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Aerisia: Land Beyond The Sunset

(The Sunset Lands Beyond #1)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  361 ratings  ·  118 reviews
"When you've been ordinary your entire life, is it possible to reinvent yourself into someone new? Someone with magic?"


The mystery of other worlds is not one Hannah Winters ever dreamed she'd solve. She also never counted on meeting an elderly stranger bearing an enchanted moonstone during her evening run; a stranger claiming to have crossed f
Kindle Edition, 374 pages
Published April 16th 2014 by Griffineus Publications
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2.5 stars

Sadly it's one of those times when I find myself not connected to the characters or the story at all... I blame my expectations.
World building was beautiful but unfortunately not enough to make me love the book.

Trang Tran (Bookidote)

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-The storyline.Maybe it's just me but I found that the prophecy heroin story arc is quite repetitive and redundant. Also, I think the writing needed some sharpening and editing. There were some typos but I didn't mind that. However, the descriptions were all over the places. The first chapters were really slow and too much unnecessary details kind of ruined the mood.
-Hannah's diaglogue. Normally, it is through their narrat
Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm
Hannah Winters was just an ordinary girl, helping out her sister who recently got engaged. The day they were supposed to meet her sister's in-laws, was the day something weird and unexpected happened. Risean Wy' Curlm happened. Soon Hannah was transported to another world where she was called the Artan, the savior. The one foretold by the prophecy to give hope to the city of Laytrii and to the Moonkind, to take on Evil and save their world, Aerisia: The Land Beyond Sunset .

But Hannah wasn't con
Kristen Kooistra
Sep 14, 2016 rated it liked it
I'm so torn over this book! I'm giving it 3.5 stars.

Land Beyond the Sunset is the story of Hannah who's suddenly taken from her own world into the land of Aerisia where the people think she is their Artan(prophesied heroine who'll save them from Evil).

I'll start with what I wasn't too fond of.

- The length. Now I don't mind long books, but this one I felt could've been condensed down a bit since there were portions that dragged or didn't seem all that necessary.

- The secondary characters. These p
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-in-series
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Oct 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
I genuinely liked this book but I can't say that I loved it. The storyline and characters seem intriguing enough but I had trouble connecting to any of the characters. I realize this is part of a series so I am hoping that the next book will allow me to connect better. I do want to see what happens next and I am curious to see how the destiny of the two main characters will resolve itself. It is definitely worth a look and is an easy read, so if you want a new fantasy series to start, give this ...more
Apr 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Kidnapped from not only her home and family but litterally from her planet. Taken to a place unfamilar and scary the main character is just a young girl trying to get through college and decide what she wants to do. Now in her new home, stuck for an unknown amount of time, everyone seems to think she is some kind of warrior or savior. She has never met this person nor does she want to be this person. She fights with everything she knows and still can not escape anything. Who is she, the person t ...more
Apr 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
First, I won this book on Librarything as a member give-away. I would have given this book a 5 star review, but it did take some time to get into it. I would say I was hooked around the 10th chapter. I did love this book once I got to that point. It has mythical creatures and all things that I love to read about. I cannot wait to read the second book in this series. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves a good fantasy.
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
Where do I start...

I thought the world building was pretty good - the creatures introduced were well described, and even the different cultures were interesting, if not fully explained. I think there is a lot of potential here.

My biggest issue (as I've seen on other people's reviews) was the main character. When I began reading the book I thought the main character was 11 or 12. A couple of chapters in I had changed my mind and figured she must be about 15 or 16. It wasn't until about 1/3 throug
May 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
This story reminded me a lot of another story I read last year. But I am sure it will remind you of a lot of stories. It is about a girl who finds herself taken off into a new world and something about her makes her special and important to that world. While some may say that this storyline has been outplayed and many are bored with it, I still love it! I still love the idea of being taken away into different world and finding out that something about me is special and unique and I a
Jun 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: for-review
Overall I enjoyed the plot and thought that the author had an interesting take on the different creatures in the beautiful world that was created. My main issue with this book was the main character. I found her to be extremely annoying and it became difficult for me to continue reading, however I became invested in the plot & wanted to find out what was going to happen, so I continued. My hope is that the main character will be better in the next book because I want to know what happens & if sh ...more
The Mysterious Reader
Every once in a while you come across a new series that really resonates and leaves you feeling “wow”, just “wow”. That’s the feeling I got after reading Sarah Ashwood’s Aerisia: Land Beyond the Sunset. Even though this is just the first book in her The Sunset Lands Beyond trilogy, I’m already totally invested in (and addicted to) the series. Hannah Winters, the lead and potential Artan-to-be (ie, the prophesied legendary heroine who it is said will deliver the land of Aerisia from the Dark Powe ...more
Cabiria Aquarius
Hannah Dumphrey enjoys her life and loves her family.

All of a sudden she’s whisked away to another land without a goodbye to her family and she’s lost upset and confused. She has a level head at times but also acts like a little kid due to being alone in a place that isn’t her home. She misses her family but slowly comes to realize she is making things worse for herself and begins to understand she is stuck and must make the most of her situation.

The Simathe are feared and respected in Aerisia
Not actually bad, I was very interested at the beggining. BUT it was a bit too slow for a first book, given that it's not that short and we haven't been told much. Anyway, what truly troubles me about this book is how easily the female protagonist gets diminished. She gets praised in like two ocassions, and one of those is because she went to take dinner on a nice dress...
So, I expected her to be as confused as she actually was. But I didn't liked the way she got treated, especially towards the
Black Bones
Jul 28, 2020 rated it did not like it
Amateur narrative.
A land and a bunch of characters I couldn't care less about.
Apr 26, 2014 rated it liked it
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

2.5 stars

Let's just go ahead and break this up into positives and negatives shall we? I feel like that is the best way to give you a good understanding of how I felt about this book.

