about Khensa's e with new found powers as well as how she bully's Bomani with them. This one is definitely a jewel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This is the beginning... July 11, 2013
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This book is only good if you read Sulfur. this book by itself seems like the beginning of a good story. In my opinion, it should be only one book. I got Farro for free but I had to buy Sulfur. Is there method to this madness????? It was good enough to me to go ahead and purchase the sequel. Together, I would rate them a five star!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining - great story December 28, 2011
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I first off would like to thank the author for making Farro -free- (at the time I picked it up) for the kindle. I tend to read mostly the free books. I will tell you this, after you read the story, you will not hesitate to buy the follow up book (as I did). I truly liked the characters, and the pace of the story.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read June 21, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
From the first chapter, Farro does an excellent job catching the reader's attention. The story is rich with plot twists and turns, and the action scenes are well executed. The characters were also amazing, and all well developed. If you like fantasy, and the idea of alternative magics, this is a story for you. If you're looking for romance, it's more action and plot orientated, and I wouldn't place it within that genre, but Khensa remains an extremely strong woman narrator and her strength gives the story a model for younger readers too. This was a great read, I highly recommend it, and for a self-published book, it's creativity and setting make it something unique in the best ways that one wouldn't find in a controlled publishing industry. I'm glad the author went with this method, as I would fear what it might lose if not done through these means. Five stars!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! May 18, 2014
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great book! good fantasy, worth buying. I found it on fictionpress and just had to buy the e book. C:
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3.0 out of 5 stars good
I actually really liked this book but the flow is my reason for 3 stars. Great story line, characters and setting. Read more
Published 19 months ago by mirba
1.0 out of 5 stars Lousy writing, hateful "hero"
Bomani is presumably intended as the eventual love interest but he is abusive and hateful.
Also, the use of the present tense makes the narrative awkward and uncomfortable,... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Mara
4.0 out of 5 stars To bad it a series
I recommend this for people that love magic. This is a fantastic book it is too bad that it's a series
Published 23 months ago by Delanna
5.0 out of 5 stars Kept me up very late
I started reading this the other night, and could not put it down until I was done. I read the sequel the next day. What a great set of novels! Read more
Published 23 months ago by Forest Betz
5.0 out of 5 stars But you have to finish it with sulfur
Stands alone as a solid read but moves right into the sulfur second book which is a typical sequel book
Published 23 months ago by Ron Kell
3.0 out of 5 stars Well...
This was not a bad book just hard to get through. Not my genre but I attempted to finish it cause I bought both books. It took some time... Read more
Published on May 24, 2013 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
I gave this book 5 stars because I really enjoyed it. While it is pretty brutal in some places I like that the author doesn't hold back and just let's the characters go through... Read more
Published on April 4, 2013 by Rachel McGregor
3.0 out of 5 stars A nice easy read.
Publication Date : May 8, 2011
Khensa, a girl from the slums, is one of the last of a dying breed. Read more
Published on March 18, 2013 by Wanda
5.0 out of 5 stars Farro - Wonderful story, loved it, five stars for sure!
I loved this book! I'd recommend it to absolutely anyone. It's well written, and marvelously well told. I've only just finished it and I'm here buying the 2nd book, Sulfur. Read more
Published on March 17, 2013 by Sarah B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
This is my favorite book of all time. I have read it at least 5 times now and I just can't be tired of it. Read more
Published on February 21, 2013 by Kayla Coats
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Arreana is a Washingtonian with an academic background in marine biology and biological anthropology. Aside from publishing Farro and Sulfur, Arreana is currently studying to become a high school biology teacher. Meanwhile, she'll do what she does best: drink absurd amounts of coffee, pine after Welsh Corgis, read a great deal of Jane Austen, and eat too much lasagna than is good for one person to consume.


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