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Child of the Ghosts (The Ghosts #1)

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  1,840 Ratings  ·  183 Reviews
For fans of Marion Zimmer Bradley's "Sword & Sorceress", Tamora Pierce, Robin McKinley, and Jennifer Roberson, here is a new story of a woman's fight against an ancient evil.

When her life is torn apart by sorcery and murder, young Caina Amalas joins the Ghosts, the legendary spies and assassins of the Emperor of Nighmar. She learns the secrets of disguise and stealth,
Nook, 289 pages
Published May 25th 2011 by Jonathan Moeller
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Keith I've read the first two books and I'd say the story of each can stand alone - each resolves its central conflict at the end.

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Aug 20, 2016 Maki rated it really liked it
Man, was this a depressing book. I cringed a bit each time the main character was reminded that her ideal peaceful life was completely shattered. And it's mentioned every single time it can possibly be worked into a conversation. Or situation. You'd be reminded of it even when nobody was talking.

I'd say you get reminded of the tragedy that befell Caina almost as often as you do that she shouldn't fight fair, because she's a small woman.

I mean, I understand these sort of books. The story's politi
cEe beE
Sep 30, 2012 cEe beE rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Child of the Ghosts was much better than I expected for a free book! It's fortunately also the type of uncomplicated fantasy I prefer reading. The storyline is simple, and the plot follows a familiar tread. Despite that, the world building was rich, and is filled with many great characters. The main heroine, Caina Amalas is both sympathetic and strong. As a child, she was scorned and tormented by her mother, and she sought solace in books in the library with her beloved father. One day, her moth ...more
Christine Myers
May 17, 2012 Christine Myers rated it liked it
This book was one of the rare exceptions for me in overlooking mistakes that should have been caught by a copy editor and/or proofreader. Normally, if I see more than one or two errors in the first chapter, I stop reading. In this case, the concept and characters pulled me in enough that I finished reading and intend to read the next in the series.

I was intrigued by the concept of a young heroine transforming form innocent to deadly weapon and how that affected her.

I connected with the supporti
Sep 25, 2012 Mihir rated it liked it

Review originally over at Fantasy Book Critic

OVERVIEW/ANALYSIS: Child of the Ghosts is the first book of the Ghosts series by Jonathan Moeller and was a book which intrigued me based on the excerpt which I had read. I had requested a review copy from the author who gladly sent one over. The blurb doesn’t give away much about the story which is a bonus of sorts as you don’t know what to expect and then the story surprises you maximally.

The story opens up with a eight year-old Caina Amalas in he
J.C. Brennan
Oct 10, 2015 J.C. Brennan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What is an eleven year old girl to do when her mother, who despises the day she was born, brake the mind of everyone in their home, even the mind of her well educated father with inadequate sorcery? Well, kill her of course—even if it is by accident. However, that is not all Caina would do. Through a series of events that take her in the depths of what one might call hell, she decides to join the Ghost but she doesn’t just decide to become any Ghost—she becomes a Nightfighter. Take a journey wit ...more
Feb 18, 2013 Kelly rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of this free ebook. The storyline is very original and I liked that the heroine was so uncompromisingly determined. All the way through, you never feel like she has to rely on anyone to save her. I was also impressed by the fact that the actions in the book had real and permanent consequences - no magic wands to make everything ok.

The slight criticisms I'd make are that there are a couple of paragraphs of description that felt like they might have been
Aug 23, 2016 Sara rated it really liked it
I don't know if the writing actually deserves four stars but it's one of the most entertaining books I've read in a while so oh well. I liked the main character, and the supporting characters where fun. (I mean a boisterous middle-age opera singer, awesome) I didn't like that Riogan was killed off, it felt like he could have had more of a role, but overall it was a fast enjoyable read.
Paul Negoescu
Dec 26, 2013 Paul Negoescu rated it liked it
The book was good but to be honest it falls a bit short of bigger players in the genre.

I found most of the ideas entertaining, the setting fun and the pace good enough. The setting wants to be grand and impressive but it's not epic by any means. It does leave a lot of room for future expansion though.

What was a bit distracting to me was that many of the chapters ended in a "too much information" sentence, a sentence that does not add anything but is kind of like a fade-to-action-music in the mov
Anna Zollinger
Jul 25, 2013 Anna Zollinger rated it really liked it
It was a good and captivating book. The time passing was well done so that it didn't bore you with long details of the time that passed between years, yet still gave you relevant details. The only downside to the book is that towards the end it had me rolling my eyes a lot.

