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Trials of Hallion, Two of Swords, (book 1)

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Through a dimensional rift, stuck inside a tarot card spread, and trying to solve the mystery why her aunt stole something that could spell the end of an entire continent, modern New Yorker Kate McKnight has to face the fact that she has landed in a different world. Totally unprepared, she is plunged into a war where evil is moving toward resounding victory. As she is forc ...more
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Published January 15th 2014 by Smashwords Edition (first published January 14th 2014)
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Jada Ryker
Apr 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
From Corporate America to Magical Scotland

Far from New York, Kate McKnight settles into Liliath Cottage in the Scotland Highlands, left to her by her Aunt Mattie. Kate's dreams are filled with visions of a female warrior, armored by a cloak with moving symbols, the blood of battle, and a hawk.

Mattie's last letter to Kate hints at magic and spirits. Kate scoffs; her aunt had been a fortuneteller and a healer. But in the letter, Mattie hinted at a mystery. Mattie had committed a grave mistake. He
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Simon Okill
Dec 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Trials of Hallion, Two of Swords, (book 1) by Maria Greene is a brilliant fantasy set in Scotland, yay!!! I have read many great fantasies set in the northern land and this one ranks right up there as a winner.
Kate McKnight leaves New York to settle into Liliath Cottage in the Scottish Highlands. Soon, Kate's dreams are taken over by images of a female fighter dressed in a magical cloak. She reads her dead aunt's letter telling her to correct a terrible wrong and to meet Jamie Kirkland, local lo
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Antonio Jr.
May 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Kate is your everyday, run-of-the-mill sort of person living in New York. The next thing she knows, she's off to Scotland after her aunt passes. It's one thing after another at that point -- portentous dreams, creatures believed not to exist, and magic -- enough to overwhelm even the toughest of New Yorkers.

Judging by the title, the author intends this to be the first book in a series. One can only hope that is the case, so to expect more great fantasy adventure.

It's a good read.
William Stuart
Dec 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
I found this book as part of the Book Review Depot group on Facebook. As with most of the books I have found there, this one is another great read!

Synopsis (from the author): Through a dimensional rift, stuck inside a tarot card spread, and trying to solve the mystery why her aunt stole something that could spell the end of an entire continent, modern New Yorker Kate McKnight has to face the fact that she has landed in a different world. Totally unprepared, she is plunged into a war where evil i
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Scott Spotson
Jun 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
From the time that the main character, Kate, a New York professional white-collar worker, plunges into the fantasy lands of Hallion, to the time she and her merry band of accomplices descend beneath the monastery to the gloomy depths where they fight hideous creatures and she becomes separated from the group, I was bored. Unfortunately, that was a good third of the book, riddled with so much inner dialogue and tidbits about the fantasy world that were random and unfocused. I kept reading, though ...more
Martha Sockel
Aug 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adventure, fantasy, drama
This book presents some really good ideas and shows a lot of promise.

Kate is left a Highland Cottage by her aunt, and upon arriving is sucked into another dimension through some mystical tarot cards.

There, she gains allies and enemies as she finds herself embroiled in a war whose mythologies closely echo that of our own world.

There are some nice touches; the warrior Wolperia, the talking lion Ryyd, and I personally loved the bog witches. The riddle of the nine cups was good, but I had kinda gues
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Lita Burke
Jun 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Trials of Hallion Book 1: Two of Swords by Maria Greene is an epic fantasy about a New York office worker named Kate who battles evil sorcery in a fantasy land.

Kate McKnight inherits Liliath Cottage from her eccentric Aunt Mattie. Soon after she arrives in her aunt’s Scotland hometown, a magical door takes Kate into Hallion. There she embarks on a quest to overthrow an evil sorcerer named Kil Morgol, whose magic is poisoning the land. Helping Kate is Scotland native Jamie Kirkland, the current E
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Simon Goodson
May 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
This book shows a lot of promise. The settings are interesting and there are some truly innovative fantasy creatures to catch the imagination. The history of the world, the links with Scotland in our own world. The use of Tarot cards to guide the main character (and the story) onwards was another high point. Taking those parts together this was an enjoyable book.

Unfortunately there is a but. I really struggled with the characters at times. They were well written and felt real, however too often
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Nicolas Wilson
Apr 30, 2014 rated it liked it
This review is written by Nic's wife.
Decently written, and a fun fantasy story. There were a few leading things to the initial setup that felt heavy-handed to me, but not enough to actually prevent me from engaging with the story. I wasn't as thrilled with the second act, when Kate's verbose weakness became overwhelming, and there was one plot element that I kept waiting for one of the characters involved to question it further. Fantasy's usually got its twists and turns, though, so sometimes yo
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Regina M. Joseph
May 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Ever wish that you could take a leave from your predictable, established world and find adventure? Well, the heroine, Kate, does just that, although by accident. Leaving her NYC accounting life, she travels to Scotland to settle her deceased aunt's estate. In meeting her reluctant "laird" neighbor, she finds that she's suddenly crossed into an Oz filled with strange creatures. This Oz is a composite of the elements of many other fantasy novels.

Kate has a mission to fulfill, and she develops pow
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Demelza Carlton
Apr 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Sex in the City meets Lord of the Rings...with a little bit of Narnia thrown in. I mean, who could resist a sexy lion or the sulky Scotsman? There's man candy aplenty in this particular urban fantasy.

I didn't relate to Kate much - I found her particularly wishy-washy. Though she did improve as the story went on, she seems like a character who'd easily go from heroine to damsel in distress. It'll be interesting to see whether this is the case as the series progresses, as I understand there's mor
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C.J. Rutherford
Jan 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
There is some wonderful lore in this book. It blends the iron hard Scots with the lovable roguery of the Irish.

The fantasy world here is fresh and the enemy elusive. There is magic, but it is subtle. The characters are real and genuinely funny at times. Who would have guessed at the power of mead? I keep Bees, so I may just have to make some next year, though I'm sure the effects won't be the same in this world.

This is book one and book two has just been released. I can't wait to read it.
Lex Allen
Review coming soon...;o)
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I have always been fascinated by historical events, especially British and French. Most of my stories are set in Georgian and Regency England. Some deal with the Jacobite rebellion, and my very first published book was set in Louis XIV's France. I like lots of action and intrigue. The romances set in the Regency period have a bit of intrigue and lots of humor. This year look for the first installm ...more