- File Size: 686 KB
- Print Length: 226 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Eternal Press (a division of Damnation Books LLC) (February 4, 2012)
- Publication Date: February 4, 2012
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0075XGQSU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,390,954 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Elanraigh: The Vow Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
With dreams of black sails, an old enemy returns to harry the shores of Allenholme and if Thera's ducal father cannot form an alliance with the Ttmarini who share the love of Elanraigh, the attack will not end in the central forest. The last thing Thera wants is to leave her home in danger, but her parents are determined to send her to Elankeep where she can be safe, away from the fighting.
Because her aunt is the present Salvai to Elanraigh, Thera will have the opportunity to grow further into her gifts and develop as a woman. Against her desires, she agrees to go, but only after the Ttmarini arrive to confirm the alliance against the sapient Memteth. By this chance, Thera encounters the one who could share her spiritual destiny, should she choose.
S. A. Hunter plunges the reader into a world and narrative that both encourages them to look through more than human eyes, yet keeps the realities of human limitations in mind while facing overwhelming influences. Animals, trees, and incorporeal elementals become Thera's allies, while she earns the respect and loyalty of the soldier-guards at Elankeep. Many of these soldiers are women, initially presented as almost common-place, an option for women with the will to fight. As Thera grows in awareness, so does the reader, to the very familiar imbalance of power between male and female.
Patience, humility and honesty form the core of Thera's character even as the events and dangers facing her temper her strength. As the complications of adulthood and intrigue peel back Thera's innocence, she will need that strength to face the challenges set-up for the sequel.
Although strictly presented as an enemy, S. A. Hunter introduces questions and potential inconsistencies about the Memteth raiders that allow for more than black and white, villains and hero-defenders. There are motivations that are not yet understood and secrets that still must be explored. Vividly depicting nature balanced between sea, mountains and forest, S. A. Hunter gives a story that will draw the reader in and leave them ready for more - for the next step of Thera's growth into the Salvai of Elanraigh.
Reviewed by Rebecca Ryals Russell
5 Flaming Stars
Wow! By the time I was twenty percent into this story I knew I would love it.
And I did.
I have to say this is one of the best-written books I've read lately. The writing is so descriptive and poetic it had me in tears at several points. Read on my Kindle Fire, I highlighted huge passages I want to go back and review to see how S. A. Hunter came up with such exquisite wording. Look at this example:
"Here, far from the pearly mists of Bridal Veil Falls, the sunlight slanted through the evergreens like sheets of molten copper, illuminating the mossy trunks of the largest trees Thera had ever seen...She approached the nearest forest giant. Its base was so wide that all of the troop, finger-tip to finger-tip, could not have spanned its width. The sitka's huge base spread to grip the earth like the paw of some mythical beast."
The story was cool, too.
I really enjoyed the mixture of Native cultural concepts with Mythology and Wicca and Druidism and Fantasy. S. A. Hunter obviously did her share of research in order to design such plausible cultures and rituals. I felt every bit of the love Thera felt for the forest and the elementals, the animals and plants.
But it wasn't sappy. Thera is a genuine bad-ass teenaged character with a lot of charm and ... character. I wouldn't mind knowing her ... or being her mother. She held her own in some pretty nasty battles and the antagonists were truly disgusting.
Overall I flew through this book in a matter of hours because I couldn't stop turning the page to see what would happen next.
14-year-old Princess Thera can speak with the forest mind, the spirit of the woods and animals. This is a very special gift that is becoming very rare among her people.
Thera has had a dream of ships with black sails arriving though, which means that her home (Allenholme) will soon be attacked by the Memteth - their ancient enemy.
In an attempt to raise a defence again Memtath, Allenholme decide to join with a once enemy, the Ttamarini, who are also afraid of Memtath's wrath.
Thera has feelings for the Ttamarini man Chamak, who has similar gifts to hers, but as she is the only one with gifts, she knows she must be the next `Salvai', which means she will be shut away to commune with the forest, and not allowed to marry.
Chamakin asks Thera's father if he may court her, and her father refuses - he thinks she's too young, even though her 15th birthday is only 2 days away, and she will officially be a woman.
Thera, her nanny, and a two swordsman go on a journey away from Allenholme, hoping to avoid the battle. On the way they come across the Memtath and their black sailed ship. Thera and Nan run while the men stay behind to fight, but once Thera is safe Nan goes back to the battle.
When Thera awakes, she returns to the battle site to find all 3 dead. She joins with a hawk and the forest mind to sink the ship in which the memtath sail.
Thera is later found by some warrior women, who look after her.
Thera then has a vision on the memtath attacking the place where her aunt the salvia lives, and the troop run to get there in time. The salvia is wounded, and Thera is saved from an attack with a Memtath man by her grey wolf.
This book had an interesting storyline, with promising ideas, but for me it was just a little too slow. I found my attention waning quite early on, and ended up speed reading for quite a lot of the book. Several times I gave up on this book and then went back to it, just because I wanted to know how it ended, but I found myself reading less and less every time I picked it up. I'm afraid I fully gave up on it at 60%
Just too slow; didn't do it for me unfortunately.
5 out of 10.
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