Shatter (The Children of Man, #1)
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Shatter (The Children of Man #1)

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"Growing up during the chaos of the Nabosian War, Faela Durante and her entire generation never knew what it meant to live in a time of peace. Though the war ended years ago, the devastation has not. Every decision, no matter how seemingly insignificant, has a consequence and some consequences can never be predicted. But some are foretold.

Less than a year ago, Faela, the f...more
Paperback, 446 pages
Published May 3rd 2010 by Createspace
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Elizabeth Mock
Jul 10, 2010 Elizabeth Mock rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
Recommends it for: fantasy fans who like David Eddings, Mercedes Lackey, James Mallory
But of course, I'm biased. I wrote the book...
Ravioli Rachel

3.5 out of 5 Stars

Shatter is the first book in "The Children of Man" series. I started this book unfortunately under the assumption that it was a duology and that it was a completely published one at that >.<

Oh ho ho I was wrong. I should probably do a little better with my research next time...


Alas, what can you do. Except not to read this series unless your aware of the fact that the third book is still unpublished (the 2nd was published in Nov. '11) and the author has stated on her we...more
2.5 stars, really. And if I were rating on concept I would go with 3.5. However, there are lots of problems with the actualization of this book. The first and foremost is that this novel is drudgery for the first several chapters. Actually, its ponderous through the first 20% of the book. I had to force myself to stick with it due to weird pacing, constantly changing point of view and general confusion about the damn plot. Admittedly, I'm glad I stuck it out as Mock seems to find her footing a...more
Mickolus Sundquist
I probably would never have read this book or even heard of it, but it was a freebie on amazon kindle a while ago. I've had it on my kindle un-read for months, but finally decided to read it.
Wow, there's a lot going on in this book. Lots of main characters. I would compare the book slightly to how Game of Thrones is (the show, I've never read the books). There are a lot of main characters in Game of Thrones and a lot of things to keep track of. Same with this book, lots of main characters, a lot...more
Ok, first off, it had a very slow start. Then once the author hit her stride with the story the book abruptly ends. A rude, nothing is resolved, what the hell kind of abrupt ending. I don't think I will be giving her a second chance to capture my interest. Although this book had some cute moments and a bit of intrigue that began to properly simmer in the second half of the book, it would benefit seriously from the efforts of a skilled editor. I strongly suspect it would make a better first part...more
As many people have experienced in the past few years, coming off the Harry Potter series has left much to be desired regarding many of the other fantasy books out there. I have had a very difficult time finding something that gives me that fix of excitement, intrigue and character likability that HP did. I hate comparing, but what else is one to do when you know the feeling you get from a great series and nothing else you've read comes close? I actually got Shatter for my NooK because it was ei...more
Dec 13, 2010 Kay rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: fantasy
This was a free Kindle book that I got from Amazon. It is a fantasy novel and the plot sounded interesting and it had good reviews so I decided to give it a try. This book was a wonderful surprise. From the get go the story grabbed me and kept me reading. I liked the characters and especially loved Faela. I found the world and the magic system interesting and liked how it was not all explained at once and instead I was able to learn about it as I read. One of the odd parts of the book is that it...more
Jun 02, 2010 Tyler rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: LOTR fans, Fantasy fans,
Recommended to Tyler by: Elizabeth Mock
I really enjoyed this book!
It has a lot of different threads, which draw together to form a tightly woven narrative with a rich mythology--leaving the author room to expand on in some prequels...
There is a complex magic system which is handled very well. This is one of the points I look for when reading fantasy (obviously...), because if it's done poorly the suspension of disbelief can fall through.
Moreover, it helps to take a look at the maps which come with the book, as the world is a key elem...more
Jessica Johnston
May 24, 2010 Jessica Johnston rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fantasy fans
Recommended to Jessica by: Elizabeth Mock
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Aeterna Nox
Often I find that in a book that follows many plot threads, divides it's focus between a handful of characters, and also tries to create its own world geography, society, and political climate, there are often rough edges where the one aspect overwhelms the others. In Shatter, Elizabeth C. Mock manages to juggle every task she undertakes. The depths to which she explores the multi-faceted characters makes me wish I could sit down at one of their campfires and enjoy their company for a few hours,...more
So I finally started going through all those free Kindle books I downloaded around Christmas time, and Shatter was the first I picked up.
First of all, thanks to Ms. Mock for making it free. I wouldn't have downloaded it otherwise and I would have totally missed out on a good story and a good author to watch.
There are really great things about the Children of Man universe. The set up for the magic is imaginative without being ridiculous--lots of diversity, great history, cool abilities. With the...more
Carla Soares
Li este livro no kindle - foi o primeiro - e sem ter lido a sinopse, pelo que nas primeiras páginas, andei confusa. Por ser um livro de fantasia, não tinha realidade, nem sequer lugares reais para ancorar-me, pelo que de início acompanhei as personagens um pouco ao sabor do vento. Mas acompanhei com muito gosto, e fui descobrindo aos poucos um mundo interessante, com o habitual sabor a antigamente, mas uma conceito de magia que, sem ser novo, funciona muito bem: as diferentes capacidades mágica,...more
Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
What .... a .... book!!! To use some cooking analogy's, this book is hot! It's a slow burner but will keep you simmering all the way through. I stayed up very late to finish this, which is rare for me as I have two young girls that get me up at the crack of dawn!

