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Tomes of Taria: Kaylen's Rising

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Kaylen Amdir has been living in the dark for fourteen years-in every sense. His people are hunted on the surface world, so they must struggle to survive within underground caves. His community hates his family but no-one will say why. Unlike most teens, his parents keep him housebound, and forbid him from wielding weapons or learning magic. But when his parents finally cha ...more
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Published February 1st 2013 by FriesenPress
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roxtao
Feb 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I started Kaylen's Rising, I thought I’ll be reading a normal YA fantasy novel, with a teenager elf, some confrontations between good and evil that will influence the fate of the world and maybe some girls and relations issues. What I found was totally different from what I’ve expected. Remember that magical feeling you experienced when you entered a fantasy world - for example the one in Harry Potter? That’s exactly what you will get reading Kaylen's Rising. A compelling story, full of adr ...more
a_tiffyfit
Disclosure: Received an e-copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.

Kaylen's Uprising is a wonderful first novel geared towards the younger reader. Kaylen is a cave elf, living in the town of Caverna. He has never been outside of Caverna and has lived a very secluded life thanks to extreme pacifist parents who own a lovely flower shop. As Kaylen is finally granted his wish to be "normal" and go to school, albeit with a ton of restrictions from his parents, he l
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The Book Gazer (Eddie)
"Kaylen Amdir has been living in the dark for fourteen years – in every sense. His people are hunted on the surface world, forcing them to fend for themselves in the underground chasms now known as the sprawling city of Caverna. His community despises and taunts his family for reasons that no-one shares. His parents keep him housebound, a prisoner in their backyard gardens, and forbid him from holding a sword or wielding a wand. But when his father and mother finally relent and send him to schoo ...more
Meagan Myhren-bennett
Tomes of Taria: Kaylen's Rising
by Yves Robichard

Kaylen has dreamed about magic and casting spells, but for some reason he can't fathom his parents won't let him learn. But this isn't the only thing that makes him stand out in the Cave Elf community of Caverna - his father was abnormally tall with l-o-n-g ears and his parents were the only ones who operated a flower/plant/seed/garden supply shop in the city.

But when some children throw a fireball at Kaylen and destroy the flower bed he has been w
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Daniel Fife
Apr 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kaylen's Rising (Tomes of Taria, Book 1)
By Yves Robichaud

I can easily give this book a solid 4 stars.

Kaylen’s Rising is a welcome new addition that follows a young cave elf through a coming of age story, littered with action, adventure, suspense, and a pinch of romance. During the beginning of the book, I found myself in a similar world to R. A. Salvator’s legendary Drizzt, as the main character Kaylen is a cave elf that too has never seen the world beyond the humble beginnings of a cavern city.
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Paige
Feb 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tomes of Taria: Kaylen’s Rising by Yves Robichaud

In Yves Robichaud’s new release we meet Kaylen, a cave elf in the troubled subterranean land of Caverna.

Though Kaylen has lived a content life with his parents, he sees other teens living a less-sheltered existence, and questions begin to nag.

Why has he never gone to school? What exists beyond the sheltered world of his home?

Kaylen’s story begins in a garden, and as often happens with gardens, discord enters. This event causes Kaylen to questio
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Jen Barton
Feb 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: done
For fourteen years cave elf Kaylen led a quiet life of gardening and non-violence in the underground town of Caverna, completely unaware of the war that raged between his people and humans. Sheltered and coddled by his parents, Kaylen never even attended school. But things are about to change. When Kaylen’s request to go to school is finally granted, he gets more than he bargained for. Not only is he confronted with enemies he never knew he had, painful truths he’d never known, and the sad reali ...more
Marc Labelle
Mar 30, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Children 10 to 14
A Fast-Paced Tale That Forces Readers To Keep Reading

Don't let this average rating fool you. Kaylen's Rising is an excellent story. It is fast-paced and full of action. There is always something happening, forcing the reader to keep flipping the pages to see what happens next.

What this book needs is a little more depth. The characters are a little flat and their relationships do not evolve much, save for a small few. There is a budding love story, but it goes no further than its inception. Futur
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Anna del C. Dye
Apr 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is quite a story for lovers of fantasy and elves. They will surely enjoy the trip through its pages. I really enjoyed the trip myself. It conveys a new, completely refreshing twist to elf tales.

Kaylen is fourteen and he has never been out of his yard. He knows not why, but his parents refuse to discuss it. When finally he is allowed to go to school, he discovers many mysteries surrounding his parents. The least of all is that he is limited to studying music, while all his schoolmates do wea
...more
Mathieu Cormier
Apr 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Fun book to read! Caverna is an interesting place to learn about, along with its elvish population.

I also enjoyed reading about Kaylen's special kind of magic, which is a nice departure from the recent wand/wizardy variety we're become accustomed to seeing.

