Anathema: Cloud Prophet Trilogy: Book One

Anathema: Cloud Prophet Trilogy: Book One

by Megg Jensen

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ISBN-13: 9781461006954
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/18/2012
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.44(d)

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Krista23 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I loved the pacing of the story. All of the little pieces unraveling at the perfect time. I sat and read this book all the way through in one day and found it highly enjoyable and different than anything I have read recently. The idea that the slaves/workers had to shave their heads to symbolize their position in the society. Then to actually have their masters symbols burned into the back of their skull? Seriously? Ow. When Reychel wakes up to find her friend gone from the bed, the rumor starts immediately that she was taken, as this is a common thing. But Reychel spreads the rumor that she just woke up early and is around doing her chores. But the token she finds beneath the bed leads to her know better. That is the symbol that she will not be back. Reychel eventually escapes and must find somewhere to hide but her shaved skull is a dead giveaway that she is a slave and should not be out. There are different characters she meets in her travels. But she has a destiny that must be fulfilled. There is a mixture of several great characters and magic. Reychel is a strong and feisty main character. I loved the last couple of chapters and the how all of the events eventually end. Very happy that this is only the beginning to a series. I enjoyed that fact that even though there is a boy, and somewhat of a romantic interest there is not really any romance exactly that overwhelms what is really going on here. I loved that. Cute and funny moments, great writing and it had me hooked.
Krissy724 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I was really excited when I got this book from the author, Megg Jensen to review. Well, actually I asked her to review it because I really wanted to read it! I had read the summary on goodreads and thought it sounded very interesting. This book did not disappoint! I was captivated from page one, and it only got better and better. The heroine, Reychel has been a slave her entire life. On her 15th birthday she will be branded with a fox on her neck, her master¿s symbol. This means she will always belong to him. Before the branding ¿ceremony¿ can take place, Reychel is able to escape with the help of some invisible, magical people which will eventually become her friends. Free for the first time in her life, Reychel begins to learn who she truly is and secrets of her past are revealed.What I liked most about Anathema was how everything flowed perfectly. No plot points were dragged on for eternity, but at the same time, nothing was said to quickly (did that even make sense??). There were so many questions of mine that were answered, but there is still enough for a second book to take place. I think what I am trying to say is that nothing was forced onto the reader, everything was told to us at the appropriate times.The characters were also very well written. I loved Reychel. After everything she had been through, she was still trusting, honest, and brave. Then there is Mark, the hero and love interest to Reychel. There is more to him then meets the eye, and I can¿t wait to see him again and hopefully, learn more about him! Anathema is a great read, especially for fantasy lovers! It might seem like a short novel, but even at only 160 pages (nook pages), there was still an entire world that was to be discovered. I hope in Oubliette (the second one in the series-due out June 20th) we get to learn more about the Malborns, and why they were able to rise to power.
M00nlitDreams on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Anathema, book one of the Cloud Prophet Trilogy by Megg Jensen, is a young adult fantasy that takes storytelling to a whole new level. This was a fresh look into a very interesting fantasy world. The author not only made use of settings and well developed characters, but she took a unique approach to the story line that I found very refreshing. This book was a very quick read and over long before I wanted it to be! That said, I am definitely looking forward to picking up the next two books in the series to find out what became of Reychel, the people she's fighting for, and those who may (or may not) have betrayed her.
GreatImaginations on LibraryThing 7 months ago
This was a great little book! I say little because it was only about 200 pages. But those 200 pages were jam packed with a suspenseful and riveting fantasy. It was dark at times and touched on some very uncomfortable topics, but I totally love to read books like that, so that was fine with me! I think the summary covers the plot line pretty well, but the book does go much deeper than that. Reychel is an amazing character and I found her strength and bravery refreshing. Too often female characters in young adult novels are clumsy or stupid or a combination of both. Not so with Reychel. She was a fighter through and through. And her story was fascinating to watch unfold. The other characterizations were great as well. I got fairly attached to these people and when secrets started to be revealed, I was caught by surprise a couple of times. This is a really good thing when I as a reader can be fooled. The world-building was impressive and the book moved along at a pretty quick pace. The ending was a bit disappointing, but only because I was hoping more of my questions would be answered. I wouldn't say the ending was a cliffhanger, but it definitely left me wondering and wanting to read Oubliette as soon as possible. It was a very impressive book from an author I have been following on twitter for awhile. I had not read anything of hers before this, but I am very interested to continue reading her work. I didn't really know what to expect going into this book, and had no expectations, but ended up loving this series. I cannot wait to see where it goes. I think lovers of any kind of fantasy will enjoy this series. I also think paranormal young adult fans will enjoy it.
