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Corona (Chronicles of Jaenrye, #1)

4.56 of 5 stars 4.56  ·  rating details  ·  43 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Long past the Age of Wonder, several thirty-somethings form an unlikely band of adventurers in this fair land of Jaenrye. Can they keep at bay the seemingly inevitable rule of a man determined to destroy the magic they can't bring themselves to believe in? Tom Strausser is a lonely failed musician with a day job he hates. Rose Smith thinks she could be a best-selling novel ...more
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Steven Novak
It's not so easy to write a book that both keeps you entertained and makes you think, and it's a rare gem of a find when you come across an author capable of meshing both seamlessly. MJ Heiser is exactly that author.

Which is good, because I paid my hard earned cash on this book and getting ripped off tends to make me as happy as a weepy, Lindsay Lohan in her tiny, tiny jail cell.

With Corona, the good Ms. Heiser has created a word that feels both real and imagined but never for a moment fake. T
Jenn (Booksessed)
I am going to try my best to write this review without any spoilers. When I was first offered a copy of Corona, I thought the synopsis sounded really awesome. But usually between the time I accept a review request and the time I start reading the book, I’ve read several books in between. I’ve also usually forgotten what the synopsis was about. It’s that personality quirk of mine that makes reading books like Corona great.
I knew that I was going to like this book as soon as I started reading the
Christine Butler
This is an amazing fantasy story that will draw you in and make you a part of the world of Jaenrye. While I had a little trouble getting into this book at first (due in part to many distractions outside the book), I stuck around long enough to be captivated by the story that was being told. The first thing that grips you about this book is the sheer volume of its cast. The characters themselves, while in large quantity, were not lacking in quality at all. As the words flowed from the pages I cou ...more
Melissa Benson
I have to admit, I was there during the very dramatic creation and birthing of this story. I was very honored to be one of the few to see the before and afters!

My friend Mj Heiser is absolutely a breathtaking storyteller. She gives such vibrant and stunning imagery in the "movie" playing while I read.

I love the characters..and you may possibly, if you know me, catch one character that resembles me! Thanks for that Mj!

This Epic tale begins with a group of unlikely heroes, blossoms into an adven
A fantastic debut from this author. A fantasy novel that will cross reading audiences. I don't consider myself a fantasy reader, and this one caught me from the beginning. I love the rich cast of characters and the fantasy setting.

The reader will be hauled along at a breakneck pace and be ready for the next installment!
Stephanie Cline
Read the this when it came out on Kindle and have now purchased the paperback version from amazon. I loved it and had a hard time putting it down. It kept me coming back for more. I loved the way she kept you going between the two different worlds. It's a book I would recommend to anyone who loves fantasy.
I love the concept MJ Heiser has illustrated so eloquently here. It makes me wonder about my own unfinished stories. Five stars!
Easily Mused
Corona: Special Edition is a unique, deeply imaginative story that fuses together the author’s brilliant fairytale land with likable, modern day characters. I found myself comparing the intricate storyline and deeply complex characters to Neil Gaiman’s or J.R.R.Tolkien’s. It is obvious that Heiser spent a good deal of time on character development—they feel authentic, as if they were pulled straight from the world around her. Rose, one of the story’s heroines, has her own insecurities and flaws ...more
V.r. Christensen
This is a really fun and imaginative work. A young girl's imaginary friends become very real as she creates, in her mind and then on paper, a fictional world. But, as the girl grows into womanhood, other priorities take over, leaving that fictional world vulnerable those who would destroy it. There is much to like about this work; memorable characters, a great deal of allegory (which I particularly appreciate and reminds me of C.S. Lewis), luscious setting, clever dialogue and a storyline that n ...more
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MJ Heiser (aka Mary Johnson Heiser) was born in the Philippines to an American Navy man and a Filipino woman, who realized quickly that her clumsiness was incompatible with her native land and relocated her to the United States. She learned to read at the age of three, started doodling stories at the age of eight, obtained her first typewriter at the age of 12, and finished her first book at the a ...more
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