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Tears of Min Brock (War of Whispers #1)

4.45 of 5 stars 4.45  ·  rating details  ·  31 ratings  ·  21 reviews
"A whisper pierced the winds...the War of Whispers has begun."

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"I give it far more than the usual five stars!" Opus 'N' Pen

"Fasten your seat belts this is going to be a wild, exciting ride. Mr. Lowder knows how to write a story that is full of suspense and action" Vics Media Room

"As the book began, I thought the characters of Elabea and Galadin reminded me
Paperback, Second Edition, 388 pages
Published September 21st 2012 by WordCrafts Press (first published April 26th 2011)
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As I've gradually been opening my eyes to the fantasy genre this book looked like it wouldn't be too far from my comfort zone and well worth a look. This book is the first in the War of Whispers series. Rather than attempt to summarise the plot I'll leave that to the description.

The two young main protagonists have a touching relationship that develops gradually as they journey to Claire. The childhood friends are bound by common experiences, not least watching their fathers battle their demons,
Danica Page (One Page at a Time)
I’ve been reading a lot of fantasy novels lately, but this one stuck out. This idea was so original. The idea of the war of whispers was intriguing and fresh. There was still the battle by swords, but the main battle was being fought by whispers one from the Cauldron, the evil whisper, and one from the Only, the good whisper.

I also loved the character Elabea and Galadin from the very beginning and they grew on me as the story progressed. By the time the novel ended, I truly loved them both. The
Received from author for review.
Not too many books can truly be described as epic. Narnia, Lord of the Rings, Pullman's Dark Materials...and now TEARS OF MIN BROCK. This is one book that clearly deserves the 'epic' description.
It is a marvelous fantasy tale.
Book 1 in the War of The Whisper series.

Elabea and Galadin (love their names) are two young people looking for answers. Answers which will explain how the "Dark War" impacted their lives. To understand the enormity of this question, you must
Here's the truth about me when it comes to fantasy: I'd love to write it, but I don't know how much I love reading it. I loved Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta, so that's kinda what sparked it. I wasn't sure about Tears of Min Brock when I got it from the author. Naturally, it blew me away. It's the story of Elabea and Romlin as they hear the Call to go to Claire, because she is to a great storyteller, and he a great warrior. It's told in third person, but shifts from Elabea and Romlin t ...more
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I honestly have no clue where to start my review. I haven’t read a lot of fantasy this year. I’m not a particularly huge fan of the genre, so a book has to sound really good for me to be interested in reading it. Let me say this: reading a book as good as Tears of Min Brock is making me want to grab every single fantasy book I possibly can and devour them.This book gripped me right from the very beginning, and when I wasn’t reading it, I was th
Victor Gentile
J.E. Lowder in his new book, “Tears of Min Brock” Book One in The War Of Whispers series published by WordCrafts Press gives us a fantasy adventure that introduces us to Elabea.

From the back cover: Areall crept toward the parchment as if an evil spirit possessed it. “Its beauty is its deception,” she whispered. “Burn it, child. Destroy it or you will curse us. The Cauldron will know. The Cauldron will see. They will come.”

Elabea calmly lifted the parchment from the coals, where it had refused to
As the book began, I thought the characters of Elabea and Galadin reminded me of Katniss and Gale from Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games. Loyal to each other, they have each others' backs, and they dream of a life outside the oppressed town in which they live. The townspeople look down upon them and ostracize them because of their fathers, who are former warriors now living with incredible guilt. Elabea's father deals with his feelings by drinking, while Galadin's father has simply gone crazy.

Article first published as Book Review: Tears of Min Brock by J. E. Lowder on Blogcritics.

Some of the best stories I can remember are those that take me out of my own existence and insert me into a world I have never known. I get to become a part of the story and the adventure and excitement also becomes a part of my own.