It's completely unnecessary to describe the Blood Crystal 9 times the same way in the book. I understand reiteration once or twice, but every time the particular item comes up, it's unnecessary to reiterate certain facts about
Jun 22, 2013 Robert rated it it was amazing
First off, I have to say that I really like the characters in this book. The traumatic stuff that the main character, Caina goes through in the beginning makes her tale all that more interesting. The way the author describes these things made me feel immersed with Caina's thoughts fueling my hatred for the main villain. Her revenge was my revenge. And the people that she met along the way were interesting.

I know some characters were a little rushed, but there are more books in this series. We d
Eon Beaumont
Apr 12, 2014 Eon Beaumont rated it liked it
This book surprised me it was pretty good. It REALLY could have used some proper editing. There were typos and technical problems on almost every page. A few times the author used the wrong names for characters. And he kept misusing besides almost every time. One person stands beside another. They never stand besides someone.
Content wise the story was pretty engaging and the characters were interesting. Some pretty standard fantasy tropes and not real deep villains but still pretty good. I want
Jun 23, 2015 Susana789 rated it liked it
Je to viac "dark" ako Throne of Glass, čo je to príbeh s podobnou témou. Toto sa mi čítalo/páčilo oveľa oveľa viac. Možno je mojou zaujatosťou voči citlivo sentimentálnemu ženskému pisálkovaniu, možno mi mužská triezvosť (v písaní) a hlavne prítomnosť logiky vo fikčnom svete aj príbehu inklinujú, ale toto je solídne urobený príbeh.
Je dejovejší, nápaditejší, hlavná hrdinka premýšľa a koná, samozrejme sa občas aj oblečie (do haute couture za pomoci komorných :-), tento detail ma potešil. Ale k
Dec 08, 2014 Barbara rated it it was ok
Shelves: sf
The main story about how Caina became a Ghost was well enough told. It certainly had me turning the pages to find out what happened next. However, I didn't think the supporting characters and story weren't as good. Too often it felt to me as if people behaved in certain ways because it was necessary for the plot rather than because it was in character. The behaviour of Caina's lover's wife was one such glaring example. Also, for a secret organisation, an awful lot of people knew about the Ghosts ...more
Kim Osborn
May 27, 2012 Kim Osborn rated it it was amazing
Jonathan modeler is now one of my favorite authors, I began with child of ghosts, blew through the series and onto soul of series. Wonderfully written books of a nice length, thank you as I've thanked other authors for taking the time to make the book long as well as riveting.

Kim osborn
Wanda Hartzenberg
Sep 26, 2014 Wanda Hartzenberg rated it liked it
Not bad but not for me. It needs polish and the plot will be served well with a nice content edit. More than all this though...
I am no longer in the mood for this amount of detail which is such an integral part of epic fantasy.

Do get a copy. It is free after all and decide for yourself.
Alice Sabo
Mar 04, 2012 Alice Sabo rated it it was ok
Didn't get very far into it. It just didn't grab me. I felt that it was meant for a fairly young audience.
Jan 06, 2012 Peggy rated it it was amazing
So good. Yes Caina seemed a bit superheroish but I liked it.
Guillaume Jay
May 13, 2015 Guillaume Jay rated it really liked it

Caina Amalas est une jeune fille aimée de son père, un important noble de l'Empire de Nighmar, et honnie par sa mère qui n'a jamais pu devenir la magicienne qu'elle aurait voulu être. Quand sa vie est mise en pièce par la sorcellerie et le meurtre, et qu'elle n'échappe que de peu au sort de sacrifice humain, elle est recrutée (par défaut initialement) pour faire partie des Fantômes : une organisation secrète d'espions et d’assassins au service de l'Empereur, luttant contre sorciers maléfiques, m
Dec 22, 2016 Will rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Doom and gloom, this book excels at talking about it but never really building upon it. The unfortunate past of the main character is constantly brought up throughout but only ever as a reminder - 'this happened to me, I'm damaged'. The author could do with crafting more subtle reminders rather than throwing it into conversation every page. He also has a tendency to lead the reader along by the hand at times, and certain elements could be left for us to deduce or imagine rather than explained in ...more
Oct 30, 2016 Keith rated it liked it
Q: You're a plucky fantasy heroine at an upper-class ball, working undercover for a super secret assassin society. You're wearing a fancy dress and flirting with a brooding hunk. Then you think you see the super evil necromancer villain of the piece across the room talking to your fellow spy. Do you:

A1: Continue to giggle at the compliments of the brooding hunk while gazing into his intriguing vermilion orbs and checking out his 8-pack. Assume it's nothing and the villain can wait for another da
Not a fan of the writing style on this one.
Michelle Chaney
Oct 04, 2016 Michelle Chaney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Good book. Very suspenseful and flowed easily. Plot was predictable. Even though very young and a little naive, you watched the character nature into a heroine.

