Nolander

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Of all the beings that have lived on Earth, what if just a few had the power to make new realities, according to their desires? What would they create? The Second Emanation. A shadow world where ancient creatures persist, where humanity's dominance is far less certain, where wonder competes with horror. A world like an autumn forest, its realities as multiple and layered as fallen leaves. The world that gives us our gods.

In Nolander, the Second Emanation crosses paths with a ...

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Overview

Of all the beings that have lived on Earth, what if just a few had the power to make new realities, according to their desires? What would they create? The Second Emanation. A shadow world where ancient creatures persist, where humanity's dominance is far less certain, where wonder competes with horror. A world like an autumn forest, its realities as multiple and layered as fallen leaves. The world that gives us our gods.

In Nolander, the Second Emanation crosses paths with a seemingly ordinary young woman from the American Midwest. It'll never be the same again.

Amateur photographer Beth Ryder sees plenty wrong with her life. At twenty-three, she feels trapped in her small Wisconsin town. The guy she's been seeing lately wants nothing more to do with her, and her sister-in-law is doing her best to push Beth out of the family.

Then one day, Beth takes a picture no one can explain. Her quest for answers leads her far from her small-town roots and opens her eyes to the unseen world around her. Sucked into a dangerous organization responsible for policing visitors from Earth's shadow world, Beth discovers that humanity is far from alone, and that its fellow creatures, many endowed with disturbing abilities, do not wish it well.

As events spin out of her control, Beth must leave her restrictive but safe life behind. Thrown into a frightening new world, she struggles not to surrender more than she can bear to lose, and not to become something she can't bear to be.

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Editorial Reviews

Twisting the Lens - a book review blog
"This is among the best of the urban fantasy genre, and it is a wonder why a major publisher has yet to pick it up. Mills has given us such a dynamic world with vibrant characters and multiple plot lines that really bring it all to life. ... This is a story that has so much going on that you really have to pay attention, and will be unable to put it down once you start. ... The character development is top-notch, as well, with each one adding more depth to the story and the world being created."
The Dragon's Inkpot - a fantasy book blog
"NOLANDER was a highly entertaining read. Each time I thought I had a handle on what was going on and what was going to come next the plot would take a turn to something completely unexpected. Becca Mills has created a very vibrant world full of unique creatures and happenings where just about anything you can imagine is possible."
Banned Sorcery - Bryce Anderson
"NOLANDER is an enormously entertaining book, with a well-paced and exciting story built atop a very clever magic system that blurs the line between sci-fi and fantasy. It has a lot of very memorable, gosh-that-was-cool moments, and some exceptionally interesting characters."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780615669168
  • Publisher: Recompense Press
  • Publication date: 11/23/2012
  • Pages: 378
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

Becca Mills is an over-educated, under-exercised lover of good coffee, science, and fast cars. And books. Oh yes. She believes the world can be a rough place and that everyone deserves to leave it behind now and then. That pretty much makes books a human right, no?

Becca is currently writing the second book of the Emanations series, Solatium, which is due out in spring 2013. She also has a wonderful "day job" teaching literature and writing at a liberal arts college in the northeastern U.S.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2014

    This was a very interesting take on the multidimensional theory.

    This was a very interesting take on the multidimensional theory. Becca does a great job of character development and making them seem real. There is good and bad in just about all of the characters so they are easy to connect with. The parts that are written about "Ghosteater" are a little hard to fallow, they are from the main characters point of view without any reason for it. Over all a great book and I can not wait for the next one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2014

    Great read

    Loved the book. Hard to put down. Great writing and story line keeps you wanting to know more.....trying to find the second book....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2014

    Great read

    I really enjoyed this book. It was well written, flowed well, likable characters. I am really looking forward to the next book in this series.

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  • Posted December 3, 2013

    A fast moving and well paced story of a young woman who discover

    A fast moving and well paced story of a young woman who discovers she's more paranormal than normal...not the most unique premise, but I loved a few things about this story:
    (a) The heroine. The heroine begins the story with panic disorder. I've never really understood what it might be like to have such a disorder, and it was both eye-opening and very clear that Ms. Mills has done a very good job researching this. Even better, as the story progresses so does character development. 
    (b) The romantic element. Guess what? It's not overpowering, and the first man, or two, that you meet after discovering all is not right in the world, is not necessarily your soul mate. 
    (c) The paranormal element. It's a new take on demons, and I've yet to meet any angels. I liked it a lot. (Maybe I'm tired of angels, but then, I'm also tired of demons, so it's saying something that I enjoyed this.)
    (d) The writing itself is strong, fluid, and just descriptive enough. The only reason I dropped this story down half a point was because of the "Ghosteater" passages. They're from the perspective of "Ghosteater" but not--they're actually first person from our heroine's perspective, and it was just awkward and very odd to me that she could be inside Ghosteater's head, know everything he's thinking as strange as it might be to humans, and yet not (by the end of the book) reveal some sort of psychic connection with him. Really, though, the first person interjections in these passages just read awkwardly, and it felt like a misfiring of craft.
    Overall, an enjoyable and adrenaline-packed ride. Recommended for readers of paranormal fantasy, epic fantasy, and demon-fans.
    Note this is a new-adult read, not my typical YA fare. :) 

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  • Posted April 1, 2013

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    Becca Mills’s "Nolander" has enchanted me by daring to be a unique concept in the paranormal genre! Beth Ryder, our heroine, comes from a small town where nothing is private, and everyone knows she suffers from debilitating panic attacks. Part of her coping mechanism is to dabble in photography, but when strange creatures start showing up in her pictures, she finds herself thrown into a parallel world filled with a menagerie of dangerously powerful creatures and magic! Beth is a Nolander, one of a gifted humans able to see into this other world with powers she never knew existed and who may become a valuable asset to the power struggles within. Lord Cordus, her seductive “master”, plays an intriguing role, as does another Nolander, Graham, who cannot be defined as just good or just evil. And who would think that the quirky and prim church lady or Beth’s nasty sister-in-law maybe part of this world too? Maybe there ARE some secrets in a small town!

    Becca Mills’s writing style is fluent, peppered with the humor and earthy wit of the main character’s POV, flipping occasionally to the POV of the creature, Ghosteater. I found myself thoroughly enjoying Beth’s personality, thought process and ability to make things happen! For me, "Nolander" is an excellent first novel in this series, baiting and setting the hook with an intriguing new world, and then reeling me in for more with those tantalizing loose ends! Seriously, how could I NOT like a world that has tree-dwelling octopi?

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