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Erekos

3.57 of 5 stars 3.57  ·  rating details  ·  51 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Her sister swore that she would never let her die; now the entire world may pay the price.


In a land where gods walk beside men and witches defy death, war changes everything. Scholar and warrior, witch and king, priestess and corpse—all must come together to save their world from the ravages of the coming tempest.
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Published September 21st 2010 by Candlemark & Gleam (first published January 1st 2010)
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Rebecca
Tuomala has some of the most lush, evocative prose I've had the pleasure to read in awhile. It's a little strangely formal in some places, but the story moves with a dreamlike rhythm through a densely imagined world. Most of the characters manage to sidestep many of the tired tropes that plague high fantasy, somehow feeling like archetypes without being stereotypes.

There are some places where the baroque language verges on twee, such as the quarter chapter from the perspective of a snake. I thin...more
Ron
When you pick up this book, you have two options: either you love it, or you hate. I don’t believe there’s a middle point. I’m on team Love, but I’m also aware that the very things that made it such a special read might be a turndown for another reader.

So, what is it about Erekos that’s so special, anyway?

The voice.

The voice is all-encompassing, in that it swallows the importance of characters and plot. What captures you is the storytelling, and if you don’t like it, no amount of amazing charact...more
Susan Bigelow
I absolutely loved this book. On the surface, it's the story of Achane, a swamp witch who brings her sister back to life as a zombi, but it's so much more than that as well. The plot encompasses a bitter war between two nations, and the emergence of a third people on the borderlands. The march of history is clearly at work here. It also has to do with a family of gods, who meddle with humans throughout the story.

Perhaps the thing I loved best was the wide sweep of the world, and the lush descrip...more
Gecky Boz
Erudite Erekos

*I received this e-book for free from Candlemark & Gleam Publishing.

This book gets a solid 3 gnomes and a gnome hat out of 5 gnomes for great descriptive language, intriguing characters and well though out world building.

The cover draws you right in and makes you want to investigate this book, it has a mysterious yet creepy vibe.

I personally could have gone without all the pronunciation stuff in the beginning I prefer stuff like that to be at the end of the book or be a lot sh...more
Pamela
A.M. Tuomala’s epic fantasy is beautifully conceived and written, and it is a strong debut both for the author as well as its new indie e-publisher , Candlemark and Gleam.

This is one of the most original fantasies I’ve read in quite a while. The world seems to be influenced in equal parts by more traditional medieval European fantasy, Greek mythology, and African religion and folklore, and that makes for a fascinating, fresh take on the epic fantasy genre. I’m a fan of the more traditional medie...more
Christin (Portrait of a Book)
Rounding up - 3.5 stars

Where to begin? I think I can safely say that Erekos is not like anything I have read before. There are familiar elements, of course - mythology, people at war, a marriage of necessity, and even a zombi - but Tuomala blends them all together in a truly unique way.

The story has the feel of a medieval legend from a distant land. From the setting of the swamp of the alligator palms, to the encampments in the mountains, to the isolated fortress, it is easy to be swept away by...more
April Steenburgh
I can happily say I have never read a book quite like this. It unfolds as each page is turned, pulling you further in with every new paragraph. You aren’t introduced to people and places, you are immersed in them.

This is a fantasy for those who like their books with a more literary feel. This is not the classic epic story style, and part of the book’s elegance comes from this deviation. What first appears as meandering between people and places weaves together a fascinating, horrifying world peo...more
Between the Covers
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Where to begin? I think I can safely say that Erekos is not like anything I have read before. There are familiar elements, of course - mythology, people at war, a marriage of necessity, and even a zombi - but Tuomala blends them all together in a truly unique way.

The story has the feel of a medieval legend from a distant land. From the setting of the swamp of the alligator palms, to the encampments in the mountains, to the isol...more
Katya
This is a very… different book.

I’m not even sure how to classify it.

While it’s fantasy, it’s not quite like any other fantasy I’ve read (yes, even the China Mieville brand. It’s weirder than that.) It’s most certainly not a character-driven piece - in fact, it’s as far from a character driven piece as I can think of. The voice is definitely unusual, with a higher authorial presence than I’m used to.

Really, I didn’t know what to think of this, until I realised this reminded me most of Madeline Cl...more
Emily
I'm simply at a loss of words over this masterpiece of fantasy that A.M. Tuomala has created. The creation and time put into the world that this revolves around instantly pulled me in and caused me to turn the pages reading each as if it might be the last and leave me longing. I enjoyed that in the beginning of the story the time was taken to break down the linguistics of this story and the correct pronouncement of terms and words. I loved the pull from so many cultures that were influence into...more
Aleksandr Voinov
I've had the honour of reading the advanced manuscript, and Erekos quite easily fits among my fantasy favourites. Intelligent, insightful, even wise like the best fantasy novels - I don't hesitate to mention it in the same breath as "The Last Unicorn", so if you enjoyed that, and possible Michael Ende's "Neverending Story", "Erekos" is for you. Easily five stars. If there were six, I'd give it six.

