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Aerenden: The Child Returns

(Ærenden #1)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  151 ratings  ·  65 reviews
After witnessing her parents’ brutal murders at the hands of red-eyed creatures, Meaghan narrowly escapes the same fate. Her best friend, Nick, tells her the creatures are Mardróch. They come from another world and so does she. Now that the Mardróch have found her, she must return to her homeland of Ærenden or face death.

Left with little choice, she follows Nick into a st
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Published May 21st 2012 by Sean Tigh Press
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Kristen Taber
Mar 21, 2014 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: ya, epic-fantasy, fantasy
I don't rate or review my own books, but I thought some of my readers might be interested in a little background for this series, so here goes :).

The initial concept came from a joke a friend and I had in high school. We sat next to each other in both our English and Spanish classes. One day, we bantered around an idea of writing a story (for a fiction assignment) with us as the main characters, but using our Spanish class as influence. We would be Estrella and Cielo (star and sky in Spanish), t
Heidi (Yup. Still here.)
What an interesting read. It was part modern day and part medieval fantasy. Meagan was a well rounded female protagonist who displayed both strength and vulnerability. I am always happy to find these types of females in YA books instead of Mary Sue's which are rampant in YA fiction IMO. I enjoyed the world Ms. Taber created and felt most at home in Aerenden as it reminded me more of the world of fantasy books I love like Lord of the Rings, Graceling, and Poison Study. I enjoyed getting to know t ...more
Brigid ✩
Hey guys! This book is out now, so you should all totally check it out!

Note: I'm a bit biased since I'm friends with Kristen and she's such a lovely person. And she was kind enough to let me read her book before it was released, so yaaaay. :D But I did also genuinely love her novel!

So, the story: 17-year-old Meaghan witnesses her parents' death at the hands of evil creatures called Mardróch. Luckily, Meaghan is able to escape from the creatures with her best friend Nick––who tells her that the
gj indieBRAG
Oct 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
We are proud to announce that AERENDEN: THE CHILD RETURNS by Kristen Tabor is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!
Jan 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I would say it’s a 3.5 really, but I rounded it up to a 4 because of the strength of the author’s writing. And that is one of this books greatest strengths. As an indie author myself I feel a bit guilty that I don’t read more indie works. I had a couple of bad experiences and gave up. But I’m glad I gave this book a chance. The read is professional and well edited. There is genuine talent here and that was clear to me right fr
Zoë Ann Book Queen
*I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

I loved this book. The concept of the guardians and the forbidden romance was something I really liked. The world building was really amazing - I especially loved the description of how people were 'wed', I think it's a really beautiful idea. I had thought this would be about fairies when the book first introduced the powers but I loved how instead it turned into more of a 'parallel universe' idea - the comparison of things with e
Diane Rapp
Aug 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Epic fantasy worth reading

If you enjoy epic fantasy, you should start reading this series. Meagan is an ordinary college student preparing to become a psychologist--until her world is torn apart and magic inserts itself into her life. How would you feel if you were forced to run for your life and nothing is normal? As Meg follows Nick into a magical world full of danger, she learns the truth about her heritage and doesn't exactly like what she learns.

Telling too much about this story would be un
Elora Mitchell *Sovereign of not finishing books I start*
So I'm not a huge fan of fantasy (I rarely read them)-dystopian societies are more my game.

But I read this because several of my friends have, and they said it was good.

It was.

The story is unique, starting out on earth and transporting us to another world, where the MCs might be more than they seem. The story was carefully crafted, so that I could suspect that something was different but actually no idea what was truly going on.
The supporting characters were my favorites of this book. I really
Jun 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I originally read this when it was still a work in progress, and loved it. Now I just finished reading it in it's entirety, and I love it even more! I fell in love with the characters, the magic, and the whole world of Aerenden! I must commend Kristen for creating this entirely original, magical world!

I would recommend this to all of my reader friends! And to get an idea of what the story feels like, when I read Aerenden, it reminds me of the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, The Stu
Jerry Fuller
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story

I chose this rating because the story is good and exciting . it reminds me of LORT and the Shanara series
I recommend this series to anyone who loves fantasy. I can't wait to read the rest of the series
Nay Denise
Jul 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blog-tours
I received this book from the author in exchange of an honest review.

