Changeling: Prelude to the Chosen Chronicles [NOOK Book]

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Demon or Angel? Human or Chosen? Mortal or Immortal?Delve into the origins of the Angel of Death.

Abandoned at birth and left to die, alone in the forest, the Angel is found by the local healer. In loving secrecy he is raised unnamed and unknown lest his strange appearance bring down the wrath of the local villagers.

He grows up, cared for by Auntie until her fearful predictions come true. Discovered in his ...

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Changeling: Prelude to the Chosen Chronicles

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Overview

Demon or Angel? Human or Chosen? Mortal or Immortal?Delve into the origins of the Angel of Death.

Abandoned at birth and left to die, alone in the forest, the Angel is found by the local healer. In loving secrecy he is raised unnamed and unknown lest his strange appearance bring down the wrath of the local villagers.

He grows up, cared for by Auntie until her fearful predictions come true. Discovered in his secret grove, his life is transformed, evoking demons that demand more than he can give.

Unable to save the lives of those he loves he flees to live alone, away from those who would do him harm.

It is alone, exiled by humanity that he comes across the one who would change his life forever, to become – The Angel of Death

In Praise of Changeling

“...an amazing read...full of surprises...kept me on the edge of my seat.” - Sizzling Hot Books (4 out of 5)

In Praise of The Chosen Chronicles

“A dark and gripping tale by a true mistress of supernatural fiction. Karen Dales brings fresh blood to the vampire genre.” —Michelle Rowen, National Bestselling Author

“For readers who adore textured layers in their literary tapestries, rich in colorful emotions, Karen Dales is one writer of vampire fiction they’ll want to read.” — Nancy Kilpatrick, Author and Editor

“...is a must-read for any fans of Twillight or other books in the popular Vampire genre.” - Oakville Today.

“...one of the best stories by a new and upcoming writer that I have read.... Very few stories are the equal to this tale.” - Siren Book Reviews (5 out of 5)

"...a poignant and epic tale... a brilliant example of good overcoming and prevailing against evil and prejudice... an emotional ride of literary genius, both heart-warming and heartbreaking at the same time..." - Bitten By Books (5 out of 5)

“I was hooked...a good book to read on a cold and stormy day.”- Night Owl Reviews (4 out of 5)

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011310522
  • Publisher: darkdragonpublishing
  • Publication date: 5/6/2011
  • Series: Chosen Chronicles
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,230,137
  • File size: 297 KB

Meet the Author

Karen Dales is the Award Winning Author of "The Chosen Chronicles."

She began writing "Changeling: Prelude to the Chosen Chronicles" and "Angel of Death: Book One of the Chosen Chronicles" after she was inspired to create the character of The Angel for an on-line role playing game she was part of. It was from that experience the birth of The Angel was formed and through years of research Karen fleshed out The Angel and other characters that came to her.

Having completed York University's Creative Writing courses years previously, Karen began to write "Changeling" and "Angel of Death" as one novel. It was on their completions that it was clear they were two distinct novels of an evolving series that has come to include "Shadow of Death: Book Two of the Chosen Chronicles."

Karen is currently writing the next installment - "Thanatos: Book Three of the Chosen Chosen Chronicles."

Since the publication of both "Changeling" and "Angel of Death" in a limited edition single volume, Karen has been an Author Guest at, Polaris, AdAstra, FanExpo, and has appeared at Word On The Street. You can find out her future appearances by clicking http://karendales.com/appearances.html

In January 2011 Karen's book "Angel of Death" which included "Changeling" won the Siren Books Awards for Best Horror 2010 and Best Overall 2010.

