In front of strangers they were meek, very well mannered and cautious. I can remember my thoughts the first time I saw and realized they were completely different from MY cousins. MY cousins climbed tree's, rode horses, fished and hunted with my brother and me. They helped at harvst time the cousin who was the same age as me was taller and stronger until we were 15 , wrestled hay bales and then helped our Mom's put the meals on the table while the menfolk rested. I felt Cat was that kind of person. Though the discovery of "strange new powers" was shocking, I thought Cat's reaction was appropriate.
I would have probably been at least as upset if a strong explosion had knocked me on my buttocks and did the damage the first evidencing of her coming powers displayed. A small community's reaction to something strange is well documented you might rember Salem. Some of the later parts of the book dragged in spots, but never enough for me to consider abandoning the book.
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I strongly recommend this book for someone wanting a fun read. Strongly, with no hesitation. Though this was Indie published, it didn't suffer from bad grammer; to, two and too were correctly used; shudder was not spelled shutter, and Caps were used appropriatly. He probably had both his spell check and grammer check turned on.
Oct 15, Erica rated it liked it. Seventeen year old farm girl Catrin was just an ordinary student. That is, before her powers began to awaken. In an effort to save a classmate from harm, she unleashes her magic on the bullies, creating an explosion. She has no idea why she suddenly has these powers, and she must embark on a journey to save her homeland from evil.
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There is a lot of prose, some of it rather nice. It just seems to move too slowly, and I get a little more description than ne Seventeen year old farm girl Catrin was just an ordinary student. It just seems to move too slowly, and I get a little more description than necessary of unimportant things. There is a well developed history to this fantasy world, which I appreciated.
Much of it is presented in the beginning in the form of a lesson, which is a fine choice. Catrin is an interesting girl and someone who I think young readers can relate to. The story seems to move too quickly in some spots. The separations within chapters switch between characters or time of day and I really felt there were just too many of them. Maybe I have a preference for shorter chapters, but it seemed like sometimes there was too much in one chapter, and breaking it up more would have helped. All in all, young fans of fantasy will enjoy this tale.
I received a free copy of this story in exchange for an honest review. Aug 24, J. Begley rated it liked it. Overall, I liked this story.
If it would allow it I'd give it 3. I'd give it a 7 on a scale of 1 to The author made the protagonist a likable character. She truly cared about her friends and family and had a good work ethic. What I didn't like about this story is the author sometimes got a little overly descriptive about some things that shouldn't matter. The other things that bothered me Overall, I liked this story.
The other things that bothered me were a few logic holes. The author went out of his way to make sure we knew one of the characters thought that belief in a god was once necessary for explaining what couldn't be understood, but 'enlightened', 'modern' people had no such needs for belief in a deity. And yet, these same people accept a year old prophesy without skepticism. Magic in this world follows the interesting premise of only being available for years between year stretches. Okay, fair enough, but in the years since the last magic cycle it seems very little has changed.
The same religious empire that dominated the world back then not only still existed, but the religion hasn't seemed to change much either.
In three thousand years of our own history, you'll be hard pressed to find a nation that lasts for years. One may point to China, but China was really a long series of different kingdoms and empires. In years, nations rise and fall, religions will go from small to big to small again and languages will become unrecognizable from an earlier version. Otherwise, this was a fairly good story. May 29, Patricia Hamill rated it really liked it Shelves: Catrin is a girl caught up in events beyond her control. A power granted by the mysterious Istra and its companion comets, which are fast approaching the world of Godsland and bringing with it an age of power and strife.
I always enjoy a good coming into powers story, and this one was no disappointment Catrin is a girl caught up in events beyond her control. I always enjoy a good coming into powers story, and this one was no disappointment. I also found the rapport between Catrin and her companions natural and entertaining. The relationships are believable. Still, it was well-executed and fit into the story. As for the action and the pacing, this story does both exceedingly well. Overall, I enjoyed this story.
I would recommend it to folks who enjoy fantasy with a good mix of action and banter. Feb 24, Robert Rumble rated it really liked it. When I stared reading the book I had no idea of the adventure that I would take.
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Journey with Catrin a teenage farm girl that suddenly develops strong magical powers. Shortly after first time her powers manifest, her country is invaded and she must learn to cope with her new found powers while staying one step ahead of the invading army looking for her. Catrin and a few friends must leave their homes and travel across the land of Godfist as they struggle to survive while deciding their next course of action.
Rathbone does a good job of moving the story along while adding some good imagery. Apr 04, Andrew Ferrell rated it really liked it. Took me some time to finally get to this one on my to be read list, but once I did I found myself stealing a minute whenever I could. Even if I only had time to read a page or two, I was taking it.
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I was sucked in from the first few pages right to the end. Brian creates a believable fantasy world complete with religion and a rich history. The main focus of the story is a young girl named Catrin caught in the trap of prophecy. Catrin is a simple country girl with a lot of heart and common sense, b Took me some time to finally get to this one on my to be read list, but once I did I found myself stealing a minute whenever I could.
Catrin is a simple country girl with a lot of heart and common sense, beloved by her friends and despised by the more "aristocratic" members of her small town. When the bullies attack one of her friends, prophecy becomes reality. Catrin and her friends are sent on a harrowing expedition to find somewhere, anywhere that Catrin will be safe from those who seek the Herald of prophecy.
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Sep 14, TDCbookreviews rated it it was amazing. Catrin, a young woman who lived a quiet life is put into an extremely dangerous situation when one fateful night throws her onto a path she never asked for. Powers she never even knew she had causes her to be declared the Herald of Istra. A prophesied being who will destroy the world as her people know it.
Forced to go on the run will Catrin be able to harness her powers and save everyone she holds dear? This book is a must read for any fantasy fan.
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Rathbone has woven a beautifully detailed w Catrin, a young woman who lived a quiet life is put into an extremely dangerous situation when one fateful night throws her onto a path she never asked for. Rathbone has woven a beautifully detailed world. He draws you in with the mystery of Catrin and holds you entranced with the non-stop action!
The characters are brought to life and I loved the fact that it was multiple views. It gives a depth to the world and shows how the actions of the few key players can have a ripple effect. It was enjoyable and painted great mental pictures, which only added to the experience. While I had no problem with the writing per se, I did have some issues with the plot and character development. Our main character, a farm girl, becomes a leader with very little in between.
The transition and the shift in her personality was a major bump in an otherwise seamless story. Bumps like these make me snap out of the books trance. It almost felt like two different people were writing, one for the first half and another for the second. Aug 25, Flora Viggiano rated it it was amazing. The book has a strong female heroine. Catrin is an amazing young girl who sticks up for her friends even if it puts her in harms way. The small provincial town she is from is full of legends and myths about an ominous comet. When it arrives Catrin and her friends learn just what they are made of.