The Branding

The Branding

by Micaela Wendell

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Overview

Morwen Aleacim, an elfin teen in the village of Aren, has always heard rumors of evil lurking in the great forests of the kingdom, where children vanish. Her own father disappeared into those forests, and Morwen is determined to find him. So she is secretly training to be a warrior-against the strict rules of decorum for girls-with the help of Armando, an aging human swordsman.



When Brynn, Morwen's own baby sister, vanishes, Morwen tracks her to the horrifying lair of Tobias, an inhuman Dark Wizard. There she strikes a deal with him-her service in return for Brynn's freedom.



He accepts. She'll go free along with Brynn for now, but is bound to him as his apprentice. To her horror, Tobias brands her-not with a fiery mark, but with a spell that will slowly transform her human body into a grotesque creature and her spirit into an obedient slave. When the transformation is complete she'll have no choice but to return to him forever.



Aided by Alan, a handsome elfin boy, who will soon have a dark challenge of his own, Morwen sets out to find a wizard who can lift the spell. It's a race against time as she struggles to free her mind, body, spirit and heart from a horrible fate.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611940091
Publisher: BelleBooks
Publication date: 01/13/2011
Pages: 180
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.41(d)

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The Branding 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Pebblesgmc on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Branding by Micaela Wendell is written for the YA audience. Morwen Aleacin is is a teen age Elf and Armando is an aging human Warrior who is secretly teaching her to fight.Her sister disappears into the forest and Morwen sets out find her and bring her home. There only one big problem Dark Wizard Tobias has Brynn. Tobais places a brand on Morwen, and it beings to change Morwen into a monster. With the help of an Elf boy Alan, she sets off to find a wizard to take the brand off.
abarcan7 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I felt that for the first book it was a great try. The language did seem a bit forced and not very natural but overall it was an easy read and the plot held the reader's attention until the end. The author had a very vivid imagination and made great use of details, although at times I felt some unnecessary details were added. All in all, it was a good read and I'd recommend it to anyone who'd like to read a good tale.
The_Hibernator on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Branding is about a teenaged elf who must leave her family and go on a quest to save her soul from a terrible curse. The story-line to this book is very creative and in the hands of a skilled writer would have been fantastic. I think it is great that young people are able to get books published, and Miss Wendell will certainly be a great writer some day (I look forward to it). But this book has unsophisticated characterization and dialog. It is a book for people who are amused by cute stories written by exceptional teenagers. It is not for a fantasy connoisseur. Also, The Branding is clearly meant to be the first in a series and the ending is rather abrupt. Like the end of this review.
tallgurrl01 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this story. I discounted the quality, due to the immaturity of the author, and just plowed through.
AlexDiaz727 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Overall the story seemed to have a lot of potential with solid plot in mind but... The author was young when made this in seventh grade which would put her at 12-13 and I think it defiantly showsThis story needed to be way more fleshed out before publication.Characters randomly almost die get saved and move on in single page. Weeks of travel take place in a flip of 2 pages. I feel like the author knew what they wanted to happen in the story but lacked the experience to move the story along in a more seamless way. As I've heard some authors call it, the book is in need of transition putty. For example a characters father disappears you want that character to train and to begin a journey for revenge and adventure.In a normal book you would hear about the troubles of life as singe parent struggles to support 2 children and training for years to meet the goal of becoming a warrior. A journey where the character meets a mentor or gets a special power somehow.In this book it felt like all the in-between was missing. A missing father, a vow for vengeance, a hermit elderly warrior mentor and 3 years of training all in the first 8 pages. Followed up with mom taking the kids shopping with BAG of gold... It feels like series of outlined scenes that could make up a great novel if time to flesh out the story as well as refine the dialog was taken. It's not the destination but the journey that matters most.This author is 16 now for perspective shes lived 1/3 longer then she had when she finished the first draft of this book.I hope she continues to write and improve. There is nothing I enjoy more then a fantastic story.
VroseG on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A lot is packed in to this little book and my only complaint is that it should have been lengthened in order to further enjoy the story. I loved the imagination that brought this story to life. The characters were original and humorous, and the descriptions were well composed. At the surface it would seem that the plot and characters are superficial, only because a lot could have been added in order to build up the emotional moments, but the story should not be ignored. As a great fast read, there was always something tugging me to the end that made me want to keep reading. I definitely recommend this debut novel as a gloriously entertaining story, and I look forward to the sequel.
jasmyn9 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A young elf girl, Morwen, disobeys the rules and explores the forest around her village. Now, the forest is forbidden because elves of all ages have been disappearing in it. Morwen's wandering brings a little good and quite a bit of bad. The good thing is that she meets a human ranger that begins to teach her how to become a warrior (something that is strictly forbidden for females to learn). The bad thing is that her little sister follows her and disappears.Morwen decides to rescue her sister and ends up under a curse, the slave of a truly evil being. She only has a short time to find a way to remove the curse before it takes over her very soul.The action in the story is very quick and erratic. It tends to jump from one scene to another with very little build up. While this keeps the story exciting, it also makes it hard to follow one leap to the next, and to develop the characters. The characters do change and grow, but it occurs in a very jarring way. Relationships develop and fall apart without any reason leading up to it.2/5
