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Insight (Beholders #1)

4.2  ·  Rating Details ·  117 Ratings  ·  40 Reviews
More than a thousand years ago, the king of Appernysia banished the Rayders to the Exile. The Beholders, men with the ability to see and harness the world’s energy, were slaughtered, and the Second Age began without magic. Now, ruthless Rayder scouts are searching Appernysia for a Beholder to lead their people to victory against the Appernysian king. When Rayders come to ...more
Hardcover, 430 pages
Published June 1st 2013 by Jolly Fish Press (first published 2011)
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Krista Wayment
May 12, 2013 Krista Wayment rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Rating/Reviewing MO

Edit: I read the new edition of the book if you want to read my review.

This is an excellent, action packed fantasy adventure!

I really enjoyed reading Insight. Just a warning - you will want to pick up the second book in the series right away!

The story is full of interesting characters and fascinating details of the world it takes place in.

The story is fairly well written. The narrative is relatively smooth, although sometimes the presentation of back story breaks up the fl
Sharan Volin
Apr 25, 2013 Sharan Volin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Lehua Parker
Jun 04, 2013 Lehua Parker rated it really liked it
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What if you had a powerful gift that was slowly killing you? What if at the moment you needed it most, it knocked you out cold? What if soldiers were hunting people with this gift and the only way to protect your family and everything you loved was to leave it behind?

Insight, book 1 of the Beholders, by Terron James is a sword and shield fantasy set in Appernysia. Seventeen year old Lon has the gift of True Sight, which in a trained Beholder’s hands allows a person to see the world’s energy and
Teri Harman
May 20, 2013 Teri Harman rated it really liked it
This high fantasy young adult novel is an enjoyable read, especially for those that love magic and swords. I loved the relationship between Lon and his sister Mellai, as well as the strong family bond. There is plenty of tension and adventure in this hero's tale that takes the reader back in time to a new world of complex decisions and sacrifice. Lon's journey is a difficult one and I felt for and cheered for him from the beginning.
Karen French
Apr 25, 2013 Karen French rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Insight is a very good young adult fantasy novel. It is an interesting story and the characters are lively. The story draws you in from the beginning until you are hooked. The sequel should be very good too. I received this book for free from Goodreads First Reads.
I had the opportunity to re-review Insight. I originally reviewed the Indie book, and it has since been published by a small press publisher.

I immediately knew the updated version would be better when I read the new prologue. It was spot on. Most of my issues with the first manuscript were addressed in the new one, things such as the pacing and too much description. However, the new manuscript seems to have the addition of perhaps too much explanation. There is nothing left for me to figure out
Sara Burr
Jun 03, 2013 Sara Burr rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed Insight. It's a good, solid, high fantasy book that centers around three main characters; Lon, his twin sister, Mellai, and his betrothen, Kaylen. From the very beginning of the story, Lon is struggling with powers known as True Sight, which identify him as a Beholder. The True Sight is the power that binds the world together, and as a Beholder, Lon can see it, if in the right emotional state, and he can use it. The
Scott Bryan
Apr 25, 2013 Scott Bryan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Scott by: Terron James
Oh ho! This book surprised me! Yes, the cover did throw me off. The guy on the cover is so depressed. But are we not told to NOT judge a book by its cover? Well I’m so glad I didn’t. Before I tell you why, I will say here that this cover actually is perfect after you follow Lon’s tough journey. Author Terron James is planning on changing the cover but let me tell you the story inside is good enough no matter what the cover looks like.

Insight is the story of a boy who becomes a man, gaining “insi
Mandy Sickle
I received Insight from the publisher Jolly Fish Press in return for an honest review. Insight is about three main characters Lon Marcs, his twin sister Mellai and his fiancé Kaylen. The Rayders have been searching for the Beholder who has been rumored to be born this generation. The first is a very long time that may change the future for both the Rayders and Appernysians. Lon shares a special connection with his twin Mellai that she can feel what he’s feeling.

Lon is the hunted Beholder yet he
Laura Bastian
May 28, 2013 Laura Bastian rated it really liked it
I had already read this book in its first printing and enjoyed it then. I think it has improved a lot since the first version. Some of the extra fluff and unnecessary stuff was removed or condensed. (And I loved the prologue in this version)

Things I liked about this book. Lon Marcs actually goes and does something about his problem. The battle and fight scenes were very engaging and kept my attention throughout. I liked the characters and how they were developed for the most part. Some characte
Erleen Alvarez
May 25, 2013 Erleen Alvarez rated it really liked it
Visit my blog for the review of Insight plus a giveaway here.

