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Aerenden: The Child Returns (Aerenden Series #1)

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Red-eyed creatures have brutally murdered seventeen-year-old Meaghan's parents. After nearly sharing their fate, she escapes with her best friend, Nick, who confesses the creatures, known as Mardróch, came from another world. And so did she.

Afraid to face her parents' killers again, Meaghan follows Nick into the kingdom of Ærenden. Their journey leads them across war-torn lands and through hazardous wilderness. Vines have the ability to attack. Monkeys freeze their victims with...

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Overview

Red-eyed creatures have brutally murdered seventeen-year-old Meaghan's parents. After nearly sharing their fate, she escapes with her best friend, Nick, who confesses the creatures, known as Mardróch, came from another world. And so did she.

Afraid to face her parents' killers again, Meaghan follows Nick into the kingdom of Ærenden. Their journey leads them across war-torn lands and through hazardous wilderness. Vines have the ability to attack. Monkeys freeze their victims with a gaze. Men create bombs from thin air. Even Meaghan's gift of empathy proves to be a dangerous power she cannot control.

But control becomes the least of her problems when the Mardróch begin targeting her. As she and Nick race for the safety of his village, she discovers he knows the reason they want her. And his secret may cost Meaghan her life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780985120009
  • Publisher: Sean Tigh Press
  • Publication date: 5/25/2012
  • Series: Aerenden Series , #1
  • Pages: 382
  • Sales rank: 1,009,325
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.79 (d)

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  • Posted October 15, 2014

    We are proud to announce that AERENDEN: THE CHILD RETURNS by Kri

    We are proud to announce that AERENDEN: THE CHILD RETURNS by Kristen Tabor is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!

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  • Posted August 28, 2014

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    The Child Returns is book one in Kristen Taber¿s fantasy series,

    The Child Returns is book one in Kristen Taber’s fantasy series, Aerenden and it is excellent. It’s classed as young adult but the main character is 17 and honestly this is a book that I believe anyone that loves epic fantasies will enjoy.

    The vivid descriptions transport you to the world of Aerenden and by the end of the book you have come to love and understand many of the characters. I  loved the main characters Meg and Nick. They are both such likable characters that you can’t help but to mourn their losses and cheer their victories.

    The action scenes are great! This is going to indicate how big of a nerd I am but I actually went back and read scenes so that I could whisper along with Meg and Nick as they hid from the Mardróch. I even read the scenes aloud so that I could see if they made my heart race and cringe inwardly the second time around; they did.

    Books like this are the reason I fell in love with reading as a child. Magical worlds, action, danger, love, sacrifice and character growth abound. The only negative that comes to mind is when the author is trying to explain complex parts of Aerenden they still come across as complex and a little drawn out. It only happens once but it was enough that it stuck in my mind.

    The Child Returns (Aerenden #1) will go onto my list of favorites for this year and you can bet that I will be reading books 2 and 3 very soon.

    My Book Source: Publisher
    I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2014

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    Aerenden is an amazing book and an absolute must-read!

    Aerenden is an amazing book and an absolute must-read!

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  • Posted June 25, 2014

    A wonderful new world! The story starts off with Meaghan having

    A wonderful new world!

    The story starts off with Meaghan having a recurring nightmare, which she later finds out is actually memories of her past. When she has these nightmares she runs to her best friend of only a year, Nick. He is the only one who can provide comfort to her. They have a connection that she feels, but doesn't know the true extent yet or why it happened so fast. One day while she is with Nick, she senses pain and heartache coming from her parents house. They run over to find her father dying and her mother already dead. The killers, who are in brown cloaks with red eyes called Mardróch, then come after them.

    Nick and Meaghan are now on the run and Nick knows it's time to let Meaghan in on her real past. She learns she is an empath and can feel the emotions and pain of others and Nick is her guardian. Once they enter the new world, which resembles life on earth (from a distance), they are on the run again to get to Nick's village.

