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The Banished Craft

(Shkode #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  104 ratings  ·  54 reviews
A world, split into two. Dragons. Humans. Each believe the other is a myth. In a world where women are not allowed to read, live alone, or pursue knowledge, Cor comes across a secret society who predicted the devastation that humankind can no longer ignore. A world away, Atesh studies a mysterious plant, determined to discover what is destroying his home and dragonkind wit ...more
Hardcover, 346 pages
Published September 1st 2015 by Atthis Arts, LLC
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Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: spfbo-2018
*This was one of my #SPFBO entries for 2018*

This book is definitely one I really enjoyed and I am very happy to have read, in fact, it's my favourite of the SPFBO entries I have so far read. This story has a lot of what I like in Fantasy...Dragons, female leads who are epic, people fighting back, Dragons, wit and charm, charisma, Dragons and more...
I found that although it's a little slow to get going, it didn't take long for me to get hooked into the story and I quickly found myself enjoying t
E.D.E. Bell
Jul 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: atthis-arts
I wrote this book, and I am very excited about it. It's got dragons and wizards - and it's a little quirky. I hope you'll check it out! ...more
Laura Custodio
Jul 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
**Free ARC for Honest Review**

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading about an ensemble cast of characters who all have a part to play in an intricate story. This book is a well crafted fantasy tale of rebellion and pursuit of knowledge and will leave you wanting to pre order the next book in the trilogy right away.
Aug 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Banished Craft is a story that is completely unique and absolutely beautiful. It’s an epic fantasy that is definitely epic. While it comes from multiple points of view, the characters are bold and stand out on their own. The world building is fantastic and unlike anything I’ve seen before. It’s a story that sucked me in and had me anxious to see through to the end.

Like I already mentioned, we get the story in multiple points of view but most of them we return to enough that we get to know th
Christopher Bell
Jun 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As the author’s husband (and book’s typesetter), this review may be a bit biased. But I promise it is honest.

I was able to read both an early draft of the manuscript as well as the finished ARC. If you have ever done this for an author, it is a real treat and privilege to see a story being shaped and mature. It was tough to provide editorial comments (I did this between some of the many rounds of professional editing) because I kept falling into the story as a reader enjoying a good book would,
EJ Fisch
Apr 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks, fantasy
For some reason that I've never been able to put my finger on, the fantasy genre has just never captured my attention the way sci fi does, but I can say that E.D.E. Bell has created an incredible universe for her Shkode series. The structure of the story is probably what I found most interesting; there are two different halves taking place in what you might call parallel universes, and while the environments are virtually the same, the characters in each are so different and unique that you feel ...more
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: epic
Inspiring and rich characters. Deeply creative with positive themes that focus on love and acceptance.
Ann McDowell
Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I found The Banished Craft a timely read. Themes of gender based oppression are reminiscent of Atwood's Handmaid's Tale. Bell does an exquisite job of creating characters that you'd want to know and understand. Cor's drive to educate herself despite obstacle is tempered by her vulnerability, combining to make her a relatable and believable protagonist. The distinct regions in Teirrah are also well developed. Bell gives you no choice but to empathize with the position of Seastate; and Marshstate ...more
Tanya Miranda
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Humans and dragons mixed with corrupted politics, conflicting societies, and the fact that both their worlds may be on the brink of destruction... make for a great read. On to book #2.
Kris Sellgren
Jul 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I found The Banished Craft to be full of interesting and unique ideas, starting with its premise. At Take Your Kid To Work Day in the 4-D universe, Mother shows her kids a 3-D universe she’s researching, but one kid pokes at it, accidentally splitting the 3-D universe into two universes. In the damaged 3-D universe, Earth splits into two worlds, one with humans but no dragons, and another with dragons but no humans. Both Earths, which share the same geography, are increasingly unstable, with fre ...more
S.J. Higbee
Dec 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
One of the reasons why I wanted to return to this world is its richness and sheer quirky difference. I’m used to worlds being endangered by maniacal gods/powerful mages/artefacts – I can’t recall another world risking extinction because the child of a powerful being accidentally touched it… However, any impulse to burst out laughing is steadily eroded as we become engrossed in the lives of our protagonists on the sundered worlds. Bell handles the epic nature of her narrative really effectively, ...more
L.L. Reynolds
Nov 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
The book is wonderful. So imaginative! An intelligent high fantasy full of imagination, dragons, and magic!

