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The Amielian Legacy: The Stregony Sequence Book 1: Golden Healer, Dark Enchantress [NOOK Book]

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Chrystine had had more reason than any other time of her life, even when facing one of the rampages of her drunken father. But she wasn't afraid. And that was odd, because although Aaryn, the person asking her that question, was her best friend, he was also a vampire. In fact, she was surrounded by hundreds of vampires...

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The Amielian Legacy: The Stregony Sequence Book 1: Golden Healer, Dark Enchantress

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Overview

Chrystine had had more reason than any other time of her life, even when facing one of the rampages of her drunken father. But she wasn't afraid. And that was odd, because although Aaryn, the person asking her that question, was her best friend, he was also a vampire. In fact, she was surrounded by hundreds of vampires...

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781921636202
  • Publisher: Writers Exchange E-Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/31/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 157 KB

Meet the Author

Christine E. Schulze has been creating books since she was too young to even write them in words. Her collection of YA fantasy books, The Amielian Legacy, is comprised of series and stand-alone books which can all be read separately but which weave together to create an amazing fantasy. She hopes to inspire readers throughout the world with these books by publishing in both traditional and electro


nic formats to make them available to all readers.


Christine has published several stories with Calliope and Kalkion magazines. She has also published several Fantasy and Christian Fantasy books which are available at various online retailers, as well as publishing several eBooks via Writers-Exchange.


Her latest and most exciting venture includes her publications with Old Line Publishing: Bloodmaiden and Lily in the Snow with Old Line Publishing, as well as releasing The Chronicles of the Mira with Writers-Exchange in both paperback and electronic forms. She is also the newest and proudest author at Book By You, a publisher specializing in personalized books, and is happy to release Song Quest, Black Lace, and Dark Embrace with them.


Christine currently lives in Belleville, Illinois in her first and most thrilling apartment.


Christine currently lives in Belleville, Illinois in her first and most thrilling apartment.

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  • Posted January 9, 2012

    Vampires...

    Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers Favorite

    "Golden Healer, Dark Enchantress" gives us an unusual take on the vampire craze. In Chrystine's world the members are magical. There are fairies, witches, and ... vampires. Chrystine becomes infatuated with Aaryn, an irresistible "mystery man" who, when wet, turns the same charming shade of green as his eyes. Upon researching the characteristics of Aaryn, Chrystine discovers that the man of her thoughts is indeed a vampire; actually the very first vampire in existence. That is not her only alarming discovery. She also learns that she is known as the golden healer and is capable of ridding the world of evil doers. The two fall in love, thereby joining the force of goodness and the stereotype of evil.

    I have devoted my fair share of reading time to the vampire genre, but this is my first encounter with vampires and Christian literature. I am not certain how I feel about bringing the two together. As a Christian myself I admit to being rather uncomfortable about including a vampire in a story that reveres God in literally the same breath. I am sure this is an innocent inclusion and noting malicious is connected to this, but while reading "Golden Healer" I felt the need to look over my shoulder to make sure that my minister wasn't in the room with me. I think this story would interest today's population of Team Edwards, though, and maybe with the added reference to religion, the allure of walking on the dark side might lose its edge.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2011

    Live To Read

    This book is deemed "Christian fantasy." At first, I wasn't entirely sure what this meant, but I definitely figured it out after reading and enjoying this book!



    Chrystine is living with her abusive father, she also is an elf with healing powers as well as a Christian. Aaryn comes along in the nick of time. He, too, is a Christian...but he is also a vampire. He changes color when wet or by a fireplace and doesn't sparkle or display many of the familiar qualities of vampires we read about so much in books.



    I liked that the author did not make the vampire "damned" as is the seemingly common idea. To be honest, I never even understood why. As long as the vampire is in any way redeemable, he should have a soul or the potential to be saved.



    This book was certainly interesting and held my attention. It is perfect as a short read (only a little over 120 pages). The reader might feel like the ending came too soon, but it is mostly satisfying. This book is recommended to adult readers.

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  • Posted September 26, 2011

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    Slow and Overdone Religious Aspects

    I can handle far-fetched, and I love most vampire stories that I read, but this story along with its prequel, fell terribly short. While it was a short story, it felt painfully slow to get through and at times made very little sense. The characters are copies of other popular vampires and fairy stories like Twilight and the Sookie Stackhouse series, and then the author overdoes it with the religious aspects. In one paragraph the concept of "being Christian" was mentioned about 4 times, and I just don't see how it added anything to the story. In fact it took away for me, because I got tired of the characters dilemma with religion when the premise of fairies and vampires are somewhat the opposite of religious, it just got to a point of annoyance for me. The explanation was never given for why the religion was so integral to the story, and the writing was so terrible that I skim read the prequel because I couldn't stand the grammatical errors and ridiculous religious connotations. I know this is a series so hopefully the author will improve, or include some clarification, I just won't be reading any further in this series to find out.

    Reviewed by Gabi for Book Sake.

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  • Posted September 19, 2011

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    Must read for all fans of YA

    One of my favorite things about Golden Healer, Dark Enchantress was that it had an elf as the main female character because elves aren't featured as main characters enough. The characters were all very well developed with their own quirks and flaws. I was really able to get a good sense of how much the character of Aaryn cared for Chrystine through author Christine Schulze's words.