*Beware! Few spoilers may be given in a mild dose*

Kristen Taber has created a fabulous take on the idea of a lost princess returning home. The world building in this book absolutely fantastic. I felt consumed by the world and every turn of the page I imagined each aspect: the dranyx, the creepers, the blue birds, the phantmouse and so forth. Just outstanding world building. The characters were even awesome as well. This was a p
Aug 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Four and a half stars from me.
Aerenden: The Child Returns hits the ground running and doesn’t let up for some considerable distance.
Starting with the rescue of a small child from a fire that kills her mother, we then cut to seventeen-year-old Meaghan, plagued by nightmares and confused by her attraction to her parent’s lodger, Nick, even after he spurns her advances.
In short order, Meaghan’s simple, college-oriented life is ripped violently away from her. Her parents are murdered and she’s on t
Jun 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Creating a totally new world is not easy. The author did a good job of creating this fantasy land, drawing for us a whole new world with its own plants, nuts, fruits, people with different powers, and magic creatures.

The one major problem I had with the book is that it took too long to get to all the explanations. If I’d been the heroine, I would have been bouncing off the walls with impatience and forcing the hero to tell me everything at once.

Though Nick was supposed to be Meaghan’s Guardian,
Ginny  Gallagher
Jun 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
My Review
The Child Returns is book one in Kristen Taber's fantasy series, Aerenden and it is excellent. It's classed as young adult but the main character is 17 and honestly this is a book that I believe anyone that loves epic fantasies will enjoy.

The vivid descriptions transport you to the world of Aerenden and by the end of the book you have come to love and understand many of the characters. I  loved the main characters Meg and Nick. They are both such likable characters that you can't help
Kayla M
May 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful new world!

The story starts off with Meaghan having a recurring nightmare, which she later finds out is actually memories of her past. When she has these nightmares she runs to her best friend of only a year, Nick. He is the only one who can provide comfort to her. They have a connection that she feels, but doesn't know the true extent yet or why it happened so fast. One day while she is with Nick, she senses pain and heartache coming from her parents house. They run over to find her
Aug 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In ‘The Child Returns’ we meet Meaghan, a seemingly normal girl and her best friend Nick. Meaghan and Nick are having a little trouble in their friendship since Meaghan tried to kiss Nick a couple of days ago. When Nick decides to go away to make sure nothing more can happen between him and Meaghan, Meaghan is heartbroken. But Nick never gets the opportunity to go away because soon Meaghan witnesses the murders of her parents and Nick is the only one who can protect Meaghan. Soon Meaghan finds o ...more
Raquel V
Oct 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I got this book in exchange for my honest review.

I was very excited to read this book, because it sounded like my kind of story. And I was absolutely right. Aerenden: The Child Returns is a wonderful story, full of magic and adventure, that captured me from the beginning. I would rate it as a solid 4.8 stars. And here is why:

- I love the premiss of a world parallel to ours where magic is used instead of technology. And the world building was intricate and complex, living up to that great premis
Aug 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Let me start by saying that, while exciting, this summary just doesn’t do the book justice. There’s so much more to it. There’s a lot of depth, and a lot more to the story than one might guess after looking over the summary.

The world of Ærenden is similar to Earth but with key differences. The aforementioned vines and monkeys are just a small part of it. Just about everyone has innate powers, which serve a variety of purposes. These aren’t your typical fantasy-book powers. There are all sorts of
Michele(mluker) Luker
Aug 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
LOVED this BOOK!!!

Meaghan’s world is turned upside down when she watches her father take his last breath, and discovers her mom dead not to far away from him. The creatures who killed them are still in the house, and Nick grabs Meagan and they run for their lives. Meaghan was confused by the chain of events and the bizarre creatures she saw. Nick doesn’t have time to explain to her what is going on, but rushes her on to try and find safety by going through a portal.

Meaghan finds herself no long
Oct 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. Read it in one day because I couldn't get enough. Admittedly it's Sunday and I didn't have much else planned, but definitely a great read!

The characters are interesting, though you don't know a whole lot about the two main characters. Their chemistry is good, and it always feels like their on the edge of something or waiting for the other shoe to fall. Actually that's kind of how I felt for the entire book, though most of the time it just added to the thrill and mystery.