CynDaVaz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I can't find it in my heart to one-star this review, specifically because the author is so young and she reminds me of how much I loved writing at that age (still do, actually). The author has a great imagination, and she crafted a decent plot, but in truth this book is not ready for print. The characters are cardboard cutout, one-dimensional and the writing generally reflects the fact that this was indeed written by a young teen ... words chosen and reactions described were often out of place with the situation. Maybe I'm being a bit harsh; perhaps Eragon spoiled me into expecting too much from a young writer. Still, I do see great potential here with this young lady; she just needs a few more years to fine-tune her craft.
B00KAH0LIC on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am inspired by Micaela Wendell and congratulate her for publishing a book at such a young age. The book had an interesting plot and was easy to read. However, the dialogue felt strained to me. I know I'm picky when it comes to fluid dialogue, and much more experienced writers have done a worse job than her at it. She definitely has a lot to learn about writing still, but she is off to a great start. I do think I will read the next book when it comes out.
hoosgracie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I tried to read this, I really did. Unfortunately, the author's youth shows in the maturity of the writing. It was unreadable.
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Morwen Aleacim is an elf who lives in the village of Aren with her mother and younger sister, Brynn. Although the Elders really believe - and have rules about the fact that all female elves should wear female clothing and BE young ladies - Morwen wants nothing more than to dress like a boy and become a great warrior. In fact, she desperately wants to learn how to handle a sword so she can walk into the Silvia Forest one day and try to find her dad. Children have been disappearing from Aren, lost forever in the woods. And when a search party was formed, which included Morwen's father, they, too, walked into the Silvia Forest and never came back. Walking into the Forest, Morwen is almost killed by a hound with orange eyes. But, out of the blue, a retired "human" adventurer who lives near the town of Aren named Armando saves her from death. And soon, Morwen makes a pact with Armando for him to train her in the ways of a warrior, and not tell anyone about their partnership. You see, Morwen NEEDS to be able to fight. She is one elf who knows the tale regarding a trusted advocate of a good King who turned to the dark side. His name was Tobias and now all this evil man wants to do is build an army to exact revenge on his King. One day, when Brynn disappears, it's up to Morwen to save her sister, and by doing this she runs smack dab into an underground fortress where, to free her sibling, Morwen must take her place. Making the deal, Tobias sets Brynn free and places "the brand" on Morwen. This mystical brand, once it's placed upon you, will slowly work its way into your body, suck up your soul, and turn you into a puppet that Tobias can control. Morwen begins her quest to find the man who can save her from "the brand" - a master wizard who she must find in order to stop herself from becoming a soulless elf. Add in a young, handsome elf by the name of Alan - who has to fight between his love for Morwen while at the same time saving himself from the threatening episodes that seem to "overtake" her; and, a female guide by the name of Gwendolyn who has her own agenda as she leads the elves toward the master wizard - and readers receive a very good fantasy novel. Although some of the plot points have been written many times before (i.e. hounds, monsters, elves, wizards, etc.), this author has done a very good job for her debut, and will no doubt have many more fantasy realms to bring to her fans. Quill Says: A good, solid story from an author who is just sixteen-years-old. It will be very interesting to see her career flourish.
Jasmyn9 More than 1 year ago
A young elf girl, Morwen, disobeys the rules and explores the forest around her village. Now, the forest is forbidden because elves of all ages have been disappearing in it. Morwen's wandering brings a little good and quite a bit of bad. The good thing is that she meets a human ranger that begins to teach her how to become a warrior (something that is strictly forbidden for females to learn). The bad thing is that her little sister follows her and disappears. Morwen decides to rescue her sister and ends up under a curse, the slave of a truly evil being. She only has a short time to find a way to remove the curse before it takes over her very soul. The action in the story is very quick and erratic. It tends to jump from one scene to another with very little build up. While this keeps the story exciting, it also makes it hard to follow one leap to the next, and to develop the characters. The characters do change and grow, but it occurs in a very jarring way. Relationships develop and fall apart without any reason leading up to it. 2/5
harstan More than 1 year ago
Like all of the elves, teenage Morwen Aleacim knows that evil resides in the forests. She has heard the tales in her village of Aren that monsters who steal children lurk in the kingdom's shadows like nearby Silvia Forest. However, Morwen is more of a believer in the malevolence than most elves her age because her father Arthil and others in a search party vanished in the forests three years ago and have not been seen since. Although afraid, Morwen vows to enter the evil realm to find and rescue her dad. She needs to be a warrior but the elf creed disallows females to enter combat. Instead, Morwen trains in secret under the tutelage of the elderly human swordsman Armando. However, everything changes for her as she becomes even more determined when her six-elf year old sister Brynn disappears. Although not ready, Morwen follows the trail, which leads to Tobias the Dark Wizard. They make a deal in which her sibling is freed in exchange for her being his apprentice; their agreement is Branded in the fire of a spell that slowly changes her from a beautiful girl into a misshapen submissive slave. Alan the teen elf joins Morwen on her quest to break the spell of the evil Dark Wizard before she is called to serve the miscreant malevolence. This is a fabulous quest fantasy starring a resolute female who learns what happens when an elf bargains with a devil. The fast-paced story line is driven by the heroine who risks her life and much more to rescue her younger sister; for every elf knows once Branded it is impossible to remove the curse that Tobias got from his master Belial King of Sanguine. Harriet Klausner
cooterbone More than 1 year ago
Who would've ever thought the mind of a 7th grader could come up with such a remarkable fantasy tale.