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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: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,522,955 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.

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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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The heroes touch to your heart and the bad guys are downright evil!!
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I want more of Jaharra and Raejaaxorix - the sooner the better.
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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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I have actually read the first 3 books in the series & it has not ended, but can find no more books. The 3rd book had a date of 2012, so surely she has written more for this series.
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By npatton55 on April 17, 2014
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Very good book that even young readers can enjoy. You find yourself becoming a part of this book while going on crazy adventures, racing at breakneck speed up a steep cliff, hiding from dangerous things in the black forest and discovering ancient stories long forgotten that could be the key to many questions. Great book!
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By Amazon Customer on March 22, 2014
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The whole series is wonderful..lots to read also lasts me days, tired of books that last a day@and was charged full price..will be reading your other books these were great thanks
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As other reviewers have stated, the first book in the series is not "action packed" but it does a really good job of introducing the characters and setting the stage for the rest of the series, which I immediately purchased and read back to back. I am a woman in my 50s and enjoy the YA paranormal books, but so many of them have too much teen age angst and drama that I can't really relate. Love fantasy, quests and dragons and it was fun to see Jaharra start to grow up and mature- and what a wonderful guardian - a dragon several hundred years old. I enjoyed the other characters too, several of which appear in the other books as well. The second two books in the series (The Beginning & The Awakening) and the short story collection Tales of Oescienne were great. I want more of Jaharra and Raejaaxorix - the sooner the better. I liked The Beginning even better than The Finding and couldn't wait for more of Jaharra and friends.
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By Michelle Wilmot on January 25, 2014
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Really enjoyed this series. Got one book for free and purchased the rest of the series. Great fantasy series. The story is very engaging. Hope the next book comes out soon.
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