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The Emissary (Emissary of Light #1)

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(Previously published as THE EMISSARY with Month9books)

Six rare powers govern the land of Adamah. Possessing one demands entrance to the king’s army. To refuse means a traitorous death.

For hundreds of years, dark clouds covered the skies of Adamah, and an ageless king ruled. Those who emerged with one of six extraordinary Shay powers were forced into the king's army, an u
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Kindle Edition, 300 pages
Published September 23rd 2014
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Fabi
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: loan, fantasy
What an amazing piece of imagination! This fantasy is truly magical.

Once I started reading there was no stopping. This story grabs a hold of you and takes you on a nonstop ride. I was there. I was living it with the characters. Reveal after reveal. One-two punches. So well written. So unique.
Rachel
Oct 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Full disclosure: this is a Month9Books title.
Enna
Mar 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars, favorites
First things first, this book is amazing! 5 shiny golden stars all the way! I would give it 100 stars but the highest goodreads goes is 5.

A Little Back Story:

I first heard about The Emissary on benjiminoftomes's channel about six months ago. The premise sounded intriguing but I'm not going to lie, the cover is what really captured my attention. I added the book to my to-read list and sadly soon forgot about it...

Six Months Later:

I was never a big fan of ebooks, but after discovering free library
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Aisazia
Oct 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book started off straight to the point which is something that I love. I didn't find any info dumping here. There was no long meandering exposition and we learn about the world as we go. I found the world Ms. Shaff created interesting, I would describe it as a fantasy with a dose of medieval times. I was easily able to immerse myself into the world once I got started.

It's fascinating the different types of "shays" or special abilities in the world that the author chose to use in her story.
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Bob Platypire
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*I requested and was granted a code for this audio book for an honest review*

So, THIS! Holy moley it's been a long time since I read a magical epic adventure, and I found I was really craving one. And OH! Did this ever fit the bill! Intrigue, action, and a beautiful blend of different magical elements made for a fun, fast-paced read. Together with characters I came to care about (Yes, I cried at a point), this is a series I MUST continue, and is going to be added to my favorites of the year. Man
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Kimberly Vanderbloom
This book is told with two main point of view characters. We first met Nolan who is a scribe and desperately trying to keep his Shay a secret. We also met Alec who is a head strong youth who wants to raise against the government. There are six powers that rule Adamah which give people inhuman abilities. They are Strength, Accuracy, Healing, Empathy, Perception, and Speed. The king governs the land and he is a foul and vile king. It is absolutely awful. There are a few who stand up against but mo ...more
Ashley Ferguson
Jul 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review and more can be found at The A P Book Club!

*I received a copy of this book from Month9Books in exchange for an honest
review*

I love a good YA fantasy. I think that fantasy might be my favorite genre, actually. And a good YA high fantasy? Yes please! I look for the high fantasy books and I always want to read them whenever I find them. And The Emissary is one of those books that totally lived up to what I hoped it would! It's a great YA fantasy book with all the things that make for a
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Sharon Hughson
Sep 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
This fantasy novel gets 4.4 stars from me. Even though there came a point when I didn't want to put it down, it started out slowly and included some point of view shifts that pushed me back into my own reality.
I love the medieval setting and the clear light versus darkness motif. One of my favorite things about this novel was the "magic" system - if you can call it that. It was unique; the Shays were well-considered and well-rendered, and I completely believed in them. Shaff did an excellent job
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Jesse Lanhart
Apr 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was beyond amazing and I am already wishing for a sequel, I like books such as this and this has just reignited the feeling of my liking of them, Kristal, if you read this I live in the same town you do and would really enjoy if you wrote a sequel!!!!!!!!!
Kimberly Newman
Nov 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fiction/Fantasy over 13
Shelves: secular-fantasy
I was immediately drawn into the story, which held my interest to the end. The change in character perspective was interesting but I felt my attachments manipulated. I was very rarely distracted by inconsequential mechanics, which made it an enjoyable read.
Mary Lindsey
Aug 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: from-author
I was lucky enough to read an early draft of The Emissary and loved it.
Jean
Apr 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

When Kings Ruled..

The book centers around Nolan, the lead character and his need to hide his powers

This fantasy filled story line had everything from magic,scary creatures, and evil kings.

Overall, an engaging read and I am interested in the next book of the series.


The narrator, Gary Furlong, did well with the narration.

Note:
"This audio book was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review."
Nadine
Jun 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have one word to say and it is just plain WOW!

Most recently, I got into those books like The Midnight Sea and Sunbolt which all are around the same style and ambiance and Powers of the Six is definitely joined those 2 books as part of my "blown Away" books but being so unexpectedly bloody well brilliant!

