Awakened, The Legends of Elyndia

Awakened, The Legends of Elyndia

by Kriston Johnson

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Overview

Can fighting for the right side be the wrong thing to do?

Draven, the tyrant ruler of Elyndia for the last one thousand years, searches for the one who can fulfill his prophecy.

The Paladins, an elite band of warriors sworn to protect their way of life at all cost, search for the one with the ability to bring their world crumbling down.

An innocent girl, tormented by demons only she can see, lives on the brink of insanity and longs for a life of peace.

When seventeen-year-old Jade Rosenberg reads from an antique book, she has no idea she just read an incantation awaking her inherited power. But when opposing--and equally terrifying--groups invade her home, she learns she is descended from an enchanted realm and a member of a powerful race thought to have been hunted to extinction.

Ripped from her world, Jade is forced to seek refuge from those who want her dead. She is given one of two options and the time has come for her to make a choice: assassinate their sworn enemy...

Or sacrifice her soul.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940016636160
Publisher: Kriston Johnson
Publication date: 04/13/2013
Series: The Legends Of Elyndia , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
File size: 328 KB

About the Author

Kriston Johnson lives in Southwest Washington with her husband, teenage son, and miniature Australian Shepherd. Her home rests at the fringe of an old growth forest that she insists is the home of Jason Voorhees. Her husband thinks that’s a ridiculous assumption, because everyone knows it’s really Bigfoot. Every summer Kriston participates in the annual pilgrimage to Faerieworlds, a real life faerie realm here on Earth, and has an unhealthy obsession with Star Wars, The Vampire Diaries, and Iron Man. Awakened is her first novel.

