Cephrael's Hand [NOOK Book]

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In Alorin...three hundred years after the genocidal Adept Wars, the realm is dying, and the blessed Adept race dies with it. One man holds the secret to reverting this decline: Bjorn van Gelderan, a dangerous and enigmatic man whose shocking betrayal three centuries past earned him a traitor's brand. It is the Adept Vestal Raine D'Lacourte's mission to learn what Bjorn knows in the hope of salvaging his race. But first he'll have to find him......
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Overview

In Alorin...three hundred years after the genocidal Adept Wars, the realm is dying, and the blessed Adept race dies with it. One man holds the secret to reverting this decline: Bjorn van Gelderan, a dangerous and enigmatic man whose shocking betrayal three centuries past earned him a traitor's brand. It is the Adept Vestal Raine D'Lacourte's mission to learn what Bjorn knows in the hope of salvaging his race. But first he'll have to find him...

In the kingdom of Dannym...the young Prince Ean val Lorian faces a tenuous future as the last living heir to the coveted Eagle Throne. When his blood-brother is slain during a failed assassination, Ean embarks on a desperate hunt for the man responsible. Yet his advisors have their own agendas, and his quest for vengeance leads him ever deeper into a sinuous plot masterminded by a mysterious and powerful man, the one they call First Lord...

In the Nadori desert...tormented by the missing pieces of his life, a soldier named Trell heads off to uncover the truth of his shadowed past. But when disaster places him in the debt of Wildlings sworn to the First Lord, Trell begins to suspect a deadlier, darker secret motivating them. Honor-bound to serve the First Lord in return for his life, Trell continues on his appointed path, yet each day unveils new and stranger secrets that eventually call into question everything he knows...
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Editorial Reviews

Rebeccas Reads - Charlene Radcliff
I finally finished "Cephrael's Hand" and I have to say it was a fantastic read. It was interesting. It was well written and, believe it or not, it was descriptive without becoming verbose. I was pretty much on the edge of my seat as I read wondering what was going to happen next. Melissa McPhail is an extremely talented writer and she did a phenomenal job of cohesively winding these different strands throughout. Needless to say, I give "Cephrael's Hand" a five-star rating...
Self-Published Book Awards - Writer's Digest
This is a richly imagined piece of work...the characters are engaging, and McPhail manages to do some very original things, which is often difficult in fantasy, given that so much work in the genre relies on Tolkienian stereotypes....some strong work here.
Reader Views - Marty Shaw
A well thought-out story with many layers...the characters are all interconnected...and the underlying mysteries that tie everything together are well hidden and thoroughly disguised.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013604483
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/7/2011
  • Series: A Pattern of Shadow & Light , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 31,758
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Melissa McPhail is a classically trained pianist, violinist and composer, a Vinyasa yoga instructor, and an avid Fantasy reader. A long-time student of philosophy, she is passionate about the Fantasy genre because of its inherent philosophical explorations.

Ms. McPhail lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, their twin daughters and two very large cats.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted August 5, 2011

    A smashing-good read, cover to cover!

    I was intrigued to learn this book earned the Best Fiction and Best SF/F Award from the Written Arts Awards. But what did I think? I loved this book! Yes, it is fantasy, but the memorable characters, back-room intrigue, mysteries, sword-brandishing adventure and raucous banter carry you into this new world- not the "magic". Melissa McPhail's writing style is so visually evocative that you will feel you are watching a video. As a boon, she provides a map (yeah!), a glossary (with pronunciations) and a list of characters. Refer to them frequently to help you knit together the strands of this totally new world. You will laugh out loud, read and text quotes to your friends, stay up WAY too late at night, and marvel at the wisdom and understanding of the author. You may even recognize a bit of yourself.
    My take on the story:
    In this epic tale, the game to dominate (or save!) the world of Alorin is being planned in the back rooms of taverns, castles and other-worldly havens. Alas, the two main characters, Ean (in the north) and Trell (in the south), are continually finding themselves in deadly situations and encouraged along with plenty of advice from companions and "friends". The threatened king, the exiled wielder, the "truthreader", the master spy, the religious leader, even the betrothed - who can be trusted? As each man accepts his own quest, will the big "Players" of the game provide true help or covertly move their "Pieces" into position to advance their own goals? But, move too far, or too fast, and "balance" can shift, over-riding even centuries-old plans of good men, and bad. Ultimately, the Pieces will have to become expert Players to win. But first, they will have to discover that they have been maneuvered into the game!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 3, 2012

    I would heartily recommend this book! From the beginning of the

    I would heartily recommend this book!

