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Prince of Bryanae

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Elven soldier Willow serves the human Kingdom of Bryanae in a bid to overcome her traumatic past. Emotionally crippled and driven by her personal demons, she has buried that past so deeply that she has forgotten it altogether ... but it hasn't forgotten her.

Paralyzed by an inexplicable terror, she watches helplessly as old enemies kidnap the Prince. Considered by most of
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Paperback, 458 pages
Published December 9th 2010 (first published November 3rd 2010)
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Rick F.
"After over a century of valiant service, the elven soldier Willow has buried her past so deeply that even she has forgotten it. But it hasn't forgotten her. Now old enemies have found her and have kidnapped the Prince of Bryanae before her very eyes"- A quick intro into an extraordinary world created by Jeffrey Getzin. Occupied by characters so unique and so finely drawn by a mangificent writer, the reader is truly tansported into Mr. Getzin's magical yet dangerous world. The elven soldier Will ...more
Carlyle Clark
PRINCE OF BRYANAE is subtler and more complex than the slaughter-fest cover would have you believe. Don't get me wrong, there's plenty of violence and mayhem, so don't read that the protagonist Willow is an elf and expect a Young Adulty type fantasy. This ain't that, and it ain't for the faint of heart. With that disclaimer, I'll say that for those who do read it, you get an interesting look at the hard-ass, anti-social type character prevalent in fantasy fiction as well as many other genres, bu ...more
Anna
I purchased this book on Amazon for .99¢, and to be honest I wasn’t expecting much. Usually for that kind of deal, you usually get a quick read filled with grammatical errors, misspellings, and shallow characters. I’m glad I was wrong. The first thing I noticed was how extensive the story is. Thanks to Kindle, I always know how far I am into the book, and if I’m going for an epic fantasy story, I prefer it to be a long one. The backstory doesn’t kick in until about mid-book, making me wonder wha ...more
Gunnar
I'm afraid three stars is the best I can give this story. Jeffrey Getzin's writing is excellent. I love his simple, dry style, he's one of the few Kindle writers who gets the concept of character voice, and while there are a few missing or incorrect words, there wasn't enough of that to yank me from the story. Unfortunately.

This is a dark one. It could be classified as epic, but IMO dark fantasy is a more appropriate genre for it. The violence done to the main character became repetitive and see
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Audrey Woods
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Emily
First let me say sorry that it's taken me so long however, My reading of the book was impeded upon by my husband finding a liking for this book and stealing it every chance he got to read it even while I was trying to read it. He has a bit of a habit of being impatient when he likes something needless to say I found myself reading the same chapter several times in the hopes of finding my lost place. This did not however make me regret reading the book at all actually it allowed me a greater gift ...more
Elloise Hopkins
PRINCE OF BRYANAE
By Jeffrey Getzin.

Discipline. That is the word Elven princess turned soldier Willow lives by. Discipline keeps her strong. Discipline keeps her alive. Discipline keeps her past in the past. Willow is far from the classic Elven beauty of fantasy. She is strong, determined and unconcerned with her looks or the opinions of others. She does her duty and she does it well. Until now.

Bryanae is under threat and for some reason Willow cannot act. She wants to, but some familiarity of c
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Raquel
I absolutely loved this. The story is intense and engrossing; the characters complex and diverse. It's dark and rather violent, but the result is emotional and poignant, not at all senseless or horrific. There is so much going on here! I often speed read through "boring" parts of books or rush to finish if I get tired of a story, but that was not the case here! I found myself waiting until I had uninterrupted time available so that I could really absorb and enjoy what was coming. This book got m ...more
Erica
Prince of Bryanae was quite a bit darker than what I'd anticipated when I picked it up. I couldn't suppress a visceral reaction to some of the violence, and that is as much a credit to the writer as is the fact that by the time this started happening, I was far too attached to Willow and Tamlevar to walk away from them. I'm glad I stuck around, because watching both of them fight their way along and complete this journey was incredibly rewarding.

Getzin's writing style is accessible and entertain
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Gretchen
I really enjoyed this book. It's a good fantasy novel with an elves, some mages, etc. The main character, Willow, is an elf who lives among humans as the Captain in the army. Her old enemies, the Kards, invade the land and kidnap the prince right in front of her. So she goes on a quest to rescue the prince and in the process confronts some old fears, demons, etc. At first when I started reading it, I was not sure I was going to like the main character, but as I kept reading, I really got wrapped ...more
Rob Martell
Dec 27, 2010 Rob Martell rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: any Fantasy book reader.
Impressed with the book and gave three for Christmas presents.