It's about a world that splits into two identical copies of itself, caused by the child of a mysterious scientist touching the triverse the scientist was studying. During the incident, the creatures inhabiting these two worlds saw the split as an immense ball of light in the sky, which then shrank and faded away. They refer to what happened as the Great Nova. The split caused the worlds to
G.S. Jennsen
Jun 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
A wonderfully delightful and deeply imaginative tale of struggle and the quest for knowledge, set in a well-developed and complex high fantasy setting.

E.D.E. Bell has created a multi-layered world of mystery, which she slowly and deliciously reveals in this high fantasy novel about worlds in peril. The characters she populates the worlds with highlight the challenges and difficulties of a society struggling to break free from a doomed course and pursue what may be a more enlightened path but in
Sadie Forsythe
OMG, I finally finished this, which was in doubt on more than one occasion. I just could not get into it and every page was a slog. I mean, I can read a book this length in a day. But I've been reading this one forever and a day...ok, three weeks, but for me, that's an eternity. I would pick it up, read a chapter (sometimes less), put it down, go off and read something else (usually an entire other book) and then come back to this one for a chapter (sometimes less). It was in this arduous manne ...more
Mel Lafferty
Jun 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was fortunate enough to have the privilege to read an ARC of this book and I can tell you it is a well crafted, thought out/thought provoking book. EDE Bell weaves a complex tale of multiple worlds and characters, and although they are different species or come from different parts of a split world, they deal with similar obstacles and foes (at least to some extent when it comes to fighting for what is right or trying to find their voices when they have been silenced). It is a book that weaves ...more
Kenneth Morris
Sep 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book started slow, bringing together 3-4-5 different tales based in a few worlds. Confusing yet enlightening. It was a bit difficult to keep up with which story you were reading until the characters became clearer. Sometime in the middle a full story began to emerge and plots seemed to move along at a merging pace. As you near the end so many things come to a head and then... BAM!!!! End of book one. I will have to keep an eye out for the sequel. This story is based in the fantasy realm, wi ...more
Jim Simpson
Jan 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the second book I've read by this author, and I appreciate the way she weaves the contemporary into fantasy. And any fantasy that incorporates science through an exploration of communication between dimensions is a very interesting fantasy indeed.

There's a balance between humans and dragons, math and science, and vegans and non-vegans.

I'm looking forward to the second book in the series.
Trowby Brockman
May 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. Loved the illustrations at the top of the chapters and all the wonderful detail about the two worlds. War and peace and gender equality - lots to think about too. Looking forward to Volume 2!
Oct 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book tremendously! The story has science and magic; social injustice, political unrest, unstable worlds in need of saving, layers of mystery, unexpected heroes, and dragons. I can hardly wait for the next book in this story!
Dana Garner
I'm a slow reader so it took me quite some time to get through, but I really enjoyed it. As other reviewers said, it bounces back and forth between different characters to really give a good sense of the cultures of the two worlds the story is working in. Some people might find this kind of storytelling distracting, but I really enjoyed it. I blazed through the end and can't wait to start book 2 later today. ...more
Oct 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
*I was provided with a ebook of this book by the publisher via NetGalley, but my review is all my own opinion and thoughts*

*3.5 stars
Overall I enjoyed reading this. At the beginning it was a bit confusion because there is a lot of switching going on between character’s points of views. But after a while I got used to it. I do feel like this first book is setting up for the rest of the series. I am interested to see what is going to happen in the second book, which I will be picking up, just not
May 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Banished Craft takes us into both worlds splitting our time between them and introducing us to multiple characters. Each world is identical physically but in one world the Dragons reside and in the other the humans. Each have knowledge of the other but believe the other to be extinct in their world.