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Awakened, The Legends of Elyndia 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
ConciseReviewsByMichelleL More than 1 year ago
This is about a girl who can see demons, and doesn't know why, her name is Jade, and she is an outcast among her peers. One day she discovers why. There is an attack on her grandfather’s home and she is then taken away to the realm of Elyndia where all her answers will await, as well as magic and evil. Awakened starts right with some action, which I liked, as it sucked me right into the story. Us readers also discover everything at the same pace as Jade does. I was a bit confused at first, but that was ok as Jade was just as confused as I was. It must have been so scary to be attacked and taken to a strange magical land. The author does a fantastic job of writing this story; the world-building was top-notch. I loved how we have so much great paranormal world mixed into it. I highly recommend this book. I was so shocked at a few of the twist and turns that I did not see coming at all. I was so scared that there was going to be a cliffhanger, as it sure was feeling that way towards the end. But most things were resolved but left a lot unanswered for more books. It is a great read and I can’t wait to read book 2, but have no clue when that will be. Cover Review: Loved the cover! Its what got me to take a 2nd look at the book. That alone, so covers do matter! Love it. 5 out of 5 stars for both cover and book. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An imaginative tale filled with magic, heroes and demons, twists and turns and a heroine whose world is turned upside down. Jade was a great heroine. She's thrown into a new world, she learns that nothing is what she thought it was, and everything and everyone is against her but she still keeps going, she never gives up. She's loyal to her friends, she's willing to sacrifice herself for them. There's also a little bit of a love story, one that kind of sneaks up on Jade. But like everything else in Jade's life it's complicated. I enjoyed the story but I did feel lost trying to remember who was who in the large cast of characters. I also could have used more explanations, a couple of times I found myself thinking 'what?' I'm excited to see what happens to Jade and everyone else in book two of The Legends Of Elyndia. Disclosure: ebook provided in exchange for an honest review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
FantasyBookLane More than 1 year ago
As a girl who can see demons, Jade is an outcast among her peers. One day, she discovers why. In an attack on her grandfather’s home, she is whisked away to the realm of Elyndia where magic and evil await. I loved the premise for this story. There is a lot of originality here, and the world is developed nicely. There are some interesting rock creatures (which I would have like seeing more of), as well as giant spiders and all manner of fae. There are also elves, and their reasons for staying mostly in their own realm is nicely explained. There are still a few unanswered questions, giving just enough incentive to look for book two. I’m not a fan of most books featuring angels and demons. This one, however, only uses demons as servants of evil, and the angels are long gone. It didn’t fall into any noticeable Christian themes, and I commend the author for that. Jade has been taken from this world and placed in a world where there shouldn’t be too many similarities to our own. I appreciated that she made these creatures in her own style, rather than giving us a rundown of the Bible for a backstory. Jade is a fascinating character. She doesn’t suffer much from the “damsel in distress” syndrome. She learns to fight and takes her destiny in stride. Of course she has help along the way, but fantasy books are always better with a few awesome sidekicks. The only stain on her character is the tired old song and dance romance that inevitably develops between her and Gabriel. I liked him at first, but late in the story he turns into a whiny, jealous brat. I get so tired of a girl falling for her rescuer, and he’s been in love with her all along. I would have loved to see something new, even if it was off the wall. Maybe she falls in love with a flying half-dragon man. Anything is better than that same old love story. This book would have been better without it in this reviewer’s opinion. Everything else struck me as original and imaginative. The old “I love you, but now I’m mad at you” part needs to go as well. Too many times that appears in an adventure story, and I’m sick of it. I feared it would happen, and it did. That is the only part of this book that I did not enjoy, and I really wish it wasn’t in there. I loved seeing Jade finally able to tap into her magic and control her element. The magic was nicely done throughout this story, and it made for a spectacular (but open) ending. The history presented for the elementals was nice, and I wouldn’t mind reading more of the history of Elyndia. The revelations about Jade’s parents were a bit predictable, but they were still intriguing. I was happy with the outcome there. The ending leaves quite a bit of room for more, and I look forward to seeing how things will play out. I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Chrissy_W More than 1 year ago
Did I enjoy this book: I really wanted to. But I didn’t. I found myself skimming the book because it just wasn’t holding my interest. Here’s the thing, this book has a lot of potential. It just didn’t deliver. For me, it seemed like every YA fantasy/paranormal/romance cliche and plot point are jammed into this book. You have the young girl who has no idea who/what she is. Her parents are gone. She accidentally casts a spell or conjures a demon or something. Then, there is a love interest. And fight training. And a world at risk of domination by evil. Now, this is not necessarily a bad thing. But everything just worked too easily. Jade just accepted everything as it came along. Everything just worked out for her. Her friend, Theron, just comes to the door and visits her but there is no explanation as to who he is or how she knows him. Jade calls her grandfather and her mother by their first names. Why? I don’t understand this and there is no explanation for this. Out of nowhere, four guys show up at her grandfather’s house to take her away, by force, and in the middle of the altercation the leader stops and calmly explains everything to Jade. Really? That just doesn’t seem like the time or place for that and Jade just goes with it. Unfortunately, I just found the story to be boring. It didn’t hold my interest and everything happened to easily. I wanted more and so much more could have been done. There is so much potential for this book. Would I recommend it: No. Will I read it again: No. (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)
Myra-PiecesofWhimsy More than 1 year ago
3.5/5 This was a really nice fantasy novel. With just the right amount of darkness to keep it from being too goody-goody, but not being too dark that it might scare some people away. I enjoyed the story and the range of characters was great! This book mainly took place in Elyndia, a magical world parallel to the earth accessible through portals. I was very interested in Elyndia and all it's various creatures, towns and peoples and was very excited to learn little bits and pieces throughout the book. I loved the not-so-rocky-rocks and the Wolves of Iden were so cool! I really wish we'd seen more of them - fingers crossed for the next books! The first few sentences of this book completely grabbed and from then, I was hooked. Though it took me quite a while to completely understand what was happening right at the beginning, it is still one of my favourite scenes. The description and images conjured in those first lines really made me love this book. Sometimes the story felt a bit all over the place, like it was jumping from one instance to another with no explanation in the middle, but the idea/plot of the story was really good! The places/creatures created were fantastic and I found the story intriguing and engaging. It would've been nice if the story flowed more from one scene to the next but I was happy with it and really enjoyed it none-the-less. I look forward to the rest of the series and hope to get more questions answered and immerse myself in the lovely world of Elyndia again.