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Summer Storm (The Wrath of the Northmen 0.5)

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Falen feels like an outsider. Raised in the male dominated, warrior culture of Variss, she struggles to be a good Varisean woman. She hates poetry. She’s no good at art. And the thought of marriage makes her shudder.

Instead, to the eternal disappointment of her father, Falen wants to be a scientist. She dreams of journeying to the southern city of Ral Tora to study at its
Kindle Edition, 86 pages
Published September 25th 2012
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Bill Tillman
Falen wants to be a scientist. She dreams of journeying to the southern city of Ral Tora to study at its famous engineering academy. But Falen's dreams seem doomed to failure. That is, until a chance encounter with a stranger that could change everything. Could this stranger hold the key to Falen's hopes? Or will she realize she should be careful what she wishes for?
Kacey Hogan
Jun 03, 2015 Kacey Hogan rated it liked it
it was a quick and easy read. I don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing. I liked the book ok but the plot was weak. The protagonist was very relatable in my opinion, and that is the main reason I kept with reading the book. I just kept expecting a plot twist. You can't really even determine the antagonist until about 2/3 of the way through the story. The story built up the characters until the climax at the last few pages not leaving much for a storyline. It does have more parts so ...more
Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
Falen is young woman that loves everything to do with science much to her father's dismay. Falen is a princess of Variss. Falen rescues a man from the river but never expected what happened next. The stranger named Nashir seems to be an honest fellow and genuinely interested in what Falen does. Falen's father King Beorl Godwinsson doesn't understand why Falen doesn't like to do womanly things like flower arranging and sewing. Things have been particularly difficult since Falen's mother Queen ...more
Kyra Halland
Jul 22, 2014 Kyra Halland rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, magic
In Summer Storm, Falen is a princess who wants to be a scientist, much to the displeasure of her father the King. While working on the project she hopes will get her admitted to the academy of engineering, she meets an old man who might have the solution to her problem - or plunge her life into nightmare.

I liked this. I enjoyed the use of science in a fantasy world, and the sense of dark things to come. I had a little trouble with Falen; it was hard to tell how old she is. Sometimes she acts lik
Rob May
Feb 04, 2013 Rob May rated it really liked it
Shelves: indie-books
I liked this. Short novellas like Summer Storm are a great way to get a quick fantasy fix when you need one. The story has an easygoing style that cleverly sets up a dramatic series of twists and turns as you near the end. At first it seems like the biggest of the heroine Falen's problems is getting some time alone to do her science experiments; then suddenly the whole kingdom is in danger, religious tensions break out, ancient legends come to the surface and...well, the only problem with the ...more
Feb 25, 2014 Gunnar rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-lendable, 2014
This fantasy novella is well written, professionally produced (editing, proofreading, formatting, and cover), and the characters are interesting if sometimes a touch flat, especially the villain. But while there's an ending, there's no real resolution of the problem, and the actual ending wasn't entirely satisfying. I might be old-fashioned here, but even in the set-up for a series, I want a satisfying resolution, especially as the first chapter of the next book (included at the end) didn't even ...more
Dec 03, 2014 Devon rated it it was ok
Shelves: freebies
Summer Storm was an okay tale, but I didn’t like it as well as I would have liked to. I think Falen is set up to be an interesting and compelling character, but the story around her in this novella is a little too predictable to complement her, and it was a little bland for my taste. As it is the prequel to a greater series, I can forgive that a little, but, while Falen’s world is interesting, I didn't feel compelled by plot or characters to continue reading. I might check out the rest of the ...more
Mar 05, 2013 Contessa rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-thing
It's an interesting read. I didn't realize it was a short story from a bigger novel. Falen, the female main character, a princess who doesn't want to be a princess with responsibilities. She would rather do things on her own and not pay attention to anything other than herself. However, It seems it was too late, she should have listened to her servant. Now her father, the King, is letting his responsibilities go and his daughter has to cover for him and now there is someone whispering in her ...more
Jan 11, 2013 Alexa rated it really liked it
I wasn't sure what to expect when I began reading Summer Storm. It ended up being a good read though. I liked the main character Falen. She's a smart and tough girl. The writing was well done, and the story made me want to continue reading the rest of the series.

Summer Storm is actually a prequel novella to Everwinter, which I have not read yet. Apparently Falen shows up in Everwinter (not sure if she's a major character), so I'm glad I was able to read this before I started the first book. Hope
Jan 28, 2014 Emmalg rated it liked it
I want to learn more about the main character, Falen, and am interested in the plot but I can't rate this more highly as I felt the writing just skimmed the surface of the story. I didn't find the setting came to life as the style is so narrative. Apart from Falen and Nashir the characters are very one dimensional but that may be due to the length of the novella.
I'll see how the first book in the series goes.
Matthew Cooper
Jun 11, 2014 Matthew Cooper rated it really liked it
A good little novella. This is obviously intended as a lead in to a series and as such the story ends abruptly before you feel anything major has happened. On the plus side, great writing, fun main character. I liked the mix of science and magic, but I'm into that sort of thing anyway. I liked the villain(?) of the piece and I thought the author did a great job of building the world without overdoing it with explanations.
Feb 19, 2013 mirba rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
so imagine you plan to write a thousand pages book. Then after a while you've been writing you decide to sell the first 100 pages (or less) as a book on its own. there's kind of a beginning, but not much of it, but there's no ending or anything similar to a solution.
You don't even have the time to get to know or learn the name of the characters!
Claire Carey
Aug 14, 2013 Claire Carey rated it it was amazing
Had me hooked. Had no idea what i was downloading. It was in free section but the title grabbed me.
A young woman determined to follow her dreams. Goes against the grain, gets the kingdom into trouble and is banished. The start of a series. Need yo get the next one now
Mar 28, 2013 Danielle rated it liked it
This story follows along with more traditional fantasy novels, but seems like a decent read. It will be interesting to see how the main character gets along out in the world.
G L Meisner
Jul 15, 2015 G L Meisner rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
This was a great story. Well written and plotted it really does set up for the rest of the books without forcing the purchase of other books. I do recommend the story.
Tabby Shiflett
Jan 14, 2013 Tabby Shiflett rated it really liked it
A decent prequel to Everwinter. Although the character Falen was likeable in the full-length novel, her backstory in this novella really gives her more depth.

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Missie Kurr
Apr 11, 2013 Missie Kurr rated it it was amazing
very interesting novella... I fell in love with Falen and can't wait to see where her story goes in this series!
Samantha Primeau
Mar 10, 2015 Samantha Primeau rated it liked it
It was a pretty good book. I would have liked some romance though! Especially between Falen and the Captain!
Aug 04, 2014 Jagged rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
Too many "er"'s.

It was a great premise, even if I am sick of reading about women movements. Women are free; get over it already.

But I am keen to read further.
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Elizabeth Baxter was born and raised in England. In her spare time she enjoys reading, hiking, traveling the world and watching England play cricket. She’s been writing since she was six years old and plans to continue for as long as she’s able to hold a pen (or a keyboard).
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