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The White Tree (The Cycle of Arawn, Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Edward W. Robertson
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Book Description

The Cycle of Arawn is now complete. Books two and three are available here:

The Great Rift:
The Black Star:

Sixteen-year-old Dante is obsessed with learning to wield the nether, the powerful magic of the death god Arawn. But a century ago, Arawn's followers were scoured from the kingdom of Mallon. Their temples smashed. Their secrets lost.

When Dante tracks down a copy of their holiest book, he throws himself into its study--and finds himself under siege in the city streets. Arawn's believers aren't dead. They're in hiding, and they want back their book. With the help of the nether and a loudmouthed bodyguard named Blays, Dante escapes into the wilds. But Arawn's army is ready to march from the shadows. As they move against Mallon, they hunt Dante relentlessly, in search of the book.

And with his powers growing by the day, Dante finds himself used as a tool in the war against them. He and Blays are dispatched on a thousand-mile journey to assassinate the Arawnites' leader. If they fail, their homeland will fall.

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About the Author

Born in Washington state, Ed has also lived in New York, Idaho, and most recently Los Angeles, where the culture is as confusing as the weather. In addition to his novels, he writes short stories, which have appeared in some twenty different anthologies and magazines online and in print. Like many authors, he has a fiancee and two dogs. The dogs wake him early, possibly to make sure he keeps working on the sequel to The White Tree.

Product Details

  • File Size: 962 KB
  • Print Length: 427 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1470150603
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004O0U8BI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,659 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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35 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A review by Free Book Reviews September 2, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Overall Feedback: Robertson has woven a masterpiece! This is an astounding adventure fantasy that will have you hooked from the get go. "Nether" will be oozing from your brain by time you are finished and you will have two more heros to line up on your shelves. Robertson has made a story that shows not all heros have to always do the right thing to do the right thing. If you like fantasy, adventure and well just about anything else pick this one up fast.

Point of View: The viewpoint only adds to the story and the reader gets a real chance to connect to Dante and Blays.

Voice: Carries right on through every word, paragraph and page. Edward is great at prose and shows it off with the voice of this book.

Character Development: You find yourself just as intrigued by the thought of Arawn as Dante himself and alsmost can sense the "Nether". By the end you root for Dante and Blays even when they do the not so legal things.

Plot: Just like any fantasy you have to get into the world but Robertson jerks you into his world and all you can do is take in the sights and smells and enjoy yourself.

Dialogue: The charm, wit and drive of Dante and Blays is driven home through the dialogue.

Pacing: From page to page you can not remember turning anything. It is just one page in your mind.

Setting: You see what they see, feel what they feel and hear what they hear so yes, yes this is a bright spot of WOW!

