The First

The First

by Lisa M. Green


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A tale of myth, mystery, and a past long forgotten...

An ancient secret could hold the key to their salvation... or their destruction.

Rinni and her brother Mori have been raised by their grandmother ever since the violent death of their parents. The Shadows, creatures who lurk beyond the walls of their village, kill anyone who attempts to leave.

But the biggest threat lies within their own village. Everyone and everything is dying, slowly and without hope of salvation.

The most vital beliefs of her people begin to unravel, the threads hopelessly bound up with the fate of those who left the village long ago.

Rinni discovers that those beliefs are based on a deception that will rock the foundation of her entire people. To save them, she must learn to open her heart and sacrifice... everything.

A standalone novel for lovers of mythic and dystopian fantasy. Get your copy of The First today!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780615958149
Publisher: Trident Publishing
Publication date: 02/05/2014
Pages: 328
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.73(d)

About the Author

Lisa M. Green is a speculative fiction author, as well as a high school English and Special Education teacher. She began writing at a very young age and even considered a career in screenwriting or journalism. Throughout her childhood, she drove everyone insane with her constant stories and plays. Friends and family were forced to watch--and often take part in--a plethora of theatrical performances. This passion for writing won her the very notable and prestigious Fourth Grade Writing Award in elementary school; she was very proud. Ms. Green also enjoys reading, cooking, traveling, hiking, and playing video games that girls aren't supposed to like.

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The First 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
kleokatra More than 1 year ago
Captivating. I'm not even sure how to classify this book. Apocalyptic - yes; SyFy - yes; Exciting - yes; Fast-packed-adventure - yes. It's an incredible twist on the end times without really being biblical or preachy. The times bible verses or passages were mentioned, I never felt as if I were being lectured - more like the villagers were discovering some lost history and figuring how to deal with it. It kinda reminded me of "The Time Machine" without actually having anything to do with that story. I highly recommend this book. 
John_Estes More than 1 year ago
Lisa M. Green creates an entire fantasy culture in a stand-alone novel. The story begins with a maze of seemingly unconnected mysteries and proceeds to weave them all together into a solid, beautiful, and captivating tale. It is not a relaxing read – it will stretch your mind a bit. It’s worth it, because once the groundwork for the mysteries is laid, you’ll go for a breath-taking ride! And I hope you like surprises. The style is both superb and unique. It doesn’t remind me of anything I’ve read. But the characters are as playful and colorful as those of Lewis while the theme can at times be as dark as MacDonald’s “Lilith”. If you like your entertainment with a side of challenge, read this book.
Milinpink More than 1 year ago
I WAS GIVEN THIS BOOK FOR FREE IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW. Wow.....Ok well at first I struggled to get through this book. I am an action girl, I ove my angst, banter, and action so to me the first half or so of tis book was slow and I had to force myself to pick it up. But am I oh so glad I kept going. The last 100 pages of this book had me hooked and I seriously have to give the author props for the beauty in this story. The writting style might not have spoke to me but I know others will feel right at home with it. Thank you for sharing this beauty with us. Well played Mrs. Green, Well played.
ConnieBretes More than 1 year ago
The heroine in the story lives in a village. She and her family are part of a group that is responsible for keeping the fire burning so that the ‘shadows’ don’t come near the village. In the course of the story, she comes to the conclusion that there are hidden secrets. Secrets that the elders don’t want her to know. She travels down the road of discovery to find out the secrets and to bring safety to her love ones. The book is quite original and an enjoyable read. I would recommend it for someone who enjoys fantasy.
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Devon_boo More than 1 year ago
For several months, I’d waited for The First to be released, truly tempted to read the sample chapters from Lisa’s website, but knew I’d much rather wait for the full version on my Kindle so I could take in the story as a whole . . . and the wait was very worth it. Lisa takes her readers on an fantastic journey straight from the inside out, fairly turning the main character (Rinni) on her head with startling revelations about herself, her people, and the lifestyle and world she once took for granted and thought she understood, with a wholly unexpected ending that’s sure to make readers think. It sparked my want to read the story again, not only because it’s a well-written book, but also to see with more clarity and foresight how connections are made from start to finish. Certainly Lisa has taken great pains to polish the prose in The First to a near-perfect shine, and has created a world with characters so very much alive, they practically grab you by the hand and immerse you into the unfolding tale—everything a great book should be and should do for a reader. Did I have a couple of niggles? Sure I did. But even though the main character voiced her direct thoughts immediately after (which, to my editor’s mind, lent itself to repetition), and Rinni’s reaction to a handful of situations bordered slightly on melodramatic, neither of these detracted from my overall enjoyment of the story. The First is a solid, well-written novel, all round. Truth be told, and in my humble opinion, it’s a sumptuous blend of some familiar books—it has the feel of The Giver, plus a bit of Wool, all tied up with a very slight smidgen of the Hunger Games—yet in the end, Lisa’s debut novel is an entity all its own, and a book I highly recommend for those looking to read a truly entertaining tale.
AnyTime_ReaderSF More than 1 year ago
I was given this book by the author Lisa M. Green for an honest review. This is the first book by this author and I feel Lisa will be an author to watch in the future. What do you do when you find out that you have not been told the truth about your village that you live in? For Corinne, her brother Mori, her boyfriend Bhradon their lives are turned upside down looking for the truth behind lies and half truths as they take a journey to find out what the secrets are that people are hiding. This book is not for everyone and those that do not like fantasy book will not really enjoy this book but those of us who enjoy this type of book is will be a very good read. Every now and then there was a bump in the story line that I was not sure of but for a first book it was not bad, all in all the characters and story line flow was very good. For any fantasy reader of any age this should be on your list of "to read" shelf.