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Anathema: Cloud Prophet Trilogy: Book One
     

Anathema: Cloud Prophet Trilogy: Book One

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by Megg Jensen
 

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Reychel is a slave girl surrounded by magic, lies and manipulation. Her best friend disappears in the middle of the night leaving Reychel to face her fifteenth birthday, the day her master burns his brand into the back of her bald head, alone. She's sheltered from the outside world and doesn't have any hope for escape, but when people desperate for freedom ask for her

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Reychel is a slave girl surrounded by magic, lies and manipulation. Her best friend disappears in the middle of the night leaving Reychel to face her fifteenth birthday, the day her master burns his brand into the back of her bald head, alone. She's sheltered from the outside world and doesn't have any hope for escape, but when people desperate for freedom ask for her help can Reychel learn to believe in herself?

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ISBN-13:
9781460905098
Publisher:
CreateSpace
Publication date:
02/05/2011
Pages:
204
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.46(d)

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Anathema 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
TheThoughtSpot 6 months ago
Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review. Thanks to NetGalley and All Night Reads for the opportunity to read and review Anathema by Megg Jensen! Reychel is a slave turning fifteen, the birthday when slaves are branded. Her friend Ivy was gone before Reychel woke up and in Ivy's place was an Anathema token. The Anathema supposedly kidnap slaves, but no one is sure why. Reychel is rescued and reunited with Ivy. She discovers that some people are gifted and learns much more about her world than she could have ever imagined. The characters are a bit choppy but the storyline is interesting and unique - 3.5 stars! I want to read the next two books in the Cloud Prophet trilogy to see if the writing becomes smoother.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a must read. This book is perfect for people that want to leave the world without really leaving. Every one must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved everything about this story. Loved the heroine, the antagonist and the surprises!
TheSaintly More than 1 year ago
Great read, story line which is what I expected from Megg. Though is meant for very young teens, I still enjoyed it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book...continuous, smooth-flowing stream.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Stephanie O. Book provided by the publisher for review Review originally posted at Romancing the Book This is my second time reading the book. I have to say, it’s like I never even read it . . I am so drawn into it. Even though I am fully aware of what is to come, and what leads to what, I am still getting the same feelings all over again. From the heart pounding excited of escape, to the mind spinning lies, and manipulation that are going on. Reychel has spent her entire life hidden from the outside. Allowed only brief glimpses of the outside when it was only her and her master. A month before her 15th birthday she is there to comfort her best friend Ivy through her 15th birthday; which brings the branding of a slave to show where they belong. Ivy promised to be there for her as well. Things don’t always go according to plan . . do they? Grab yourself a copy and get ready for a very intense, emotional ride. That’s pretty much the only way I can describe it. Your heart rate will increase, and your palms will sweat. You may even find yourself ducking to hide behind a tree so you can’t be seen. No matter what range of emotions you feel while reading this book, you will enjoy each and every word of it. Favorite Quote:  “I can’t let my wife waste away in a cell when there’s dishes to be done.”
The-Book-Diaries More than 1 year ago
What a creative story. Megg has created a unique world full of magic, and gifted individuals who possess unnatural abilities. This story gives you a old world setting but the characters give off the modern day interactions. It has perfect balance. It has action, romance, and deciept, which keeps you guessing on what will happen next. I gave this three stars only because it was slow at parts for me, but it is a younger YA book. Enjoy!
HeatherMcC More than 1 year ago
In the deluge of urban fantasy it's hard to find a good epic-type fantasy set completely in a different world. That's part of why this book was such a wonderful breath of fresh air. More than that though, I was pulled instantly into Reychel's plight and felt for her on the very first page. With strong characters, magic, and an interesting world, Anathema does not disappoint.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good book for young readers. Simplistic plots and uncomplicated characters may not appeal to older readers but are interesting enough for a preteen audience.
fictionalromance More than 1 year ago
Anathema is without a doubt one of the best Ya Fantasy books I've ever had the privilege of reading. Yes, I said privilege because Megg Jensen, the author, is very talented and crafted one heck of a story that left me breathless. Anathema is the first YA Fantasy story I've ever read and it took me by surprise from the very first paragraph. The plot sucked me in as I scrolled through the pages. The storyline moved quickly and if you weren't paying close attention, you will miss the dynamic descriptive details that adds to the wonderful flavor of the tale. I would HIGHLY recommend this book for everyone above 14. With magic, first love, evil and a prophet in the mix it will keep you entertained and guessing until the end. It's easy to say its suspenseful because of the danger that Raychel the main character is in. Love the name Raychel by the way. It's unique just like the story! I give Anathema 6 out of 5 stars because that's just how good it is.
bookluvrmindy More than 1 year ago