Continuity: The story blazes along and draws you in then leaves you knowing there will be more. This is not that disappointed I wanted to know this kind of more but the happy where is the next in the series feeling.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars epic adventure April 5, 2011
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This was one of the most amazing books I've ever read. I could absolutely see it as a movie. The use of a sort of psychic power of the "nether" was something I've never seen or heard of before and it was quite intriguing. I hope to see more from Dante and Blays in the future!
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42 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a book, not an ages old painting October 21, 2012
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I perused the reviews from others, and quite frankly I don't understand what some of them think this is. It's a book, quite frankly, a Fantsy. I did not attempt to discet every line, I read it for the reason I always read, it appealed to me, it had a story line that grabs you and keeps you interested, and at the end, wanting more. Some like it, and some do not like it, that's what makes the world go round. If we all thought the same thoughts, had the same likes, the world would be "one boring place". Would I recommend this book, "Most Definitely", providing you are looking for a book to provide you with humor, wonder, excitement, and a need for more. I think this author has potential, and I think he did a good job. I am currently reading the next book in The Cycle of Arawn series, The Great Rift. I will review it upon conclusion. I think Edward W. Robertson has potential, and I expect he will improve his skills as he progresses. I also think his writing will continue to entertain many more readers as they discover his writings. Mr. Robertson, keep providing us with great work.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars surprising adventure romp October 29, 2012
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I was not expecting much as I started this free book about 2 boys wet behind the ears in a land of swords and magic, but it was free so I gave it a try. SURPRISE, I thoroughly ENJOYED this book. The major characters were likable. The plot twisted enough times to keep me interested and there was a feeling of impending doom throughout the book which made me keep reading it. The magic component, was believable and consistent, and I especially liked the yin/yang nether / ether concept. How much did I like this book.... well I bought the next one of the series, and for me that is high praise indeed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars time filler January 5, 2014
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If you have a day or two that you absolutely don't have a thing to do, then go ahead and read The White Tree. It is not the worst book I have ever read. The concept is OK but the writing does not flow well. It was a Freebie on Amazon and I was bored at work so I read it. There is no way I would shell out cash for the sequel. I just could not find myself caring about the characters, if anything I was glad the first book was over with. It left me with no desire to see how the story ended. Read something by Jonathan Moeller if you want some easy to read entertaining pulp fantasy,
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23 of 31 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars boring July 30, 2012
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I've read the reviews others have done and was quite confused. I would like to know just what book they read to give such glowing reviews about. It wasn't this one. This book, at best, deserves 2 stars. Plot holes, inconsistent story telling and an overall dull book made reading this a slog. Normally I don't review books, but one this bad deserves to have a warning label. My 12 year old also read this and has the same opinion, but more succinct, her words "It stinks."
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A compelling fantasy saga January 7, 2013
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I'd read Edward W. Robertson's Breakers and loved it, so I was looking forward to this one as well. It was far better than I'd dared hope, and of course I immediately read book 2, The Great Rift, as soon as book one was finished. Now the wait until book 3 is released. Thank goodness there's part 2 of Breakers to get through!

I think what I like most about Robertson's writing is his characters. They're more like real people, not perfect gallant heroes that don't exist in reality, a mixture of good and bad. I wasn't even sure I liked Dante at first, but he grew on me. And the wonderful humorous dialogues between Dante and Blays had me grinning throughout the tale. I also like Robertson's creative metaphors, things that he writes that make you stop and go "Huh?" before you get it.

Now, to drag myself out of that world within a book and back to my real life. Bleah. If I were a better writer myself, I'd be able to praise the books even more. All I can say is there are no regrets for the purchase, and I'll most likely be reading anything this author produces.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth while read
The first book in the Cycle of Arawn was very good. I loved the character development and interaction between the different characters. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Hiker Dana
4.0 out of 5 stars The White Tree
Very interesting fantasy tale. I wasn't sure I liked it at first but really got into the story as I went on. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Vince
2.0 out of 5 stars Very good start but needs refinement
I think it has potential, but needs a good editor and re-write. I read the first two book as part of my kindle unlimited subscription, but I wouldn't really want to buy it. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Prentice
5.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing
If you like fantasy stories, if you like character driven fantasies, if you like outlandish ideas that are beilievable in their context, if you like to be absorbed for many days... Read more
Published 18 days ago by Dennis Foley
5.0 out of 5 stars Exemplar fantasy
I love this book. I am never one to recommend fantasy to friends or to buy books I don't know a whole lot about, but I am so very glad I picked this book up and will be buying the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by B. Force
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed reading "The White Tree
I enjoyed reading "The White Tree." I loved the style of the author - his descriptions painted vivid pictures in my mind. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kim Scudieri
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
its an okay story
Published 1 month ago by Rebecca Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars The White Tree was amazing...
I started reading The White Tree and could put it down - stayed up for 2 days straight reading it. As soon as I finished it, I bought the next 2 books in the series and every other... Read more
Published 1 month ago by laurab
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Excellent writer and intriguing story with some good action. Dialogue was a bit draggy at the end.
Published 1 month ago by M G Bacon
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very good, it surprised me
Published 2 months ago by Matt#12
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More About the Author

A USA TODAY bestselling author, Ed writes whatever he gets a kick out of. Mostly, that involves robots, magic, and the end of the world.

His works include the post-apocalyptic Breakers series and the epic fantasy trilogy the Cycle of Arawn. A graduate of NYU's fiction program, his short stories have appeared in a couple dozen magazines. He has lived places and owned pets.

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