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The Sundered (Among the Mythos Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Ruthanne Reid
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Book Description

The world I know is flooded. You don't go in the water. You don't touch it. If you do, it will get you, drag you down, and you're gone. 

Four hundred years ago, the water was still blue. 

Four hundred years ago, no one had heard of Sundered Ones or the telepathic "claim" that enslaves them. 

Four hundred years ago, humans ruled the Earth. Now, the Earth drowns in black water that kills if touched, and humanity limps into its final hour. 

In a small boat, Harry searches for the Hope of Humanity, a machine that--according to legend--can save his people. Instead, he finds Aakesh: the most beautiful and terrifying Sundered One he's ever seen. Claiming is Harry's natural response-- 

But mastery of this Sundered One comes at a price.


Editorial Reviews

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"If you like your books entertaining, if you like your books to keep you guessing, if you like a unique, fresh story, then Sundered is the book for you. This is a great debut novel and Ms. Reid's book will surely become one of your favorites and she will certainly become one of your favorite authors."
- Anita, the Kindle Book Review

About the Author

Indie author Ruthanne Reid writes about elves, aliens, vampires, and space-travel with equal abandon.

She has a degree in piano performance she never uses, a second (slightly better used) degree in Biblical Science, and currently lives in Phoenix, where the nights are glorious for the imagination. The author of the series Among the Mythos, she churns out free short stories every couple of months. 

Something of a mad book-gifting fairy, Ruthanne believes good stories should be shared. Subscribe to her free email newsletter for free books and more at amongthemythos.com.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2462 KB
  • Print Length: 413 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0985260068
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: 4th Floor Publication; 2 edition (November 26, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0082D9D3M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #182,958 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating world, challenging look at humanity July 5, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
After reading the first chapter of the Sundered I was hooked by the fascinating world created by the author. I proceeded to tear through the book over the course of the weekend, constantly driven by a desire to learn what had led to such a terrible state of events in this broken world. I couldn't put it down until the chilling, yet satisfying conclusion.

The book encourages a lot of philosophical introspection. In almost every sci-fi I've read it's assumed that there is always some goodness in humanity; maybe evil humans are in control, but there's a plucky band of good guys out there that redeem the human race. But in the Sundered, things aren't so cut and dry, thus making the premise of the book all that much more interesting. The book is written from the perspective of it's protagonist, and throughout I found myself wondering who I would trust or how I would act in a given situation.

The only thing that didn't quite work for me was being in the mind of a 19 year old boy, Harry, and having him serve as my narrator for the duration. Harry, like most 19 year olds, is not all that eloquent and I found his view of the world and his thoughts often a bit childish. ("Yeah, he's a douche." etc.) It was like I was in the head of a 19 year old kid, which was the point, but I did find it mildly grating after awhile.

However that minor distraction didn't take away from the well constructed world, and the satisfying way in which the story unfolded and led us deeper and deeper into said world. At the Kindle price, it's a steal.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! November 19, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I loved this story right from the start! Not very many novels grab me like this one did, nor keep me intrigued throughout, always wanting to pick it up again and find out what's going to happen next.

Despite what a few other reviewers have said, I LOVED the main character's internal dialog, every bit of it! I didn't find it too childish at all. I mean, have you talked to a 19-year-old lately? The author did a great job of showing both his maturity at trying to be a leader and his insecurity at being so young--a well rounded character! Thank you, RuthAnne, for providing me with some real enjoyment. Oh, and I loved the ending.

The only thing I would have changed is removing all the "adult" material. I would have loved sharing this story with my pre-teens, but because of that, I can't. Everything else about it would have made it a great read for them, and I know they would have loved it.

