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The Key of Amatahns

(Argetallam Saga #1)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  58 ratings  ·  28 reviews
Janir had the misfortune of being born with one of the hated Argetallams for a father. But unlike other Argetallam children, she was mostly granted a normal childhood, away from the rest of her family. It looked as if she would live a relatively normal life as the foster-daughter of a powerful lord. Until one critical day Janir's powers awakened and she became entangled in ...more
Paperback, 306 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by Chengalera Press
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Aug 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It was the fantasy that I was looking for when I started it, but as with most Fantasy books I read I did have a lot of moments where I felt things were a little slow. I enjoy Fantasy quite a lot though, so it wasn't to big of an issue for me. Elisabeth is one of the youngest author that I have read a book by though, and I think she did an amazing job writing it. Just reading it, I would of never imagined she was such a young writer without having actually known before ...more
Sarah Elizabeth
Jun 12, 2012 rated it liked it
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis.)
Janir is 8 when her father sends her away. She may be the Lord of the Argetallams daughter, but she is also half Brevian (another race who the Argetallams fight with). When her party is attacked and her mother killed, Janir finds herself taken in and raised by a man called Armandius Caersynn, who as it turns out is actually her mother’s husband! (Her mother was captured by Argetallams and taken as a courtesan for
Cecilia (rather barefoot than bookless)
4.5 stars in my rating!

It was a long time ago I read a real fantasy book and I can´t recall I have ever read a YA fantasy before! I LOVED THIS ONE! I was completely captured by the content of this book by page ONE. Some how I just think that fantasy should be written in third person. it works better some how and this book is. I usually give books a lower rating if they are written in third person because I like the books better in first person but with fantasy it works and always has for me so i
Sep 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Key of Amatathns (Argetallam Saga #1) Elisabeth Wheatly


This is the story of a young girl named Janir. She is the daughter of the much feared Lord Argetallam, a cruel and sinister man. She leads a normal life until her powers are revealed and her father casts her out of the family. She is on her way to the mountains, to live in solitude.

On her way she meets Karile, a somewhat wizard. They also meet Saoven, who happens to be an elf. Along the way they encounter an enchantress who get
Georgiann Hennelly
Sep 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I truly enjoyed this ya fantasy book . If you enjoy fighting, magic, dragons and other creatures than this is the book for you. The Key of Amatahns has a good plot and the characters are believable. I loved Janir she is brave and strong and even though she is Argetallom she is unbelievably kind.We also meet Karile who becomes a good friend who can be annoying at times.And we also meet the mysterious Elf Saoven. I was curious about him the entire story. I can,t wait for the next book in the serie ...more
Rosie Amber
Jul 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was very impressed that the author of this book is a teenager. The book is suitable for the teenager market. The theme is fantasy in a world of magic, dragons, elves and feuding nations. I enjoyed the first third of the book best, the storyline then drifted a little and I no longer felt I was there with the characters feeling, seeing and touching. Perhaps there was a shift from showing the reader what is happening to telling us about it. This skill will improve which is why the book remains a ...more
Jan 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
How could I help but love this tale of adventure, mystery and fantasy? Right, I couldn't! So, what did I love about it?
The characters are well developed, the family mystery is intriguing and the plot drew me in early on. I especially enjoyed the addition of a humorous sidekick. I highly recommend The Key of Amatahns to any one who enjoys a a well written fantasy.
Eli Hinze
Apr 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Read this review and more on my blog!
Be warned! Spoilers, (though minor), lie ahead!

High fantasy isn't a genre I'm typically interested in. In fact, I have little to no interest in it at all. (With the exception of The Lord of the Rings, but that should be obvious.) Something about the named swords, elves, goblins, etcetera doesn't do it for me. That being said, I found The Key of Amatahns to be highly enjoyable! I have a very busy day-to-day life, and often collapse on the bed after each day, u
Jul 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review
If you like dragons, fighting, magic and other creatures then The Key Of Amatahns is something for you!

This book was really good, the plot was fantastic and the characters were well-done. Elisabeth's writing style is great, it's formal but she has also put some humor in it. The plot is as I said, fantastic. The whole finding the key and the journey was cool. The book contained a lot of fights and mysteries, a nice mix if you ask me.

The characters are amazing, we follow Janir, and she is great. B
Miss Clark
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May 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways
I won this book on good reads give away and was really excited when it arrived. It sounded really interesting from the description and I always like to read books from new authors.

This really was a good book. I probably would rate it between 4.5 and 5, but I gave it 5 because I felt 4 stars too low. I don't usually give out five stars unless it is a book I enjoy enough to buy and re-read.

