by Kirsten Kelly


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Halith by Kirsten Kelly

Halíth presents the fantastical world of Aessyra where prophesy tells of an evil brewing and only “the One” can stop it. Halíth’s journey begins when she steals away from an impending marriage to a fat merchant, deemed by her uncle to be a good match. In a fit of passion, she runs away in the deep of night, with nothing to her name, and is soon transformed from a scared sixteen-year-old girl to a young warrior ready to answer her fate. In the beginning, Halíth embraces her new adventurous lifestyle, but her true test of maturity comes when the Great War finally breaks out across Aessyra. The Haddu, a coalition faithful to a demonic religion, are swarming over the land, seeking to usher in the Third Darkness. Halíth must grapple with many challenges as she dodges assassins, endures the betrayal of those closest to her, and tries to make sense of her so-called destiny.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780615330204
Publisher: Pale Criminal Works
Publication date: 04/28/2010
Pages: 423
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 16 Years

About the Author

Kirsten Kelly lives in Miami, Florida where she enjoys kayaking, fishing, and travel. Like her characters, she lives for good friends, good food, and the next adventure.

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Halith 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Panda8238 More than 1 year ago
I recieved an advanced copy of 'Halith' by Kirsten Kelly. I LOVED it. If you are looking for your next epic fantasy book, Halith is the one for you! I highly advise you to pre-order it. Halith is a strong character and she brings you into her world and keeps you in it! This story has the right amount of romance and adventure to keep you satisfied! You willl fall in love with the charcaters! Even the smaller characters will find a place in your heart! With that said, pre-order it! You won't want to miss this read!
EFNorman More than 1 year ago
J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis move over. Kirsten Kelly is here. This book sings with resounding joy, adventure, excitement, love, and war. Halith is the epitome of entertainment. Kelly is a writer's writer. It is number one in my top 200.
jessiesouthie More than 1 year ago
This book is written with very proper and old English, for the most part. And that almost makes it hard to follow. It seems as though the author is trying very hard to use the biggest words that are the most impressive, almost to the point where it is too much. That being said, grammatically it is very well written. It is also VERY heavy in description. Now description is books is a good thing, as it does have to paint us a picture, but it is also okay to allow to reader to fill in the holes and leave it up to their own imagination. It is nice that the main character is a girl who is not obsessed with princes and marriage and being a girly girl, but is instead hardcore and wanting to be a warrior. She is strong and brave and it is always nice to have that as the heroine of the story. However the story was just hard for me to follow. It seemed too formal, not what would be real in the mind of a 16 year old girl. There is a surprising twist towards the end, which is enough to captivate the reader a little, but I never felt truly captivated by the story.
Ebienic More than 1 year ago
Halith has always had a love/hate relationship with her destiny. On the one hand, she has always known she was meant to be a warrior, despite the obvious gender stereotype issue. On the other hand, people in her life keep pointing her toward her true destiny, and she doesn’t like following directions. In keeping with her defiance of the norm, she gathers her friends and makes plans to thwart the war of the inevitable. At the heart of it though, is her desire to meet her famous father and find out if he is the missing piece she always assumed he was. Fans of RPGs will see a lot of familiar elements, the fantasy world, the races, the series of increasingly more difficult quests, random objects picked up that play a part in the story later, a team of differently abled people that form a cohesive unit because each has a skill necessary for the group. This one is chock full of girl power, although honestly that isn’t as rare in the fantasy world. Although the gamer in me cringed a few times, and the writing critic in me a few more, I think it is a solid first novel, although I suspect as the series progresses you might cringe a little if you go back to read the first attempt. The writing is a little flat, and sometimes jumps back and forth from strange old English to modern, and the relationships progress rather fast and conveniently, but still a story emerged, and I hope it’s one that digs a little deeper in the next installment.
KatieBGS More than 1 year ago
Halith wants only to meet her fathe But when her mother sends her to foster care and lets her know that she will be having an arranged marriage she flees in the middle of the night taking nothing with her taking all her hopes away to an Abbey from her past. Arriving at the Abbey she learns her only alternative to a loveless marriage is to become a warrior. Her inexperience is a major hinderance as she trains under Captain Garrin and completes quests to become stronger and learn how to become more than she was before. An interesting concept, but quite reminisant of a fantasy RPG and some quests seem a little pointless for her to do. Also her progress into becoming a warrior is very quick for a young woman but still an enjoyable read that I would recommend to anyone interested in fantasy
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
In Aessyra, war is imminent. The wise ponder the meaning of an ancient prophesy of destruction. Scattered across the land on fragments of parchment, these cryptic words consume them, spurring them into action... But what if the wise are wrong? Sixteen year old Halith only wants to meet her father, the High King, but her mother and a strange man have other plans for her. She is sent away for fosterage, 'for her own good'. Plans go astray, and Halith rails against her fate, longing to know who she really is in this world. As she begins her journey along the Way of the Warrior, she becomes entangled in the Third Great War, and learns the meaning of both friendship and betrayal. In the novel, Halith by Kirsten Kelly, the adventure begins when Halith leaves her mother after learning they plan on marrying her to someone that she does not love. Fleeing in the middle of the night, taking nothing with her, she heads into the deep forest in hopes of remembering her way back to the Abbey that was home to her long ago. Upon arriving she learns that if she does not want to go back to her mother and marriage plans then the Sister gives her the option of becoming a warrior. She aims to make her father proud and even though she is inexperienced under Captain Garrin, she hopes to earn her way in the world ridding the land of thieves and goblins to pay for her training. She is alone and though she remains strong, she still has a lot to learn before the war begins. I received this book compliments of Pump Up Your Book Tours and Kirsten Kelly for my honest review and was hooked from the very beginning. Reminiscent of Lord of the Rings but dealing with a young girl named Halith, trying to make it in a difficult world that is preparing for war among thieves, goblins, orcs, dwarves and elves, she will learn who she can trust and who will ultimately betray her. What makes the character unique is her strength, bravery and courage in the face of all that she comes up against. At sixteen, I know just leaving for a long journey alone not knowing what I would face, would have challenged me. Halith is a great character for young women to look up to. This book is available in paperback and eBook formats and in my opinion rates a 5 out of 5 stars. The content is amazing, filled with detail and action on every page, you feel you are a quiet observer along for the ride of your life.
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