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Empyreal Fate

(Llathalan Annal #1)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  56 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Filled to the brim with forbidden love, an ancient evil, and a nation in disrepair, Empyreal Fate is a tale of riveting bravery and mortal corruption.

The land of Llathala lingers on the brink of war between men and elves, a dark history surrounding each race. Stirred by tensions of the land, a shadow of the past reemerges, taking precedence in reality and consuming the ve
Paperback, 264 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by Hydra Publications (first published April 2012)
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M.L. Woolley
May 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love to read new authors and am frequently surprised how good they write. This is another author that has an original story, twists and turns and kept my attention from page one to the end. The characters are so well written and jump off the pages as I stepped inside their world and followed them through their story. I would recommend this book to anyone- fantasy or other genres. It has something for everyone and is a real page turner. I am looking forward to the next book in the series! Very ...more
Empyreal Fate is a story of the land of Llathala. Llathala is a land occupied by elf and human and they have a tenuous peace treaty which is slowly unraveling. War seem eminent, corruption from within both sides wish to rend this land apart for personal gain. Darrion, human son to a farmer’s family runs across Amarya, elf princess, in the woods while hunting for food. Can Darrion and Amarya overcome the forbidden friendship, feeling of love, an evil possession and ultimately fight to save their ...more
Aug 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
With Empyreal Fate, Rachel Hunter has proven, at an incredibly young age, that she is a fantasy writer to keep an eye on. I'm not saying that this is a good book for an author who is so young; I'm saying that Rachel Hunter is well beyond her years in her ability to craft an amazing story that is beautifully written and stands with some of the best fantasy works out there.

The story follows Darrion and his brother Drevan in a world in which the races of humans and elves have been kept separate for
Apr 22, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-not-on-shelf
I am glad that I got the chance to read Empyreal Fate and was surprised that the young writer delivered such an engaging tale of forbidden love set in a politically volatile world. While the ideas presented in the book are simple, Hunter’s writing style gives it a wonderful complexity. She examines the motivations of each of her characters very well and introduces us to an interesting world that I want to know more about.

One of the best aspects of the book is the separation the author achieves b
Heather Boustead
Jul 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Empyreal Fate
A Llathalan Annal
By Rachel Hunter

Llathala is a land full of mythical beings we know only in tales, separated by woods lives the elves and the humans who are on the verge of war. One day Darrion, the son of a poor laborer is foraging in the woods for food when he stumbles upon Amarya, one of the elven royals, forever changing his life. In the midst of the turmoil will Darrion and Amarya find a way to be together or will they be ripped apart because of where they come from?

First off
May 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Why are you wasting time reading this review? Pick the book up, start reading, and don't stop until you reach the end. This is the first book in a series and you are already behind the rest of us.

What? You need more?


It is a book of Fantasy. What does that mean? Well, if you think it’s a happy little fairytale, then you're dead wrong. This is an imperfect world and heroes do not always win. Corruption and hate has wormed its way through the lives of men and elves alike. Brother will be tu
James Eggebeen
Jul 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was a great read from start to finish. I loved the slightly archaic feel to the language. The characterization was rich and deep and drew me in. I had a hard time putting it down once I started. Rachel Hunter has done a great job bringing us into the world she has created where the elves and humans are poised on the brink of war.

Many of the things I would expect to find in a good fantasy novel were here, along with a few things I had not expected, that added to the richness of the character
Gwen Perkins
May 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review to follow.
Elisabeth Wheatley
I’ve been meaning to read this book for about a year and when the opportunity came to download it for free came up, I couldn’t resist! Empyreal Fate is far from an easy read. Written in a complex style, it utilizes archaic language and metaphors which give it great beauty, but can be a little difficult to keep up with at times. It has romance, it has ancient evil, it has vengeful scorned suitor, it has magic, and all the ingredients of a wonderful legend. I think it’s all original, but it feels ...more
Horton Deakins
Jun 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It is said that that a picture is worth a thousand words. In Empyreal Fate, Rachel Hunter conjures up dramatic, vibrant images in your mind’s eye with far fewer words, images that will leave you breathless, angry, amused, rejoicing, tickled, and tearful. I found myself both transfixed and transformed by the story, as if I were actually living the tale, even when I paused from my reading.

