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From bestselling author S. Usher Evans comes a unique take about a real-world girl transported to a fantasy land and faced with a dragon that just might be the manifestation of her mental illness. Empath has "broken the feels" of readers around the world and helped them slay their own fears.
"I think we should just cut our losses and move on."
If you ask Lauren Dailey, things are totally fine after the breakup. She doesn't care that all her friends are getting engaged and moving on with their lives when all her dreams went up in smoke. She's not crying herself to sleep every night. Everything is A-OK.
That is, until a mysterious voice promises an easy out to all her problems, and she wakes up in a fantasy world with the powers of an empath.
Without a way home, Lauren embraces her new life. There's a village full of interesting characters, including Cefin, a handsome young man who's everything a fantasy hero should be. She's getting the hang of doing laundry in the river. And when she uses her empath powers, she's temporarily distracted from the sadness that followed her from California and crops up at the most inconvenient times.
Still, there's one large, dragon-shaped problem: The Anghenfil lives in the mountains nearby, and some say he's got a taste for empaths. And Lauren's afraid it might just be that mysterious voice tempting her deeper into her own darkness.
Empath will transport readers to a new world, while remaining firmly rooted in the realities of dealing with depression, anxiety, and other mental illnesses. Recommended for readers who need help overcoming their own dragons.
This is a stand-alone novel. Content warnings for suicide, substance abuse, and adult situations.
Praise for Empath
★★★★★ "A pint of ice cream for your soul." - Erin Sky, author of The Wendy
★★★★ "A brilliant allegory" - Elizabeth F., Goodreads Reviewer
★★★★★ "As someone who faces anxiety on a daily basis, this book spoke to me." - Katrina M., Goodreads Reviewer
★★★★★ "Empath is encouragement to accept your whole self and move forward into great adventure." - Sierra D.
From the Author
- Read Freely's Top 50 Self-Published Books of 2015.
- ASIN : B00UUD3WMK
- Publisher : Sun's Golden Ray Publishing (May 12, 2015)
- Publication date : May 12, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 2603 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 250 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,297,165 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- #2,817 in Women's Fantasy Fiction
- #4,487 in Dragons & Mythical Creatures Fantasy (Kindle Store)
- #7,265 in Action & Adventure Fantasy (Kindle Store)
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Anyone who has been through a breakup knows that it usually feels like the end of the world. And in a small sense, it is; it is the end of a big part of your life and it often comes as a shock to the system. Not quite as much of a shock as being transported to a new world and becoming an empath, however, as Lauren quickly learns. She has spent months after her breakup burying her feelings and pretending that she is ok. But now, suddenly, she cannot touch another living thing without being overwhelmed by an onslaught of emotion.
It took me a little while to connect to the characters in Empath, but I eventually grew to care about all of them. Sometimes I was so frustrated that Lauren wouldn't share her true feelings with people, but I understood her anxiety and was able to relate to her thought process. I have been there before - not giving people a chance to grow to love the real me because I assumed they wouldn't like me. I loved that Lauren was able to encounter other characters with the same fears, so she could learn that numerous people, no matter what walk of life or world they live in, struggle with the same worries and anxieties.
Empath was written as a response to a time in S. Usher Evans' life when she felt a lot like Lauren. The story comes across as very personal, but not like a diary entry. You can easily get lost in the adventure and dragon fighting, but you are still left with a wonderful and personal message. Anyone who has lived with anxiety or depression (whether related to a breakup or not) can empathize with Lauren's story. It is a lovely lesson in learning that sometimes you can admit that you aren't ok - and that is ok.
Empath is the sixth S. Usher Evans book that I have read. While I have truly enjoyed them all, Empath has now become my favorite. I hope you will give it a try and enjoy it as much as I did.
If you’re looking for a new character to be the very best friend you never had, to help you forget about your own life for a few magical hours and then inspire you to get up and move forward, because if she can do it, you can do it, this is the one.
I fell in love with the main character from the moment I met her, I empathized with her problems (you see what I did there?), and she never let me down. Not once. Not even when she probably thought she was letting me down. (You’ll get it once you get to know her.)
And here’s the best part: she’s real.
Lauren Dailey is not your typical fantasy character. She’s complicated. She’s struggling, and she’s frustrated that she’s struggling, and sometimes she even hates herself for it, and yet she always does her best to keep pushing through anyway, even when it involves a fire-breathing dragon. You have to love that about her.
There is a solid romantic sub-plot, which has its requisite steamy moments but that in the end (trust me, no spoilers) made me want to cheer in a way that very few romantic sub-plots ever have. In many ways, it’s a book about what love really is, rather than what it pretends to be, which had me laughing more than once and left me feeling far more fulfilled than the alternative.
I celebrate this character at forty-something in a way that says I wish I had had her around during my twenties or thirties to smack me over the head. Where most fantasy books leave you sorry to come back to reality, this one leaves you—well, yes, ok, sorry it’s over, certainly, but somehow more ready to handle whatever reality is yours to come back to, nonetheless.
And really, what more could you ask for from a fantasy novel than that?
Top reviews from other countries
This book surprised me. In all the best ways. I was expecting an epic fantasy but I wasn't expecting the story hidden underneath that one. I wasn't expecting this story to be about someone struggling with their mental health. I think that was my favourite part. There was so much I wasn't expecting and that made the story so much better to read!
I'm not usually one to read about mental illness or mental disorders. It's not something I've been able to relate to or really enjoyed reading. I could really relate to our main character here though. I wouldn't say she had any mental disorders but she had a mental barrier she had to get over. She needed to learn who she was without a guy which I think is something a lot of girls have gone through before. I just found that while she was explaining her situation all I could think was "same, girl". (I actually have that in my notes.) A story is much easier to follow when you share the same feelings as the main character!
What I Didn't Love
I didn't really have anything wrong with this book. The only difference between a 4 and 5 star for me is personal preference. I loved this book but it didn't fully blow me away. (Though it came SO close.) This is actually the first book I gave a 4.5 rating but I couldn't help it!
Who I's Recommend To
I would recommend this book especially for those going through a break up. After I finished reading this I had to sit down and think for a minute. It's a book for those who like to really feel something after they're done reading.
I am glad for this books existence and I really think that by reading Lauren’s journey to discover that her problems ARE important can help other readers who are struggling with the same issue and make sure they know that they are not as alone as they feel.