Cephrael's Hand

Cephrael's Hand

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by Melissa Mcphail

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"All things are composed of patterns..." And within the pattern of the realm of Alorin, three strands must cross: 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


"All things are composed of patterns..." And within the pattern of the realm of Alorin, three strands must cross: 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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Cephrael's Hand 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
masterteacher More than 1 year ago
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!
DianeLPS More than 1 year ago
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!
-Cassius- More than 1 year ago
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.
Inspiredred More than 1 year ago
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!
phoenix2112 More than 1 year ago
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...
jopoteet More than 1 year ago
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.
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ReesesSH More than 1 year ago
Cephrael's Hand is a beautifully crafted novel. The world was crafted in such a way that while the detail was extensive which I generally loathe Melissa McPhail's writing made made it so I hardly noticed. When I first received my copy and saw how obscenely large this tale was I figured there would be a problem. I dreaded opening up the pages because I thought the book would have too much description. Never the less when I began reading I realized I enjoyed Ms. McPhail's writing style. Cephrael's Hand's journey was an exciting one. I was in the desert then the mountains and meeting so many different amazing characters and creatures. The story was phenomenal.The books particular way of detail gave the story an extra something that you don't find in every book. I enjoyed the books clues to female empowerment and how they became stronger for their communities as a whole. Definitely a big plus to me that there were strong female characters. The medieval world of magic and mystery were awe inspiring. All the details were included to make sure every character and myth were made authentic. So glad I had the opportunity to read this amazing book. 
Aisazia More than 1 year ago
Wow, when I received this book I was glad I asked for a paperback because this guy was massive! This book has to be about an inch thick. Needless to say, it wasn't only because of the size that I was grateful to have received a paperback. I was glad because I needed to constantly flip from where I was reading to the front where there was a list of glossary terms and people in the stories. There is a lot of characters so for me this was useful. For me, I love being able to learn new foreign terms, even if they are made up, and you definitely get that with this book. You might want to know that this book isn't for a quick weekend read. It is an epic read and definitely took me at least a week to read thorough it. The characters are rich and actionable. They are full of raw and pure emotions so it was easy for me to get into the minds of the characters and to understand their reactions. I found that they are passionate, clever, and interesting which are definitely traits I like in my characters. Through out the story there are three characters that we follow and each are different with unique personalities. It was easy for me to distinguish between each one. Sometimes I didn't enjoy the multiple switching of characters, I found that it sometimes distracted me and took me out of the story. I did find the writing well written and eloquent. The only issue I have was the pacing. It wasn't bad but I like my plot points to emphasize a situation and move the story along while doing so. Although, some points did, it wasn't always meaningful enough for me to keep reading on the edge of my seat. I like plot points that are meaningful and also move the story along with me realizing. It is definitely more of a journey and traveling along with the characters and learning from their experiences. I was a bit disappointed that there wasn't as much use of the magic in the story as I had expected. That was what first drew me in about the story. The unique magic sounded fascinating and I was hoping that they would use it in their every day lives. Unfortunately, the reader doesn't get much until more towards the middle/end of the story. The magic we did get to see was well executed. While this story intrigued me, I'm not sure this story was for me, but if you enjoy a slower paced but extremely well written story with multiple main characters then this book is the one for you. 3.4 out of 5 rating for me! (An ARC was provided for a Novel Publicity tour in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated in any other way.)
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Would reccommend a+++++
Angel60 More than 1 year ago
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.
truth_be_told More than 1 year ago
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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rac-s More than 1 year ago
Highly recommended !!!
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