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3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  14 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Can one ever recall the very moment when the first step of destiny was taken? Retrospect can make this possible; or in 462 BC, the aid of a powerful relic can bring the needed clarity. However, for Halíth, it might have been but a slip of the tongue; a fleeting lack of sensibility…

Or one Bitter Black ale too many…

Sixteen-year-old Halíth, known by her friends and comrades
Paperback, 424 pages
Published March 30th 2010 by Pale Criminal Works
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Mishel Zabala
Jul 09, 2011 Mishel Zabala rated it really liked it
My Rating: 3.75/5 stars!

I haven’t read many fantasy quest novels yet but I’m slowly working on adding more of the genre into my reading. Halith isn’t an epic tale by any means but it successfully transported me into another world without over-complicating things for me. Even if the map of Aessyra wasn’t provided for reference I still wouldn’t have felt lost. Kirsten does a remarkable job describing the different parts of Halith’s world and all of the characters she comes into contact with. I wil
Anna Dye
Jan 30, 2011 Anna Dye rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This author of high fantasy writes with warmth and in a way that preteen and teens will find friendly. The descriptions in this book are beautifully written. They paint a vivid picture in the reader’s mind.
The story is that of a sixteen-year-old young woman by the name of Halith. She has grown up partially with her mother, then in a convent with a superior priestess that really cares for her and finally with her uncle, who wants to marry her to a fat merchant.
To th
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
In Aessyra, war is imminent. The wise ponder the meaning of an ancient prophesy of destruction. Scattered across the land on fragments of parchment, these cryptic words consume them, spurring them into action...

But what if the wise are wrong?

Sixteen year old Halith only wants to meet her father, the High King, but her mother and a strange man have other plans for her. She is sent away for fosterage, 'for her own good'. Plans go astray, and Halith rails against her fate, longing to know who she r
Elizabeth Ehlen
Mar 07, 2015 Elizabeth Ehlen rated it liked it
Halith has always had a love/hate relationship with her destiny. On the one hand, she has always known she was meant to be a warrior, despite the obvious gender stereotype issue. On the other hand, people in her life keep pointing her toward her true destiny, and she doesn’t like following directions. In keeping with her defiance of the norm, she gathers her friends and makes plans to thwart the war of the inevitable. At the heart of it though, is her desire to meet her famous father and find ou ...more
Apr 19, 2010 Chrissy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Halith is a wonderful YA Fantasy novel that can be enjoyed by everyone. I am glad to see a young adult woman figure with strength and courage leap off the pages with every turn. From the moment Halith found out she was to marry an old fat merchant she began taking her own destiny in her hands. Halith just knew she had to escape this arranged marriage her uncle set up for her.

Halith's (who was only 16) journey began one night as she ran away from her home where she lived with her uncle. She heade
Mar 02, 2012 Kellie rated it really liked it
I have always had a soft spot for the female heroine, which is why I gave Halith, by Kirsten Kelly, a try. Halith is an epic tale about a 16 year old girl named Halith, who, in the midst of war, discovers her destiny.

Standing an intimidating 6 feet tall, with broad shoulders and masculine hands, Halith notices that she is not like the other girls her age. The daughter of the High King, whom she has never met, his warrior blood line has always called to her. The opportunity to live her dreams abo
Apr 20, 2010 Kristina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought Halith was a wonderful YA fantasy!
Kirsten Kelly did some amazing world-building in this story. She's a descriptive writer who manages to form a picture in your mind. After reading up on the book I found out that Kirsten managed to intertwine fact and fiction into her world of Aessyra. I love that because I think it always manages to make a story come to life.
The main character Halith is fantastic. I loved the fact that she was a female warrior. Why's this you ask? Well, in this story i
Aug 02, 2012 Nicole rated it did not like it
I stopped reading this book after about 149 pages because it was so hard to read. It was just way too formal, way too, "Ello, would you prefer cake or crumpets with your tea?" So I read it, I just didn't read all of it. Really boring... that's basically how to describe it. It took me a year and a half to get through 149 pages.
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