absconditas on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I truly adored this book. I stayed up until the wee hours, completely sucked in, and unaware of the time until I turned the final page. Next thing I knew, it was 3:30 in the morning! Anathema had beautiful historical imagery, old magic, political intrigue, and guess what? Megg Jensen pulled it off with finesse. The story line moved quickly, flowed seamlessly, and there was never a dull moment. I enjoyed the character¿s interactions, and found myself pondering.. well, everyone¿s loyalties. No one is who they seem in Anathema. Reychel, the protagonist of Anathema was a very moving character. Her struggles were heartbreaking, but through it all she stayed strong. Even though Reychel¿s life was kind of awful, she still put others before herself and was a genuinely kind person! Her surplus of human decency occasionally frustrated me (In my head, I kept screaming at her Get out!), but really boosted the story overall. I think that it was things like that this that set up the next in the trilogy, Oubliette. The world that Megg Jensen created was very clever. It had the usual characteristics of a dystopian¿a corrupt government, a resistance to said corrupt government, but with the right amount of high-fantasy, Anathema was in a league all of it¿s own. I would definitely recommend this to any YA reader. It completely went above and beyond my expectations.
nlsobon on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I contacted Megg Jensen a few weeks back about a review copy of ¿Anathema¿. I¿ve been reading wonderful things about the book online and I was eager to see just how good it is. When I finished this book, my mouth fell open in shock. ¿Anathema¿ is quite possibly one of the best young adult novels I¿ve read this year. Megg Jensen has truly crafted a phenomenal story with interesting characters. It¿s the perfect beginning for what is sure to be an amazing trilogy!¿Anathema¿ is the story of Reychel, a slave girl on the verge of her fifteenth birthday, an occasion she¿s been dreading. Upon her birthday she will be branded with her master¿s symbol below her bald scalp in which she will be claimed by her master. She¿s scared of the pain that will come with the branding and she wishes her friend, Ivy, who has gone missing, was there to help her through it.Upon one of her meetings with her master, Reychel tells him a story one in which she states she will not be branded. Her master becomes angry with her, even though Reychel swears the story was false, and sends her to the dungeon where she meets a woman that will help her escape. Reychel will discover secrets that will change the world as she knows it; she¿ll realize that those she¿s held close to her heart have been lying to her for years.What¿s nice about Reychel is that she holds a great power, one that she doesn¿t quite understand. She¿s a strong, determined character, and I like that about her. I just purchased the second book on Friday, I can't wait to see where the story is headed!
bookluvrmindy on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Wow, what an amazing book! Hopefully, I won't have to wait long to read the following 2 books in this series! Picking up this book I had no idea what to expect. When I read the first page I was immediately intrigued! Even though the book is less than 190 pages, so much happens in the book that I am truly amazed that Megg Jensen was able to create and deliver such a compelling book in so few pages. While reading, I was so focused on anticipating what would happen next that I couldn¿t put the book down until I was finished, which was about 1:30am. And when I finally put it down, I was determined to write something even though I was so delirious from lack of sleep. And this is what I wrote, ¿What an amazing book! I am too tired to write a review at the moment so I will be doing it in the morning. This is a good one! Very compelling, there are some twists and you don't know who to trust. Very good!¿ The emotions I felt from reading this book ranged from excitement to intensity to shock and then to frustration! There is very little detail about the story that I would want to include in this review because I loved that I read it completely blind and I want all readers to experience the same emotions I did. I do want to say that one particular person more than disgusted me! I wanted to jump through the book and strangle them (I won¿t say him or her to ruin it for you). Anyways, I would highly recommend this book!
StephanieOverton on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Anathema - Megg JensenOMG!I do not even know where to begin with this. I loved this book so much, I still think about!Book 1 of the Cloud Prophet Trilogy, I can honestly say . . I'm SOOO glad there is more to come.This book is one that will have you questioning everything . . is anything really as it seems?Reychel is a slave, and one that is treated so differently than the rest. Rules are different for her, she isn't allowed to go outside, or be in rooms where windows are open. She is given one on one time with her Master . . only then is she allowed to look out the window and enjoy the sun and the sky.Step in the world that is Reychels' and join her on her journey to discover who she is and why things have always been the way they were. Discover with her just who it is that she can trust, and who she can't.I can not wait for Summer to get here! I am so looking forward to the 2nd book . . I hope the wait doesn't kill me!
