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The Tears of Elios (Elgean Chronicles #1)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  278 Ratings  ·  43 Reviews
Shape-shifters' Rule #1: Don't let the humans know you still exist.

Rule #2: If a human finds out about you, silence them.

Some rules were meant to be broken...

Ranealya ruthlessly plays by the rules and has outlived most of her race because of it. If she wants to survive, she'll have to stick to them, especially with a genocidal tyrant hell-bent on destroying all the non-hum
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 24th 2011 by Create Space
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♡Karlyn P♡
May 13, 2012 rated it really liked it

Wow, this was great fantasy romance tale with a medieval feel. Mages, elves, shape-shifters, dragons, griffins, fairies and humans battle again a powerful king and his evil empire set on their annihilation. A perfect read for young adults as the steam level is mild (kisses only).

The Tears of Elios is a compelling and highly imaginative fantasy story with two romances. The story switches back and forth between Galen's story, a high elf commander, and Ranealya, sister to Galen and a shape-shifter
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Kristalia
Final rating: between 3.5/5 stars

The Tears of Elios is the first book I have read by this author and as much as I liked it, this book had some flaws, one of them being an enemy which was not developed enough and some plot holes here and there (thankfully, the main ones have been addressed in A Thread of Magic, as well as the missing epilogue).

The world building was interesting and it was a good mix of elves, mages, shape shifters and humans, but i would have appreciated more details about the
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Becky
Jan 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
When Gregor finds a wounded shape shifter in a nearby cave he finds himself wanting to help her. He takes her in, in part to learn about her species, even though it would be certain death if the King was to find out that a human was helping one of the other species in the kingdom. Ranealya, one of the last shape shifters, has an extremely hard time trusting anyone. When Gregor heals her with his magic instead of killing her and allows her to stay with him while she heals, she finds herself trul ...more
Angel Graham
Mar 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Any Reader who enjoys a great book
The Tears of Elois by award winning Fantasy and Paranormal author, Crista McHugh.

Before I begin this review, I want to state clearly in accordance with the FTC’s new rules that I received an Advanced Readers Copy of this directly from the author in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation or consideration has been given.

Shape Shifters have two rules: Rule #1 is Don’t let the humans know you exist. Rule #2 is If a human finds out about you, silence them.

Ranealya is a shape-shifter who
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Julia
Oct 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, fantasy
(4.5 stars--not quite perfect, but very close)
This book hits the middle road between the Romance and Fantasy genres perfectly, and as a result, it is the first book in the Romance genre that I've truly enjoyed start to finish (maybe minus a few awkward overly romantic moments, but I suppose it wouldn't be a Romance without those, and they didn't drag on or consume the novel). Crista McHugh starts off with a basic Tolkien-inspired fantasy world (elves, dwarfs, goblins, men), throws in a hodge-pod
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Vikki Wright
Dec 17, 2012 rated it did not like it
I got this book because the reviews were so favorable, but after reading a little over a third of it I have come to the conclusion that they must either:
a) All be friends, relatives, or in her critique group or
b) Not be have anything better to read.

There are some books I can't make myself put down, this was one I just couldn't make myself pick up again. The main character was unlikable and weak and there was no reason I could find to care for her. I was bored by the writing and indifferent to th
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Abbey
Oct 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
It took a while for this book to take off for me (about 80-100 pages) but once I got to that point, it was really good. I really liked the parallel story lines and how they eventually crossed. I liked how all of the characters grew throughout the novel, but in a natural way that didn't seem fake or rushed.
This was my first Crista McHugh book and I will definitely read another.
Bart
Feb 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Tough, tender, no false posturing among or between the characters, just damn good storytelling. Realistic responses and relationships that develop along unconventional lines. I loved these characters with all their flaws and faults and they do dumb stuff that people do, but rise above it anyway. Some pretty hot scenes too.
Tracy
~* 3.5 Stars *~
An Ambitious and Expansive Debut

The Elgean kingdom is ruled by a tyrannical king intent on racial cleansing, but non-human races and their human sympathizers have formed a unique alliance, a gathered in a Resistance against the genocide. As Elgean forces are set to march against the Resistance, four people will rise up for the cause, going above and beyond to secure the freedom of all.

A shape-shifter named Ranealya breaks every one of her own rules for a human who showed her unusu
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Lenore Kosinski
May 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pixel-of-ink, kindle
4.5 stars -- wow, this book surprised me with how much I loved it! In the end, that's why I rounded up, it was just such a pleasant bolt out of the blue....

I'm not a huge reader of fantasy, I tend to gravitate more towards paranormal or contemporary novels.... It's kind of funny, b/c since I don't read much fantasy, many of the races and their descriptions reminded me of Lord of the Rings (which I have not read, just judging from the movie)...but then again, some say Tolkein was the father of fa
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 May 10, 2015 04:54PM  
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