    This is when the story gets real interesting. The magical world they enter is filled with beauty and evil, some of which is hard to decipher between the two. The imagination of Taber is magnificent. The creatures that look similar to earths, yet are extremely different, range from normal deer and blue jays, to 'death stare' monkeys, to a menacing huge toad like creature.

    As they travel to the village, it's hard for them to stay out of trouble. They run into creeper vines that grab on and don't let go, more Mardróch , a guide named Cal, steep terrain and thick forests, and too much more to list. My favorite parts were when Cal was around. He is very fun and honest. I hope to see more of him in the next book.

    I enjoyed the characters as well. The two main characters are very likable IMO. I was intrigued from the very beginning by Meaghan and Nick's relationship. You knew there was something between them, but there was a restriction for some reason. I loved learning about their past and present to find out how and why they were with each other now. I enjoyed each of the other characters as well, such as Nick's mom May. She is quite feisty and isn't afraid to speak her mind.

    I really enjoyed the part where we got to learn about how Meaghan's mother and father met. I liked seeing how much like her mother Meaghan was and how her parents wed.

    Overall I really adored the story. I was able to dive right in to their world and imagine what everything looked like. I did not want it to end and am still daydreaming about the interesting new world and the love story.

    I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2014

    **I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a

    **I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review**

    I am seriously enjoying reading books by newer authors. To me, they seem to really make a creative effort to be different. 

    Kristen Tabor takes Meaghan, a 17 year old girl, who is extremely bright and has a knack for being able to feel the emotions coming from people. Little does MEaghan know that she is not from Earth. 


    Little spoiler:
    There is a teleporting scene - it was hilarious that one of the characters says something to the effect of "yeah, teleporting is nothing like what you see in Hollywood movies". 

    I really liked the character development of Meaghan and her that of her guardian. 

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  • Posted May 27, 2014

    This is a story that takes place on 2 worlds. Worlds that are th

    This is a story that takes place on 2 worlds. Worlds that are the same but different. Sometimes I wondered about the heroin crying all the time, but then the book pointed out all the running fighting, changes in her life, all the major decisions that she had to make and were made for her, had taken place in a week.  I think I would have curled up in a ball and just let the world go by. I like action,  don't like slow books. The action on this book starts in the prologue and ends on the last page. 

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  • Posted March 2, 2014

    This book is a fun story about a young woman who, after some ter

    This book is a fun story about a young woman who, after some terrifying events, finds out that she is from another world.  The story really kept my interest and I found the world that the author created fascinating because it was similar to ours yet different in many ways.  

    The characters were all fairly well developed and interesting.  The main character, Meaghan, spent a lot of the book needing to be saved and crying on her friend Nick’s shoulder.  Having read so many books with very strong female characters, I can’t decide if it is a choice that I like or not.  On one hand, Meaghan reacted the way that any girl her age would when presented with these situations, but on the other hand I would have liked to see a little more growth from her by the end of the book (which I’m sure is being saved for the next book).  Nick knows the truth about Meaghan and this other world, but gets a bit annoying with his refusal to answer any of her questions.  

    The story centers mainly on Nick and Meaghan’s travels through this new world and did get a little slow and repetitive at times.     

    I vacillated between 3 and 4-stars but decided on 4 since it was so well written with no noticeable typos and was able to keep my interest from beginning to end.


    *I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*  

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  • Posted February 20, 2014

    I received this book in exchange for an honest review. Loved

    I received this book in exchange for an honest review.




    Loved this book! I just finished it at 1am. I couldn't put it down. The characters were so easy to love. The writing was wonderful. I felt like Meg did when she read the book May gave her. I got sucked in and was living the story with her. If a book can distract me from a house full of 5 children and a husband, it's a good one! I can't wait to read the next book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2013

    Creating a totally new world is not easy. The author did a good

    Creating a totally new world is not easy. The author did a good job of creating this fantasy land, drawing for us a whole new world with its own plants, nuts, fruits, people with different powers, and magic creatures.

    The one major problem I had with the book is that it took too long to get to all the explanations. If I’d been the heroine, I would have been bouncing off the walls with impatience and forcing the hero to tell me everything at once.

