Cephrael's Hand: A Pattern of Shadow & Light Book 1

Cephrael's Hand: A Pattern of Shadow & Light Book 1

by Melissa McPhail


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"All things are formed of patterns..." And within the pattern of the realm of Alorin, three strands must cross:

In Alorin... three hundred years after the genocidal Adept Wars, the realm is dying, and the blessed Adept race dies with it. One man holds the secret to reverting this decline: Bjorn van Gelderan, a dangerous and enigmatic man whose shocking betrayal three centuries past earned him a traitor's brand. It is the Adept Vestal Raine D'Lacourte's mission to learn what Bjorn knows in the hope of salvaging his race. But first he'll have to find him.

In the kingdom of Dannym... the young Prince Ean val Lorian faces a tenuous future as the last living heir to the coveted Eagle Throne. When his blood-brother is slain during a failed assassination, Ean embarks on a desperate hunt for the man responsible. Yet his advisors have their own agendas, and his quest for vengeance leads him ever deeper into a sinuous plot masterminded by a mysterious and powerful man, the one they call First Lord.

In the Nadori desert...tormented by the missing pieces of his life, a soldier named Trell heads off to uncover the truth of his shadowed past. But when disaster places him in the debt of Wildlings sworn to the First Lord, Trell begins to suspect a deadlier, darker secret motivating them. Honor-bound to serve the First Lord in return for his life, Trell continues on his appointed path, yet each day unveils new and stranger secrets that eventually call into question everything he knows.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780990629160
Publisher: Five Strands Publishing
Publication date: 12/05/2014
Series: A Pattern of Shadow & Light , #1
Pages: 780
Sales rank: 331,178
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Melissa McPhail is a classically trained pianist, violinist and composer, a Vinyasa yoga instructor, and an avid fantasy reader. A long-time student of philosophy, she is passionate about the fantasy genre because of its inherent philosophical explorations. Melissa loves sailing, skiing and discussing books and philosophy--not necessarily in that order.

The first two novels in Melissa's fantasy series A Pattern of Shadow and Light were finalists in ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year contest. The third book in the series, Paths of Alir, received the IndieFab Silver Medal for Fantasy Book of the Year.

Melissa lives in the Pacific Northwest of the United States with her husband, twin daughters and four very large cats. She is known for being an engaged author on social media and welcomes your thoughts on her work, the fantasy genre, or independent publishing. Look for her on Twitter or Facebook, or via her website and blog at http://melissamcphail.com.

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Cephrael's Hand: A Pattern of Shadow & Light Book 1 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite Cephrael's Hand: A Pattern of Shadow & Light Book One by Melissa McPhail follows three men and their destinies and the decisions they make. Prince Ean val Lorian is the last heir to the Eagle Throne in the Dannym. When his brother is killed in an attempt to kill the last heir, Ean wants to know who killed his blood brother and he wants revenge. However, only time will tell if the people around him are loyal to him or someone far more powerful. Trell, a soldier in the Nadori desert, wants to know what happened in his past. He is bound by honor to the First Lord, but stranger things are afoot. Something big and bad is happening and he is honor bound to do as the First Lord bids him. However, with every secret he uncovers, the darker the future appears. Adept Vestal Raine D'Lacourte is the only one who can save his dying race. In order to do that, he has to find the one and only man who knows what it takes; however, finding him is very hard. He was deemed a traitor three centuries ago. Can D'Lacourte find him in time? And will he help? The fragmented narrative was handled perfectly by McPhail. The dialogues revealed a lot about the characters. I absolutely loved Trell. He was conflicted and looking for answers. He was one of the most powerfully built characters that deserves a round of applause. I cannot wait for the next novel to see where Trell is and what is he doing. He is a strong, amazing character. Cephrael's Hand: A Pattern of Shadow & Light Book One by Melissa McPhail is an amalgamation of some superb and amazing things and some conflicting ideas (which I am guessing will be cleared up in the sequel) that together make a very powerful novel. Brilliantly written and well handled.
ffan More than 1 year ago
although it is hard to follow in the beginning, it all makes sense by the end. what a wonderful book!!!! I have fallen in love with the characters & the world/worlds they live in!!!!!
2B1 More than 1 year ago
Initially, it was hard to get into, but I was glad to have stuck through it past the first few chapters. I was completely enthralled with the characters and the exotic worlds they moved within by the end, and hungry for more. I cannot wait to begin the second book!
RoxyKade More than 1 year ago
“A man may rule his household, And a King govern his land, But Death walks in the thrall of Cephrael’s Hand.” ¿ I don’t often read epic fantasy novels, with their complex world systems and strange characters with even stranger, unpronounceable names, but I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I have to admit though, that at first I felt like I kept being thrown off track, because just as I was getting to know a character they would disappear and a new one would be introduced. But what started off as confusing soon melded into a fantastic plot with many twists and surprises. The thing I love most about fantasy novels are the magical worlds, complex characters and imaginative creatures that dwell within the pages of these books. McPhail brings to life a fascinating world filled with Mages, Healers and a number of other beings whom each play an integral part in bringing balance to the mystical world in which they live. With mesmerising creatures like the Sundragons and terrifying beasts like the Darkhounds, I was enthralled and just couldn’t stop reading. With each flip of my wrist I was drawn in further. I had to know more about each character, I had to know how they were all connected, if at all, and what fate had in store for them. The story is filled with plenty of emotion, and each aspect will surely please each and every readers’ desire for a great read. Action, adventure, heartache, romance and betrayal make up the very “Elae” of this book in a beautiful way. Readers of epic fantasy novels will devour this book in no time.
coziecorner More than 1 year ago
Melissa pens "Cephraels Hand" characters lovable and believable in this complex but very interesting plot. It's not a fast read and I shuddered when I saw the book was 654 pages, but once I started reading, it held me captive until the end. A fantastic thrilling read that was beautifully written. Highly recommended for all epic fantasy fans. *5 Stars* This review is based on a complimentary copy which was provided for an honest review.
RIA_Reviews More than 1 year ago
I enjoy reading so many kinds of books. Epic Fantasies usually only make up a small part of my reading. I don't venture into that genre often. Still I was very interested to read Cephrael's Hand when I was asked. I like to branch out, and the synopsis of this book is intriguing. I was not disappointed at all. Melissa McPhail has a gorgeous writing style that flows easily. She easily told this story from many points of view without it becoming confusing to the reader. She did an amazing job of tying all the characters' stories together. I found myself loving every moment. When one characters point of view would end I would be dying to know what would happen to them next. The world of Alorin was beautifully written. McPhail's descriptions of all the different magical beings was amazing. I was so engrossed in what was going on. I could imagine this gorgeous world full of sun dragons and whisper lords. I had no troubles picturing what they must all look like. All the places that they were traveling were described so perfect. McPhail has a wonderful imagination and she knew exactly how to let her readers into it. I would suggest this book to everyone. I am completely in love with it and all the characters. I am waiting, not so patiently, for the next book to be released. I'm also waiting to hear that it will be made into a movie. Put the right director with McPhail and Cephrael's Hand and it could be an absolute success. It makes me wish I had a six star rating. I received an e-copy in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.