1. The cover art. I normally don't bring up cover art, but the cover of this book was beautifully done and it makes me sad that they don't have a picture of the cover on Goodreads, because it looks great.
2. The mythology. Ashwood has c
David Bergsland
May 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Ok, I don’t like clean reads or fantasies which devolve into a man and a woman struggling with thwarted desire. This book is both. Because it’s just a clean read, I had to give it a one-star rating in Reality Calling. However, on Amazon and the rest, it’s nearly a four-star book.
The book’s production is professional with a very attractive cover and no formatting issues inside. The author knew what an ePUB is and provided me with a good one, no problems. She gave me a copy with no strings, just a
To start off, I would like to say I received a free E-ARC copy of this novel from Voracious Readers Only. One that I am grateful to have received, but also sorry to say that it was just not fit for me, and was not my type of book. I will also say that I didn’t finish the book, because I couldn’t stand the cliche’s and cringyness of it.

My friend who also happens to like reading, said based on the description of this book, it sounds like (in her words) “A rip off of Narnia.” I personally haven’t r
Samantha Wynd
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
WOW!!! Well written this book left me wanting more. I couldn't put this book down. It became an obsession in which I kept needing to know what happens next and now I need to read the next book. (After getting some sleep)
With the rise in popularity of fantasy novel and interest in Fey magic and dither realms I believe Sarah Ashwood's novels will be one of the next must-read series.
Teens, YA and adults who enjoy the greats such as Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Narnia will love this book and it
Annie Matthews
Jul 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
It took a couple of chapters to get into the story, but I was soon whipping through at top speed! I really enjoyed the world that Hannah finds herself dragged into. Hannah herself is an interesting heroine; she is immature and whiney, with little common sense. The other characters find her challenging to deal with. I found this brilliant, as it's quite realistic. We'd all like to think that we'd be Katniss, bravely sacrificing ourselves at every turn….but the reality is that we probably wouldn't ...more
LG (A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions)
[This is an old review I'm just now adding to Goodreads.]

This was one of my freebie downloads. If it isn't self-published, it's very close to it – I just checked the website for Griffineus Publications, and Sarah Ashwood appears to be the only author they publish. Anyway, whoever chose the cover artist has fabulous taste. It's too bad that I can't seem to find the artist's name listed anywhere, and that the story didn't live up to the artwork.

Aerisia: Land Beyond the Sunset begins in our world
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I want to read. It
Sep 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Girl meets new world

Taken from her own planet (earth) and forced to adapt to a strange new world. This is the first book in the series and is used to set up the story to continue. Fantasy novel that's worth the read 4*

*An advanced copy of this book was given to me in exchange for an honest review*
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am looking at my rating for this book and I am torn, because there are so many things I loved about this book, but there were a few issues I had with it that I feel that I need to talk about too. So, if I am being extra picky it's probably more like a 3.75 star - it's so nearly a 4 star but because of the issues, which I will talk about now, I feel like really can't give it 4 stars. 

I want to start with what I loved about the book. I loved the title, it sounds so magical doesn't it. I loved th
Apr 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-fantasy
The concept and plot of this novel are interesting enough, but this fell apart for me in the execution. I found it to be weak in so many areas. In fact, it took me a long time to read through this because I did so much eye-rolling.

The writing left a lot be desired. There was the use of trite expressions and plot devices. There was too much telling - not enough showing. The vocabulary came across as pretentious. It was very clunky to read - there wasn't a flow in the way language was used. (Much
Katie Paradis
May 15, 2020 rated it liked it
I received a complimentary copy of the book from the author via Voracious Readers Only in exchange for an honest review.

It's a decent read. Definitely a compelling plot, even though it took a little while to pick up. Given that it's a series, I can only assume it'll continue full-speed in the following books.

Unfortunately, it really felt like there were some awkward racial undertones throughout the book. The Aerisians, the Moonkind, all fair-skinned, light-haired, all described as ethereal, gor
Apr 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
Aerisia: Land Beyond the Sunset follows Hannah Winters into the mystical world of Aerisia where she is thought to be the Artan, a prophesied hero.

Let me start with what I liked about this book - the world is definitely interesting and the author has clearly put a lot of effort into developing it. That’s about it. Unfortunately, this comes across as big expositional scenes where two characters sit down to talk and one of them explains things about the world in one big block of dialogue.

The key i
Pam Hage
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is one of those books you secretly don't want to read, because reading means you can no longer look at that gorgeous cover. I so want to know the name of the artist. He or she did an amazing job!

So, on to the story. It is a portal fantasy with a very strong 'good vs evil' plot, with no shades of grey in between. The evil is even called the Evil, but what it exactly is, doesn't get explained. Hardly anything gets explained, and the main character, Hannah, isn't pushing a lot to get answers.
Alexandria Woods
Gets Interesting Late


Hannah was basically kidnapped from everything she knew and traveled to another world for people relying on her to fulfill her role as Artan. I thought she was surprisingly accepting of being taken but did a lot more to deny her role than anything else. She has bursts of anger that are out of place in the story and cries thinking of the life and family she left behind. The book for me didn't pick up until it was more than half way done and Hannah was making
The Mysterious Reader
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Every once in a while you come across a new series that really resonates and leaves you feeling “wow”, just “wow”. That’s the feeling I got after reading Sarah Ashwood’s Aerisia: Land Beyond the Sunset. Even though this is just the first book in her The Sunset Lands Beyond trilogy, I’m already totally invested in (and addicted to) the series. Hannah Winters, the lead and potential Artan-to-be (ie, the prophesied legendary heroine who it is said will deliver the land of Aerisia from the Dark Powe ...more
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