Even though I read through the synopsis what the book delivers is so much more. The characters are flawed but so well rounded. They all have their strengths and weaknesses which makes them likeable. There is humour in this book, as well...more
This book would have gotten a 2 if it hadn't been free. There was (as everyone points out) a serious lack in editing. Inconsistencies, contradictions, and lack of thought plagued the plot. I liked the idea behind the magic of this world but this seemed to be something the author was working out during the writing of the book rather then a fully formed concept. Also, certain characters and whole scenes needed much better development. I appreciated the humor (even if sometimes it was too broad and...more
Elisa Nuckle
First off, Miss Author, and this might seem like a bizarre and puny nitpick, but please, please rename Kimiko the horse to something less Japanese and more fantasy. Every time that name came along it drop-kicked me out of the story.

End nitpick

So the story was really good. I got this as a free ebook, and I have to admit I wasn't expecting much. I was pleasantly surprised. I stayed up til 3 in the morning because I HAD to know the ending. Felt good to experience that. It's been a while (book muscl...more
Feb 07, 2011 Snowstorm rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Those who like fantasy
I picked this book up as a freebie ebook from Amazon. I would have definitely paid for it and plan on getting the second book as soon as it comes out.

The book is fantasy set in an alternate universe where magic exists. The book has quite a few "main" characters and the beginning they are all introduced one after the other. Some might find the beginning a little rough, but the story quickly draws you in. Each character has their own unique personality and I thought were well defined. The dialog...more
I'm not normally big on fantasy writing as detailed as this, as I find myself lost within the first chapter of the book. However, Ms. Mock kept me intrigued right up to the cliff-hanger of an ending in her first book in the Children of Man Series. She weaves a deep and enticing tale full of magic and Scions, while still creating a vibrant fantasy world so well described that I could probably navigate on my own. Every one of her characters are enchanting, intense and easy to love. And that's sayi...more
This book suprised me in many ways, mostly because from my experiance free books on the nook are horridly written, and have sub par plots and character development. This book is very well written, the world, the characters, the magic, it all feels real while you read. You can't help but be sucked into this world.

It did start out a little slow though, which is common to most novel like this, the author has to build up the world, introduce the characters, and sometimes that's just slightly boring...more
Absolutely fabulous. Well written imagination with color magic. And the good thing is that people die...not everyone can live in a good adventure story if you are fighting for the "light"

