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The Reckoning of Asphodel (The Asphodel Cycle) (Volume 1) Paperback – September 13, 2016
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"What makes me so excited about The Reckoning of Asphodel? From the prelude onwards there is a quiet power in the heroine's voice. Tamsen Ka'antira de Asphodel watched as her uncle killed her parents. And as Ms. Summers unveils these murders you will hear the determination in Tamsen's voice. Her questioning, her fears, her sadness, her love, and her power are opened to the reader's ears. I haven't cried during a fantasy book in some time. I could tell you about the battles, the magic, how clearly Ms.Summers has written her world, and her loyal characters. But, for me,this eBook is about emotions and Tamsen's quiet haunting voice. The Reckoning of Asphodel will not disappoint fantasy fans." -- ChrisChatReviews
"...Celina Summers maintains supreme control of an archetypal fantasy story structure while making the tale fresh and engaging enough for even the most diehard fantasy reader.She weaves a tale that is both familiar and unexpected; because she remains so true to the genre, readers can trust her to lead them to explore untried paths in a familiar fantasy landscape..." -MyShelf
"...The Reckoning of Asphodel, by Celina Summers, is traditional high fantasy, with chivalric knights and wood-wise elves, beautiful princesses and wise female seers, good and evil sorcerers and magicians. It's written in the language typical of the genre. It is, however, much better written, with more complex characters and situations,than many similar books. This is a serious fantasy novel, not the verbal equivalent of a computer game..." Novelspot.com
"...The Reckoning of Asphodel is a wonderfully complex story that lures the reader in and delivers a fast paced ride that leaves you breathless. All this reviewer could do was hang on for the ride! New author Celina Summers delivers a stunning novel that captures the readers' attention on the first page and never lets up until the last page is turned..." --Love Romances &More
About the Author
Celina Summers was born and raised in Clarksville, Tennessee. While there, she became fascinated with languages and history while a high school student in the top Latin program in the nation. She continued her education in Tennessee, pursuing degrees in political science and communications. While there, she was a top collegiate debater and public speaker, and also began her lifelong love of theater--beginning with her studies under top dramaturge Howard Stein. After college, she went into professional theater, racking up credits as an actor, scenic designer, and director along the eastern seaboard. Her first fantasy series, The Asphodel Cycle, was originally published in 2007. The books in the series won numerous awards and nominations, including top ten placements in all four P&E Readers Polls for top fantasy and a prestigious Golden Rose nomination. Other publications include her sensual romance series Mythos, a short story collection Metamorphosis, and the Covenants Trilogy, co-authored with Rob Graham. Celina has also been an editor for over a decade, the managing editor at two publishing houses, and the founder/editor of the speculative fiction magazine Penumbra. She is now focused primarily on her writing career, and has branched out from traditional speculative fiction into contemporary literary fantasy under the pseudonym CA Chevault. Celina is a sportswriter, with a weekly NCAA column at Blogcritics Magazine and a feature writer at the Orange & White Report. She also occasionally adds clients to her NYT/USA Today bestselling editing clientele. Her only hobby is college athletics. She is a regular caller on the Paul Finebaum sports television show, and every Saturday in the fall is spent cheering on her beloved Tennessee Volunteers. Celina is represented by the Cherry Weiner Literary Agency.
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The books grow progressively dark and I love that. I'm not ashamed to admit I cried while reading a few of the books, especially 2 and 4 got me right in the feels. What sets this series apart is the fantastic writing and world building. Ms. Summers takes the world of Greek gods and makes them all her own with a fantasy setting. I'm loving the follow up series and hope she continues in this world giving us the stories of the next generation of elves. MORE!
Main character, "I fell in love" your feelings "oh, hmm..."
Main character, "they died" your thoughts "oh..hm..who?"
Highly recommended! Fun read!! Well done!!!
I loved Tamsen and Brial and all their allies.
There were really good moments, but sad ones too, this book was complete, there was just about a bit of everything and I'm impress how the descriptions of strategies and war were so detailed, enough for you to actually see it on your mind while reading.
I'm sure there will still be many moments of joy, anger and anguish in the next books.
"I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book so I could give an honest review."
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