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Heirs of War

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Seventeen year-old Zelene has never believed in magic or been one to trust fate. Prophecies about princesses and long lost families were the stuff of fairy tales and had no place in her life. But then magic-wielding assassins attack claiming she is one of the five Duillaine Ainnir, the next generation of the most powerful women who rule over the worlds. Together, the five ...more
Paperback, 456 pages
Published October 13th 2013 by CreateSpace (first published September 13th 2013)
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Jul 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of fantasy/urban fantasy, YA/NA
Recommended to Katy by: Mara Valderran
Book Info: Genre: Urban/Epic Fantasy
Reading Level: Upper Young Adult/New Adult
Recommended for: Fans of fantasy
Book Available: October 13, 2013
Trigger Warnings: child abuse, murder, torture

My Thoughts: I think my favorite thing about this book is the way Celtic mythology is woven into it. It's not overt, but subtle things, and also the naming conventions. Which means pronunciation will drive you crazy, since Gaelic is the closest thing to Celtic and the way things are spelled vs. how they are pro
Josephine Militello
Feb 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Heirs of War is an amazing read!!

From the moment you start to read it you can not put the book down. You are drawn into a land that you recognize as Earth (Dhara) with five equally brilliant female characters. Zelene, Rhaya, Isauria and Ariana all live on Earth with their fathers, except for Zelene who is fostered to a couple of drunks. Their 18th birthday is upon them and their lives will change forever, everything they know will no longer be as they knew it. Terrena has been hiding out in the
Aug 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*Received from the author in exchange for an honest review*

This book was just, wow. Straight away you are sucked into a world wind of mysteries and dangers. The twist on elemental powers was extremely imaginative and gained control of your mind immediately. I think the cover is very colourful and gives strong presence and aspects of their elemental and mind abilities.

Once upon a time five girls were born... and sent to a foreign dimension. Earth, where magic is not present and those
Sharon Bayliss
Feb 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review
Heirs of War is the first book in what promises to be an epic YA fantasy series. It's got all the good stuff--kick-ass characters, magical powers, and lots of action and drama. The story centers around 5 teenage girls who are destined to be powerful rulers of the worlds, but 4 of which are stuck in the most boring and unmagical of the worlds, ours. They all leave their various normal, and sometimes awful, lives to embark into the magical worlds where they have great power and importance.

The word
Emma Adams
Oct 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
I loved this first instalment in an exciting fantasy series. Heirs of War has no fewer than five awesome female protagonists, and although the number of characters is a little confusing at first, I was quickly swept up in the story. There's action, romance, mystery and magic, and a vivid fantasy world. All of the main characters' personalities are distinct, and I'm looking forward to seeing them develop throughout the series.
Brittany Lambeth
A very great story! Can't wait for more because there is obviously more coming! Recommend it! I read it on wattpad!
Mar 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Sep 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, new-adult
Note: This review is based on an ARC I received from the author. I also read part of an earlier version of the manuscript. Neither of these swayed my review.

One of the things I was most excited about with Heirs of War is the fact that all five of the main characters are women, which is always something I love to find in epic fantasy novels like this. I also love how even though we see all five of their points of view, it's never confusing, and each character has her own personality. They were al
Kathryn Hughey
Oct 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! I have been seeing more and more series where there is a cast of main characters, and this is right up there with my favorites! 4 princesses who have been prophesied have been sent to Earth (Dhara), while one stays in their home world, to escape the clutches of assassins intent on destroying them. They do not know each ot her, and are protected by Cynewards who acts as their Father figures and are, in fact, their protectors. Yanked from Earth to this unknown world, quite traumat ...more
Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
This is a very enjoyable Fantasy book that just happens to also have the Young Adult tag. It is fast paced and has lots of politics and intrigue in it. There are five girls and their associates/friends for you to keep track of which can be a bit confusing at times, just trying to remember who's attitude is what. Once they leave earth and find out that they have gifts too, then that is an added extra to remember.

The time passes very quickly whilst you are reading the book which is always a good s
Oct 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book started off slow, but picked up a lot about a third of the way into it. The ending was so good, I immediately picked up the 2nd book and started it the next minute. The story revolves around 5 girls (sisters / cousins) who are next in line to rule their world. However, there's a Prophecy (isn't there always?) that says these girls are something special; as a result, their lives are in danger. To protect them, the girls are separated and four are sent to Earth. The story picks up just a ...more
Thanks Mara for letting me read and review this book. I loved the book and would give it 5 stars.

