As family and friends are taken from their midst and turned to a life of mindless devotion to their new Master, the creatures of Fayen begin to lose hope. But none of this suffering has reached the peaceful island where Beryl lives with her grandparents. Then one day her family is attacked, and Beryl is forced to flee the only home she’s ever known. As she travels, Beryl discovers who, and what, she really is.
Torn between self-doubt and the blind courage that comes from necessity, she marches bravely to confront evil, meeting friends and enemies along the way.
Spireseeker is the debut epic fantasy tale by novelist E.D.E. Bell in which the heroine, Beryl, is forced from the only home she's ever known and must discover her true identity in order to confront one of her own kind, before the evil Aegra is able to enslave all of Fayen’s creatures.
2014 Midwest Book Awards Finalist
|Publisher:||Atthis Arts LLC|
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About the Author
E.D.E. Bell is a graduate of the University of Michigan with an MSE in Electrical Engineering and works as an advisor in technical intelligence. After hours, she pursues her dream of writing epic fantasy with the support of her husband and three amazing children. A passionate vegan and enthusiastic denier of gender rules, she feels strongly about issues related to human equality and animal compassion and loves to inspire thought through her writing. She loves cats and trees.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Lisa Jones for Readers' Favorite Spireseeker by E.D.E Bell is a fantasy novel based on a unicorn elf named Beryl Spireseeker. She is a protector of the creatures of Fayden and has been sent to stop the evil elf Aegra. She finds a human named Kick and together they endeavor to overturn Aegra. Even the discovery that Jura and Tann were, in fact, not her real grandparents did not alter their relationship. The bonds of friendship and loyalty are a strong factor when faced with the ugly perils of evil. As Beryl begins her own self-discovery, she meets with the unicorns to whom she is forever bonded and she finally feels her destiny. Each elf is blessed with a power and Beryl has the power to heal, which is ironic as she grew up being a cripple for many years. Will good triumph against evil here? I thought that E.D.E Bell delivered a wonderful fantasy adventure that was both creative and original. Spireseeker is fresh and exciting and the story flowed consistently. Each character became well developed as the story went on and the bond between Beryl and her grandparents was touching. I especially liked the fact that the story was not rushed and ran fluidly. The plot was very clever with twists throughout. I found that the author kept up the interest of the reader with a creative flair that was delightful. Each character and animal had their own interesting story, which I also found endearing. The overall appearance and style of the book are of a high standard as well as the theme and subject matter. My only criticism is that the ending could have been a little longer to flow as consistently as the rest of the novel, but this is of little significance to the deliverance of a wonderful story. In conclusion, Spireseeker by E.D.E. Bell is a truly refreshing and captivating story. It has earned a place within the great realms of the world of fantasy fiction.
"Spireseeker is an epic fantasy tale by debut novelist E.D.E. Bell in which the heroine, Beryl, is forced from the only home she’s ever known and must discover her true identity in order to confront one of her own kind, before the evil Aegra is able to enslave all of Fayen’s creatures. Please join us in sharing this creative new novel about Beryl, a young elf who discovers that she is not who she thinks she is but instead is looked to as the one remaining hope to save her home. Communicating with the diverse creatures of the land, Beryl and her unlikely companion march through mountains, forests, and deserts to defeat evil—even as that evil seeks to destroy them first. Though a classic fantasy tale, we promise this one will be unlike any you’ve read. Experience it today!" Pages: 576 Publisher: Atthis Arts LLC — It’s worth noting that this is an indie published book that has seriously awesome formatting. Even I, an indie publisher myself, could hardly recognize this as anything less than Simon and Schuster. Date: 2013 Best thing about Spireseeker: Easy. Beryl, the main character. I’m not usually a fan of puppy-dog characters. (I mean that in the nicest way possible.) She’s innocent and naïve and sweet as a button and somehow I actually really liked her for it. I normally like my characters a bit more snarky and dysfunctional, but that’s just not Beryl. She’s far from perfect. Her naiveté and leads her into greater danger, but somehow she pulls out of it. Normally her friends bail her out. #storyofmylife The next best thing about Spireseeker is the world building. Look, I’m a fantasy author myself, but Bell really worked hard at this. It’s developed and consistent. I kind of wanted to curl up with Beryl and stay there forever. Worst thing about Spireseeker: I’m having a hard time coming up with a “worst.” While 576 pages is a big investment, it never felt like 576 pages to me. Other reviews written complain of a slow spot, but I never hit that ice patch. IT’S EPIC FANTASY, GUYS. It’s ‘posed to be descriptive. It’s not overly descriptive though. Audience: This book is appropriate for young kids that love fantasy stories. In reality, I think ages 8 and up would really like this. There’s a sweet simplicity about this story that would make it enjoyable. Things that I thought were interesting: + Most of the characters had functional, yet simple names. IE- a character that identified with cats is Jura Clawstretcher. + The elves in this book have no gender. They aren’t born, either. They just kind of wake up. + Christian tones run underneath, but never take over. + It has unicorns. Throws glitter. + Beryl is able to communicate with animals. Bell does a good job of actually creating a culture for each animal species that is pretty consistent with the behaviors that we know the animals for. (Spoiler: Cats were demanding. Gasp. You’re shocked, aren’t you?) Overall: 4 out of 5 stars. I liked it enough I contributed to the authors kickstarter campaign for her next book. See that here if you’re interested. *drops mic*
For me, Spireseeker had a Wind in the Willows kind of quality to it, in the fact that I just wanted to snuggle in with the characters and stay. I got very comfortable in that world and familiar with the characters. One of the things that this book really had going for it was Beryl, the MC. I don't typically enjoy characters with such naiveté and innocence, but I really like Beryl. I think it helps that the other characters in the book openly acknowledge it, as they are always bailing her out. It's a journey story, so it was constantly changing and introducing new characters, which made it very fluid. The book is very well put together and easy to read. There have been some reports that it's a slow book, and I can see that parts they mean, but didn't really hit that myself. When I tackle epic fantasy, I do it expecting more scenes with history and description. I felt like she had some scenes that really just got us more oriented in the world but didn't necessarily move the action forward, but I think any love of epic fantasy will find it to their liking. The only thing that I could really say stuck out to me about the book is that some of the conversation felt stilted/contrived. You could tell it was set up that way to give information regarding the world, but in the 575 pages that was only a few times. Overall, I really like this book and plan to follow the author for future works. It would be a great read for a younger audience of 8-10, as well as adults that enjoy a feel-good, clean story.