Reading as an adult, I would have expected arguments and grudges to be a bit longer to overcome, but for the younger adult audience, being quick to forgive is a better life lesson.

A few other subjects I'd have loved to explore more in depth -
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Linda Ulleseit
Mar 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fantasy
I liked this book. It read fast--there are certainly scenes that could be dragged out and described more--but it was very entertaining. I loved the main character, Kaylen, because he has the least amount of skill and yet the widest range of ability to help everyone else. Isn't that the best kind of hero to have?
Abby Awesome
May 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite books. I couldn't put it down and read it in a day! It's interesting to read about Kaylen discovering all about the world; I laughed a lot the first time that he saw snow! Overall a very good fantasy book.
Line Robichaud
Apr 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once I picked up this book and started reading I did not want to put it down. It is an easy read and very entertaining. I am really looking forward to book 2...
Tanya Beaton
May 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 105-books-2013
It was a great read! I'm looking forward to the next installments!
Ellie
Jul 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
I started off expecting Kaylen's Rising to be your usual young adult book about an elf the usual creatures that go along with this and of course the whole book would revolve around good versing evil probably there would be some romance thrown in there somewhere. However as i was reading this although it did meet some of these expectation it went about it in a whole new and unexpected way it certainly wasn't your usual YA fantasy novel. Robichaud managed to create a wonderful world that from the ...more
Carolyn
Dec 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Everything has to be just right when I begin reading a new book; location, temperature, comfortable clothing, cuppa tea, peace and quiet, and, most importantly… the first chapter.

Tomes of Taria - Kaylen’s Rising by Yves Robichaud did not disappoint. From the very first page, I knew I would have to reign in my curious nature and take my time, so that I could savour each chapter.

Yves’ debut fantasy novel captivated my mind, gloriously sending me into his wonderful world of cave elves, humans, dwar
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Rachel
I received an ebook copy of this novel from the author in return for an honest review.
I gave this novel 4/5 and I really enjoyed it. The plot and characters in this novel were great, the author had developed them nicely. I will say that I think this is probably a middle grade novel, the writing and plotline would suit 10-14 year olds, but I enjoyed it none the less.
The plot was fast paced and action filled, the characters were hardly finished one adventure when they were on to the next. This h
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Anna del C. Dye
This is quite a story for lovers of fantasy and elves. They will surely enjoy the trip through its pages. I really enjoyed the trip myself. It conveys a new, completely refreshing twist to elf tales.

Kaylen is fourteen and he has never been out of his yard. He knows not why, but his parents refuse to discuss it. When finally he is allowed to go to school, he discovers many mysteries surrounding his parents. The least of all is that he is limited to studying music, while all his schoolmates do wea
...more
Anna del C. Dye
Jul 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Pre-teen and over
Recommended to Anna by: Readersfavorite.com
Kaylen’s Rising Tomes of Taria - Book 1 By Yves Robichaud **** website
This is quite a story for lovers of fantasy and elves. They will surely enjoy the trip through its pages. I really enjoyed the trip myself. It conveys a new, completely refreshing twist to elf tales.
Kaylen is fourteen and he has never been out of his yard. He knows not why, but his parents refuse to discuss it. When finally he is allowed to go to school, he discovers many mysteries surrounding his parents. The least of all is
...more
Chelsea
May 19, 2013 rated it liked it
I was excited to learn that the author of this book was from where I live which is why I decided to read this book. I was even more excited to see that this was a fantasy book! Even better! As I was reading I got slowly more and more disappointed. The plot wasn’t bad. It was something new and fresh which made me really happy. It was the writing that I couldn’t get over. Just some things that the characters said were so stupid and way too formal. Realistically people don’t talk like that unless t ...more
Craig Morrissey
Apr 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kaylen's Rising is a solid 4/5 for it's intended audience (youth 10-14). While some parts, characters lacked a little development, all in all it was very interesting. Each chapter leads into the next, and leaves you wanting to continue reading to see what the next adventure will be. I must say the build up to the battle was very well done, however the battle itself was somewhat disappointing. The history and story of Kaylen's family was very well done and revealed throughout the book in a well l ...more
Paul B Reichel
Apr 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great building of skills and excitement

Common elements of character development combined with suitable action enlisting developed skills. Combatants requiring guile and skill add to the mix. Team alliance along with personal back storeys fill the narrative.
Lauren Tracey
Aug 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely loved this book. It took me a while to finish it however when I read it i could barely put it down! I really hope there is another one!
Emma Debruyne
May 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
Sorry, just didn't like it. I think it's a good idea but not worked out well. Sorry
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Yves Robichaud is originally from the small Acadian community of Grand-Barachois, New Brunswick, Canada. He has studied Business Administration and Information Technology, currently works for the federal government, and is the proud father of one son: Jeremy. Inspired by a love of fantastical, magical tales, Kaylen's Rising is Yves' first attempt to share this literary passion with his son and the ...more

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