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First of Her Kind

(Darkness & Light #1)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  38 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Everyone, it seems, wants to dictate what Ciara does with her life: Serve the Goddess, destroy the Goddess, do as you promised your aunt. All Ciara wants is to keep the two magics she possesses from ripping her apart.

And that won’t be easy.

Not only are they in complete opposition to each other, blood ties pull her in divergent directions as well. And then there’s Bolin
Paperback, 270 pages
Published January 28th 2013 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published January 22nd 2013)
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Olga Godim
Apr 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy-scifi
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I must admit that although I like fantasy, I prefer a lighter approach. This book firmly belongs to the dark fantasy subgenre, and the story’s grim intensity and sheer hopelessness made me drop a star from the rating. Someone else might rate it higher.
The protagonist Ciara is a young woman mage with two kinds of magic warring inside her mind. After her loving aunt dies, Ciara’s small and sheltered world shatters. Confused and
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book did a great job of giving an AI a human like personality. You could feel for the AI as it developed.

The narrator did a very good job of presentation.

"I received a free review copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review."
Kate Johnston
Feb 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Spectacular debut from K.L. Schwengel. I do not usually read fantasy, so this book was out of my comfort zone. That said, I had no trouble engaging with the characters or the storyline because, simply, this was a well-written book with a tight plot.

Ciara possesses earth magic and “the wilding,” a dark magic she has been forbidden to heed. Upon the death of her beloved aunt, Ciara is entrusted to Bolin, a family friend, to go to Dryw Hrine, the Goddess’s sisterhood, where she can be taught how to
Mara Valderran
Feb 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
First word that comes to mind when reading the last page?

No. Because there is no way that can be the last page. It's not a cliffhanger, but there is just so much more waiting to be told. Which is what sequels are for, and I am now impatiently awaiting book two of the Darkness & Light series.

K.L. Schwengel knows how to weave a solid story around engaging and flawed characters, and she knows how to tell it beautifully as well. Ciara and Bolin suffer from an inability to really speak to one anothe
Keri Lake
Feb 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
First of Her Kind is a rare gem. KL Schwengel spins words as magically as the powers she weaves through the pages, and I was captivated with both the storyline and the characters.
Tragedy kicks this book into motion and our female MC, Ciara, wins an ever-vigilant protector in a man she helped save a few years prior.

Throughout this entire story, I couldn’t help but think of Gerard Butler playing the role of this brooding hero.

See, Ciara has a dark and wicked secret—one that would pi
Jul 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
K.L. Schwengel crafts a beautiful page turner with her debut novel, A First of Her Kind.
As the title states Ciara is different than other girls. She has earth magic and something called the wilding inside her. Two very different forms of magic in one teenage girl.

And she dislikes the Goddess, which is pretty unique among practitioners of earth magic. Normally they are devoted to the Goddess.

The author immediately immerses you in her characters and her story world. She gives the reader exactly
May 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
I won this novel in an "Evil Villain" competition, so isn't probably the kind of novel I would usually pick up. That said, I thoroughly enjoyed "First of Her Kind" and can definitely see myself following Ciara's adventures. Lately I have been getting tired of 'kick-ass' heroines, in "First of Her Kind" the reader definitely gets someone who isn't willing to let others beat her down, yet at the same time there is a refreshing vulnerability to Ciara which grabs the reader early on.
In some ways the
Feb 04, 2013 rated it liked it
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Josh Langston
Feb 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
In a word: Wow! Understand, I'm not a fan of "high" fantasy, but if there were more books like this one available, I'd be changing my tune. (And I'm greatly encouraged by the words "Book One" on the cover.)

The author presents an intriguing set of characters, especially the heroine, Ciara, and puts them through one cliff-hanging crisis after another. The difference is that most of them aren't telegraphed in advance, and that's the technique which makes great books great. I thoroughly enjoyed the
Devin O'Branagan
Mar 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
For over twenty years I have written novels about The Goddess, and it never occurred to me to create a protagonist who was mad at Her. That fresh concept sucked me right in and kept me reading. This well-written fantasy adventure had me guessing every step of the way. I was intrigued by the heroine's internal struggle between the forces of good and evil. However, my favorite character was actually the son of The Goddess (won't give up names here so as not to reveal spoilers). This was another fr ...more
Viv Ross
Feb 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
first off, I won my copy of this book via a giveaway hosted by Goodreads.

This is one of those infuriatingly addicting novels that sweeps you up into it's ever-changing current and leaves you begging for the rest when it comes to its temporary end. Now, if you're wanting something super deep then maybe this wouldn't be a first choice read for you. But, if you only want a quick escape into a different world that doesn't REQUIRE a whole lotta thought to follow a storyline (which can end up giving y
Emily Wrayburn
Once I got properly into this book, I couldn't put it down! I struggle with fantasy novels where there is dense world-building and page after page of description, but Schwengel gives just enough information for the reader to know what's going on, and then leaves the rest to our imaginations. The main character, Ciara, is not a butt-kicking babe, but has her own quiet strength as she tries to deal with the events of the story as best she can, which is honestly what I prefer in a heroine. Bolin is ...more
Mar 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Right from the beginning this magical tale sucked me in. There were times where Ciara, the headstrong young woman who wields a power greater than she can even begin to imagine, was so stubborn and naïve that I wanted to yell at her. But her strength was balanced by another caught up in protecting her and coveted by even darker forces. It is an interesting story, one that I devoured quickly and I can't wait to see what happens in the next book. ...more
Fallon Brown
Feb 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Where to start? I loved this book. It sucked me right into the world. And I really loved Bolin. I found myself crying a few times, "what are you doing to him now?" and "stop hurting Bolin." I usually highlight quotes, but I was too involved in the story to even do that. It had me on the edge of my seat, my stomach and heart twisted into knots by the end. It may have been a little extreme to highlight the whole thing. I can't wait to read the next book. ...more
Dec 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This book was well written and thought out. I fell in love with the two main characters immediately. The twist and turns of the storyline had me flipping pages all day. I can't wait to read the next. I am still not quite sure what type of mythical creature Bolin or Donavan are it is VERY apparent that where Ciara is concerned she's BOTH. GOOD verses Evil.
TSTL heroine, could not make it past how annoying she was
Nicole Julke
Feb 12, 2013 rated it liked it
The writing was wonderful. Having a good story-line, the ending was sligtly confusing. A good book for young adults
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The youngest of nine children growing up in a small town in Wisconsin, I spent a lot of time hiding out with my dog to avoid doing chores. I also spent a lot of time hiding out with my dog and letting my imagination run wild.

Fast forward several decades (or more), and I still prefer to hide out with my dogs and let my imagination run wild.

That is frowned upon when you're an adult, but, then again

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