The story was amazing and the world building,character/scene descriptions were grate as they made me feel like I was actually experiencing what was happening personally.

It was interesting to see how each of the girls (Ariana, Terrena & Isuraia) dealt with coming into their powers as they did so. Especially Isuraia because although it nearly cost her her life it also enabled her to find her youngest
Feb 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, ya
It was very enjoyable despite the amount of the work the book still needs. Though I have heard that the final version has fixed many of the mistakes. I read it for free on Wattpad. There were various spelling and grammar mistakes littered throughout and the change of POV tended to annoy me. There are six main characters plus several minor ones that took the spotlight for a chapter or two so it tended to get quite confusing at times. Once again I heard the author cleaned it up in the final versio ...more
Nastasia Nazar
May 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was great! I could really sympathize with the characters, and feel the emotional journeys they were going through. I was even brought to tears a time or two. It was also extremely thought provoking. There were many real issues approached from a fantasy perspective, that I felt were addressed well. There were a lot of really great characters, and getting to see the world from multiple perspectives really brought it to life. All in all one of my favorite books, I can't wait for the next ...more
Jul 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED Heirs of War. I came across it on wattpad and couldnt put my phone down from reading. An when i came across the almost last chapter i stopped reading and almost wanted to cry knowing the book was almost over. But I regained hope when i found out it was a series. I am looking forward to purchasing the second book.
Jan farnworth
Mar 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow this story was amazing i love the way you find out about the 5 major characters that are meant to save the world from destruction. You become invested in finding out about how they are connected to each other and the author did a great job of giving you little pieces of information up to the very end of the story. A great adventure.
Margaux Espinosa
May 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
it was a good book, well written, has not one, two but three strong female characters. The characters are well written, the story line is strong, it's a very captivating read. I enjoyed it enough to read through to the end in one sitting. That being said, my low star rating is ONLY because this book was just not my type of read.
Mar 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-book
This book surprised me so much! I loved it! I wasn't expecting that at all. I absolutely loved the worlds, their powers and the story surrounding the five girls! Zelene and Rhaya are my top favourites. I can only jump to one conclusion, and in my best Thor's voice I'll say: Another one!
Nov 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book was really intriguing and nicely written
Hildur Enola
A book in two very differnt parts

The review might contain spoilers

This is a classic fantasy in which the main characters—four "normal" human modern girls—find that they are anything but normal. In fact, they are important heroes from another world, and they have to go back there to save it.
The story is sort of divided in two parts: the first happens here on Earth, while the second plays out in their own world. I found them as different as black and white. The first part, with the character intr
Brittany Marion
Nov 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: good-fantasy
I received a copy of Heirs of War through a Goodreads giveaway (thanks!). First, I just have to say that out of the countless books I've read and may or may not have listed on Goodreads, this is actually the first review I have given, so just bear with me. Here goes!

Overall, a great concept and storyline, with detailed character backgrounds and a plot to keep you on your toes. The ending was well placed and left me wanting more. The overall feel of the book felt well planned and developed.

K.T. Munson
Sep 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
These characters worth reading! It was very easy to start into the second book because of the way this one was written. Although there are some out of character moments that seems more to move the plot along then something they would actually do; it was easily overlooked by the settling, characters, and plot. Better yet these characters are not at all one dimensional. You cheer for them and want them to succeed. I would recommend this to others and have!
Jeanine Walsh palinkas
Mar 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
While there's a lot to keep track of In the beginning, this book flows so smoothly that I couldn't put it down. I also have to say, I did not notice ONE typo or grammatical error which pleased me to no end! The only drawback for me was that I read a signed paperback and I couldn't read in bed, lol. I am anxiously awaiting the start of book two which will begin as soon as I'm done with this review! Thank you Ms Valderran for a great read!
Kerri Simpson
May 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Oh my god I loved it! Perfect length to really sink into. I cannot wait to read the second one. It such a compelling and different story. It was easy to get attached to the characters and go through their emotions with them. I loved it. Another point I love a book I can fall in love with and obsess over even with emotional feels along the way.
Dec 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I didn't realize this was a YA book until the characters had hooked me. I'm sure all my friends who read this stuff regularly will greatly enjoy. I know I have to keep reading the series
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