Wow, what an amazing book! Hopefully, I won't have to wait long to read the following 2 books in this series! Picking up this book I had no idea what to expect. When I read the first page I was immediately intrigued! Even though the book is less than 190 pages, so much happens in the book that I am truly amazed that Megg Jensen was able to create and deliver such a compelling book in so few pages. While reading, I was so focused on anticipating what would happen next that I couldn't put the book down until I was finished, which was about 1:30am. And when I finally put it down, I was determined to write something even though I was so delirious from lack of sleep. And this is what I wrote, "What an amazing book! I am too tired to write a review at the moment so I will be doing it in the morning. This is a good one! Very compelling, there are some twists and you don't know who to trust. Very good!" The emotions I felt from reading this book ranged from excitement to intensity to shock and then to frustration! There is very little detail about the story that I would want to include in this review because I loved that I read it completely blind and I want all readers to experience the same emotions I did. I do want to say that one particular person more than disgusted me! I wanted to jump through the book and strangle them (I won't say him or her to ruin it for you).
TheStephanieLoves More than 1 year ago
*Complimentary copy provided by author, via Romancing the Book, in exchange for an honest and unbiased review (thank you both!)* Megg Jensen triggers readers unto a dark, deceptive journey into the fantastical world of Keree in her exciting young adult debut, Anathema. Forbidden by her master, King Kandek, to go outdoors or even near windows without his direct supervision, slave girl Reychel starts off terribly naïve and terribly sheltered. Slave life is all she has ever known, and her impending fifteenth birthday—the day she will be branded like an animal with Kandek's emblem—will mark her serving status officially. On the morning of, however, her best friend, Ivy, suddenly disappears, which twists every ounce of confidence she had into turmoil. For the first time, Reychel is completely alone, and she must face the excruciating pain and humiliation of the branding ceremony by herself. The day of her fifteenth brings about stranger extremities, including a shady offer to be snuck away from Kandek's authoritarian rule. Once she flees from Kandek, however, she discovers everything in her life has been a lie, and realizes freedom does not necessarily come with escape from the kingdom. In order to fulfill a prophecy—that still doesn't seem completely legitimate—and save the innocents of Keree, Reychel must come to terms with her identity and learn who to trust—but more importantly, who not to. I really enjoyed this thrilling, eventful story about manipulation, deceit, and true friendship. Reychel's voice as a young slave girl is very strong, thanks to Jensen's fast-paced, unrestricted style. While not masterful in tone, Jensen is swift, smooth, and gets the point across, which is all I'd ever ask for to begin with. The plot moves very quickly—I finished the book before I even realized!—and the concept of the slave trade is compelling as well. I love the magical elements too—lots of powers, such as telekinesis and soothsaying, going on.  No event is ever predictable in Anathema, except of course, the ending. I was disappointed by it because of how thrilling of a ride the rest of the book was in comparison. There's also a touch of romance in this one, but it's very plain, rather boring, and again, pretty predictable. The moment we are introduced to the hero, we know he will be the heroine's love interest, which is honestly not exciting. I think Anathema could have done fine without the so-called romance. In terms of plot, there is continuous action and depth, but with characters, there is much lacking. There are way too many characters introduced in the progress of the book, but none of them are actually deeply probed, Reychel included. Even with her first-person narration, I feel like I still don't know her well, and felt no sympathy for her by the time I closed the book. Jensen does a fabulous job at making her characters likable or dislikable, depending on their roles, but none of them really pop up from the pages. This weak characterization distinctly affects Reychel's portrayal, which I didn't care for. The author tries very hard to depict her as noble, brave, and the "kind" heroine, but I just didn't click with her; there's something missing from her personality, which just doesn't make her seem appealing. Ditto with the supporting characters, except I didn't mind not liking them; I just would have liked to see stronger characterization from the narrator, at least. Anathema is very chaste. The language is mild and the romance, even milder (SPOILER: absolutely no sex (booo!); the furthest the romance blooms, is one kiss). There are some violent scenes, but they certainly won't be scarring anybody anytime soon. It isn't the mild content that makes me see it this way; rather, it's the rather childish outcomes and immature characters. Like I've mentioned, the characters, including our protagonist, are underdeveloped, which makes them seem very foolish and juvenile at times. The plot does have its dangerous, deviant moments, but overall lots of scenarios or difficult to buy, with ideal results... very happy-go-lucky, which may annoy more mature readers. Considering the type of edgy young adult fiction written today, I would suggest this one for younger teenagers, maybe of ages 11-15.  Love: "Sounds easy enough." Tania snapped her fingers. "Hard would have been fine too." Pros: Twists and turns are shocking // Plenty of secrets // Breathtaking climax // Heart-pounding mystery and suspense // Great young adult voice // Fast-paced plot // So much going on! // Enchanting magical elements // New concept of fantastical slave trade // Lovable (or equally heinous unlovable) supporting characters Cons: Too chaste // Unrealistic situations // Unexplored characters; too many are introduced at once, but not really probed // Reychel, protagonist, while valiant, is unlikable // Unrealistic romance aspect that should have been left out // Overall very idealized; many outcomes are just best case scenario, rather than believable // Writing style isn't anything fancy // Stiff dialogue Verdict: Anathema launches readers into a rich, intoxicating world full of magic and beauty, but also of injustice, deception, and lies. Overall very chaste in tone, but still containing glittering dark moments, this fresh fantasy novel is achieved in plot, but needs some attention on characters and character interaction. I enjoyed Anathema a lot, and recommended it for younger teens in for an electrifying, complex read. 8 hearts: An engaging read; highly recommended.