Imperial Hostage (The Destruction Series, #1)
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Imperial Hostage (Destruction #1)

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From the moment 12-year-old Prince Erechtheus docks in Poseidia, capital of the Empire, to be a hostage for 13 years, nothing in his life is easy - or safe. An unexpected and foreboding prophecy, uttered by a blind seer, puts the prince immediately in the crosshairs of Al-Jinn, the powerful and paranoid High Priest from the Temple of Bel. In a fit of perverse desperation,...more
Hardcover, 264 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by JournalStone
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Amy
Being a prisoner is being a prisoner no matter how nicely someone treats you. Prince Erech learns this that hard way. Taken as a preteen from his home he is taken as a hostage until he reaches the age of 25. These hostages are kept to teach them about the Empire to be used as ambassadors or at least help to educate their homelands about the ways and history.

When Erech first arrives, a prophecy is made about him. This prophecy leads him to be almost killed in a religious ceremony, naked and in f...more
Marvin
First of all, a big thank you to Journalstone for sending me a review copy of Imperial Hostage.

To be honest, I was not sure I should be reviewing this book. I'm not all that familiar with YA novels and alternate worlds fantasies usually leave me a bit indifferent. But I was not too far into this book when I realized I have started a very special journey. Phil Cantrill has an amazing gift for creating a alternate world with incredible detail. His world seems a little Greco-Roman yet appears to be...more
Christopher Payne
From the moment 12-year-old Prince Erechtheus docks in Poseidia, capital of the Empire, to be a hostage for 13 years, nothing in his life is easy – or safe.

An unexpected and foreboding prophecy, uttered by a blind seer, puts the prince immediately in the crosshairs of Al-Jinn, the powerful and paranoid High Priest from the Temple of Bel. In a fit of perverse desperation, Al-Jinn and several other priests ravenously abuse Erech before placing him on an altar for ritual sacrifice to Lord Bel. Onl...more
Cassie McCown
Imperial Hostage: Book One of the Destruction Trilogy
By: Phil Cantrill
ISBN: 9781936564064
Expected publication: June 3, 2011 by JournalStone
Available Format: Paperback

My Rating: ★★★★☆

Shortly after Prince Erechtheus arrives as hostage in Poseidia, the capital of the Empire, a blind seer shakes his world with an ominous prophecy. Al-Jinn, a dark, powerful High Priest of the Temple of Bel, is threatened by the foretelling and begins to abuse Prince Erech, finally preparing him as a sacrifice for Lor...more
Katy
Aug 26, 2011 Katy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys a good coming-of-age story set in a magical world
Recommended to Katy by: Creative Reviews book club
“Imperial Hostage” is the first book in a trilogy, and outlines the time during which Erech, a young prince from Attiké, lives in the lands of the Empire as a hostage. He is brought there as a boy and grows to a man of 25 before he is allowed to go home. He makes friends and enemies, and successfully survives the intrigues of an evil priest who is determined to kill him to remove the threat foretold by an ancient seer.

This book is labeled as Young Adult, but (while they are not explicitly shown)...more
Krystal
When one is being held prisoner, one must endure. Prince Erech learns this as he is removed from his home as a preteen and forced into being a prisoner until the age of 25. Erech never has it easy, even from the beginning, he is told that he will die as a sacrifice in front of a temple's congregation-naked. He barely survives this ordeal only to fall into another. Attempts are made to kill him when he is moved to another temple. His appearance and personality are desired by some and hated by oth...more
Tracy Smith
Tragedies, prophecies, friendships, and lots of heart create the story of an "Imperial Hostage."

Taken from his home and entred as a hostage for the next twelve years, young Erech, Prince of Attike, must face terrible atrocities at the hands of the priests of the Temple of Bel before finding comfort and solace at the Temple of One. Follow his story as he makes numerous friendships and discovers powers within himself to survive many personal attacks aimed to do away with him completely. Will he l...more
Mysti Parker
Phil Cantrill's debut novel mixes the magic of ancient Greece with an imaginative fantasy world. I read this book as part of an online book club, and I'm so glad this one was chosen. It follows the life of Prince Erechtheus (Erech) from young boy to young man. Erech begins the book as a "hostage"--sent from his home province to appease the Empire. He ends up in the clutches of Al-Jinn, high priest of the Temple of Bel. After an old prophetess proclaims that Erech will lead to Al-Jinn's demise, 1...more
Kitty Bullard
PHIL CANTRILL'S "IMPERIAL HOSTAGE" (REVIEW)

This book is not just a coming of age story, it's a story about life in a time long forgotten. Written for the YA genre the lessons contained in this book are great for the younger generation. Ai-Ram loses her family to an unforeseen disaster and is taken to the Empire, Erech a young prince is taken hostage, his fate the same, when they meet they form a friendship that is paramount to their survival. Along with the other young acolytes of the Empire und...more
Maxine
Prince Erechtheus arrives in Poseidia as a hostage where he must remain until he turns twenty-five. A blind seer predicts that he would be the downfall of Al-Jinn, the high priest of the temple of Bel. To prevent this, Al-Jinn tries to have him sacrificed. However, Erech is rescued at the last minute and taken to the Temple of One. Here, he is treated well and makes friends. But Al-Jinn hasn't given up and Erech's life is constantly in danger.