The Key of Amantahns had a good story plot and development. The characters were believable. I liked how the
Melissa Sasina
Apr 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, favorites
The Key of Amatahns is the beginning of a very promising series. I seriously read half the book in one day because I just had to know what happened next to Janir. While her early childhood is painful to learn, Janir finds a happy life for many years with her foster father. Unfortunately, that peaceful life is ripped from her with the death of a nobleman. During her flight from home, she encounters a young enchanter named Karile. I quickly agree with what Saovel did to him and wished I could do i ...more
Elly Gard
Jul 26, 2012 rated it liked it
I very much enjoyed this book, and it was one of my favorites out of this genre- I'd call it medieval fantasy?
The reason that I gave this book three stars as opposed to five is this;
I am not a huge lover of medieval fantasy. I just isn't my favorite thing to read. Now, if I did like medieval fantasy, this book would be five stars hands down.
I am definetley glad that I read it and I hope you will too!
Julie Powell
Dec 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
I was asked to read this by the author for review.

A great beginning to an epic tale, full of magic, myth, enchantment and mystery. The characters are realistic and bring the story alive in the 'magical mystery tour'.

This story has all the right ingredients for a good fantasy, and perfect for a YA audience.

Well worth a look.
Sep 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mecheles-reviews
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Melody Quinn
I did something that I usually don’t do, but it was a special occasion. My birthday is two days after my husband’s birthday. As a special treat, we both went down to a B&N clearance sale and just went crazy! We got a box full of books plus what we could fit into a book bag. It was awesome! I strongly suggest that you go to a clearance sale sometime. It’s not a good place to find specific books, but you can easily wile away a few hours shuffling past tables covered in stacks of books, talking abo ...more
Clarissa  (The Bookish Wanderer)
So I don't know what first drew me in.
It started off fairly interesting then boom everything changed and it was like I don't some awesome cross between Lord of the Rings and The Shannara Chronicles and I don't know what.I have no clue why but for some reason , I loved it. My only real problem was the timeline. I was a little confused in someplaces in how much time had past in between chapters but then a character would mention it later and I would understand. But I can't wait to read more :)
May 26, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The storyline was creative, and, for the most part, very clever. But, I found myself waiting for our heroine, Janir, to step up and take charge. She was finally forced to, sort of, near the end. While I do realize this is a series, I am just not prepared to wait that long for a heroine to take charge. Again, the story, as a whole is creative, but as a whole, this book just didn't keep me hooked. ...more
Mallory Farnham
The Key of Amatahns by Elizabeth Wheatley is a spellbinding fantasy adventure!

The story starts off with a prologue, a very good one. I know prologues aren't to everyones taste, but when it comes to fantasy I think they add so much to a story. I feel like they're necessary in a way. Wheatley's prologue is executed to near perfection, at establishing the story and introducing her world before the main action begins.

There is something very special about this story. For starters it is very well-wr
Sherry Fundin
The Key of Amatahn by Elisabeth Wheatley is her debut novel, and part of a trilogy. I have read her Fanged novellas and they blew me away, so I asked her for a copy of The Key of Amatahns. I am excited to embark on another adventure with this amazingly talented young author.

Janir and her mother were sent away from Adasha, but they never made it to their destination. Janir was saved by an elf and Amandius took her in. She is now a member of the Caersynn household, even though she is the daughter
Apr 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book from the beginning to the end. The whole story flowed from scene to scene and it just kept getting better and better as the story went on. Janir the main characters father is well hated in her village because he is a Argetallams. Janir father and mother send her away because her brother Lucan is being mean to her and making sure he makes her life miserable plus his mother wants Janir killed. So after she is sent away she finds out that her mother has been killed and Janir is re ...more
Intisar Khanani
Nov 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of epic fantasy, strong heroines, younger brothers, and sword and sorcery.
Shelves: epic-fantasy
What a fun, engaging, quick read! In her debut novel, teen author Elisabeth Wheatley delivers up a wonderful first installment of what promises to be a fascinating series. Janir is a likable and compassionate heroine--and while many heroines manage to be likable nowadays, compassion isn't something we see modeled that often, so she proved to be a wonderful find. I also enjoyed the fact that, although she can hunt, she is not a ninja, nor does she attempt to turn into one. Janir fights when she h ...more
Erik Nelson
Jan 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone
Whenever I read a book, I can visualize what I'm reading. This book was no different except for one thing; I felt like I was literally watching a film. The book was so visual to me and so adventurous, I wish that one day, a film director translates it into a film. Maybe Peter Jackson or Chris Columbus. But anyway, "The Key of Amatahns" by Elisabeth Wheatley is an adventurous tale about a young girl named Janir who is the daughter of Lord Argetallam. One day when Janir's powers are revealed her f ...more
Apr 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was surprisingly captivating and I really enjoyed the book. Can't wait for the sequel! :) ...more
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Elisabeth Wheatley is a fantasy author because warrior princess wasn’t an option. She loves tea and asking questions.

Other books in the series

Argetallam Saga (7 books)
  • The Secrets of the Vanmars (Argetallam Saga #2)
  • The Chalice of Malvron (Argetallam Saga, #3)
  • The Temple of Tarkoth (Argetallam Saga, #4)
  • The Lord of Adasha (Argetallam Saga, #5)
  • The Ruin of Staspin (Argetallam Saga #6)
  • The Heir of Argetallams (Argetallam Saga #7)

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