The Key of Amatahns

The Key of Amatahns

by Elisabeth Wheatley

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BN ID: 2940157174613
Publisher: Elisabeth Wheatley
Publication date: 12/24/2016
Series: Argetallam Saga , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 95,114
File size: 452 KB

About the Author

Elisabeth Wheatley began what would be her first novel at eleven and hasn’t stopped writing since. When she’s not daydreaming of elves, vampires, and/or princes in need of rescuing, she can be found wasting time on the internet, fangirling over her latest obsession, and pretending to be a functional citizen.

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The Key of Amatahns 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
SherryF More than 1 year ago
The Key of Amatahn by Elisabeth Wheatley is her debut novel, and part of a trilogy. I have read her Fanged novellas and they blew me away, so I asked her for a copy of The Key of Amatahns. I am excited to embark on another adventure with this amazingly talented young author. Janir and her mother were sent away from Adasha, but they never made it to their destination. Janir was saved by an elf and Amandius took her in. She is now a member of the Caersynn household, even though she is the daughter of the ruler of Argetallam. The Argetallam are the Invincible. They feared and detested by all, because of their ruthlessness and powerful magic. Lucan, Janir’s brother hated her. She is older, therefore would inherit the role of leader. He is mean, jealous, arrogant and self serving. I don’t think he would make a very good ruler. Lucan would do anything to find the Key and the Temple. An unfortunate incident and she is on the run again, this time into the forest on her own. She meets up with Karile who appears to be a bumbling enchanter. Saoven, an elf, is sent by Amandius to protect her and the three of them bond together to hunt for The Key To Amatahn. The Key could lead to the world’s end if it were to fall into the wrong hands. Once they have the Key, the pace picks up as they are chased through the woods, dodging evil and magic at every turn. We have elves, wargs, mazag, dragons, enchanters… A cornucopia of magical creatures. And, of course, some mortals. It took me a while to get into the swing of this fantasy adventure. As I figured out the different characters and the fantasy world Elisabeth Wheatley built. The characters became friends of mine and I cheered them on in their race to find the Key and the Temple it will unlock. I enjoyed the journey and would recommend The Key of Amatahn by Elisabeth Wheatley to all you fantasy lovers out there. Janir, and Karile’s journey was a long, ugly, torturous one and it will not end here. The Key of Amatahn by Elisabeth Wheatley does not end with a cliffhanger, but leaves the story open for more fantasy adventure. I received a copy of The Key of Amatahn by Elisbeth Wheatley in return for an honest and unbiased review.
Intisar More than 1 year ago
What a fun, engaging, quick read! In her debut novel, teen author Elisabeth Wheatley delivers up a wonderful first installment of what promises to be a fascinating series. Janir is a likable and compassionate heroine--and while many heroines manage to be likable nowadays, compassion isn't something we see modeled that often, so she proved to be a wonderful find. I also enjoyed the fact that, although she can hunt, she is not a ninja, nor does she attempt to turn into one. Janir fights when she has to, but she'd rather not, and she certainly isn't a wizard with a blade. Speaking of wizards, I would like to personally thank Ms. Wheatley for giving the world the young enchanter Karile. He is the most wonderful depiction of obnoxious but lovable younger brother material I think I've ever come across in this genre (note: he's not actually Janir's brother, he just has that feel. Janir has a younger brother and lemme tell you, he's a piece of work!). Karile is the perfect comic relief, and yet he comes through in more serious moments, gets Janir into the best of scrapes, and then, sometimes, out of them, and...well, you'll just have to read The Key to enjoy him yourself. Ms. Wheatley's writing is generally very strong. The characters are well-rounded and each have their own unique voice, the plot has a few twists that will surprise you, and for as evil as a villain as we meet, we're left with a sense of complexity when it comes to understanding him. I did notice some passages that were awkward, and a couple places where the pacing was off, but it was not enough to take away from the read. I am looking forward to reading the next books in this series. Recommended for: fans of epic fantasy, strong heroines, younger brothers, and sword and sorcery.
Sarah_UK1 More than 1 year ago
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis.) Janir is 8 when her father sends her away. She may be the Lord of the Argetallams daughter, but she is also half Brevian (another race who the Argetallams fight with). When her party is attacked and her mother killed, Janir finds herself taken in and raised by a man called Armandius Caersynn, who as it turns out is actually her mother’s husband! (Her mother was captured by Argetallams and taken as a courtesan for their Lord!) However, 7 years later, when a visiting duke tries to stab Armandius during a dinner party, Janir finds herself driven mad with anger, and snaps the dukes neck. Knowing that this act will unveil Janir as half-Argetallam, Armandius sends her off to the moutains with a small amount of provisions and a horse, and tells her that he will send someone to find her if he can get her a pardon from the courts. Janir goes off alone with her horse, but soon comes across a sorcerer in a tree (Karile) who she helps. He joins her and they travel along together. Karileis searching for ‘the key of amatahns’, a legend says that all the magical powers of a warrior tribe was locked in a crystal chamber, and sealed with a key – if someone finds they key, and enters the chamber, they will absorb all of the magical powers, making them nearly unlimited magical powers. Karile says that the Argetallam’s are looking for the key, and that he wants to find it first and keep it from them, as the Argetallam’s are a fierce warrior race, and if they get their hands on the power, it will lead to the end of the world as they know it! Thus is the start of an epic YA fantasy adventure, filled with elves, dwarves, seers, enchantresses, ghosts, and all manner of other strange mythical creatures. This book was a great YA fantasy, and I would say that it is similar to ‘the lord of the rings’, only much easier to read! Janir is such a brave girl, and doesn’t let anything phase her. She totally takes every obstacle in her stride, and keeps going even when the situation seems dire! She really does come across all sorts on this adventure though, and there’s never a dull moment! This storyline just keeps springing new surprises all the time! I also liked the characters of Karile – the slightly batty sorcerer, and Armandius – Janir’s foster father. I also thought that Lucan (Janir’s half-brother) was a fantastic adversary. This book is very well written, I don’t think I came across a single spelling mistake in the whole book! I would never have guessed that the fantastic author of this book was only 16 when she wrote this! This is truly an amazing achievement! My favourite quote would have to be this one from the seeress - ‘do not flee from who you are. You will never get away’ – so funny and so true! Read this is you’re looking for an epic fantasy, that isn’t epically long! 6 out of 10
Cecilia11 More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars! It was a long time ago I read a real fantasy book and I can´t recall I have ever read a YA fantasy before! I LOVED THIS ONE! I was completely captured by the content of this book by page ONE. Some how I just think that fantasy should be written in third person. it works better some how and this book is. I usually give books a lower rating if they are written in third person because I like the books better in first person but with fantasy it works and always has for me so it was perfect! I loved Janir, she is strong without realizing it and she is very brave. And even though she is Argetallam she unbelievably kind and she is ashamed that she is Argetallam and that is something she struggles with. We also get to meet Karile who becomes a good but annoying friend to her. We also get to meet the mysterious elf Saoven who is a person I was curious of the entire story. This was such a great read with several interesting characters who kept the story intriguing and sometimes funny throughout the book. When I was finished with this I could not wait to get my hands on the next book in the series. If you want to read a great YA fantasy this year then you have to read this one. It was well written, with both action, humor and a sense of romance that hang in the air.