The Prince of Byranae is a book for the lovers of Fantasy. It finds a great balance by providing characters you love, hate and completely despise , all throughout the book. The main character ( Willow ) has wonderful strengths and flaws that poke you in the eye in the first few chapters. She is a great hero, not the flawless hero that some fantasy novels want you to believe in. The real treat of book , after the characters, are the ba
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Rachel
I won a copy of this book through first reads.

And I'm so glad I did!

I really enjoyed this book. In fact, I had trouble putting it down. It was a fairly fast paced story. It starts off without much of an introduction - just a jump right into action. I was unsure about this, but as I progressed through the book, I realized why this had been done. I was discovering things right along with the main character.

I don't want to give away anything about the story or ending. So I'll just say that if you l
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Patricia
I really began reading this book with a little trepidation, because as far a reading is concerned, it seemed way out of my comfort zone. But, it turned out to be one of the best decisions I've ever made, as far as reading goes. It has everything! Centring around an elf princess, it has mystical lands, murder and mayhem, unrequited love, magic and a damn good story and believable character. It's a, 'can't put down', book, so well done Mr Getzin. Fabulous!
Erin Channell
Received a free copy via Goodreads First reads.

The book started off well and before I knew it I was 100 pages in...however I found myself wondering when I'd start learning the back story. While it came a little later in the book than I would have liked, the way it was presented was unique and provided a different way to advance the storyline while providing the foundation I felt was missing. Looking forward to the next book.
Ron
This is a great book to read with great characters that you can truly come to both love and hate. It is an action packed read that at times is hard to put down. The only thing that keeps this book from getting 5 stars is that the end is too rushed and predictable. This was a good enough story that I really wouldn't have minded if it hadn't been so complete and left me wondering what the next book would bring.
Nedra
LOVE FANTASY---- I really enjoyed this book. It's a good fantasy novel with a female elf. Willow is an elf who lived amoung humans as the captain in the military.The Kards kidnap the Prince, and she goes on a quest to rescue the Prince and in the process, she has to deal with her old fears.It's was amazing how Willow survive all her injures. Great Book
Miriam
This story is amazing! I loved it!
I admit I was put off from reading it from the cover. I was expecting a bloody gruesome book for teenager boys.
Instead there is a wonderful story, complicated, lively and full of good and horrible moments.



Dan
The most interesting new fantasy that Ive picked up in years. Every character is well thought detailed and the reader becomes invested in all of them. A truly great read.
Lisa Pietsch
Just started and had a hard time pulling away after the first chapter!

Getzin gets it! Great story, great characters, great world.

Definitely worth the read!
Ryk E.
Sep 30, 2012 Ryk E. rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes their fantasy dark and gritty
Recommended to Ryk by: The author
Prince of Bryanae is a self-published novel that does everything right. It starts by having a fast-moving, well-written story as its core and reason for being, but in addition the author, Jeff Getzin, has gone those extra miles that, sadly, few self-published authors seem to realize are necessary; he has obviously had professionals provide him with editing and layout as well as a well-done cover painting, and the result is a fully professional novel that can sit proudly next to anything the big ...more
Jesse
*First Reads Contest Winner*

I'm probably leaning to 2.5 stars on this one. Like others, I was really happy with the first part of the book. There was no lack for action, and the description of the world, while not very in depth, was sufficient enough. It's a story of an elven princess who gets concussed repeatedly throughout a quest to save a prince. Honestly, the abuse she takes begins getting repetitive, and when the heinous abuse she suffered was revealed in her back story, i felt it was almo
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Alisha Robinson
I received a copy of this novel for free in exchange for an honest review.
The original review can be found here: http://tracyriva.com/

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If I had to describe this novel in one word it would be, long. Exceedingly long, but that is how epic fantasy tends to be. This is not a light read in any sense of the word. Although the writing style comes off as YA it is not for younger readers or for anyone who doesn’t like to read unpleasant, graphic content, including baby killing, beatings and chi
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S.C. Reynolds
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Chris
A good first novel with a few quirks that keep it at three stars. There's just a bit too much Jerry Springer horror story to it, and a few too many dream sequences for my liking. I'd say check it out, if not for it's own merit, at least for the great promise the author shows. Keep an eye out for the prequels.
Melanie
I was so excited to read this book, and yet I had a very hard time getting through it. The characters were very flat with no real depth or realness. There was something lacking throughout the story.

Perhaps if their is a sequel it will be better, series first books are sometimes the worst.
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Jeffrey Getzin graduated from Clark University where he won the Loring Holmes and Ruth Dodd Drama Contest for an original one-act play. He has a master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Pittsburgh. Jeffrey currently develops software for Google in New York City, and lives in New Jersey with his long-time girlfriend Kate and a seemingly infinite number of cats.

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