We start off with Nolan hiding a massive secret from his employer, his brother, the King and pretty much everyone. What Nolan is hiding is a power and the power of Accuracy to be precise. In fa
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Lilac Reviews
Oct 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Young Adults, Fantasy Readers
Shelves: fantasy
The Emissary is classified as young adult fantasy. I think adults that like medieval time period books would enjoy this too. In the Land of Adamah some people have Shay. There are six identified Shay that are powers or gifts. When a person uses their gift their eyes also glow a certain color. Haven’t we all at one time or another, wished we had some super powers. Maybe not all-around superman but maybe wondering what others were thinking, or how we could keep those that we love from feeling pain ...more
Michelle McLean
Oct 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I’m not usually a huge fantasy reader so I wasn’t sure how much I’d like this book, but I absolutely loved it! The Shay powers were just cool and I (being a history buff) really loved the medieval setting. The characters are what make this book truly fantastic. Nolan, the main character, decides to hide his Shay power of Accuracy so he can avoid having to serve in the evil king’s army. The journey he takes from someone who hides who and what he is to being a main force behind the rebellion again ...more
Lilly Charysma
Jun 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a challenging book! It shows Kristal Shaff’s writing skills and her great imagination. Creating a completely new world in medieval times, combining this world with the language of that time and adding the fantasy elements is worthy of our attention. I love how the author decided to create this story from scratch.

The characters evolve constantly, from shy and not significant to bold and brave. I appreciated the slow development of action in the beginning, as it gave me some idea about wh
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Jenn Sut
May 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Power of the six
By Kristal Shaff
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I was given a book in exchange for an honest review free of persuasion from the author or anyone else affiliated with this book.



Nolan has been hiding his power, and he isolated himself so that no one will know. Alec hopes to rise against the government. The six powers that rule Adamah are Strength, Accuracy, Healing, Empathy, Perception, and Speed. Adamah's king rules unfairly. However no one questions him. He is terrifying. Once Nolan and Alec meet up , the adve
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Kasey Cocoa
Sep 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a very well written fantasy book I wish I could get for our library. The writing and editing are very good making this easy to immerse yourself in. The characters feel well fleshed out with accurate responses to their personalities and with good development as the story continues through the book. I like the plot as it feels original and well thought out with no glaring plot holes. This is a real page-turner well worth the read. I received an evaluation copy through Month9Books in exchan ...more
belle
Jul 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was truly exceptional. The writing was very mature, there were few grammatical errors (if any), the characters were fleshed out and likable, the pacing was on point, the plot engaging and surprising, the book the right length for its contents. Highly recommend if one enjoys fantasy books, shy characters with a surprising amount of inner strength, and intricate worlds that somehow feel natural and immediately immersing.
Michelle McPherson
Powers of the Six- Emissary of Light 1

I love this world. Science fiction/ fantasy has gotten another tweak in a world mixed with humans and other races. Nolan is a typical nerd in a world where things like that don't matter- a world where you are separated by powers and bright colors. It makes it easy for him to hide.

Minor editing errors, nothing major.
Troy Davis
Dec 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this work from the publisher for an honest review. Fun, fun, fun. In many ways, I was reminded of Raymond E. Feist as I read. The story is rather straight forward; the world/magic system is simple without being boring. The writing is optimistic. I would by this book!
Aviar Savijon
Nov 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Powers of Six

A good book. A unique entry in the fantasy realm and genre. A well written drama. One for all to read.
Dani
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed!

I really enjoyed this book. I like the story line characters well written personalities of their own and so enjoyable to read.
Cheryl
Jul 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome!

This book was a great read. It kept me enthralled! I could hardly put it down. The characters were thoroughly explained and the story was riveting.
Ken
Sep 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A little different, well worth the read.

I enjoyed the story, looking forward to reading the second book. I would recommend this story to everyone. Give it a try.
Craig
Jun 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Decent. Surprising. Fresh. Not entirely gripping though.

Edit: Will read more by this author.
Anissa
Jun 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good

It blends perfectly with the style of genre that this generation of books represent. Great characters along with good play lines set the stage for a successful series.
Kristofer Pidgeon
starts kind of slow, but stay with it. great book!
JL Lucaban
Sep 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd give this 3.5

I really, really like the story, and no joke, I love it... but the conversations between the characters, it felt so robotic. Oh there's emotion, but it bordered overly dramatic. It's like, I'm so excited because of the fight scenes, I can't sit still because I want the next chapter immediately, and when all is done, they talk to each other and I'm like *face palm*...

It was more prominent at the ending... I was laughing my ass off. There was this part where Nolan said, (view spo
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