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Elanraigh: The Vow

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  29 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Only Thera of Allenholme hears the voice of forest-mind…and heeds its warning . Thera doesn’t know why the Elanraigh forest-mind chose her, of all the Allenholme folk, to hear its voice and to awaken her gifts of mind and spirit. The Elanraigh sends a warning dream; black sails swooping toward Allenholme from across the western sea—the Memteth, an ancient enemy, armed with ...more
ebook, 216 pages
Published February 7th 2012 by Eternal Press (first published February 4th 2012)
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Apr 26, 2012 Darlene rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Cheryl in CC NV, Yvensong, S. Michele, Tom
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I can see how this story would rate five stars with those who like epic fantasy type of stories. It is written hinting toward the old English language similar to Lord of the Rings or Shakespeare. And that language quirk is the very thing that lessened the rating for me.

The world that Sandy Hunter built was so interesting. Since I write about sentient planets it was fun to read about sentient forests. And the characters were wonderful. The main character is a strong fem who wishes for a fair and
Rebecca Russell
Elanraigh: The Vow
Reviewed by Rebecca Ryals Russell
January 2013
5 Flaming Stars

Wow! By the time I was twenty percent into this story I knew I would love it.
And I did.
I have to say this is one of the best-written books I’ve read lately. The writing is so descriptive and poetic it had me in tears at several points. Read on my Kindle Fire, I highlighted huge passages I want to go back and review to see how S. A. Hunter came up with such exquisite wording. Look at this example:
“Here, far from the pea
Hunter has made a unique world that I want to visit!

Right from the start, you get to experience the world Thera see's through the eyes of a Hawk. The Forest-Mind is teaching her to use her powers, which includes transferring into the mind of animals. Hunter describes what Thera sees so well that all your senses start to come alive. I was in love with the medieval world where women are expected to act a certain way but Thera can't help but be adventurous and get on her mother's nerves (who doesn'
Mimi Barbour
Feb 21, 2012 Mimi Barbour rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone
Elanraigh - The Vow

This mystical story kept me enthralled right from the beginning where we find young Thera’s spirit riding the wind rift in the body of a sea hawk.
Memteth Raiders, killers with no scruples, plan to attack her people, the Allenholme, who in turn are forced to depend on their neighbouring Ttamarini for help to win the battle. This isn’t a problem since their leader, her father Oak Heart, had made peace with them in his youth. The Ttamarini chief has remembered. They embrace when
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14-year-old Princess Thera can speak with the forest mind, the spirit of the woods and animals. This is a very special gift that is becoming very rare among her people.

Thera has had a dream of ships with black sails arriving though, which means that her home (Allenholme) will soon be attacked by the Memteth – their ancient enemy.
In an attempt to raise a defence again Memtath, Allenholme decide to join with a once enemy, the Ttamarini, who are also afraid of Me
Dina Rae
This coming-of-age fantasy is about a fourteen year old girl, Thera. Her family’s empire is in danger by the evil Memteth who are eerily described as reptilian-like humans. Thera’s father forms an alliance with the neighboring Ttamarini. She falls in love with the tribal leader’s son, Chamakin.
Once the Memteth invade their shores, Thera helps defend her home by supernaturally communicating and shape-shifting, defeating the Memteth with few deaths and injuries. She earns the respect as the Salva
Glenda Christianson
Elanraigh is a place I want to visit! The world in this novel is so well developed that I could almost believe it exists. It is a unique fantasy world where the forest is a sentient being that communicates to some of the characters.There is a troop of fierce female soldiers and strange forest creatures. Elanraigh has a medieval flavor with some speech patterns that resemble old English.

Thera, the main character is on the cusp of adulthood. Her parents are strong role models for her. Thera is the
I really enjoyed this book. It pulled me in and wouldn't let me go. I liked all the characters, the story line, the variety of situations, and the emotions and humor. I would definitely read this book again. I'll have to see if this is part of a series and can't wait to read more. Gotta know what's going to happen, you something will from the end. The beginning was a little confusing until you got all the characters and their names straightened, comes with reading the first book in a series. But ...more
At first this book was a little tricky, like I said I don't usually read fantasy so it took some getting used to. Once I got past that initial discomfort I was able to fall into a nice rhythm of this book. There were a few moments that I wished she had been a little more descriptive. Thera proved to me a powerful force to be reckoned with, I liked the world that Hunter created, the idea of being able to communicate with nature and call on it for favors and help when defending her people. There w ...more
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
This was such a great original YA fantasy read. Truly unique in every sense of the word.
It will keep you enthralled right from the beginning.
It was hard not being sucked right into the story with the first opening chapter that was filled with magic, mythology and legend.
Thera was a fabulous, feisty heroine that knew what needed to be done and made sure it got done in the best way possible for everyone. She was kind and caring and you can tell already has the makings of a great leader at the ag
From its opening pages when Thera of Allenholme, melded in mind and spirit with a young sea hawk, first explores her extraordinary gifts, this well-wrought coming of age novel is an engrossing read. Thera’s world, with its haunting west coast ambience of storm and raging surf and rainforest, is vividly realized; Thera herself, as she grows in self-knowledge, awareness of her inherited duty, and her mystical affinity with the natural world, has a hero’s determined strength, and a young girl’s tou ...more
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