Her style has been likened to that of Tolkien, and I cannot disagree, but it is a style and a chronicle all it
Jul 15, 2012 rated it really liked it

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review and I understand my opinion will be respected by the tour organiser/hosts and the author. The book is the story of Llathala a land where humans and elves stand divided. The humans kingdom is Erandor, ruled by King Rhothdyn and the Lady Saydra. King Rhothdyn rules with cruelty and causes fear of the unknown in his people. He fears that the people will rise against him because he has not created a heir, but their fear of the elves kee
May 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2012

A beautifully written story, intriguing and mysterious, I absolutely loved the story.

The story of an Elf destined to bring peace to her people and a boy who’s only desire is to keep his family fed and protected. The two meet and it puts everything into motion.

The characters of this story really drew me in. Amayra is a beautiful elf who is of royal blood. Although the book never states an age I assume she in a young adult or on the brink of adulthood. She is close to her father and he has taught
Finitha Jose
Jul 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
'Empyreal Fate' is the first book in the series of 'A Llathalan Annal' and envisages an epic story. Book fares as an introduction and the real story has just begun towards the end.
Smooth and elegant!, that will be the description I prefer though mixed feelings rise within. Language could pose a threat to some, but if you are acquainted with the style of Walter Scott novels, no need to perspire. Words are well-chosen and charming; Rachel has successfully created a medieval atmosphere.
There is s
Jun 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-reader
To fully appreciate such a novel, one must be well familiar in the cadence of EPIC style of writing: for it will indeed take a full page to fully acquaint a singular action. I once attempted to read an Epic style novel and I didn’t even get past the fifth page. Needless to say, I saw this novel as a challenge. At first things weren’t looking so well. Twenty pages felt like 2000 and I’d admit I have a short attention span. After forcing myself to focus I was able to appreciate the eerie band of c ...more
Bri Martinez •Books and Bri•
Empyreal Fate is a magical tale woven by Rachel Hunter, a teenager whose imagination knows no bounds. (Published teenager? Color me impressed!) She far surpasses others of her age by producing this beautiful and lyrical read, and this fantastical story grabbed my attention immediately and continued to hold it until the very last page.

Please pardon the following (and brief) fangirl moments! Moment #1: YAY for YA Epic Fantasy reads! There are not nearly enough out there, in my opinion. Moment #2:
James Peercy
May 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An epic adventure.

Step into the age of Empyreal Fate where heart's desire and man's desire clash in epic proportions. It truly is a world of forbidden, yet necessary, love for without it the world cannot be whole. Both kingdoms, man and elf, have become rotten from the inside out. Each side feels this, knows this, but no one will admit to its existence. In an effort to find a mutual connection, Darrion and Amarya start down a path which can only end one way.

The book is very intriguing, drawing o
William Stuart
Nov 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Empyreal Fate - High Fantasy Done Well

Disclaimer: I was given a copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

In Empyreal Fate, Rachel Hunter has created an entire fantasy world that simply teems with memorable characters, rich dialogue, and a plot with intriguing twists. The main human characters are brothers, who end up at odds with one another, but the role of their young sister remains a mystery; the elves battle palace intrigue, and unwanted marriage proposals. Intertwined in
May 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book barely gets a four. It needs attention from a good editor for it to get a higher score.

The story is solid and the characters are mostly believable, but the verbiage is often necessarily and inappropriately “high-falutin” for its intended readership.

The map at the beginning of the book should be at the end. It is not needed in this volume at all. Merely the fact that the enmity between Erandor and Androth is based on their proximity is sufficient to convey the intent of the plot develop
D.L. Gardner
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really love Rachel Hunter's work. She has a freshness about her stories and her characters and Empyreal Fate is another wonderful example. ...more
Sannie Hald
I received a copy from Rachel Hunter for an honest review

So I have to be completely honest, and I have to say this book was not for me. And it may be bold for me to say as I liked the story as far as I got. However, I really dislike the epic written form. I haven't read many epics in my life, and those I have read in English I have struggled with. Maybe it is because I am not a native english speaking person, so I find the language difficult. And I also think that the 'epic' makes it seem longe
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Born in 1993, Rachel Hunter has always been fascinated with words and the intricate way in which they combine. Since a child, she has been an avid writer, winding vibrant tales and elaborate stanzas on folded bits of paper.

As the years passed, her love of words never died; her adoration for reading fared no equal. Always with her nose in a book, Rachel took fondly to works spanning all genres. Yet

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