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  • Posted August 23, 2013

    AMAZING!!!!! definitely worth the time!!!

    although it is hard to follow in the beginning, it all makes sense by the end. what a wonderful book!!!! I have fallen in love with the characters & the world/worlds they live in!!!!!

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  • Posted July 8, 2013

    Initially, it was hard to get into, but I was glad to have stuck

    Initially, it was hard to get into, but I was glad to have stuck through it past the first few chapters. I was completely enthralled with the characters and the exotic worlds they moved within by the end, and hungry for more. I cannot wait to begin the second book!

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  • Posted January 6, 2013

    ¿A man may rule his household, And a King govern his land, But

    “A man may rule his household,
    And a King govern his land,
    But Death walks in the thrall of Cephrael’s Hand.”

    I don’t often read epic fantasy novels, with their complex world systems and strange characters with even stranger, unpronounceable names, but I was pleasantly surprised by this book.

    I have to admit though, that at first I felt like I kept being thrown off track, because just as I was getting to know a character they would disappear and a new one would be introduced. But what started off as confusing soon melded into a fantastic plot with many twists and surprises. The thing I love most about fantasy novels are the magical worlds, complex characters and imaginative creatures that dwell within the pages of these books. McPhail brings to life a fascinating world filled with Mages, Healers and a number of other beings whom each play an integral part in bringing balance to the mystical world in which they live. With mesmerising creatures like the Sundragons and terrifying beasts like the Darkhounds, I was enthralled and just couldn’t stop reading.

    With each flip of my wrist I was drawn in further. I had to know more about each character, I had to know how they were all connected, if at all, and what fate had in store for them. The story is filled with plenty of emotion, and each aspect will surely please each and every readers’ desire for a great read. Action, adventure, heartache, romance and betrayal make up the very “Elae” of this book in a beautiful way.

    Readers of epic fantasy novels will devour this book in no time.

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  • Posted November 16, 2012

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    Thrilling Read

    Melissa pens "Cephraels Hand" characters lovable and believable in this complex but very interesting plot. It's not a fast read and I shuddered when I saw the book was 654 pages, but once I started reading, it held me captive until the end. A fantastic thrilling read that was beautifully written. Highly recommended for all epic fantasy fans. *5 Stars*

    This review is based on a complimentary copy which was provided for an honest review.

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  • Posted August 20, 2012

    I enjoy reading so many kinds of books. Epic Fantasies usually o

    I enjoy reading so many kinds of books. Epic Fantasies usually only make
    up a small part of my reading. I don't venture into that genre often.
    Still I was very interested to read Cephrael's Hand when I was asked. I
    like to branch out, and the synopsis of this book is intriguing. I was
    not disappointed at all. Melissa McPhail has a gorgeous writing style
    that flows easily. She easily told this story from many points of view
    without it becoming confusing to the reader. She did an amazing job of
    tying all the characters' stories together. I found myself loving every
    moment. When one characters point of view would end I would be dying to
    know what would happen to them next. The world of Alorin was
    beautifully written. McPhail's descriptions of all the different magical
    beings was amazing. I was so engrossed in what was going on. I could
    imagine this gorgeous world full of sun dragons and whisper lords. I had
    no troubles picturing what they must all look like. All the places that
    they were traveling were described so perfect. McPhail has a wonderful
    imagination and she knew exactly how to let her readers into it. I
    would suggest this book to everyone. I am completely in love with it and
    all the characters. I am waiting, not so patiently, for the next book to
    be released. I'm also waiting to hear that it will be made into a movie.
    Put the right director with McPhail and Cephrael's Hand and it could be
    an absolute success. It makes me wish I had a six star rating. I
    received an e-copy in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and
    opinions are 100% my own.

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