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Chosen (The Elm Stone Saga #1)

4.18  ·  Rating Details ·  34 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Chosen is an urban fantasy novel and is book one in The Elm Stone Saga. The White Elm council has governed the magical societies of the world for centuries, keeping the peace, leading the way of the light, but when popular and powerful Lisandro announces his intention to leave the council, a line is drawn in the sand.

Young Irish sorceress Aristea Byrne jumps at the opport
Paperback, 482 pages
Published May 29th 2016 by Ouroborus Book Services (first published January 1st 2014)
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Jaroslav Košut
Dec 29, 2014 Jaroslav Košut rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Let me tell you a story.

Once upon a time, there was a young man. Like many people his age, he enjoyed movies, video games, parties... stuff like that. He didn't read much. Actually, he didn't read at all. The last time he read a book was a decade ago. Little did he know that was about to change...

One day he ordered a book – more to show support to his friend than to satisfy his desire to read. You could say it was a regular book, since it looked like any other book, but you would be wrong. It wa
Rebecca Foster
Aug 30, 2014 Rebecca Foster rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Morgansen does a spectacular job of making magic itself appear real. It seems quite clear that she has a tremendous amount of scientific knowledge that she draws from to make this happen. Whether she has a background in science, or not, that I don't know.

But she clearly understands scientific processes and theories.

We see this in the instructors of the White Elm Academy. The reader is privy to bits and pieces of lecture that feel very much like real classroom lectures... though more interesting
Hal Emmerich
Jan 14, 2015 Hal Emmerich rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first thoughts are that I can't wait to read the next in the series. The tight, direct, impactful prose makes for an easy-to-follow flow in the action and makes the story a real page-turner. Prose is important, I think, and is the basis of style for an author, and hers, though somewhat topical, effectively comes off as unpretentious, which I prefer to flowery fluff without meaning. Her writing has the sort of bite to make the story entertaining and hard to put down. There is suspense in ...more
Katharine (Ventureadlaxre)
Katharine is a judge for the Aurealis Awards. This entry is the personal opinion of Katharine herself, and does not necessarily reflect the opinion of any judging panel, the judging coordinator or the Aurealis Awards management team.

To be safe, I won't be recording my thoughts (if I choose to) here until after the AA are over.
David Seymour
This is the best goddamn book that I have read in a very VERY long time. I highly recommend this to anyone and everyone. Do yourself a favour and read it now!!
Oct 30, 2016 Erin rated it it was amazing
For more of my reviews, and to read a guest post from the author of Chosen, check out my blog!

My Rating: 4.75 Stars

Alright y’all, I will admit, when I first started this book, it was a little reminiscent of Harry Potter – I was immediately concerned. Teenager gets contacted by magical school that wants to train her to be a sorcerer…with a wand. However, as the book progressed, it became immediately apparent to me that while the author of this book may have been a Harry Potter fan (Shayla actuall
Oct 27, 2016 Joeldipops rated it it was ok
This is a self-published YA book, and it shows all the hallmarks of one. Bland but oh-so-special teenage protagonist, some very awkward prose that probably would have been picked up by a professional editing process, and way too much "telling" as opposed to "showing" coming from the point-of-view character's monologue. There's also an important subplot that gets pretty close to "Creepy Paranormal Romance" except for the protagonist telling us they're totally just mates every now and then. I ...more
PJ Steen
Jun 12, 2014 PJ Steen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Birth of a New Classic

Earlier this year, I was delighted to have received an invitation from Ouroborus Books,to attend the world launch of what I was promised to be the beginning of a fantastic magical new series and I have to be honest in declaring that it was actually the novel's title that first captured my attention; ‘The Elmstone Saga: CHOSEN’.

I am pleased to report, that every word that followed in this novel (from first time author Shayla Morgansen), did not fail to disappoint.
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Marjorie Dawson
Jul 14, 2015 Marjorie Dawson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Superb young fantasy that grown in depth as it unfolds. Like all good fantasy a believable world develops and grows, switching between Aristea and her thoughts as a determined, intelligent young woman her friends, and enemies, and the grown up sorcerers of the magical world around her who are trying to cope with a desperate betrayal.

The story skillfully avoids any soppy psuedo-romantic pitfalls, using the student interaction to develop characters, move the story along, and add a touch of humour
Danielle Alice
Aug 27, 2016 Danielle Alice rated it really liked it
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It's engaging and well written and I couldn't put it down! Looking forward to reading the next.
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Sue Holmes
Nov 29, 2015 Sue Holmes rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, dnf
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Feb 04, 2016 Theresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable read - interesting storyline and engaging characters. Looking forward to Book 2.
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Author. Teacher. Editor. Jedi. Muggle-born. X-phile. Gen-Y. Aussie.
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Other Books in the Series

The Elm Stone Saga (3 books)
  • Scarred (The Elm Stone Saga, #2)
  • Unbidden (The Elm Stone Saga, #3)

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