With an original storyline and imaginative world-building, Insight is a thrilling epic fantasy adventure about the twins, Lon and Mellai, and how their lives suddenly changed because of a gift (or is it a curse?). A captivating story full of secrets, magic, suspense and surprising twists

Set in a medieval time, the Marcs family used to live a normal life in Roseiri, until an incident happened that exposed Lon’s ability and led them to r
May 31, 2013 Caleb rated it liked it
Beholders: Insight is a high fantasy adventure story of a young man on a quest of self-discovery. Set in a medieval European-type setting, Beholders follows the story of Lon as he learns he is a mage called a Beholder—the first one in over a thousand years. He unleashes a power that could kill him and those whom he loves the most. Lon must consider the people he cares about most as he seeks the answers to questions rising with his newly discovered powers.

The book starts out well—the first severa
Jun 09, 2013 Bella rated it really liked it
Well first off can we say cover love!! I just love the cover of Insight and I know you all will too! Thanks to Terron James and Jolly Fish Press for sending this one to review!

I enjoyed this one, I did have a little trouble in the start but once I got past that it took off. The story of Lon was page turning. Only Seventeen and having the gift of True Sight, something that in a trained Beholder fingers will allow that person to see the worlds energy and manipulate it. But what do you do when you
Elsie Park
Mar 05, 2014 Elsie Park rated it really liked it
INSIGHT, Terron’s James’ first story in his young adult “Beholders” fantasy series, gripped my interest from the first page. His fantastical world of Appernysia (complete with detailed maps and a glossary of terms), and the main character's dilemmas, was like a cross between Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and the BBC’s miniseries, Merlin, both of which I love. Though the first third of the book flowed at a leisurely pace, taking time to introduce the reader to the main character, Lon, and his ...more
J.A. Bennett
May 30, 2013 J.A. Bennett rated it really liked it
Let me start by saying I read this before Jolly Fish had it (one benefits of being a beta reader) and wow, some of the changes blew me away. The writing was new realm of awesome with some really powerful imagery mingled in. Certain scenes were switched around to make the story stronger, and it worked really well.

I still believe being a Beholder is one of the coolest forms of magic ever thought of, and Terron did a great job of making the reader feel like they were suffering along with Lon as he
Apr 25, 2013 Sheila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Insight is the first book in the Beholders fantasy series. Terron creates a world set in a medieval time. The World of Appernysia is vividly introduced as the reader gets to know main character, Lon. Though there is a slow start, the adventure soon takes over and you have to keep reading. There are many exciting moments, as Lon discovers that he is the long awaited Beholder that people have been waiting a millennium to be born. Lon fights against what is right and wrong.The lines will become ...more
Jesse Kimmel-Freeman
Jul 05, 2013 Jesse Kimmel-Freeman rated it really liked it
This is a really interesting book. It does well at keeping the attention of the reader. I really enjoyed the characters. Terron does a great job at crafting his characters in a way that appeals to the reader. It makes us want to keep going to try and find out what will happen to them. We invest in them- not all books today get you to invest in the characters.

Terron also does a great job at character development and character arcs. The characters are the soul of any story and he makes sure that h
Apr 25, 2013 Tamra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't at all sure what to expect when I began reading this book and as I'm not a real big fan of the fantasy genre, I have to admit I struggled to get through the first few chapters. But as the story progressed I found myself more and more interested and impressed. There were plot twists that took me by surprise and the author has a great imagination with descriptions and knowledge to back it up. The characters are believable and relatable, although I'm looking forward to having them even ...more
Krista Wayment
May 12, 2013 Krista Wayment rated it liked it
My Rating/Reviewing MO

I read the previous edition of this book, if you want you can read the review.

Note: I am holding on to the fourth star until I finish reading the series.

Insight takes place in a really fascinating fantasy world. I really enjoyed the magic system of True Sight. It was very intriguing.

The characters are interesting, but I never really connected with one individual one. It was more of the big picture events that drove the story forward.

I noted some issues with back story in
Rebecca McKinnon
Apr 25, 2013 Rebecca McKinnon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting read. I have to admit, it didn't hold my attention at first, and I'm not sure why. However, as I got into it, I found myself more involved with the story.

