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The Sundered (Among the Mythos Book 1) by [Reid, Ruthanne]
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"If you like your books entertaining, if you like your books to keep you guessing, if you like a unique, fresh story, then Sundered is the book for you. This is a great debut novel and Ms. Reid's book will surely become one of your favorites and she will certainly become one of your favorite authors."
- Anita, the Kindle Book Review

About the Author

Indie author Ruthanne Reid writes about elves, aliens, vampires, and space-travel with equal abandon. The author of the series Among the Mythos, she churns out free short stories every couple of months. 

Something of a mad book-gifting fairy, Ruthanne believes good stories should be shared. Subscribe to her free email newsletter for free books and more at RuthanneReid.com.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2491 KB
  • Print Length: 413 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: November 26, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0082D9D3M
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,706 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I loved this story right from the start! Not very many novels grab me like this one did, nor keep me intrigued throughout, always wanting to pick it up again and find out what's going to happen next.

Despite what a few other reviewers have said, I LOVED the main character's internal dialog, every bit of it! I didn't find it too childish at all. I mean, have you talked to a 19-year-old lately? The author did a great job of showing both his maturity at trying to be a leader and his insecurity at being so young--a well rounded character! Thank you, RuthAnne, for providing me with some real enjoyment. Oh, and I loved the ending.

The only thing I would have changed is removing all the "adult" material. I would have loved sharing this story with my pre-teens, but because of that, I can't. Everything else about it would have made it a great read for them, and I know they would have loved it.

P.S. I'm a professional editor by trade, and I've done a lot of book reviews and previews. Yes, this book had quite a few typos, especially near the end, but the overall story more than made up for that. RuthAnne, don't let anyone belittle you for self-publishing. I'm glad you did.
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After reading the first chapter of the Sundered I was hooked by the fascinating world created by the author. I proceeded to tear through the book over the course of the weekend, constantly driven by a desire to learn what had led to such a terrible state of events in this broken world. I couldn't put it down until the chilling, yet satisfying conclusion.

The book encourages a lot of philosophical introspection. In almost every sci-fi I've read it's assumed that there is always some goodness in humanity; maybe evil humans are in control, but there's a plucky band of good guys out there that redeem the human race. But in the Sundered, things aren't so cut and dry, thus making the premise of the book all that much more interesting. The book is written from the perspective of it's protagonist, and throughout I found myself wondering who I would trust or how I would act in a given situation.

The only thing that didn't quite work for me was being in the mind of a 19 year old boy, Harry, and having him serve as my narrator for the duration. Harry, like most 19 year olds, is not all that eloquent and I found his view of the world and his thoughts often a bit childish. ("Yeah, he's a douche." etc.) It was like I was in the head of a 19 year old kid, which was the point, but I did find it mildly grating after awhile.

However that minor distraction didn't take away from the well constructed world, and the satisfying way in which the story unfolded and led us deeper and deeper into said world. At the Kindle price, it's a steal.
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I don't enjoy writing a review ranting about how terrible a book is, especially when it's one of these more grassroots writing ventures. I admire all of the work that authors put in etc etc, but the high-rating overall mislead me.

With that in mind, the narrator is an adolescent, I get that, but that only buys you so much leeway in terms of employing a rather juvenile writing style. It gets a little intolerable at most points in the novel. I mean, if we're expected to believe that this kid is capable of running around the globe with his peers and is able to shift through the social strata making the deals he needs to to support his ventures, then his voice shouldn't be or sound so typical. I don't believe that a kid who thinks and talks like this is capable of actually surviving the first leg of this wild goose-chase but apparently he's been to all corners of the globe? I don't buy it.

The main character is an uninteresting exploration of the tired old trope of trying to live up to the family name vs. carving out a different path; so the character just feels like a 2-d cutout. This lack of depth was most aptly revealed in his (supposed to be?) central emotional conflict: are these sundered really that much different from us? How can humans be superior if we treat them so poorly? Maybe WE are the monsters, not they! *tear tear*. But it is approached in such a ham-handed, uncompelling way. What was so special about this boy that he just ended up being more compassionate towards the sundered?
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In a world muddied by sameness, this one stands in stark contrast. Captivating, thought-provoking, breathlessly sweeping you along. Ruthanne Reid is most certainly onto something here!
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I won this book in a give away and when the author contacted me asking for my address, I said that since the postage to Australia would be quite a lot of money, I'd be fine with an ebook version, but she said she wanted to send me a paperback. A week or so later, it arrived. I read the blurb, then put the book down, thinking it sounded interesting. I didn't think I'd get around to reading it for ages, but being a paperback, it sat on the coffee table shouting, read me, read me, so after dinner I picked it up to have a quick perusal of the first few pages and I and didn't put it down again until I absolutely had to go to bed. You guessed it--I loved it. It grabbed me from page one and held me until the wonderful end.

The Sundered is fabulously different to anything else I've ever read--the mark of a strong new voice--and a totally unique story that had me completely enthralled.

The story takes place on a world flooded with black water that is deadly to humans. People share this world with the Sundered, magical creatures humans have enslaved. The Sundered are dying out, but since there is no arable land and they are the only ones who can go into the water, they are the ones that produce food. Once the Sundered are all gone, the humans will eventually die out.

Harry Iskinder is a salvager who paddles around in a small skiff looking for the Hope of humanity, a possibly mythical object that he hopes will save humans from extinction. No one knows what exactly it is or what it does, but Harry discovers that finding it will give him a choice; either the Sundered survive and humanity ends, or humanity lives for a while but the Sundered are wiped out.

The story is written in a snappy way that immediately drew this reader in.
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