Imperial Hostage is the first book in Phil Cantrill's...more
Krizia Anna
This book has all the potentials but the author did not made use of them. It was all over the place. There were things that was supposed to be removed, left out because it was not important to the story. Bad things never seem to happen to Erech except at the beginning and towards the end. He's young but he seems to be good in everything and it seems every girl in the world loves him. He sleeps with every one who wears a skirt except for Ai-Ram. Same thing with Ai-Ram, she's too good at everythin...more
Janice Crespo
Definitely a good book to read - with or without your teens - I wasn't sure that I would enjoy this, now looking forward to the next book. Well written!
Lexi
I received this book from LibraryThing Early Reviewers. Please ignore the cover, which is, I think, the world's ugliest cover. I couldn't stand looking at it the whole time I was reading the book. It looks like a third grader drew it.

I believe the book is for YA audiences, but it is hard to tell, as there was some sexually suggestive content and quite a bit of gore. It covers the time that Prince Erechtheus of Attike' spends as a hostage in the kingdom of Poseidia. I wasn't really clear about W...more
Avry15
originally appeared on:Bookshelf Confessions

*I won a free copy of this e-book in a LibraryThing Member Giveaway*

don't be fooled by the cover of the book, for underneath it lies a story so heart-warming and full of noble acts, bravery and heroism.
i could say this book is more of an epic! the story is good especially for those people who seem to love the ways of the past,..but this one doesn't lose the touch of what it is we're after today..
the author did a good mix of heroism, tragedy, prophecies...more
Linda
Erechtheus is to be sent to Posiedia, capital of the empire, as a hostage because his home country is required by the empire. Before he leaves his father advises him to learn all he can about their culture so they can learn the empire's strengths and weaknesses. As a hostage, at the age of twelve, Erech is sent to the Temple of Bel where he meets an old, blind priestess who prophecies that Erech will be their doom. During their attempts to destroy Erech, the priests of The Temple of One arrive j...more
Dale Ibitz
This is an epic fantasy, spanning the life of Prince Erech from age 12 through 25. In the world that the author has created, Poseida is the capital of the Empire. The vasal states of the empire are required to send hostages to Poseida in order to teach them their ways and their religion. Poseida has competing temples, each struggling for power. When 12 year-old Erech reaches the Temple of Bel, he is identified by an old crone, a seer, as the doom of the high priest of Bel, Al-Jinn. The priests o...more
Anna Dye
This is a good story that will be liked by older teens and adults. It has its share of mythological creatures like birdmen, centaurs, giant poisonous hounds and more along with all the human races in the tale. It is a great book to learn about friendship, loyalty, and what the power of knowledge can bring to a child until he turns into a man.
Erech is the prince of Pelasgoi and the next king of his people. As such he is taken from his home when he is ten years old to be trained in the customs of...more
Franny
I received this book as a winner in the Goodreads First Reads giveaway. When I received my copy in the mail, I was a little disappointed about the possiblities of this book because I must admit that I tend to judge a book by its cover. The cover of this book was not that interesting so I thought the book might not be that great. I was wrong. Imperial Hostage was a great story. Erech, the main character, is sent to be a hostage at a young age and must stay to learn the ways of the Empire until he...more
Rachel
I got uncomfortable in the first chapter and it didn't go away as I continued to read. It didn't help I miss read the back and thought it was something other than what it was (also for some reason thought this was a young adult book, probably because the main characters are like 12 when the book starts). The book taught stuff I don't believe are true such as the good guys from the temple that saved the main character didn't believe in a god, they acctually say there is no God and we are all unit...more
Courtney
Imperial Hostage, Book 1 in a trilogy, was good. It had a young adult feel because some adult topics were alluded to but never really discussed or stated out right.

The story itself is one of a young boy, Erechtheus, growing up and maturing in a foreign land, known as the Empire, as a hostage. In the empire, a group of priests try over and over again to kill him. These attempts on Erechtheus' life are underlying story of the book. Besides trying to stay alive we see Erechtheus learn about love,...more
Tammy Ramey
i greatly enjoyed the hero of the book and that he was an independant and smart men. all of
the characters were intriguing and full of depth and vitallity. it was very easy to become emotionally connected to each of the characters and to empathize with them and what they were going through.i was a joy to watch them grow and change and become the people they wanted to be. if you love a book that makes you feel laughter,sadness, angry and all of the other emtions it is that we feel as people then...more
Irina
I was quite happily surprised by this book. The cover art suggests that this is a story for children, however, it touches on a lot of mature themes that older teens and adults alike can relate to. I enjoyed reading the story, but there were a few characterization issues that made me cringe a little. If I get the chance I will definitely be reading the rest of the series.
Lizzie
This book had everything I needed for entertainment at the end of the day. It was the perfect way for me to just absorb myself in something totally unreal. Yet it always has the hint of famialiar ness to it. I can't wait for the next chapter of Erech's life to come out.
Cyndi
I received this book as a Goodreads First Reads winner. The book cover does not do the content justice. The epic story of Prince Erech's journey from childhood to adulthood whilst beset with the challenges of captivity and a foreboding prophecy are riveting.
Ivy
I liked the book and the characters a lot in this book. They seemed to grow before my eyes. Though at times I felt some of the contain was too mature for a YA status.
Abc
Sep 19, 2011 Abc marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I won this book in a giveaway. Thank you.
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Creative Reviews: Mysti's Review of Imperial Hostage by Phil Cantrill 16 26 Sep 05, 2011 08:04PM  
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Phil Cantrill grew up on a farm near Orange, New South Wales. He has been an avid eclectic reader since he was old enough to hold a picture book.

After graduating from High School, Phil worked for the government while studying law at night but says his most interesting and rewarding lessons have been in the university of life.

Following admission as a barrister he practiced law in various parts of A...more
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