As for the plot, it
Kat Nicholson
Oct 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. And I'm so glad I signed up for this one. I love Love Loved, this book!

Meagan cannot understand why her feelings for her parent's boarder keep being rebuffed. He's of a similar age to her, he's cute, he seems perfect, but he rejects her every advance. Then her parents are brutally murdered and she finds herself on the run with Nick, the boarder. He whisks her away from the crime scene and then drops the biggest bombshell of all on
Maggie Thom
Mar 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Can you imagine losing your parents, being chased by something out of this world and then being yanked into a totally different world? Well this book will make you believe that is possible. Very well done story that had an incredibly grabbing opening and just kept my interest throughout. Meaghan ends up on this journey that is so outside of what she could have imagined and she keeps getting surprises as she learns about this new place Aerenden and who she really is and what her role is to be. Th ...more
Mar 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

17 year old Meaghan witnesses the death of her parents at the hands of creatures Mardróch, and she is able to escape the same fate with the help of her friend Nick. Nick soon explains that the Mardróch are creatures from a different world, and if that was not crazy enough that she and Nick are also from this world. Soon after the attack Meaghan and Nick find themselves on their ‘home’ world and are soon faced with d
Jessica Del Fuoco
May 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have been looking for a great YA fantasy series and I’ve found it!

The story follows Meaghan and her best friend Nick. Meaghan’s life seems rather decent –loving parents, smart and she is crushing pretty heard on her best friend, Nick. All that she thought she knew about her life changes in an instant when Meg’s parents are murdered in front of her by other-worldly creatures. Nick helps her escape before these deadly creatures kill her and takes her on an unbelievable journey that will allow h
Feb 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is a fun story about a young woman who, after some terrifying events, finds out that she is from another world. The story really kept my interest and I found the world that the author created fascinating because it was similar to ours yet different in many ways.

The characters were all fairly well developed and interesting. The main character, Meaghan, spent a lot of the book needing to be saved and crying on her friend Nick’s shoulder. Having read so many books with very strong female
Oct 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book – AEREDEN – The child returns (AERENDEN # 1) from the author in exchange for my honest review.

I don't read a lot of fantasy books but reading the synopsis, I was intrigued.

The story starts on earth with Meaghan, Nick and her parents. She has a normal life, going to college but then a tragedy happens and Nick explains to her that they have to go back to her real home called AEREDEN.

As they get there, she discovers more about her past, the magic, powers and danger that lives t
Oct 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Meaghan thinks she’s just your average Earth child, trying to survive her upcoming exams. Within the first few pages, it becomes clear that passing exams are the least of her worries. Aided by her mysterious neighbor, Nick, she must escape the assassins of a false King and make a decision that will impact a whole world.

The opening two chapters of Aerenden were dynamite, immediately capturing my interest. Kristen Taber creates an alternate reality that mirrors certain aspects of Medieval Europe
June Pace
Apr 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: YA Fantasy lovers
Recommended to June by: I was a tour host for this book series
I can't wait to get my hands on the second book!

This book pulled me in right away. It had a super small lull for about two chapters, then that was it, it totally rolled forward without letting up for one minute. The ending of one chapter that talks about Meaghan's role in the new land, where she has to decide if she is moving forward with her part or not..literally brought tears to my eyes. This is a strong character, I love her.
And the ending had me emotional as well…I was totally invested in t
May 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
*I received this book from We ♥ YA Books! and the author in exchange for an honest review.*

I extremely liked the ideas of this book, they were really creative. The author Kristen Taber did take the common idea of a girl suddenly finding out she was royalty, but Kristen found a way to change it into something really interesting and original. I loved the way the dialogues were also very detailed and made me feel as if I was actually there experiencing it. But the only flaw in the book was that the
May 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-to-review
“The Child Returns” was definitely more of an epic than I expected it to be, and not the long drull ‘describe everything within an inch of your sanity’ epic that makes you lose any attachment to plot or character.

Meaghan has her world turned upside down, Nick, feeling largely responsible, tries to keep the poor girl alive and on her feet, sometimes literally. Meg has to quickly switch gears from an aspiring psychologist gunning on a path for her own practice, to becoming someone vitally importan
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