In Tears of Min Brock by J. E. Lowder, I have again found one of those fascinating epic fantasy worlds that are daunting and dangerous, yet broodingly beautiful as well. Set i
Jonel Boyko (Pure Jonel)
Lowder creates an awe inspiring world in the first novel of this series. This world is a mix of medieval and the fantastical. It melds brilliantly in order to create a uniquely new and solidly built world as a backdrop for this awesome novel. It also has all of the usual elements of a fantasy tale – magic, war, fantastical creatures, character names that you’ve never seen before and will never see again, etc – but Lowder puts these all together with a twist. Through this tale he brings to light ...more
Harper Alexander
Elabea and Galadin live in a very suppressive society. They aren't allowed to learn to read or write, and no one in their village, Hetherlinn, is allowed to keep weapons. They aren't allowed to play in the meadow on the oak tree, and most of all, they aren't allowed to speak of Claire, the kingdom that was supposedly destroyed in the Dark War.

When the people in Hetherlinn all receive invitations from someone claiming to be the King of Claire, most of the villagers panic or ignore the parchments
Jun 11, 2013 Ruhi marked it as to-read
I won a free e-copy of this book from Yayy!! Looking forward to reading it!
Isaac Ezell
Really enjoyed this book. Powerful allegory. Really made me examine where I might be living in fear.
Tears of Min Brock grabbed my attention from the very beginning and didn’t let go until the end of the book. I immediately started reading the second book because I needed to know what was going to happen. I’m eagerly looking forward to the third book in the series. (Review of second review is coming tomorrow.)

Darkness has taken over this world, and the people live their lives in fear of what evil may do if they do not do as commanded. One 14-year-old girl in a small village hears the whispers o
Apr 21, 2013 Kelly rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Tears of Min Brock is an enjoyable fantasy novel. The world is expansive; the concept of storytellers being powerful really intrigued me. Lowder's writing style is pleasant to read. He's descriptive, and uses comparisons and a variety of sentence types, so the reader can see his world and characters. Each character had their own voice and objectives. The creatures throughout the novel are interesting and creative. I haven't come across their like before.

However, there was one thing I did dislike
Shawna Dunbar
This is the first book of the series, War of Whispers and tells of tales of a land that once was ruled by a great and loving king who had a multitude of storytellers but now is ruled by a cold and dark leader, the cauldron. There is a young girl and boy though who don't want to follow the cauldron and believe in the King of Claire so the story begins. I do not want to give any spoilers so I won't talk too much about the story in detail except to say that you will find many creatures, characters, ...more
Brian Wilkerson
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J.E. Lowder asked me to read "The Tears of Min Brock". It is the first book in the "War of the Whispers" saga between The King of Claire and the Cauldron of Ebon. I will examined plot, characters, polish and then assign a grade.


The plot follows the classic Hero's Journey. The hero (in this case, Elabea) receives the Call to Adventure and journeys into the Unknown World where they encounter Trials and Tribulations. The hero's goal is to arrive at their destinatio
Jodi Woody
I really loved this book! It just kept getting better the farther I got. I loved the storyline, the characters are loveable. I found myself wiping away a few tears as I read. A great fantasy world. Will definitely be reading more from this author. There are several main characters, similar to Lord of the Rings. You have to pay attention to keep them all straight. For this reason I think that ages 14 and up would best understand it all, but a good read for jr. high students as well. The story is ...more
Rebecca McKinnon
2.5 stars.

I'm not quite sure where to start with this one. When I first read the blurb, I thought "Great, that could be really good." Then I started reading it. And I struggled. I really wanted to like it, but neither the characters nor the plot were able to hold my attention. However, this could be because I didn't have a lot of reading time and could only read the first part in small snatches.

The idea for this story was very well-thought-out, and had all the aspects necessary for a good fantas
I started and stopped reading this book at least five times and I can't really get past the first quarter of the book. The writing is okay but neither the story nor characters held my attention.
I liked the story up until the end of chapter 8 where it stopped. I wish the prologue would have told me this was a sample and not the whole book.
Amazing read!
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Making Connection...: 216. TEARS OF MIN BROCK/MARTYR'S MOON by J.E. Lowder 6 22 Apr 22, 2013 07:22AM  
I've played bass for Shania Twain, had a black rhino charge me while on safari, and I've been in the Oval Office. In high school, I went backstage to interview groups like Bob Seger, Rush and Kansas, sorta like "Almost Famous" but without Kate Hudson! As an author, I draw from all these experiences (and then some) when crafting my stories. The quote that sums me up the best is by G.K. Chesterton: ...more
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