Oct 01, 2016 Gabriella rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
A good book with a gripping story line. I was able to see the ending coming but not in the way that i expected. It kept me hooked on the twists and turns of the story that encompassed humanity as well as the effects of what she was becoming. Well worth a read and bring on the next one.
Aug 02, 2014 Carla-Mari rated it it was amazing
This was my first book I read by Jonathan Moeller. It took me on a emotional roller coaster. There were times when I would cringe, other times when I would have a fit of giggles. There was never a dull moment, a real page turner.

If you are looking for adventure, heartache and mayhem look no further for the adventures of Caina will be most satisfactory. You will experience the most intense emotions. If it’s not sorrow for our young nightfighter, you will be screaming for blood.

We first meet Cai
For a Kindle freebie, this book was fairly good; in the grand scheme of things, that places it squarely in the realm of 'mediocre'. The story is a straightforward trauma-training-revenge arc with pretty much no surprises. Caina is good at everything she's taught; she makes no major errors of judgement in her work; everyone on her side is trustworthy and, to a greater or lesser degree, honorable. The only twists and turns, persay, come from the villain - and even these aren't very twisty, because ...more
Wilson E. Stevens Sr.
Sep 20, 2014 Wilson E. Stevens Sr. rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-the-book
I downloaded this free book from a invitation in BookBub news letter I receive. I look forward to reviewing the books in the newsletter as I have found some interesting authors I would have never found other wise.
Child of the Ghosts was as good as I had hopped, and I have gone on to purchase the entire series, and currently reading the next series “Ghost in Exile”.
This is the story of Caina Amalas and her beginning from a child loved and pampered by her father, but hated and tormented by her a
Aug 22, 2013 Angie rated it it was amazing
I love when I pick up a book at complete random and get an amazing read out of it. From the very beginning I was drawn into Caina and her life that I found myself constantly checking to see how far I was into the book and frowning when it was coming to the end.

Caina herself was a great character to follow. She was strong, but at the same time had enough emotion to not make her into something so cold that you didn't care about her. After everything she goes through you can't help but root for her
Cheryl Landmark
This was good...the kind of uncomplicated, good-versus-evil, magic-filled fantasy I enjoy reading. It definitely wasn't light-hearted and fun, though, with its rather gruesome and graphic depictions of certain events. It just wasn't fantastic and definitely could have used a diligent editor or at least a proofreader to catch many of the grammatical errors that abounded throughout the book. Still, I tried not to let these issues take away from the entertainment value, although I did cringe every ...more
Roberto Mattos
Jul 12, 2013 Roberto Mattos rated it it was amazing
This is a very entertaining book, with a plot very well constructed and characters enjoyable. Our main character is a young lady named Caina. She lives in a world surrounded by sorcery and nobility. Her mother was denied a formal sorcerer training for lack of aptitude and she joins an alternate clan that plays with dangerous sorcery, the necromancers. She sells her daughter Caina to the most powerful of the necromancers' sorcerers, Maglarion. After a close call with death, Caina manages to escap ...more
Mar 17, 2014 James rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
This was a free ebook and it definitely showed. Still, it wasn't bad enough for me to stop reading it. Overall, it had most of the right things in place, but aside from a skeleton of a plot and stereotypical characters, there was nothing unique about this story.

There were two things that bothered me repeatedly and which significantly detracted from the quality of the story. First, the author near the beginning of the novel tells you what the villain's goal was, but then constantly throughout the
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“Only fools fight fairly. All men have their strengths and their weaknesses. You must pit your strengths against your enemies' weaknesses, always.” 0 likes
“Most people think the Ghosts are only a legend. But they're very real. They are the Emperor's spies, his eyes and ears. And occasionally his assassins.” 0 likes
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