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

Bridget McKenna
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 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: #565,159 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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2 of 2 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
4.0 out of 5 stars NPCs are people too! February 2, 2015
By Kaitlyn
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Out of the three TERA E-books I've read so far- this one is definitely my favorite.
The story was presented in a well-thought and evenly divided space between past and present, and unlike Fire and Ice deals with a more-or-less common vet.
Out of the other books I've read thus far, this one in particular focuses less on the Argon War and the Federation, and more on the soldiers and the huge race-schism that is heavily implied-in game. The main character is very easy to relate to, even if he's not necessarily a saint, and you sympathize with him and his situation.
Bridget McKenna breathes life into the often forgotten NPCs that make up the world of Arborea, which I thought would have been very difficult to do; but she's managed to make it run smoothly, keeping in-game elements, and in-game humor along with it.
It's a good, short read, and definitely worth the ninety-nine cents I forked over.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not great but still pretty good. June 28, 2012
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I was pretty surprised I actually enjoyed this being usually I'm not all that impressed with game-based books.

I only had 2 complaints with it that I could think of. Firstly, I felt like it could have been a little darker being that the game is rated mature. For example, there are some events towards the middle of the story that are sort of glossed over that really could have been better if the time was taken to add some grit and detail to them. And secondly there's really nothing in it that adds to the lore that's already there from the game.

It might be a little hard to follow at times if you haven't played the game but, all in all, it's a still a pretty good story.
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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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