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Awaken His Eyes

(The Awakened #1)

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  4,182 ratings  ·  302 reviews
THE HISTORY: Over five thousand years ago, a renegade faction of angels abandoned the spiritual realm and began their inhabitation of earth. Worshiped as gods for their wisdom and power, they corrupted the realm of the physical and forever altered the course of history.

THE PROPHECY: Amidst the chaos of a dying world, a lone voice foretold the awakening of a war
Kindle Edition, Second, 286 pages
Published May 16th 2011 by 4shadow, LLC (first published October 24th 2010)
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Jun 19, 2012 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one. Ever.
Shelves: waste-of-time
As much as I wanted to like this book, and I did, nothing really happened at all. This book was like an extremely long introductory paragraph, setting up a fantastic story, the problem being that it takes up an entire book. I read maybe 3/4's of the way through this book before I stopped, and it was such a relief when I did. There are so many sections of this book that could have been amazing, but for some reason, Jason Tesar decided to prolong the reader's suffering. At least half of this book ...more
Feb 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: epic fantasy fans
Shelves: epic-fantasy
4.5 stars.

I just read the book summary for the first time, and it's a complete surprise. I'm interested to see how the gods and parallel worlds come into play. I did think it was PA from the prologue, but then it turned into something else. I really, really enjoyed this one!
Pauline Ross
This is the author's debut work, published in three parts (called Part One, Part Two and Part Three, and isn't that better than inventing meaningless titles?). These are all cheap downloads, and even better value as a combined volume, which is how I read it. This review covers Part One.
The opening is intriguing - an apparently present-day encounter with someone from another time (or world), and then we are plunged into a standard fantasy scenario, a ruling family is a great city, which is fragm
Oct 21, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
In one word -- "childish"

Just in case you haven't, go and read this book's description. All set? Sounds pretty good, right? Well, too bad you're not going to read anything like that. Though the description of fallen angels and parallel worlds sounds intriguing, the actual content of this book has nothing to do with that. At all. Maybe the sequels do, but that's not the point. The point is to build on a theme and tell a story and the story this tells is, again, childish. I'm so glad I
Aug 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
There are two reasons I did not give this book 4 stars. First, it ends in a real cliffhanger, no resolution by the end of the book; it is still not clear what purpose was for the prolog and the first chapter. Second, the further direction of the series is not clear.

Other than that, this is a very solid entertaining book. A very general outline of the plot: a privileged/well-to-do household of Empire's city governor/army general is torn apart by a series of events; now the people are trying to s
Lacey New
Jun 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: incredible
This story is simply wonderful. Tesar is a fantastic writer. You won't be disappointed if you read this book. The first book is free in the kindle store so check it out!!!
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it

Intriguing premise although it leaves you dangling with the events of the first chapter. Clearly the set up for a continuation of the series but still disappointing to have that scenario totally ignored for the rest of the book.
Cheryl Landmark
Mar 25, 2014 rated it liked it
This book and series was recommended to me by a co-worker, who said he really enjoyed it and thought it was very good. Well, sadly, I can't say that it was amazing or even very good, but it was enjoyable for the most part.

The premise was promising, but it just didn't quite deliver the goods. There seemed to be too many disjointed plot lines that took away from the flow, and there was a very long stretch in the middle when Kael was undergoing his training under the tutelage of Ukiru t
Feb 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone that is a fan of fantasy
Recommended to Gary by: Pixel of Ink
Shelves: own, kindle, 2012
Jason Tesar debut novel is intriguing as well as compelling. As it is with natural one seemingly insignificant event has a rippling effect that tears a family apart creating three distinct simultaneous narratives that drive this first book. Yet the catalyst event is always at the back of my mine. What happen to Adair.

This one event brings about great changes for Maeryn, Kael (my favorite), and Saba. Each character is complex and driving forces behind the overall narrative. Telling th
J.L. Dobias
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: shelf-003
The Awakened:Book One (Awaken His Eyes) By Jason Tesar

I Liked this book I liked the style of writing And I found the story engaging.

There are some few annoying elements that have more to do with editing decisions and this it the way Jason decided to put things together so there is no changing that.

This novel contains One good solid story if you ignore the other two unfinished ones.

Personally I found the first chapter to be more equivalent to a prol
Feb 21, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: modern-fantasy
First off, I enjoyed this book. It is well written and has a very engaging story. I find myself intrigued with Saba and Keal. The trials they go through on their path to where they are going has truly drawn me in.

