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Eramane Paperback – August 13, 2013
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About the Author
Frankie Ash holds a BA in English with a minor in mass communications. She resides on the East Coast, where she is currently writing the sequel to Eramane.
Top customer reviews
Frankie Ash tells a griping and beautiful story and I really like the way she describes the people and the settings of this story.
The chapters shift between Eramane (written in first person) and other characters (written in third person). This threw me off a little in the beginning and I found it a bit confusing, but as the story progressed I got more used to the writing style. It was different.
There were some minor grammar mistakes and such, but not so many that it ruined the reading experience.
I enjoyed Eramane as a character. She was really driven and smart in most of her choices. I also felt like she had a very nice development as a character throughout the book.
The Nameless One is a character filled with frightening mystery and that is something I enjoy very much!
There are lots of other characters in this book as well that were veery well written into the story. And I think Limearsy is one of my absolute favorites. He has such a loving, yet dark and mysterious personality.
The whole story started off with a POW! It gripped me and held me tight for most of the time.
I do wish that I could have gotten to know more of the world this story is in, but I found that I got more of that in book two.
The story was quite original and different. A page turner. And I did not find it cliché in any way.
Rating: 3 Stars
Series: Eramane Trilogy #1
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Archway Publishing
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I received this book in exchange for an honest review
In the village of Eludwid, seventeen-year-old Eramane Fahnestock goes about her life, cheerfully disregarding a prophecy made to her parents that she would have a great gift. Not yet wed and beset with boredom, Eramane cannot shake the feeling that something exciting awaits her beyond Eludwid. But when she is invited to picnic with a handsome young suitor, Eramane has no idea that her life will soon change forever.
As Eramane prepares for her date, she is suddenly hypnotized by a strange voice that tells her he will be coming for her that night. Unsettled but determined to press forward, Eramane and her suitor, Lebis, head to the woods to enjoy their picnic. As darkness falls on the forest, however, a beast emerges, transforming their beautiful outing into a terrifying scene. Taken captive and carried away to a mountain hideaway, Eramane finds her memories are soon clouded, even as her family frantically searches for her back home.
In this gripping fantasy tale, evil is summoned to the mountaintop, forcing a young woman to discover her magical gifts and exact revenge against a beast determined to destroy everything she has ever loved.
So...maybe I just didn't read the synopsis carefully enough before I read it, but this book was NOTHING like I expected. I was expecting your average Fantasy romp with a heroine who has or discovers magic or awesome fighting skills and falls in love with tall, dark and handsome. What I got was something quite different.
Eramane starts out rather terrifying and gets darker as it goes along. This book is different from your average fantasy as it lives in the realm of the antagonist. It lives in darkness.
I was surprised at the actions Eramane took. This is not your normal heroine, sacrificing herself for the good of others. This is a human being (sort of) who has real selfish desires and self preservation instincts. Now, I wanted her to fight back more, to search harder for answers. She seemed a little complacent in the middle.
I liked the split POV between Eramane and Samiah, her brother. Samiah's story reads much more like a high fantasy novel, with a quest taken on horse back, searching for Eramane and taking out enemies along the way. It was nice to have that other piece spread throughout the darkness of Eramane's story.
Part of the reason this book gets 3 stars is because I'm not a huge fan of first person present narration. I don't have a problem with first person (I've written some things in first person), but I do NOT like present tense for fiction. That's totally a subjective thing, a preference that doesn't diminish the quality of the book, only my personal enjoyment.
With an interesting and very different kind of heroine and lots of action, Eramane is a fast-paced and exciting read that will keep the reader engaged for it's very short length. If written in the same way, sequels will be very successful for fans of the first book. Recommended for fans of fantasy, especially if you're looking for something outside of the norm!