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The Amaranthine Heart - A TERA Short Story [Kindle Edition]

Bridget McKenna
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A Journey into Memory

Madoc is a decorated federation hero who’s drinking himself to death in the fleshpots of Castanica. His biggest creditor—castanic crime lord Praedo—offers him a job that will wipe out his debt: sober up and escort a caravan to Val Aureum, where a shadowy priest claims to have the secret that will grant Praedo eternal life.

Val Aureum is the one place Madoc swore never to return to—the home of the battle that changed his life forever. When the federation mustered him out, he ran from everything he knew—alone, ashamed, courting the oblivion he almost found.

Now he’s going back, along with three of Praedo’s henchmen and a mysterious cargo. There’ll be a rendezvous with death, with destiny, and with the unwelcome past when the party keeps its appointment with Ealhain, a blood magician, at the Dark Cathedral.

Set in the world of the first true action MMORPG, TERA™, “The Amaranthine Heart” travels the paths that lead to the heart of heroism.

This adventure novelette by Bridget McKenna is a great way for readers to experience world of TERA.


Product Details

  • File Size: 390 KB
  • Print Length: 33 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: En Masse Entertainment (March 12, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007JZ7IRC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #497,481 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, short read and a steal at $0.99 March 17, 2012
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This was the first book (short story) I've read by this author (Bridget McKenna), so I did not know what to expect going in. I found myself pleasantly surprised though. I especially enjoyed the interweaved back-and-forth delivery style of the main character's past and present. I felt the story was presented in a well-written and expressive manner (I had no trouble imagining the scenes described, though I have participated in the TERA North American Closed Beta events, so my imagination may be somewhat biased). I do have to agree with part of JMitch's critique that there were points of extended dialog where it became unclear (at least to me) which character was speaking which line. Overall though, I found this to be a great, short read and a steal at $0.99. I hope En Masse Entertainment pursues and releases more of these before and after TERA's North American release. This certainly got me in the mood to pickup and read through more Fantasy titles and dig deeper into TERA's lore.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good short story March 19, 2012
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I found the story of Madoc an enjoyable one as the story of past and present unfold together. Very much worth the $.99
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to the Tera universe January 7, 2013
By rudi522
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I'm an avid gamer and love reading. After doing some research on the MMORPG Tera, I decided to give the game a go. Reading this story helped give me some background on the characters and political intrigue reported to drive the game. Additionally, the writers of these stories are employed by the game's publisher En Masse leading me to believe the source material will be treated accordingly. I'm glad my expectations were met. The story moves briskly the characters are likable and I was able to read this story while enjoying my lunch. Anyone with even a cursory interest in this game would do well to start here. It would also do well to help support these avid gamers/writers who also happen to be female, a rare and sorely lacking resource to gaming as a whole. After enjoying this fiction I'm eager to begin my adventure in Arborea!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The cerebral story May 3, 2012
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Among the three stories released for TERA, I liked this one the best. It wasn't very action-packed. It wasn't warm and fuzzy. In fact, it's rather dark. One of the things that I liked was that it was very mental. It highlighted the flaws inside the people of TERA. It showed the Elves as they are described in the game - not only haughty, but many of them desire to subjugate the other races. And the ending was a twist I really didn't see coming.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Small but surprising May 2, 2012
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Great little story (and I like the associated computer game too). At first thought it was going to be a bit dull, but interesting character background exposition, and twist at the end, tension etc. It's a job well done.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars TERA The Amaranthine Heart March 31, 2012
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This story was done well and stands alone from the main TERA story line but not so far that the characters could be switched in and out too easily. Each one has their own personality, to a degree, and the main character has a nice back story added while he sleeps. With a short amount of time to write in the author did a good job in showing action and a bit of surprise and plot with the twists. You could see what was coming, but not in it's entirety, leaving the mystery open. The action was scripted well and words were not repeatedly and the story was not hurriedly switched from one scene to another just on whim or because the author of something else.
While good the story occasionally feels a little showy when the main's characters internal thoughts seem to take an almost-rebel twenty year old's stance and tone, which seems out of character for who the soldier was made out to be. His back story also didn't play much into the main story but some ends were tied up by the finish and seemed to work fairly well. TERA fans might be a little disappointed to find that while it's located in the series' world, it doesn't bring out much of the lore or history of the game.
Your time won't be wasted reading this, and it is certainly good, minus the drawbacks. Well worth more than the tiny price it goes for, your time won't be wasted, even with the small nit-picks. Definitely my favorite of the three stories written about TERA.
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