Awareness

Awareness

by C.E. Winterland

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Awareness 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Circular is time, and the path of the sun and the shape of this earth, yet a wobble hast been introduced in this form of darkness.' That cryptic statement, written by an ancient scribe before his death, made it clear by page two that this would not be a typical sci-fi fantasy adventure. I discovered intelligent prose that varied from wondrously descriptive to poetic, from gritty to harsh, and all points in between. And I found myself caring about the odd mix of draks, dryads, elves, dwarves, and humans in this book. Gen of Mercured is born with gifts that only two other living humans possess. This gift, called mindsight, increases as he progresses into adolescence. His parents nurture the boy, protecting him until the day the Prophecy will be fulfilled. In many ways, Gen is a typical boy, until he is trained in rudimentary martial skills by his warrior father. It is when Gen and his chums Jayce and Page embark on a seemingly innocent camping trip that his mindsight kicks in and he learns of the Prophecy. Gen knows his future belongs to the Prophecy, even though he doesn't fully understand his part in it. According to time shrouded legend, two Innocents will be born to play out the fates of the world, and a mysterious Bredling will appear. This Bredling will bring together the separate races through his blood and begin a new race that surpasses the powerful elvens of old. Gen suspects he is one of the Innocents, but his inexperience prevents him fully understanding that he may also be the 'Bredling'. The unworldly Gen experiences desire, and soon passion, when he meets Seena the Elven Queen. Love blooms and quickly progresses to full flower between commoner and Queen before Gen's dreams of sharing life with her are dashed. His broken heart is only partially mended by the lovely Leiss from Arcena and Princess Aloura. Both women are intrigued by Gen's mindsight power and his reputation as warrior, and he in turn is sorely tempted by their beauty, but Seena remains first in Gen's heart. Gen is not a one dimensional hero. He loves with blind and breathless passion, hates with destructive rage, and fights to the death with savage realism. And through Book I of Mindsight, he remains that somewhat bewildered adolescent boy in search of truth and wisdom. Awareness was just that. Gen of Mercured becomes aware of his gifts and gains a small idea of what his future holds. The book ends as Gen does supernatural battle with Whitsinne, the Lord of All Evil, and Whitsinne's adopted son, Aboli. The writer poplulates this book with realistic characters and locations. The battles are terrific, often gruesome, and the love Gen feels is believably touching. I have never really liked the fantasy genre, but find myself eagerly anticipating Book II of Mindsight and wondering if I'm right about Gen of Mercured. Is he the Bredling? Did he really finish off the evil Whitsinne and Aboli? And what of Page and Jayce? Seena and Gen's other lovely ladies? Mr. Winterland, I'm staying tuned. See this review and an interview with the author in the June edition of Midwest Book Review.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I wanted to write a review right after reading the book, though for 6 months I was unable to so, here goes. In short, the book is several hundred pages long, and it only took me a few days to read. I couldn't put it down. The book was recommended to me by a friend; I inturn, recommend the book to you. If you like fantasy books at all this book will hold your interest the entire time. This is one of those books you're sorry to finish because it means the characters have to go away. The way Awareness written, you get 'attached' to each of the characters in a unique way. You really feel like your on the 'adventures' with them.... Please forgive the somewhat vagueness of the review, but I wish not to disclose any of the books contents. C.E. Winderland - I thank you. You have opened my heart to a wonderful new world of thinking. (There's just something about that ending...) I still haven't forgotten a single detail of the book. Maybe some day our paths will cross again....-Niadara J.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In short, I think any reader of fantasy fiction, of any age, will enjoy Awareness: Book I of Mindsight. --- I'm writing here to you potential readers to say that despite B&N's statement that they don't carry the book right now, and that they offer no way to get it on their website, you can order it from Barnes & Noble stores. C. E. Winterland