    Though Nick was supposed to be Meaghan’s Guardian, I thought he did a rather bad job of taking care of her in the beginning. Because he didn’t warn her about anything much, she fell easily into danger. For instance he could and should have warned her about the vines that attack but he did so only after she had been attacked by them:

    “Because they aren’t magical.” He urged her forward with the slightest pressure from his arm. “They’re a different species of vine which can think and react. They attack when they’re provoked. You must have stepped on one.”

    ***

    He didn’t even warn her about what powers the Mardróch had:

    “She heard a whispering movement behind her and turned her head to see the other two Mardróch approaching. One raised his hand to his hood and she understood. The dranx’s eyes had been red because of its power, and so were the Mardróch’s.”

    ***

    It turned out she couldn’t be frozen by the Mardróch’s eyes, but they didn’t discover that until later, and he should have warned her about it before they encountered the Mardróch.

    So, his delaying all explanations simply put her in more danger. And she fell in too tamely with his constant delays and excuses. I could understand if he gave some kind of reason she could have accepted. But his only explanation for the delay was:

    “You know I care about you. I won’t deny it. And the answers I have for you will make your life difficult. The responsibility you’ve been given, that I have to give to you, is a lot to bear. I wanted to keep you free of that for as long as possible.”

    ***

    Which simply wasn’t a convincing explanation, especially given how dangerous it was to keep the information from her and allow her to be taken by surprise by things like vines and the Mardróch’s powers.

    In fact it isn’t even until chapter twenty-one that she even asks: “DOES THE kingdom have a name?”

    Which I found quite unreal. She shows an odd lack of curiosity about this new land she is plunged into and which she comes from. Any other girl would have been plaguing Nick with questions.

    That said, I understand it’s a convention in this genre to delay the reveal, prolong the mystery as long as possible. I wouldn’t have had a problem with that if a better explanation had been given for it.

    But despite that, it was an engaging read, with a heroine you could root for and characters you could empathize with. I’d want to read the next in the series to learn more about these characters and this land.

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  • Posted September 21, 2012

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    Kirsten Taber introduced me to a world that seemed both real and

    Kirsten Taber introduced me to a world that seemed both real and pure fantasy all at the same time. There was something so emotional about the first few chapters and Meaghan seemed like a normal girl. She worried about her studies, her love life and then she had to face her parents' chilling murders by creatures not from her world.

    That is where the adventures begin.

    This book held everything to keep me riveted to the story - great characters, fabulous story-line and the prose was beautiful and well-written. I love books that I can escape into and this book held all of that. I could feel the pain of Nick's rejection of her at the start and almost all the way through the book. I felt Nick's pain at having to reject her. I felt the evilness of the villians. I felt the despair and hope of a people who held Meaghan as the hope of restoring peace to her, until then, unknown country. I could almost see the surroundings of the places Meaghan and Nick traveled through.

    Added to all that was the sense of adventure. You can guarantee action when you're on the run from the enemy from just about the start of the book.

    And, I love Kristen's imagination. The creatures she created as the bad guys could have been creatures from your darkest nightmare. And the elements of the world intrigued me as much as the characters did. The plants, animals and people of Aerenden were fascinating to read about about.

    Yes, I guess I am gushing, but when you find a fantastic book, one that you wouldn't have read because you wouldn't have come across it, and you get a chance to, you thank your lucky stars you did.

    But you need to read it to be the judge.

    Now, there is something I would like to mention, and it's probably the only thing that really bothered me a little. There was quite a bit of info-dumping disguised as dialogue in the middle of the book. It was cleverly done, but it was the one thing made my mind drift from the story.

    Anyway, I don't really have anything else to add that wouldn't just expand on what I've already said, so now for my rating.

    5 out of 5 stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2012

    I loved the originality of this book and can't wait to read more

    I loved the originality of this book and can't wait to read more!

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  • Posted July 11, 2012

    This was an awesome read! I could not put it down! Highly recomm

    This was an awesome read! I could not put it down! Highly recommend this book, I can't wait for the next.

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