That being said, I do have a few specific comments. First off, this is not a Novel. This is a 288 page Episodic Novella. There is no completion to the active storyline in any meaningful way. There are huge amounts of loose ends with no closure. In all honestly I don't think
Jul 25, 2012 rated it liked it
This novel mostly rotates around a separated family. The father gets kidnapped while on an investigation and is declared a deserter (since he is missing in action). His replacement legally inherits his wife and son. The son attempts to stop his step-father from beating and possibly killing a child/teen and is sentenced to death for fighting back. Unknown to his mother, he is not executed but instead exiled into a far off prison and then taken from the prison by religious clerics. The clerics the ...more
Mar 22, 2014 rated it did not like it
Up until about the 30% point of this book, the story seemed a bit interesting. But, suddenly, just at the crux of the story, where it looked like things were going to take off, everything changed. Now, instead of following a man through *something*, the author decided to throw pages and pages of misery, sorrow, pain, and torture of the man's family at us. Why? I don't know. I'm sorry to say that after a few score pages of that horror, I gave up. If the author had just stuck with the main charact ...more
Christie Hagerman
Dec 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I really, REALLY liked this book, enough so that I bought the other two books (as a very inexpensive 3-ebook set) within minutes of finishing the first one. These book is along the lines of Ted Dekker's Circle Trilogy, with parallel worlds, a battle over the future of humanity, and a prophecy that could turn an unlikely hero into one world's savior. I stayed a little confused (I like that) with the plot, not knowing which direction this would play out. I really enjoyed getting to know the charac ...more
Sep 17, 2012 rated it it was ok
The beginning and the end were interesting but there's just a long portion in the middle that's spent mostly on world building and it was really boring with nothing significant happening that I found myself skipping about 2-3 whole chapters. I also don't like the fact that there was no sense of any resolution at the end of Part I. Adair's story was left hanging in one of the earlier chapters and was just left there with no further mention of his fate on the rest of the book. I do want to see wha ...more
Feb 28, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
this book could have used a good editor. the dialogue, especially, was clunky, not in keeping with the setting, and just generally bad. i also think it tried too hard to make the beginning mysterious - a strange man, in strange garb, speaking an unknown language suddenly appears in the ocean. then we get nothing on that for chapter after chapter after chapter. if i had been hooked by the mystery stranger angle in the beginning, i would have quickly entered the "who cares" territory as the book d ...more
Liquid Frost
Nov 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2012
Kindle freebie that sat around for a bit. When I finally got around to it, I read 20 pages or so, then read a few other books. I went back to this book and didn't put it down. Immediately upon finishing it, I downloaded the second and third in the series and read everything back to back. I enjoyed the story, the style, and the characters. I'm not sold on the yet-to-be-written four book series prequel yet, but would like to see Kael's story continue.
L.T. Fawkes
Jul 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Jason Tesar, FREE **** Not usually a fantasy fan, but as soon as I finished this first (free on Kindle) book of the series, I downloaded book two (it's only $2.99). This is a real page-turner. Five thousand years ago, rebels are causing turmoil in the Empire and strange things are happening at sea. Lots going on in this well-written book. Good characters and plenty of mystery.

Do yourself a favor and discover Jason Tesar.
Lauren Dawes
Aug 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Overall, I liked it. It was a good read although I was expecting more angels/gods as the blurb implies the story is about. What I read felt a little more like a cross between Game of Thrones and The Night Angel series.

This was more like a very long prequel novella rather than a stand alone novel. There were a lot of loose ends, which I assume will be taken care of in the next book, but I'm not sure I'll be reading them in a hurry.
Wanda Hartzenberg
Nov 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
This is NOT a bad book! I however am not a fan of too much detail unless said detail becomes invaluable later.
I do understand that fantasy is often synonymous with detail, however it usually becomes necessary later in the series!

And in this lies my conundrum. Some of the detail in this book seems near impossible to come into play later.

If I am wrong I apologize. For now however, I must say that this book did not excite me.
Roger Jackson
Nov 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. The writing is solid. The story is interesting. The characters are interesting. It does suffer from a lot of POV changes and it covered a period of several years. These two things made it a little difficult to follow at times. I would recommend it to others, but be warned, it is not a page turner.
Aug 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
so found myself unable to put this book down until around the 10th chapter. it was full of action suspense and drama. boy did I want to beat the crap out of Lumus! but after that it dragged and was full of fluff and fillers. not done yet but I hope it picks up. then again, the author may be dragging it out for the next two books that follow.
Dec 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
Alright, I understand this book is a teaser (Tesar) for the series, but I'm totally bullshit that there were 18 chapters of character development, leading up to 2 chapters of semi-good reading, and then a lame cliffhanger. Not enough to keep me interested to buy the next book. Pffffft (bookfart)
Jan 13, 2012 rated it did not like it
this book was awful. after finishing it I still have no idea what the point of the story was.
Stacy Sabala
Jun 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: suspense
Book Review- Awakened by Jason Tesar

This book was hard for me to get into. The beginning throws me. You start with a merchant sailing on a ship that gets a bit lost. His ship ends up being attacked and he survives. Later a different end befalls him. The governor of the city ends up on the case. He encounters the group who attacked him. The governor disappears. His family goes through a hell of their own. His wife is given to the next governor. Her son is taken away and thought killed
Steve W
Nov 07, 2017 rated it liked it
The story was ok, but very slow for most of the book. I don't think it works very well as a standalone book, but probably good for setting up for the rest of the series. However, it didn't capture me and I don't expect to read any other books in the series, at least not purchasing any. I got this first volume free and it was worth what I paid for it.
The character development seemed pretty good; there was just not much action throughout much of the book.
Adlain Coriolan
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great read!

Book 7 is out and I decided to go back and read all the previous books prior to reading it. I'm really excited about the journey, can't wait to catch up. That's my third or fourth times doing this.
Jessica Needham
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it

Not what I was expecting. Hard to get into initially but overall enjoyed it and think I’ll read the next book
Melissa Herman
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent read!!
Aug 31, 2012 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

There is unexpected human rights violation here that doesn't sit well with me (rape, mass murder, & child abuse). Had I known, I wouldn't have read it, no matter how subtle or factual the bitter incidents were insinuated. To be fair, almost all books now are loaded with injustices. What makes this uncomfortable for me though is that there is no redress for the grievances.

The story is ambitious in my opinion-- the plot is too broad that it takes an entire book for its introducti
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The third of four children and an introvert from the start, Jason Tesar grew up as an imaginative “middle child” who enjoyed the make-believe world as much as the real one, possibly more. From adolescence to adulthood, his imagination continued to feed itself on a diet of books, movies, and art, all the while growing and maturing—waiting for its opportunity. Then, during a procession of monotonous ...more

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