The story is mainly about Lon, but I wish there was more of Kaylen and Mellai---although, from the ending of the book, my guess is that the next book will be about Mellai, so that makes me happy. ;)

Like any good high fantasy, we have a protagonist with an internal struggle, a desire to improve things, something that sets
Apr 29, 2013 Trudi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
Recommended to Trudi by: Won on Goodreads
OMG this book is AMAZING!!

I was SO excited when I relieved it & learned that the author lives in Utah, like me!!

I've not been much of a fantasy reader in the past, so I didn't know this was going to be so exhilarating to me!!

I loved the combination of values & morals, love & loss, integrity & honor, etc. So many deep seeded virtues that were blended with a spectacular rumored gift/curse of a boy who has come of age & suddenly has to leave all he loves behind on a quest to f
Apr 25, 2013 Beka rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a very enjoyable book, recommended to me. It takes the reader into another world filled with all of the settings and characters to make for an amazing adventure. From the beginning, you find yourself caught up in the places and descriptions. The people you are introduced to are able to capture your interest hold it until this story concludes. The author did a great job of hooking the reader in, letting them enjoy the places and changes of the characters, while leaving them wanting to ...more
Konstanz Silverbow
May 21, 2013 Konstanz Silverbow rated it it was amazing
This book . . . this book has left me speechless. I love it! Simply put, I LOVE it! Insight is truly insightful. Terron is able to bring these characters to life, he brings out things, details I would have never imagined before. The relationships in the story are touching, amazing, completely believable.

I kept thinking that I would stop and go do some other things before reading more but each time I ended one chapter the next just called and forced me to read the whole book in one sitting.

Quinn Heder
Insight was a departure from my usual reading, but Terron is a local author, and so I welcomed the chance to exchange books and reviews. Although I found myself enjoying the story, I found the writing cumbersom, and dificult to wade through in order to satisfy my curiosity. For readers who enjoy intricate detail, this novel paints an entertaining picture of alter existance along with fun characters although with good editing I think it could have been much better. I never became completely ...more
Nicole/Books Complete Me
May 29, 2013 Nicole/Books Complete Me rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this book. Insight takes us into a world of swords, horses, and magic. Lon has some choices to make, and those choices take him far from his family, and his beloved. Through the connection that Mellai has with him (being twins and all) she is able to "keep tabs" and know at least that he's alright.

I like the format in which this is written. We're not just getting it from one person's POV. We're able to "see" what's going on with the different characters. As you're reading, you
Terri Wagner
Apr 28, 2013 Terri Wagner rated it it was amazing
Terron James has created yet another fantasy world that makes you feel right at home. His descriptions are spot on. I can see this loyalty torn world through the eyes of Shalan, Aron, Mellai, and Lon, espcially Lon. James has given us the delectable combination of a loving family, a not-quite-so black and white world, and enough bad guys that leaves the reader going next book NOW. I really liked the moral dilemmas Lon goes through. I found the world believable, the fight scenes epic, and the ...more
Kristi Anderson
Jan 09, 2014 Kristi Anderson rated it really liked it
First of all this really isn't my type of book that I would pick up and read. It was a book club book and the author was coming to talk about it so I reluctantly picked it up to read. I was very surprised and actually ended up reading the book in about a day. I loved the descriptions of the lands. It was interesting to talk to the author about it and how it came to be. Also fun to get the background on who characters were based after.
Shannon Lovejoy
I received this book for free through a Goodreads First Reads giveaway. Although I'm not a fan of this genre, I enjoyed this book. The places and terms are overwhelming at first, even with the maps and glossary, but the story itself is interesting and intriguing. This world James created is full of interesting characters and situations. I look forward to reading the next book in this series.
Apr 25, 2013 Mandie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved the world that was created and thought it was a fun story. Liked the main character at the end of the book but felt there were some inconsistencies from the beginning of the book. Also, I wish there was more time spent on some parts of the story (don't want to give anything away!). Looking forward to the next book, left me wanting more.
Natalie Henwood
Jun 11, 2013 Natalie Henwood rated it it was amazing
I LOVED Insight! Terron James is a very talented author, very imaginative and descriptive in his writing. I judge a book on how willing I am to put it down. Let's just say I read the 400+ pages in less than 24 hours, much to the dismay of my family, and I am excited to read the next book as soon as possible!
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Born in the wrong age, Terron James continually fantasizes of shining steel, majestic stone architecture, thundering cavalry rushes, and opportunities to prove his honor. Under the direction of his queen, Terron labors diligently in his kingdom, striving to prepare an inheritance worthy of his four heirs.

When he finally graduated from the University of Utah with his English BA, Terron had become b
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