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Product Details

  • Paperback: 570 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1450598781
  • ISBN-13: 978-1450598781
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,054,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jenna Elizabeth Johnson grew up and still resides on the Central Coast of California. She later received a BA in Art Practice with a minor in Celtic Studies from the University of California at Berkeley. It was during her time in college that she decided to begin her first novel. She has drawn inspiration for her book not only from the landscape of her home town, but also from such works as Beowulf, The Mabinogi and The Second Battle of Maige Tuired. Besides writing and drawing, Miss Johnson enjoys reading, gardening, camping and hiking. She also loves animals and bird watching and has many bird feeders set up in her garden at home. She currently works as a teacher's aid at a local elementary school, but in her spare time she continues to work on her many book projects.

More About the Author

Jenna Elizabeth Johnson grew up and still resides on the Central Coast of California, a place she finds as magical and enchanting as the worlds she creates.

Jenna received a BA in Art Practice with a minor in Celtic Studies from the University of California at Berkeley. It was during her time in college that she decided to begin her first novel, The Legend of Oescienne - The Finding. Reading such works as Beowulf, The Mabinogi and The Second Battle of Maige Tuired in her Scandinavian and Celtic Studies courses finally inspired her to start writing down her own tales of adventure and fantasy.

Jenna also enjoys creating the many images and maps for her various worlds. Besides writing and drawing, she is often found reading, gardening, camping, hiking, bird watching, and practicing long sword fighting and archery using a long bow. She also loves getting feedback from readers, so feel free to send her a message any time.

Jenna Elizabeth Johnson is currently working on the fourth book of her Oescienne series, as well as more novels and novellas in the Otherworld series, and any other book ideas that might come to her along the way. For more on the author and her books, and for contact information and to sign up for the author's newsletter, visit: www.jennaelizabethjohnson.com or send an email to: authorjejohnson@gmail.com

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I am anxiously awaiting the next book in the series.
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I bought the first book from this series at a local festival and simply could not put it down.
Collon Tomlyn
The heroes touch to your heart and the bad guys are downright evil!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Susan Trombley on July 2, 2010
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After reading the first book in the series I was pleased by the author's writing and the engaging characters that she has created. I made it a point to purchase this second book and I am glad that I did. This book continues with the story of Jahrra, the only human being remaining in a world populated by dragons, elves and a variety of other creatures. While Jahrra has matured greatly in this second book, so too has the writer's skill. While the first book in the series was well written, the evocative language in this book as well as the character development truly swept me into the world the author has created. I have read an uncountable number of books in my lifetime and I can honestly recommend this book as an example of some of the best writing out there. If you miss out on this book because it is not "commercial" like some others, you are missing out on a rich and inviting world to sink into. I cannot wait until the next book comes out!

As for what the book is about, I would probably still characterize it as "young adult" although I, as an adult, found it very interesting and not over-simplified as many YA books seem to be. Mainly, the character, Jahrra is in the young adult age range and many of her trials in this book involve coming-of-age. The fantasy in the book is there but melds subtly into the world rather than existing as a formulaic mash-up of predictable elements. My only real complaint is that I have to wait for the next book to find out more about characters I have grown to care about!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By like a boss 1 on December 6, 2010
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Many people are great.The few great people that have been honored are the most remembered.Yet the people that should be honored are backstage making it all happe.These extraordinarily talented people are overlooked as is my teacher Miss. Johnson.She has dedicated this book to me and my sister and modedeled the land of Oescienne on the Cenrtral Coast of California.She deserves a standing ovation.
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I'm enjoying this series, enough that it's in my "check for sequels" folder on my kindle. Very old school fantasy in some ways, with a slower pace and more back story than you'd usually find in YA, so be warned ye of short attention span. I found it quite enchanting, delving into a fantasy world that is actually epic fantasy, rather than the cop out urban and paranormal fantasy that abounds at the moment (yes, I read and can enjoy both those genres, but you have to admit, epic fantasy deserves more credit). Before coming across this series, I was in an epic fantasy slump, hasn't found anything that interested me in some time, but this series reawakened my love of a good fantasy world and reminded me why I love the genre.

This particular book is the weakest point of the series, where the overall story isn't advanced as much as I'd have liked and Jahrra as a character seems to have regressed a bit. Early on, she acted like a child, which is fine - she was a child - but it wasn't grating. She's a bit older, now, and you'd expect her to act like it. Mostly, she doesn't. This ruined my enjoyment of the world a bit. Jaax is my favourite character, and he and his wonderful mystery redeemed Jahrra's brattiness enough that I still enjoyed the book, and was happy to continue on to book 3.
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By Starleaf on November 30, 2014
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I was so engaged by the Faelohren series, that when I finished that I was anxious to pick up a new story by this author. What a let down - it's like it's not even written by the same person. Whereas the Faelorhen series was, I believe, written with young adults in mind, I am far, far past young adult and found the series an excellent read.
But this series - this is written for children of no more than 12 or 13. Jahrra may be the only hope of this world, Etheos, but she is a sneaky, lying, deceptive little twit who does not deserve all the effort being put out for education and training. She's being trained to kill people, but this is totally glossed over. She has no idea she is the world's last hope and so she goes about her boring, angst-ridden little life, always hiding what she does and with who so those in charge of her have no idea the messes she gets herself into. And they are big, adult messes perpetrated by a clueless little girl. There are never any repercussions for her actions - she gets away with everything.
If these books are for young readers, all this is teaching them is to lie to those responsible for you. To take terrible risks just to see what will happen and then skate away from them all unharmed. It's just ridiculous.
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By Debbie on February 13, 2011
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Book 2, if anything, was better than book 1. The story of Jahrra's childhood continues. Once again, the author does not rush the story and gives us time to watch Jahrra grow up. Again we see her stumble her way through adolescence and her teen years. And typical of that age, doesn't always make the smartest decisions. But at the same time we see her slowly maturing into the hero she's going to be. Book 1 was definitely a "young adult" book. However this one has enough troubling and dark scenes that I'm not sure it's appropriate for young children. It certainly kept me up way past my bedtime (and I'm not young any more). I hope the author doesn't delay too long with book 3. I can't wait for the next chapter in the life of Jahrra and Oescienne to continue. I'm sure we'll be learning more about Jaax. And I really want to know more about Archedenaeh. Which side is she really on? Will she aid or hinder Jahrra? This book is definitely worth reading.
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