Karen loves hearing from you. If you have a question or comment please feel free to email it to her at karendales@karendales.com

You can also follow her on:
Twitter - https://twitter.com/karendales
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Karen-Dales#!/

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  • Posted March 27, 2012

    Changeling: Prelude to the Chosen Chronicles by Karen Dales A

    Changeling: Prelude to the Chosen Chronicles
    by
    Karen Dales
    A woman cries through the throes of childbirth, a woman gives birth to a son, the first one born to the couple. But something was
    wrong, seriously wrong, so wrong the mother refused to feed the boy much less nurture and love him. What would make a mother turn her back on a baby born from her womb. All she could cry out was, that he was from her womb, but he was not her child. What was the father to do if his wife refused to feed and nurture their son? By their beliefs, the child was to be taken to the woods and left to die to the elements. How could he do such a thing? His heart broke as he took his son, and placed him in away from the village to die.
    By the mercy of the Goddess, the child's cries were heard, before the elements of the night could end his life. She knew the child was different and knew he would have to stay hidden from society forever if he was to survive and if her life was to be safe. As the boy grew, she knew he needed to learn ways to protect himself, and for that he needed a male figure in his life. The man she chose, would change the world as the boy knew, forever. The boy came to love the man, and the man came to love the boy. He taught the boy all he could before having to leave for war.
    It is speculation as to what 'the boy' soon to be named Gwyn' was. He knew what he had been told he was by the villagers that had caught glimpses of him, and from what his Auntie told him. Until one day, while out hunting, he was walking home with his kill and seen the smoke coming from the home he and his Auntie lived. The horror he came upon would forever burn in his memory.
    As the boy had to trod out on his own, he met someone in the wilderness that too would change him forever. And make him question what he thought he had always been. He thought the stranger had given him a gift, however, it may turn out to be a curse of unbelievable horror. Causing him to be unsure of his existence at all.
    I will leave my detailed review of the book there because I do not want to give away any more details and secrets of one of the best, unusual books I have read in awhile. The characters in this book were given real feelings, emotions, heartaches, and tears by the author. Karen found a way to draw the reader into the book to walk along this beautiful creature, feeling his desires, his pain, his heart wrenching life he had to live. The question is, what is he? He is pale in color. He is tall, with a long white hair and cannot walk into sunlight. Then when he meets the stranger in the forest, who attacks him, and bites him, Gwyn finds now he can no longer eat regular food, is no longer cold, can run so fast he is a blur and has super human strength. This story is set a time of wars, men in armor, villages of people who live in huts, and transportation was either by horse, cart or foot.
    Take the extraordinary journey with Gwyn. Learn to love him, respect him, feel and protect him. And see if you can solve the question, what is he?
    I give this book five stars *****
    Reviewed by
    Nora Chipley Barteau
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  • Posted May 2, 2012

    AWESOME! Karen Dales is a gifted writer who paints a vivid lands

    AWESOME! Karen Dales is a gifted writer who paints a vivid landscape and draws you into the world of The Chosen. Karen delivers an intricately woven plot that is never boring or predictable and always has you turning the page for more. Grab a copy of CHANGELING: PRELUDE TO THE CHOSEN CHRONICLES...you will not be disappointed.

    R. Kyle Hannah - Author of TIME ASSASSINS and TO AID AND PROTECT

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  • Posted December 21, 2011

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    Haunting and Touching

    I have to admit that paranormal/vampires are NOT my thing so I was reluctant to start this series. The reason I did? The cover art caught my eye. ;)

    Boy, am I glad I gave this book a try! Dales chronicles the tale of a boy who was born very different than those around him. And because of this, his life is forfeit. But by the grace of the Good Gods, someone saves the life of this tiny child who looks so very different from everyone else around him. His new "mother" warns him of the dangers of allowing others to see him, that they will hurt them both should he ever allow himself to be seen. As you can imagine, he is seen, and a terrible tragedy changes his life forever. But all is not lost. A savior of sorts has come to help the boy to find his place in the world.

    The only awkward thing I found that would pull me from the story at times was the over-use of "the boy". I understand that the author kept him nameless for a reason but I wonder if a different phrase would have made it flow a little better in some places.

    But it only detracts in a minor way form the beauty of the story and the main character's struggles with unspeakable pain and watching him grow into a formidable man. I look forward to reading more from this author.

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