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  • Posted September 8, 2011

    Great YA read! Genre element mixing you have never seen before - don't miss out!

    My thoughts:
    This was a great YA read! It has a mix of paranormal and fantasy which is all the rage in adult reading right now so it's a sure draw for the middle grade reader. It also throws faith in there, which will capture the hearts of many while adding in a bit of realistic fiction too. Christine Schulze has given her readers a blend that I haven't seen before in YA. She spins a wonderful tale of good versus evil where the main characters are paranormals and Christians. She sets the beginning of the story in a real world setting with a not perfect home life for Chrystine and then takes them to another world that is a fantasy world she has created. With a story like this she is sure to catch the eye of a wide range of readers!
    I enjoyed the characters very much and although the plot isn't terribly complex it is clever, well done, and easy to get caught up in. This story catches you from the start and keeps you to the very last page.

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  • Posted September 4, 2011

    Golden Healer, Dark Enchantress

    Golden Healer, Dark Enchantress is the first book in 'The Amielian Legacy: The Stregony Sequence' series by Christine Schulze. Enchanting and intriguing story that delves into fantasy mixed with the supernatural.

    I loved the characters in this book, especially the female and male protagonists, Chrystine and Aaryn. Chrystine is an elf living in the human world where bumping into other fantasy and supernatural creatures is the norm. Aaryn is Chrystine's neighbor and they soon become firm friends along with Chrystine's other friends, Grace and Sarah (humans). Life is as normal as it can be until Chrystine's birthday when he father gives her a gift that pin points her as a target for the Dark Enchantress.

    I really enjoyed the plot of this book but at the same time it was a very predictable plot for me personally. I think this book would be more suits to young teens. I loved Schulze's take on vampires and their history. It was very unique and look forward to reading more about them in 'Tears of a Vampire Prince'.

    Disclaimer: I was sent this e-book as part of a book tour via The Bookish Snob Promotions. I have not been paid to review this book and everything I have said is of my own honest opinion.

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  • Posted August 11, 2011

    Special Vampires

    Christian vampire story with fae. Yeah. It works!

    This tale takes you into a YA modern world that co-exists with elves, fairies and humans with magical talents. Oh yeah, and vampires, but of a special kind.

    Some action, adventure and a showdown.

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  • Posted July 23, 2011

    Fun

    The premise of this book is quite interesting. I've never before encountered a paranormal fiction that is classified as Christian fiction, so I was curious to see how the author could manage it. In some ways it is a nice change, but I'm afraid it doesn't really work as successfully as it could have. It's hard to think of fairies and vampires as Christian. It seems forced.
    The story has some very nice moments, some page-turning moments that make it an easy, quick read. The plot is really fast-paced, sometimes to a fault, since we don't see many of the moments that would have made us identify with the main character, Chrystine. The section in the Dark Enchantress's kingdom is well done, providing a change in scenery for the reader. The ending is a bit anti-climactic, not really providing the cathartic moment that the nicely established tension of the pages before asks for. It is resolved too quickly, with not too much of a challenge to the protagonist.
    I did enjoy that Chrystine is not just a wimpy heroine who depends on other people to save her. She takes the story's reins and becomes the driving force behind the plot. It is a good model for teen girls. She is someone with guts and with the strength to follow what she wants to do.
    All in all, it's a fun story that will be a good fit for fans of Twilight and other teen paranormal romances.

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  • Posted July 15, 2011

    Unique & Interesting

    So I fully intended to read this book next week, however once I downloaded it and started skimming, I started reading and just didn't stop. Christine Schulze held my attention the whole time. I adore the characters, even the sub characters, and honestly who wouldn't fall in love with Aaryn. I loved Schulze's descriptions, she really took me there and painted the picture beautifully!

    Golden Healer, Dark Enchantress was definitely not what I expected, first off it starts out based in modern times, which threw me for a loop considering you learn right at the beginning that Chrystine is an elf. The next was the combination of fantasy and magic with Christianity. I was a little unsure of this combination but wanted to find out more, but Christine Schulze meshed the two beautifully! Bet you all never expected to read a book involving a Christian Vampire!

    The book moved along quickly and even the lulls in action were interesting. It was a fantastic story involving the good versus evil, light versus darkness. The only down fall was that I wanted more when it ended! I could read about these characters time and time again!

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  • Posted July 3, 2011

    Really Great Read

    This novel was completely different from anything I've ever read. Yes, there are vampires and fairies, but they aren't the traditional type we are all used to. These characters are Christian, praying to God for guidance in the war against the dark enchantress. This was a really interesting concept, but to have vampires-traditionally dark, damned entities-praying to God was a bit jarring. The first time references were made to God and Christianity, I did a double take. While the story itself is completely original, especially the religious aspect, I still find myself struggling to pull away from tradition. I have always loved the idea of good vampires versus evil vampires, but I've never thought of them as religious by any means, so this novel presented some interesting concepts for me to think about.

    I really enjoyed the romance portion of this novel. Aaryn and Chrystine are a wonderful couple and I found myself rooting for them from the very beginning. Schulze has creating an entire cast of endearing characters and I found this aspect of the story quite enticing. I also highly enjoyed the lore that Schulze created surrounding the vampires, including skin color changes, their abilities, and how they came to be created. It is apparent that Schulze spent much time perfecting her characters and I think this is a great read for all ages. (Three stars is my equivelent to "I Like It")

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