    From the beginning of the book I was enthralled by the style of storytelling. Although fantasy is at its foundation, the romance, humor, adventure, mystery genres all bled through with a light sprinkling of philosophy.

    I marveled at how the author drew me in with each scene so clearly depicted without boring me with detail. The plot was varied and complex and yet smoothly interwoven and compelling so I was never lost. My friends who I turned onto the book cursed me for their sleepless nights and neglected duties.

    Be prepared to laugh, love, curse and most of all – enjoy!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 20, 2011

    Simply superb, a masterpeice of writing.

    A 'novel' hardley describes this book, aside from the intrigue of a simply sensational story; The writer, Ms. Mcphail creates an entire world of philosophy and history, one of the greatest creations of an entirley new universe since the first letters began building the foundations of middle earth. The writer creates an symphony of characters and fates that interweave into an intricate and climaxing story that will hold and captivate you from start to finish. Only possible critique is this is not a book for a quick 20 minute reading burst. The story develops and absorbs you into its religion and philosophy so time and acceptance of the writers creation are required.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 8, 2011

    A MUST READ BOOK!!!

    From the moment I started it to the very end - I COULD NOT PUT THIS BOOK DOWN! It is beautifully written with a gripping story that keeps you turning pages into the wee hours of the night. The characters grab you and stay with you. The descriptive writing really gets into your bones! Not to mention the author gives a great little section of definitions so you can follow the terminology from the start!

    It was painful to finish - the sign of a great book! I can not wait until the next book comes out. I will be one of the first to buy it!

    Thanks for this treasure!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 26, 2011

    Author: Eric C. Marioneaux's Review

    An absolute Masterpiece of fiction !!! This is the best fantasy book I have ever read, and that is saying a lot, because I have read a bunch. Melissa Mcphail is a wonderfully gifted writer in the same class as Anne Rice and James Clavell. She has created a richley detailed world filled with amazing characters, who come to life on the page, the same way an actor would bring them to life on the stage. Your in the audience, the curtain draws back, and you enter that world. Now open the book, read the pages, and enter her's. It is a world filled with magic, love, betrayal, and grand adventure. Trust me, buy this book now!! You won't regret it... Melissa has already won several awards for this book, and with good reason... She is a master craftsman, and has created a truly epic masterpiece. I purchased this book and have had the chance to speak with her a little, and I am richer for it...

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 7, 2013

    GREAT READ !!!

    Highly recommended !!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 23, 2012

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    I've rated this book five stars for two reasons: perfectly struc

    I've rated this book five stars for two reasons: perfectly structure writing and a storyline that had me on the edge of my seat; it is a masterpiece. I recommend this awarded book to any fantasy fanatics wishing to uncover a new world. The talented Melissa McPhail has won herself many readers - I being one of the avid awaiters for the second book - and she has also built the strong foundation in her career as a writer. Thank you for the wonderful story, Melissa McPhail. Your fans are waiting for the sequel, hoping that you continue the exquisite work.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2014

    Great

    Would reccommend a+++++

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  • Posted February 14, 2014

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    Loved it!!!

    I fell in love with all the characters and the story line. It's like visiting a far away adventurous land with real people. I will look for more books by this author.

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  • Posted February 9, 2014

    Loved IT....The mystery is only the beginning of the intrigue...

    Loved IT....The mystery is only the beginning of the intrigue...and book two will only pull you even more...and the wait for book three - AGONIZING!

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