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The Wrong Way Down (Heretic #1)

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Katia is an accomplished thief. She accepted a job with a heavy price for failure; her life.

Popalia, an acolyte priestess, has vowed to return her church's stolen treasure. Ambitious and impetuous, she'll go to any means and pay whatever cost.

Wynkkur is a self-taught sorcerer who miscasts as much as he evokes. He's been conscripted as a bodyguard and sent on a hopeless m
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Kindle Edition, 2nd, 248 pages
Published November 24th 2014 by KDP (first published November 26th 2011)
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Jeremy Kline
May 09, 2012 Jeremy Kline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I'll be brutally honest, since I know the author would expect nothing less (he is published by the same company that I am, though we have never met, and he read and reviewed my novel as well). It took me about two or three chapters to get my feet firmly planted in this alternative world. Once I did, I was sold. The best part about this novel is the main character, Popalia. At first, I really didn't like her. She is whiny and stubborn and a bit self righteous. But then I realized that the author ...more
Dina Rae
Nov 02, 2012 Dina Rae rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jake Elliot's fantasy epic begins with a robbery of a holy relic/sceptre at Popalia's (heroine of the story) church. She and her father have high-standing clergy roles and feel responsible for not being able to stop the thieves from killing a dear friend. One of the robbers, Katia, does not escape, but her accomplice, Thorngen, is the one who has their mystical sceptre. Popalia and Wynkkur, an elf/sidekick who also works at the church, set out to take Katia, their new prisoner, to another town ...more
Dayle Grixti
This review was originally posted on my blog (http://legionwood.wordpress.com/2012/...)

When I received a free PDF of Jake Elliot’s debut novel The Wrong Way Down (published by Damnation Books), I wasn’t really expecting anything different out of the genre. On first glance, The Wrong Way Down doesn’t appear to be anything other than a typical fantasy adventure full of swords, sorcery, elven mages and slippery rogues. However, despite this, I found that The Wrong Way Down actually manages to be an
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Peter Welmerink
May 23, 2015 Peter Welmerink rated it liked it
(I traded books with Jake Elliot with the expectation to receive, and give, an honest review.)

I haven't read anything remotely FANTASY in a while, but I know Jake, know he's a great writer, so I signed on to get a copy and read this first book of what I understand will end up being an ongoing series.

I love a great JOURNEY story. THE WRONG WAY DOWN doesn't disappoint in that aspect.

The story starts with introducing the main characters, Popalia and her elf friend, Wynkkur. They go on a mission t
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Candice
Sep 06, 2012 Candice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy



A great read by a new author. Quick paced, great characters, compelling plot. It's always refreshing to have a strong female protagonist, and Popolia doesn't disappoint. I can't wait to read Jake Elliot's next offering!

What my stars mean:

5 stars... this book changed the way I view life. It made me a better thinker/reader/writer/person. It holds a special place in my heart

4 stars... this book is great... I would read it again, it exceeded my expectations and I would recommend it to others.

3 stars
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D K Greene
Feb 20, 2016 D K Greene rated it really liked it
Jake Elliot's The Wrong Way Down is a story about a priestess on a mission to reclaim a unique artifact that has been stolen from her temple. With the help of an elf who is uncomfortable and unpracticed with magic, Priestess Popalia follows her heart and her god to wherever they might lead.

I don't read many fantasy adventure books, but this one held my attention all the way through the end and even prompted me to read the sequel (Crossing Mother's Grave) so that I could find out more. This would
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Ronnie
Jun 26, 2012 Ronnie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I received The Wrong Way Down free through Goodreads First Reads.

I very much enjoyed The Wrong Way Down. To me, the way the main character matured as the story progressed and the way the elves were portrayed were the highlights of the novel.

One of the reasons why I didn't rate The Wrong Way Down 5 stars is because of Jake Elliot's writing style. The way some of the sentences were phrased, took a little getting used to and this slowed the story for me.

Overall this is a very enjoyable read and
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Jasmin
Sep 10, 2013 Jasmin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the way the main character grows throughout the book. It's a good story, though it has slow part due to wording, and was enjoyable. I would recommend it to others as a good book from a new author. Overall it was a good read.
Emily Trees
Jun 28, 2012 Emily Trees rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really well written. I was a bit ambivalent to reading it because the writer is my closest friend's cousin and I was sincerely surprised that by the end of the book I couldn't put it down and was begging for more!
Alena
Aug 07, 2015 Alena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, first-reads
I received this book as a Goodreads First-Reads and now that I’ve finished it, I can honestly say that I am really happy that I was the winner of this book because I found it not only enjoyable throughout the majority of the book, but I enjoyed the humor and character development as well. It was a little slow building up to the main conflict (chasing Katia to get back what was stolen and track down Thorgen), but once they got to the Capitol City, the story just got better and better, and I found ...more
Becky Johnson
Jul 01, 2012 Becky Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am generally not a frequent reader of fantasy fiction, but The Wrong Way Down is an enjoyable read. The beginning of the novel is a bit reminiscent of The Da Vinci Code in its style of writing. Two thieves break into a remote monastery, kill a priest and steal a sacred artifact. One thief gets away with the artifact, the other thief is caught. Co-protagonists Popalia and Wynkkur set out on a journey to take the thief to the garrison for punishment and to recover the stolen artifact, but their ...more
Tyson
Nov 28, 2012 Tyson rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi-fantasy, horror
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Jake Elliot is a hybrid author who generally writes dark fiction with mildly sarcastic and ironic edges. With one short film, eight short stories, and three novels to his credit, he considers himself accomplished in a grossly over-saturated market. When not writing twisted little stories, or working for ‘the man,’ Jake and his wife enjoy going on real life adventures. World travelers, they have vi ...more
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