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Shatter (The Children of Man, #1) [Kindle Edition]

Elizabeth C. Mock , Anne Hromalik
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (195 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Growing up during the chaos of the Nabosian War, Faela Durante and her entire generation never knew what it meant to live in a time of peace. Though the war ended years ago, the devastation has not. Every decision, no matter how seemingly insignificant, has a consequence and some consequences can never be predicted. But some are foretold.

Less than a year ago, Faela, the first Tereskan mind healer in generations, disappeared from her family home in Finalaran scared and pregnant. Hunted and living as an outcast, Faela searches for a legend that might be her only hope of gaining atonement and returning to her son. When her journey collides with two strangers and a prophecy, she must choose between trusting those around her or accomplishing her mission. Haunted by her past, the consequences of Faela's choices will endanger more than her own fate.

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About the Author

Elizabeth C. Mock grew up with a passion for stories and writing as well as exploring wardrobes. She currently lives in Cincinnati, OH where she teaches philosophy and continues writing The Children of Man series as well as an urban fantasy series of short stories, The Noctunarum Vows. From time to time, she still investigates suspicious looking wardrobes.

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  • File Size: 840 KB
  • Print Length: 447 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1451598777
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003XF1DX2
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #301,008 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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81 of 84 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good beginning October 7, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I'm a fantasy lover, and I downloaded this book because it was tagged fantasy, and it was a freebie. When I do that, I don't have many expectations, as sometimes I couln't ever finish some books.
This time, however, I've been lucky and I find a little gem. "Fantasy" means that the author avoids the limits and boundaries of the real world, having the more difficult task to build an environment that actually makes sense, plus a good story and characters.
When it happens, I usually can't put down the book, and that's what happened with "Shatter". It's a very good first book, my only disappointment is that the second one isn't available yet. I'll be looking forward to it.
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118 of 127 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the read! June 2, 2010
I really enjoyed this book!
It has a lot of different threads, which draw together to form a tightly woven narrative with a rich mythology--leaving the author room to expand on in some prequels...
There is a complex magic system which is handled very well. This is one of the points I look for when reading fantasy (obviously...), because if it's done poorly the suspension of disbelief can fall through.
Moreover, it helps to take a look at the maps which come with the book, as the world is a key element, as this also has the elements of a travel narrative--akin to LOTR, as places are key to the story. The places here have distinct, well-constructed atmospheres. Plus, I LOVE pub names...
One of the things I particularly enjoyed is the dialogue. Each of her characters has a distinct voice which lends more credibility to the dialogue--I can hear their voices clearly, aided through the syntax and the diction.
All the technicalities aside, I was drawn in by the characters and really connected with them, particularly due to their interactions and relationships.
The book ends with desperation, with heartbreak, but it really fits with one of the major themes of the novel, which is brokenness. Each of the main characters, in some way, is broken, and I figure *crosses fingers* that the trilogy is about redemption.
Anyway, pick this up and enjoy!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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On its own, Shatter is a novel that introduces us to the personalities and struggles of some memorable characters. Faela is a character on a journey propelled by deep motivations that aren't immediately apparent. As you unravel the mystery surrounding her and discover what drives her you are treated to her practical yet charming personality. The other characters in this book are just as interesting, their struggles are just as compelling, you'll find yourself cheering for some and sneering at others.

The world, magic system and history behind this book are specific and well made. Unlike many fantasy and science fiction novels these days, you don't get the feeling that the whole universe is built to the direct benefit of the characters. Instead, Elizabeth Mock has built a setting that is anything but convenient or simple, adding depth and realism to their struggles.

This book does stand on its own, but I promise you'll be looking forward to the second part of the trilogy by the time you finish it.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Too Good to Have So Many Problems October 11, 2010
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Shatter is a page-turner. I started reading it at night, and didn't put it down until I could no longer hold my eyes open, and I resumed it at 5:15 AM. To put this in context, you should know that normally I'm not sane until at least 9:00. Ms. Mock managed to create a new form of magic, which is a rarity indeed, and she involves her characters in all manner of difficulties, yet they are able to work together and get along most of the time. I strongly recommend it to anyone who likes and understands the fantasy genre.

This said, I must now enter a quibble. Apparently Ms. Mock decided her education was sufficient, along with a good spell check, that she didn't need to hire a professional editor. This decision led to severe comma problems, with commas omitted where they were often needed for clarity and included in places where they didn't belong. It also led to the misuse of stagnate for stagnant, wretched for retched,, gate for gait, aids for aides, fair for fare, knocked for nocked; to wildly misplaced participles to the extent of making the sentence almost incoherent; and to occasional misuse or omission of apostrophes.

Moral: When you write an excellent book, which this definitely is, take the time to spring for a good editor before the book is posted.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shatter, Book One of the Children of Man series. May 25, 2010
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This review may or may not contain spoilers.

This book was amazing. I fell in love with the new variety of magic almost as soon as I realized what it was.

The characters are amusing and compelling, and if it weren't for obligations, I would have finished this book the first evening I got it, just so I could see and learn more of the characters. Even now, having finished the book, I'm thirsting for its sequel so I can learn more.

The plot is every bit as compelling as the characters. It keeps you guessing, and it left me wanting to re-read various passages of the story, simply because of how subtly intertwined they all are.

The writing of "Shatter" is done in a manner that's accessible to all. You don't need a dictionary by your side to read this book, but Miss Mock doesn't "dumb down" for her audience either.

Even before I finished reading this book, I was recommending it to my friends.

As well written as it is, I am now in a lull until Miss Mock's second book of "The Children Man" series comes out.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a fan of this type of book but...
This book was free when I got my first kindle. I didn't read the description just took it because it was free. Read more
Published 2 hours ago by Rachel C.M. Mullin
3.0 out of 5 stars I hope it will be better presented than the first two volumes
The absolute butchery of the English language displayed in this book spoils the story. Such a shame- with decent editing these stories could have been classics of fantasy... Read more
Published 7 days ago by AnnieO
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved reading this book
I loved reading this book. If had great character development and complex plot lines. The story is riveting and well written I can't wait to read more!
Published 8 days ago by Jordan Enciso
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really like it.
Published 25 days ago by Debbi L Pearce
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book
Published 2 months ago by Sandra F.
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring
i really tried to give this book a chance. i got 30% of the way and gave up. Nothing engaging or exciting really happens. the story is just way to boring.
Published 2 months ago by Jay
5.0 out of 5 stars good
this is a well written book and has a great plot. it kept my interest the whole while i was reading this book.
Published 2 months ago by Mary
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down.
Can't wait to get the next one in the series. Highly recommended for lite reading, has all the things I want...action, adventure, romance, and intrigue.
Published 3 months ago by Edgar Jones
3.0 out of 5 stars Shatter
I enjoyed reading the book. I did NOT enjoy the fact that it did not really end - just stopped. I understand that often a book is just one part of the story - but usually one... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Peggy H. Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars Shatter
What .... a .... book!!! To use some cooking analogy's, this book is hot! It's a slow burner but will keep you simmering all the way through. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Merissa
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More About the Author

Elizabeth C. Mock grew up with a passion for stories and writing as well as exploring wardrobes. She and her husband live in Cincinnati, OH, where they watch too many movies and plot their next culinary adventure. She currently teaches philosophy, spends too much time on social networking sites, and continues writing The Children of Man series and working on other projects. From time to time, she still investigates suspicious looking wardrobes. Elizabeth is a fantasy author repped by Joe Monti of Barry Goldblatt Literary.

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