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Hera (Elei's Chronicles) [Kindle Edition]

Chrystalla Thoma
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Hera, member of the Gultur race governing the Seven Islands, thought she knew right from wrong and what her future held in store. A chance meeting with a lesser mortal, though, will turn her world upside down and force her to see her race and the laws with different eyes. For Hera, knowledge means action, so she sets out to put things right and change her world.

Taking place in the World of the Seven Islands almost three years before the events in Rex Rising, this is the story of Hera's first confrontation with the truth.

Warning: This is not a prequel. It is a story in the world of Rex Rising.
Some profanity and violence. 

11K words / 63 pages

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Editorial Reviews

From the Author

If you have read Rex Rising and would like to know more about Hera, then this is a story for you. Events playing out in this story will have an impact on events in the second book of the series.

About the Author

Greek Cypriot with a penchant for dark myths, good food, and a tendency to settle down anywhere but at home, Chrystalla likes to write about fantastical creatures, crazy adventures, and family bonds. After having lived in France, England, Germany and Costa Rica, she now lives in Cyprus with her husband and enjoys wandering the countryside sampling local food and wine. She writes mainly fantasy and science fiction, primarily for a young adult public and her stories have appeared in many magazines and anthologies.

Product Details

  • File Size: 329 KB
  • Print Length: 51 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005UY43EA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,048 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Short Book - Read Rex Rising First!! January 17, 2012
By Shintze
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Great short book that gives some more background story to the Elei's Chronicles.
However, do read Rex Rising first, and then this. If you do it the other way around it will spoil some surprises in the other book.

Also, after the end of this book there are two chapters of Rex Rising the author apparently included to promote that book. Make sure to read the first of the two chapters as it is not included in the final version of Rex Rising and adds some more information to the story.

So in my oppinion, the order should go:
1. Rex Rising
2. Hera
3. Rex Rising Unreleased Chapter 1
4. Rex Cresting (when it comes out)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brave New World November 1, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
The first thing that struck me about this little story is the beautiful detail in the writing. Being able to describe a place so that the reader can imagine themselves there demonstrates great talent and Ms Thoma has it. I was in Hera's craft as it zipped over the water, with Hera as she escaped - oops not going to spoil the story. There's a lot packed into this tale, showing the journey towards enlightment of the heroine, Hera. Hera has spent her young life accepting what she's been told until an unexpected discovery makes her begin to question what she believed were truths. Ms Thoma gives us a heroine who is brave and resourceful and a world that's strange and compelling. This is a novella NOT to be missed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story! November 6, 2011
By Mary
Format:Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed learning more about this character. I liked her in Rex Rising, and it's fantastic to see more of how she was brought up and how she came to be who she is in that book. I liked learning more about the unique world as well, which is just such an interesting place to spend some time! Ms. Thoma's writing style drew me in and I enjoy the way she turns a phrase and her vivid descriptions of the landscape. I also liked the way that this story brought up more questions about the world and the secrets that are hinted at in Rex Rising at the same time that it answered some. I can't wait to read more in this series!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting Beginning! January 31, 2012
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This was an action packed 15 minute short story introducing Hera and her friend Sacmis and their world. It is a precursor to the story Rex Rising, which I haven't read, but now want to.

Hera at 16 has just been just been given her first command ship and quickly finds that the elite class she belongs to has lied about their history and their role in managing the humans. She is supposed to kill any humans she finds on the seas, but instead finds herself helping them and questioning her superiors. When she sneaks into a human settlement and discovers what her people are doing to the humans, she knows she must find out more about the resistance - especially since she thinks her biological mother is a part of it.

If you liked The Overtaking (The Overtaking Series) by Victorine E. Lieske, than you will like this story also. This story has a strong female lead that is brave and intelligent. The story does have profanity, so might not be suitable for all ages. It captured my attention enough to want to read book one of the Elei's Chronicles called Rex Rising.

Would I/Did I buy it? Free Download
Would I read it again? Yes
Would I recommend it to friends? Yes
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not essential January 11, 2013
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Wish the author had stuck to writing and publishing on the main story line. This was a LITTLE helpful for setting up the character back-story for one of the characters introduced early in the first book of the series, and is decently written, and part of a good series, so it still gets high marks.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love This Author! March 5, 2012
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This short story, background for a major player in a novel called Rex Rising, is one excellent read. Without an info dump or telling, the author throws us right into a tense, action packed clip that shows a young woman (who clearly isnt quite human), struggling with her fears that all she's known about the world is based on a pack of lies.
With a magically woven, brilliantly crafted setting, the emotions and tension in this short story had me flipping pages as fast as I could. If you havent read Rex Rising, this short won't confuse, but entice you to grab up the novel to learn more about this futuristic world. If you already have read Rex Rising, it's absolutely lovely background to understanding where Hera came from.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait to read Rex Rising February 21, 2012
By Karl T
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This story grabbed me from the beginning. I thought it was very well-written and entertaining. I don't understand the reviewers who say you have to read Rex Rising first, because I haven't read anything else from this author and I still thought it was great. Not only that, now I can't wait to read more from Chrystalla Thoma!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Read January 14, 2012
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After reading the reviews, I read this one before taking on Rex Rising. I'm glad I did, as it provides excellent background information on a major character in Rex Rising. Well worth the read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting worldbuilding
This is a short story set in the middle of a dense story. According to the item description, it isn't a prequel -- it's a story set in the world of the novels. Read more
Published 13 days ago by morehumanthanhuman
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but too short
I liked it, but it was too short. We are given a glimpse into the world before Elei was shot, but only a teeny tiny glimpse. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Jennifer Jimmerson
4.0 out of 5 stars Hera
Hera is a short novella, by Chrystalla Thoma,which devulges some of the secrets of the Gulta race, of which Hera was born and pinpoints the time and reasons why she started to... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Carolyn Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun little novella
I really liked this little book giving the background of Hera and how she chose the path she did. The only problem was I wish it were a full-length book. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars I read Rex raising, and Rex creasting, even Rex euilibrum I liked...
I really liked the Rex part of the Elei's chronicles, so I wanted to read about Hera. I liked that I found out what made Hera do what she did. What made her tic so to speak. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Linda Nowrooz
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Back Story!
I noticed this mentioned in some reviews on Rex Rising so I picked it up after I had finished that book. Read more
Published 18 months ago by M. Genevieve
1.0 out of 5 stars
This was a freebie and so I thought I'd give it a go.
This appears to be a prequel to Rex Rising which I have not read which could be why I was so lost and confused. Read more
Published on February 21, 2012 by Ruth
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Chrystalla likes writing about bratty, angsty boys and spunky girls in fantasy and science-fiction worlds. She writes mainly for a young adult public but not only (heed the warnings!)
She's currently preparing a non-fiction book about dragons, because the truth must out, and is juggling two series ("Elei's Chronicles" and "Boreal and John Grey").

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