All the "light save us" reminds me of the wheel of time cursing--made me smile!
Joshua Macdowall
Aug 20, 2014 Joshua Macdowall rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fantasy Readers
I kept thinking about how much this reminded me of a final fantasy adventure. There were also alot of parallels with the Wheel of Time series (which is a good thing to me).
The story has a great magic system, well thought out and detailed. It wasn't an info dump in the first chapter but slowly realized throughout the first and 2nd books.
The situation and character developments are realistic and believable - There isn't a stereotypical model for any of main characters.
Around 5-6 Main POV's - th...more
This book has the feel of LoTR. I liked the characters and the interaction between them. A very real feeling world. Shatter was about choices made and the consequences faced. A promising new series!
May 21, 2011 Jane rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: adults, fantasy fans, magic related
Recommended to Jane by: free Kindle find
Loved this, eagerly awaiting the next one in the series. The world building in this book is amazing and consistent. Magic system is intriguing without all the details being tediously hashed out. Inter-group politics are covered well without seeming far-fetched (a relief, some books tend towards overblown conflict without solid motivation, imnsho). Only gripe is that the perspective shifts drastically between chapters and sometimes the transition to other groups of characters is lacking (leading...more
c2010. Well, being a cynic, I figured that as this was a free download from Amazon that it would probably be a dud. I was quite wrong. It was a cracking read that I thoroughly enjoyed and can not wait for the next one. I felt there were a few problems with the editing or rather the lack thereof and the spelling errors were noticeable. I was a bit confused for the first couple of chapters as it felt as if there had been a previous book that I wasn't privy to. However, the characters soon grabbed...more
Things I liked: Initially, I quite liked the book, the characters, and the "magical world" in which they live. I liked the magical system and the way the politics of the world/countries are structured. It reminded me a lot of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series, although not as good of writing or character development. Worth reading since it was free Kindle download.

Things I didn't like or started getting annoyed with further into the story: It's almost like the author tried to go for the Wheel...more
The best way to describe this book is like a jigsaw. You keep getting pieces until you build up a picture. To me that exactly what this book is like.

Roughly, for the first half of the book I felt like I needed a codex and was missing something (like a previous book) as the book keeps throwing information at you like already know what its referring to.

For Example:- Revelation moment "You're a gray." Okay, she's a gray... What's a gray? Have I missed something? What the heck happening?

This book t...more
READER BEWARE: Yes it is certainly the author's right to choose to distribute her books any way she wishes. At the same time it may also be looked at from a reader's perspective. The author independently released the first two books of this series........and has now decided to wait on releasing additional books until her series is purchased and distributed by a publishing agency. So perhaps the series will be purchased in 2014 and then the first book will need to be re-edited and released and th...more
I'm really torn with this book. I liked the storyline, but the writing got in the way. Which isn't to say it was a badly written book. It wasn't. It was readable. There were just entire chunks of conversation that felt off, like they were being written by a giggling schoolgirl, acting out her fantasy. I guess that's what writing is all about, yeah? But it felt trite. Thankfully, that portion of the book was small enough to look past (it started at about 47% of the way through) and got back to no...more
WHEW there are a lot of names going on in this book! People, places, different types of magics, societies...Remembering them all (correctly) wouldn't be so hard if the editing wasn't so atrocious. Not only there are many typos, things are inconsistent. For instance, in the middle of a passage about Eve, Sheridan's name is suddenly thrown in, leaving the reader very confused (she's not here? I thought this was Eve? etc, etc), only to have it go back to being about Eve. Alright fine, just one time...more
Justyn Rampa
So I picked this up once I first got it and got about 100 pages in and then life got in the way and I didn't have the time to give the book as much attention as I wanted to give it. Fast forward a year or so later and I have a pocket of time when I am suddenly struck that I want to play a Final Fantasy game and read something that puts me in that mindset.

Immediately I picked up Shatter because from the 100+ pages I read initially, it felt like a very distinct type of fantasy book. One with an el...more
Wow, this book totally took me for a surprise. This was incredibly good book for an independent book with no publisher. I have had this thing sitting on my Kindle since 2010, and I have no idea how I originally picked up. I am really glad I read it though.

Shatter features a really strong set of female characters, which i always enjoy. The female characters are strong, capable and each have their own personalities. They are matched equally as well with a nice compliment. At its outset this book...more
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Elizabeth C. Mock grew up with a passion for stories and writing as well as exploring wardrobes. She and her husband live in Cincinnati, OH, where they watch too many movies and plot their next culinary adventure. She currently teaches philosophy, spends too much time on social networking sites, and continues writing The Children of Man series and working on other projects. From time to time, she...more
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“Rafaela, we all hurt people." Tobias’ voice was sharp. "That’s universal. We’re all broken and those shards will cut those around us.” 14 likes
“Information is not understanding,” Tobias replied, his light-hearted tone replaced with sobriety. “You can give information, but you can never give understanding.” 12 likes
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