In the human world of Terrah, we meet Cora, a bright young woman who resides near university and earns an income by secretly writing under a male pseudonym. Her world is ruled by a King and has severa
Aug 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank the author for allowing me to read her novel in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

The story opens with a prologue. A scientist is explaining how different dimensions have been discovered and how one of her children has caused a disruption. In fact a split was created and a pocket universe was turned into two. Now they are separate places with no knowledge that they have been split. The memories of the world before are simply myths and dismissals they use to brush a
John Stanifer
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those books I knew I had to have as soon as I saw the cover. I mean, if you're a book lover, how can you NOT want to snap this up, regardless of what it's about?!

Thankfully, there's a great story to support the promising exterior. It's really hard to capture the depth of everything going on within this book in a short review, but there are some pretty serious issues tackled in this first book (war, revenge, racism, sexism, classism, veganism . . . basically if there's an ism, it's
Stephanie Cover2CoverBlog
I was lucky enough to come upon this book through Candace’s Book Tours and am so happy I decided I wanted to take part in its review tour. This book is a layered masterpiece of epic fantasy that focuses on two worlds that are ending. The book follows a cast of character in these worlds as they try to come to terms with various political, emotional, and societal concerns while experiencing major world changing events like earthquakes and places just disappearing entirely.

Upon reading the synopsi
Jun 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"How lovely this will look on my bookshelf!" was quite honestly my very first thought at my initial glimpse of E.D.E Bell's endeavor. I am happy to say that it has now achieved a shelf-placement as one of my favorites as well.
Not having a lot of spare time, I am afraid I have become difficult to entertain with the more prevalent standard fare. Of course many narratives falling under that category are truly enjoyable, however, let me give you just a hint of what is to be found under the lovely c
Sydney Scrogham
Jun 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Wow, the story world is amazing. E.D.E. Bell writes with a style and tone that I haven’t heard before. I felt like I was immersed in two different cultures the whole time. I’ve never seen dragons represented so closely to humans. Bell writes in a way that makes me wonder what it’d be like to be a “gon.”

The prologue to this story blew my brain, and I liked that. I struggled to find my bearings because it was so far from anything I’ve experienced in my own world. But I enjoyed how that same narrat
May 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
When I first began reading this book I was somewhat confused, as I couldn't tell the characters' "worlds" apart when each chapter or section changed perspective. In a universe this expansive and unique it takes some time to sketch out the bones of the world. But as I got about halfway through I finally understood and was able to really enjoy the work put into creating it.

There is solid and reasonable world crafting here. I really admire the thought Bell has put into writing this fantasy about a
Aug 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
'The Banished Craft' is from the beginning a very interesting and wonderfully put together read. When I started reading I was a little afraid this book would be difficult to understand, but it wasn’t difficult at all. The writing immediately pulled me into it and its very original. Its written through different point of views which gave us inside to all the different characters and their worlds. It’s a book that could have failed just as easily, but due to E.D.E. Bell’s excellent writing this b ...more
Jun 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I thought the characters were engaging, the world was rich with detail, and the plot was interesting. But, to be honest, it wasn’t any of these things that made me love the book. It was the dragons. The dragons were awesome. Each dragon had his or her own distinct personality along with different colored scales. Some were funny, some were evil, some were good – all seemed ‘real’. While reading the book I got a sense of their culture, their technology, how they interacted with ...more
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E.D.E. Bell (she/e) loves fantasy fiction, and enjoys blending classic and modern elements. A passionate vegan and earnest progressive, she feels strongly about issues related to equality and compassion. Her works often explore conceptions of identity and community, including themes of friendship, family, and connection. She lives in Ferndale, Michigan, where she writes stories and revels in garli ...more

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