P.S. I'm a professional editor by trade, and I've done a lot of book reviews and previews. Yes, this book had quite a few typos, especially near the end, but the overall story more than made up for that. RuthAnne, don't let anyone belittle you for self-publishing. I'm glad you did.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! Something Altogether Different! June 29, 2012
Format:Paperback
In a world muddied by sameness, this one stands in stark contrast. Captivating, thought-provoking, breathlessly sweeping you along. Ruthanne Reid is most certainly onto something here!
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down July 3, 2012
By Darren
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Admittedly, I came to know the author this year. And I bought the book out of support like any friend would do, prepared to pass on the obligatory congratulations. What I didn't expect was that I wouldn't be able to put it down. That I would become so immersed in the story, that I would forget I knew the author, forget that there even was an author. So I read it in one sitting! And now I'm writing a review to tell you it's a worthwhile science fiction read. 300+ pages of suspense and thought-provoking, unpredictable intrigue, and my mind is still spinning about the implications of what I read. My unbiased opinion is that this is a great story, deftly written, flowing naturally and drawing you into the precarious world of Harry and the Sundered. I may even read it again. My only question - how long do I have to wait for the next Ruthanne Reid book? That one I will most surely not be buying only out of courtesy.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars refreshingly different September 6, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I won this book in a give away and when the author contacted me asking for my address, I said that since the postage to Australia would be quite a lot of money, I'd be fine with an ebook version, but she said she wanted to send me a paperback. A week or so later, it arrived. I read the blurb, then put the book down, thinking it sounded interesting. I didn't think I'd get around to reading it for ages, but being a paperback, it sat on the coffee table shouting, read me, read me, so after dinner I picked it up to have a quick perusal of the first few pages and I and didn't put it down again until I absolutely had to go to bed. You guessed it--I loved it. It grabbed me from page one and held me until the wonderful end.

The Sundered is fabulously different to anything else I've ever read--the mark of a strong new voice--and a totally unique story that had me completely enthralled.

The story takes place on a world flooded with black water that is deadly to humans. People share this world with the Sundered, magical creatures humans have enslaved. The Sundered are dying out, but since there is no arable land and they are the only ones who can go into the water, they are the ones that produce food. Once the Sundered are all gone, the humans will eventually die out.

Harry Iskinder is a salvager who paddles around in a small skiff looking for the Hope of humanity, a possibly mythical object that he hopes will save humans from extinction. No one knows what exactly it is or what it does, but Harry discovers that finding it will give him a choice; either the Sundered survive and humanity ends, or humanity lives for a while but the Sundered are wiped out.

The story is written in a snappy way that immediately drew this reader in.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Something new
it was different. I really like it bought the whole series. cant wait for the new book
Published 20 days ago by dantara
5.0 out of 5 stars unique setting
I had no idea what to expect with this book, but right away I wanted to know more about this world: Why is the water black and deadly? How can a human 'claim' a Sundered? Read more
Published 22 days ago by L. Tapscott
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting idea, loved it.
Brilliant story, what an imagination. kept me guessing all the way. The ending was interesting too, not what I expected. Recommend to fantasy readers.
Published 1 month ago by J. Clarke
4.0 out of 5 stars The Sundered caught me off guard.
The Sundered caught me off guard. I didn't expect to be as enthralled as I was, because normally distopian tales are not my cup of tea. This, however, is extremely well done. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sherry Landrum
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read!
I loved this book! Picked it up off a recommendation on twitter and could hardly put it down. Ruthanne Reid's writing style is unique and adds a nice touch to the story itself. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Tyler RIchter
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks for the recommendation
Got 'The Sundered' after recommendations from a couple of friends. (One was offering it as a gift, but I decided to buy it myself. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Star Fortress
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!
I rarely find a story as unique and new and fresh as this one. I love it and I recommend anyone to read it.
Published 7 months ago by tepanna
2.0 out of 5 stars good premise, execution lacking
Very weird , interesting book. Really felt the ending was too quick of a wind up. Left me scratching my head?????? The premise definitely has merit but just left me feeling blah. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars it is not the typical SF book. gives one something to ponder.
This book present many moral issues and presents them well. Much of the issues do not come to the front until the end of the book, which then raises many questions and ideas in the... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Robert Adelstein
5.0 out of 5 stars What price for hope?
What price are we ready to pay for hope? For survival of our species? What price is too high? Are we willing to enslave others again? We did once...and that price was too high. Read more
Published 9 months ago by karen lary
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More About the Author

Indie author Ruthanne Reid writes about elves, aliens, vampires, and space-travel with equal abandon.

She has a degree in piano performance she never uses, a second (slightly better used) degree in Biblical Science, and currently lives in Phoenix, where the nights are glorious for the imagination. The author of the series Among the Mythos, she churns out free short stories every couple of months.

Something of a mad book-gifting fairy, Ruthanne believes good stories should be shared. Subscribe to her free email newsletter for free books and more at http://amongthemythos.com.

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