ETA: Publisher's Weekly has good taste: Erekos was voted among the top 100 books of 2011:

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K. Bird
This was a tricky one for me to review. Much like Amberlight by Sylvia Kelso, Erekos is a detailed, imaginatively drawn world where gods and man intermingle closely. This book's voices are authentically crafted; whether a rogue of a Lord balanced precariously between two warring countries or a swamp magic woman thinking of growing things and ordinary hearth-work.

The book opens with the swamp witch Achane raising her beloved sister from the dead. But all doesn't go as planned, and while her siste...more
A Book Vacation
Opening with the creation of a zombie and the eventual kidnapping of the main character, Achane, readers will easily be drawn into this unique story. Tuomala paints very vivid pictures for her readers and the journey across Erekos is a beautiful one, honing in on many scenic descriptions that will cause the reader to feel as if they’re physically within the pages of the story. This is a very descriptive novel, and Tuomala’s ability to capture life so beautifully is a testament to her writing abi...more
Heather Book Savvy Babe
Unfortunately, not every book available is a good fit for every reader. I enjoy many genres of books, fantasy included. I enjoy trying out new novels, authors, and styles, but every once in a long while, I come across a style that just does not suit me.
Erekos is a fantasy novel written in language that could be described as a literary prose. This sounded quite appealing, however, I discovered that this style of writing is not for me. The descriptions were often long, flowing, and felt too drawn...more
Heather Book Savvy Babe
Unfortunately, not every book available is a good fit for every reader. I enjoy many genres of books, fantasy included. I enjoy trying out new novels, authors, and styles, but every once in a long while, I come across a style that just does not suit me.
Erekos is a fantasy novel written in language that could be described as a literary prose. This sounded quite appealing, however, I discovered that this style of writing is not for me. The descriptions were often long, flowing, and felt too drawn...more
April-lyn
Jan 07, 2011 April-lyn rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to April-lyn by: Candlemark & Gleam
Shelves: fantasy, e-book, fiction
At first, I wasn't quite sure what I thought of this book. It was slow moving, and focused much more on world-building than moving forward the action of the story. The metaphors were a little over the top at times for my tastes, and I spent a lot of time wondering if anything was ever going to happen. There seemed to be a lot of wandering through swamplands and not much else. I ended up putting the book down for a few months.

But the slow build up worked well for Erekos. It was as if the story we...more
Michelle
One cannot love every book; in fact, one cannot like every book. Yet, one can learn from every book one reads. My learning from Erekos is that I need to be more selective of the fantasy/speculative fiction novels I choose to read. It taught me that while I enjoy novels that posit a very different future, I do like them to be somewhat realistic. If it is fantastic, the fantasy must be extremely well-written and explained. Unfortunately, Erekos did not mean any of those requirements, and as such,...more
M. Fenn
I have to admit that I'm still getting used to reading e-books. I don't have a reader yet, and so read on my laptop. Some books, like Candlemark & Gleam's own Broken, are an easy laptop read.

Erekos, though, was a struggle, and it was difficult to keep returning to my laptop screen to continue reading. However, I recently won a hard copy paperback of the book and found myself immediately immersed in A.M. Tuomala's world. The language used is dense and beautiful. Tuomala knows how to write a s...more
Jennifer
Erekos took a very long time for me to finish solely because it was not my type of fantasy. A healer/witch who cannot deal with the death of her sister raises said sister as a zombi. But she wasn't your mindless, shambling dead. Her soul was trapped in her rotting body. There were monarchs, there was war and there was a beautiful intricate world with a Middle Ages feel.

The zombi aspect attracted me to the book, but ultimately it wasn't a zombie book the way most of us think of it. This was much...more
John
I wanted to like this book more than I did, because it was written by my high school best friend (A.M. Tuomala is a pseudonym). However, she is not one to waste words. A story that would take most authors 700 pages to write was summed up in a neat 300 pages here. At times, I really felt like this caused the story to suffer, because we didn't get explanations of why or where things were happening. For one thing, I didn't feel like I got a good explanation for why the priestess and the zombi chose...more
Nicki Markus
For a reasonably short book, this one took a long time to read and I think that's because I never really got into it. The story and characters didn't grab me and so it was all to easy too find other things I'd rather be doing than reading it.

I liked the idea behind the book, but, for me, it just didn't quite come together. The characters fell flat and the story just seemed to drag, bogged down by overly wordy prose.

I could, therefore, only give this book two stars. The story was therefore, but i...more
N
"Erekos" by A.M. Tuomala is a dark is a fantasy novel.It started dreadfully slow. I kept putting it down wondering if I was going to read the whole thing. Something kept bringing me back to reading it though.I had to find out what was going to happen.I kept getting lost in the character descriptions as the names are to similar. As the story progressed I found myself engrossed in the story. Funny thing I kinda enjoyed the journey to the very end. All in all a good read. I won this book through th...more
Jamie (The Title Page)
Feb 06, 2013 Jamie (The Title Page) marked it as downloaded-to-read  ·  review of another edition
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DISCLAIMER: I received Erekos as a publisher ARC through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

This review can also be found at The Title Page

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Dwain Smith
Beautifully written, full of fascinating characters, mythic storytelling, and high quality world building.
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Seems very sad and serious. I think maybe I'll read this in the summer, for contrast.
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