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The Hermetica of Elysium by Annmarie Banks
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Dec 22, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: fantasy, free, friendship, historical-fiction, romance, requested-review
Read from December 07 to 15, 2011

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for a review.

The Hermetica of Elysium by Annmarie Banks beautifully blends all the genres published by Knox Robinson Publishing: historical fiction, historical romance, and fantasy.

The Hermetica is the fascinating story of Nadira, the daughter of a once prominent emir who was sold into slavery with her mother. Slavery?!? Yes, Nadira's story takes place in the 15th century (1494 to be exact), and she has to cope with all the realities of that time (the Black Friars, the Renaissance, the Dominicans, the Inquisition, the Templar Knights, Pope Alexander VI, King Charles VIII).

Nadira's unique personal history creates "the perfect storm", which this story centers around. Nadira can read and speak in quite a few languages, The Hermetica is a book written in many different dialects, and it is the commodity that everyone wants. Its powers are sought after by many, hence Nadira is also sought after. None hesitate to use Nadira nor hesitate to try to use the book for their own gain.

As Nadira is made to read and translate the book she gains the very power others seek, but she also gains friendship and love. Her open mind and open heart serves her very well as her journey starts in this first book of the Elysium Texts Series. Yes, this is only the start of Nadira's journey. The Hermetica of Elysium, published December 8, 2011, is the first book with The Necromancer's Grimoire (Elysium Texts Series) expected publication date being September 6, 2012.

The only letdown from The Hermetica is having to wait 10 months for the next book. Beyond that it is a highly recommended read, which is available in hardcover and eBook formats.

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