The Butterfly Crest

The Butterfly Crest

by Eva Vanrell

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An ancient war. A long-told prophecy. A cursed inheritance.

If you were destined to die, how would you choose to live?

Between the shadows of the human world, a war as old as time is being fought. Ageless pantheons scheme to obtain or keep control, provoked by the weight of human belief which has altered the realm of the divine.

An ancient prophecy speaks of a human woman who will alter the course of this divine war, a descendant of a Great House mired in misfortune and blood, whose history was shaped by the cruelty of the gods.

On a day as unremarkable as any other, Elena Vicens, a young woman living a seemingly ordinary life, receives a letter about a deposit box belonging to her mother, nineteen years after her mother's death. When this letter sends her on a journey halfway across the world from New Orleans to Japan, Elena unknowingly comes into possession of a cursed inheritance. She is suddenly thrust into a world of myths and legends, where the intangible and the strange are the fabric of everyday life, and deathless gods vie for victory at any cost.

As allies converge to help Elena fulfill the prophecy, one of whom is struggling with his own inheritance, Elena must choose for herself the measure of her own destiny.

>>>Finalist in the 2014 Readers' Favorite International Book Award Contest.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780997704709
Publisher: The Ojime Group
Publication date: 10/04/2016
Series: Protogenoi Series , #1
Edition description: 2nd ed.
Pages: 436
Sales rank: 405,580
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.97(d)

About the Author

Author. Attorney. New Orleanian. Lover of Cherry Ring Pops. Confirmed Japanophile. Dreamer. Sometimes Obsessive. Blunt to a Fault. Wishful-Thinker. Tea and Anime Compulsive. Diehard.

In the beginning of 2011, Eva took a blind leap of faith to pursue what she loved most. The result of that journey is her debut novel, The Butterfly Crest. She is currently working on Book Two of the series, so please stay tuned.

Eva lives in New Orleans with her husband, two cats and a Japanese maple.

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The Butterfly Crest 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
BlueEyeBooks More than 1 year ago
Thank you to the author, Eva Vanrell, for gifting me with a copy of The Butterfly Crest in exchange for an honest review! I’ll start off this review by saying I really don’t know much about any pantheons aside from the Greek and Roman ones. So this book was so informative for me to learn more about Japanese culture and other pantheons. So. One thing I learned while I was reading this was to pay attention to the names. You really have to remember them and remember their relevance to the MC. It almost reminded me of an Agatha Christie book just regarding the number of important characters. It is semi-important that you’re at least aware of the different pantheons and what they consist of - it helped me so much to keep everything straight! I did really like how the author incorporated all of the pantheons in modern day society. She integrated them so well and so realistically. It almost reminded me of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series just because of the way that it was integrated in society. As for the characters, I did really like the MC. She was nicely developed and I could sympathize with her (not really empathize because I haven’t ever been in a situation like hers!). I did see the romance between her and another character (if you read it you’ll figure it out pretty quickly!). It seemed sort of typical but the journey to get there was anything but. Which leads me to the ending! The ending was absolutely crazy! You know when you look down at the percent and you see you’re almost done? Well that happened when something EPIC and CRAZY and HEART-BREAKING happened and I thought that was the end. Rest assured, it isn’t! It’s safe to say that I was crying at the end it was so emotional. The ending also took the MC somewhere I had thought about but didn’t really place her. I’d be interested in reading the next book to see how she fares! The Final Verdict: Though it did drag on in parts and the romance was a bit predictable, I loved the different pantheons and how they were incorporated into modern society. Be careful to keep track of all the characters and you’ll love it! 4 stars
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite The Butterfly Crest: (The Protogenoi Series) by Eva Vanrell is a fantasy filled fiction that is contemporary and exotic. Elena Vicens' life takes a turn when she receives a letter one day regarding a deposit box belonging to her mother. This letter comes to her nineteen years after her mother's death and the letter sends her from New Orleans to Japan. She finds herself in possession of a cursed inheritance and the story takes off from there. Readers find themselves in the midst of legends and myths, the strangeness of everyday life, a human woman who will shape the outcome of the divine war and, amid all this, Elena must choose her own destiny. It is an intriguing, imaginative and very original story with many layers and that makes it a compelling read. It moves between the tangible and intangible, giving the story a surreal feel and keeping readers guessing about the outcome. The narration is descriptive and gives more clarity to the plot. It is an exceptional read. Elena is an interesting character that has been portrayed vividly and wonderfully. Her presence dominates the story throughout, holding the plot together. There is a mysterious vibe in the theme, enhanced by the description of Elena's character. The shifts in the story that occur between the two locations and the afterlife give it a new dimension and make it an even more attractive and exceptional book to read.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lisa Jones for Readers' Favorite SPOILER ALERT - This review contains spoilers in the first paragraph. The Butterfly Crest by Eva Vanrell is an intriguing yet complex novel which depicts the story of the gods. Elena's life changes forever after she receives word from Japan and sets off on a journey to claim what she thinks is a substantial estate left to her by her late mother. This is the beginning of her realization of what her heritage actually is. She is, in fact, the heir to a cursed race and many believe her to be what the prophecies speak of. Soon she is reunited with her parents and the hand of death is by her side throughout, protecting her every move. Her feelings for death grow stronger with each passing moment and death shows himself in the form a beautiful man named Eiry. As the sands of time run out, Elena races to fulfill the prophecy and, even when all is considered doomed, her humanity is what may save her - even in death. Eva Vanrell delivers a fascinating novel in The Butterfly Crest. I loved this novel and was totally mesmerized by the gods and the mythology of the era. Although the story was complex with many different characters, it is worth taking your time to digest each detail as it allows the reader to become submerged within the pages. The main character, Elena, showed tremendous strength and courage throughout, and the author's love of Japan and Greek mythology became quickly apparent in the book. The story provided a wonderful insight into such subjects. Vanrell also added an air of mystery throughout, which made the ending totally unpredictable. I liked it so much because the reader was kept guessing all the way through. Although there are many beings and characters, each one of them was unique in their own way, which I found endearing. I was totally lost within the author's imagination and would recommend this novel to all.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Kathryn Bennett for Readers' Favorite The Butterfly Crest by Eva Vanrell takes us between the shadows of the human world where a war that is as old as time is raging. A long-told prophecy says one human woman will change the course of the divine war and one day Elena - a seemingly regular woman living a normal life - gets a letter about a deposit box in her mother’s name. This letter and the contents of the box are a cursed inheritance and send Elena on a journey that could only be considered mythical and unbelievable. She must make choices to see where destiny takes her. This is a great story that merges two different realms almost seamlessly into one another and makes a complex story entertaining and compelling. The action was fast and the pace of the book was perfect. Elena is a fantastic character whom I found to be intelligent and strong, but who has to find her way in an impossible situation, giving her even more depth as well. Eva Vanrell has created a strong story with a beautifully strong female main character, in a world and with a story line that is imaginative and unique. I have read many fantasy style stories that offer a similar version of wars that have been going on for all time, but this has been by far one of the most well thought out and well put together plots. If you are looking for a read for the summer that will have you hooked within the first pages and hold your interest until the very end, leaving you wanting more … then this is your book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Butterfly Crest was a wonderful story with memorable characters. I’m a fan of fantasy and the paranormal and this gives plenty of both. I was introduced to new creatures that inspired my own research into the haunts of other cultures. I had several favorite characters but the one that was king of them all was Eiry. He was so caught up in his duty to Elena that he was completely unaware of his own emotions. There are so many things I would like to put into this review but all would give special parts of the story away. So I’ll just say I hope that this is just the beginning to an amazing and exciting new mythology.