Bookswithbite on LibraryThing 7 months ago
You know what I am really enjoying now and days? Characters that are out of the loop. Characters who think themselves as nothing but find out there are something more. For some reason, this story line is really capturing me. And this book hooked me. What an amazing, fresh, read. I can't begin to tell you how much I loved this book. It captured me cause of two things. Characters and plot. The plot. One thing for sure is that I always love a good plot. Especially when a characters is said to be nothing. Known as nothing. It takes my breathe away when the character is brought up harshly and lied too. It makes the plot much more enduring, more fast paced. If anything, I am hooked even more just to see the character explode into something better. Character is this book were also amazing. I like when not only a characters changes before your eyes, but grows up too. I love it when a characters see their worth and makes that change right before the readers eyes. Other characters in the book, like the minor ones, weren't so minor. I love that! Seeing a minor character play a bigger role than I ever expected swept me off my feet. Is this book good? Heck Yeah! Should you read it? Heck Yeah! And if you don't, I will find you and beat you down! Seriously, this book is a great plot filled, amazing characters that takes you off your feet from the very first page. All elements in this book keep you entertain as well as keep you in the story. You feel the characters, become the characters, and you are in the story. Anathema is a curse that will cause you to read this story over and over again. Simply amazing and well written!
BookishBrunette on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I am literally ashamed that it took me so long to read this book! I was completely consumed by Anathema from beginning to end.This story begins on Reychel's 15th birthday, the day she shall be forever branded as the property of her owner. It is also the day her best friend disappears in the middle of the night- kidnapped while Reychel lay asleep right next to her.She is taken to the dungeon after her master, who has always favored her over the other slaves, was offended by a story she has told him. In the dungeon she sees a cloaked man, that NO ONE else seems to be able to see... the cloaked person tells her to RUN when the time is right.Reychel escapes within moments of being marked with the symbol of a fox. The cloaked man- turns out to be a GIFTED woman... and from there YOU WILL BE AMAZED!I could not put Anathema down! I read it in between baths- naptime, making dinner... then stayed up until 2am because I HAD to find out what happened! Anathema is such a powerful read, and totally hasn't gotten the recognition it deserves. This book belongs alongside the best! Meg Jenson is amazing and I cannot WAIT to read the rest of this series!Favorite quote: "You claimed me from the moment I first saw you." ~MarkYeah... Total SWOON.
highflyer on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I really wasn't sure what to think about this novel. When I began reading I was pleasantly surprised. The descriptions in this book really help enrich the story. It's not hard to become enmeshed in the life of Reychel and the other slaves in the kingdom. I for one cannot imagine being Reychel, forced to ignore windows unless my master allowed me to look outside. Nor can I imagine the fear she faced whenever she told a story that enraged him and made him fear her loss. I really liked the idea of an entire group of people, living under the radar with gifts that people cannot imagine.This story has it all, magic, betrayal, hardship and a bit of romance thrown into the mix.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading this book, I put it down and later, I read it again. The second time around I could read it at a leisurely place and enjoy the rollercoaster of emotions and depth of the story. It starts simple and ramps up gently. The intrigues and twists keep me coming back for more. Definitely looking forward to reading the next installment!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story is strong, yet plagued with misspelled words, misused verb tenses and pronouns. It would be a stellar book with a good proofreader.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good read mkrpt my attention
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Story idea is interesting, but there's so little detail in the actual book that it feels more like reading a college essay. Won't be buying the sequels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is another book series that I really like. Partially because it has slavery in it. But mostly because it's so well written in the first book that I love reading it!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was an interesting read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed Reychel and her friends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not really the kind of book I like. Might be good for someone else.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good
TheThoughtSpot More than 1 year ago
Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review. Thanks to NetGalley and All Night Reads for the opportunity to read and review Anathema by Megg Jensen! Reychel is a slave turning fifteen, the birthday when slaves are branded. Her friend Ivy was gone before Reychel woke up and in Ivy's place was an Anathema token. The Anathema supposedly kidnap slaves, but no one is sure why. Reychel is rescued and reunited with Ivy. She discovers that some people are gifted and learns much more about her world than she could have ever imagined. The characters are a bit choppy but the storyline is interesting and unique - 3.5 stars! I want to read the next two books in the Cloud Prophet trilogy to see if the writing becomes smoother.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a must read. This book is perfect for people that want to leave the world without really leaving. Every one must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved everything about this story. Loved the heroine, the antagonist and the surprises!