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Secrets beget secrets. The curse that befell the Hollows clan has left them incapable of producing male offspring. To extend their bloodline, they have formed a covenant with the serpentine Ophidians, who give them children. In return, the Hollows must keep these monstrous creatures well fed, though the details of the procurement are so abominable that the truth is never r ...more
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Published September 27th 2014 by Smashwords Edition
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 CCAM&GZM
Nov 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really like the books that, in addition of a pleasant reading, provide me the chance to use and refresh my knowledge in mythology and literature. Children of Lightning presents elements of the universal mythology, from Babylonian and Greek to Christian one. It's not because you need them to enjoy the story, but I've always appreciated a book that pushed me to seek the author’s inspiration source, to pick up on the correspondences and the differences, and most importantly, to savor the artisti ...more
Raph♛
i received an ecopy from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange of an honest review

Children of Lightening starts off with Mother going in the Ophesians' territory in order to find a mate so as to get pregnant with her third and last child. Mother as a plurian, a snake-haired being created by lightening has to mate with an Ophedian if she wishes to have a baby due to the plain fact that the plurian species is all female.
In the first part of the book we witness mother finding her mate in the Cunning One,
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Jayson Kennedy
Aug 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book reminded me quite a bit of The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe. It has a similar narrative style, where the protagonist is on a journey to becoming their true self. Because of the journey style of the story, there is so much that happens in the book, scenes shifting quite quickly, and sometimes years will be covered in a few sentences. It also reminds me of The Book of the New Sun because of the extremely fantastical scenes. This is very imaginative fantasy, going further than most f ...more
amomentsilence
Jul 18, 2015 rated it it was ok
Recommended to amomentsilence by: Xpresso Book Tours
2.5/3 Stars.

This was a weird book. I could barely get through it. The premise originally sounded SO incredible and I was hoping for something amazing, but the actual execution of plot, lack of likeable characters and somewhat disjointed storytelling made for an uninspiring and painful experience to read. The writing itself is not bad (thankfully - or else this would have gotten a rating much MUCH lower than this), but good writing could not make up for such a disconnect in concept. ...more
Nada Sobhi
Review to come as part of the blog tour - In progress
Mandii
Jul 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-reviewed
Although it doesn't seem to say this anywhere, "Children of Lightning" is a prequel novella to a series Annie K. Wong is currently working on. I didn't know that going in, so I thought this was just a great standalone story, with fascinating mythology and a wickedly strong protagonist. The fact that there will be even more books to come, detailing the life and adventures of Writhren, turned out to be a bonus.

Here's a summary of the book, for those who haven't had a chance to read it
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Rae Sontheyon
Nov 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Too Quick To Anger Breeds Dangerous Consequences. . .

Going into this book with the knowledge that this is a prequel to a series will help a reader quickly acclimate to the stories plot, characters, and general story telling. The world in which the story takes place is fantastical seeming to be a mix of mythological and magical. As for the main character, the reader is shown that she is either a tragic hero or the villain?

Named Tithren in hopes of curving her fierce power
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Maghon Thomas
Nov 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
First let me start by saying this is one of the most unique books I've ever read. The second thing, because of the uniqueness, I was confused a lot. Lol writhren hollow is, however, a very cool heroine. The younger girl, she's scared and insecure and a little lost in the shadow of her sisters. The older version is both her saving grace and her own worst enemy. I can't explain that without spoilers- sorry. And though some things confused me, the over all story kept me glued to the pages to see ho ...more
A. H. Reaume
Aug 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The first thing you need to know is that Writhren Hollow is not your classic heroine. In fact, she tries to be a hero and ends up becoming somebody else. The fact that her journey veers from that of a typical protagonist threw me off a bit when I started reading the story, and it took me a while to get into it. I am so glad that I stuck to it though. By the time I got halfway through the book, I couldn’t put it down and I was reading as quickly as I could so that I could get to the end as fast a ...more
Jasmine
Oct 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Children of Lightning is a very odd story. Reading the synopsis, I was intrigued and wanted to read it to discover what, exactly, the story was all about. I had a hard time getting through it, but I was curious enough to finish it. I still don't really know how I feel about it.

Children of Lightning tells the story of Writhren Hollow, a young woman whose clan is unable to procreate due to no male members. Nor can the clan produce male offspring. They have an uneasy alliance with anoth
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Melissa Burcham
Nov 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2015
4.5 stars

I was given an ARC book for an honest review free of persuasion from the author or anyone else affiliated with this book.

CONTAINS SOME SPOILERS

This book was definitely different from other books I read. While the characters were described well enough for me to visualize them, the setting left something to be desired. I couldn't easily picture the world. I felt lost most of the story. Days would disappear in the matter of a couple of sentences. I also felt that m
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Jenn Sut
Nov 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Children of Lightning
By Annie K Wong
4

I was given a book in exchange for an honest review free of persuasion from the author or anyone else affiliated with this book.

A clan of hybrids named Plurans were born from the lightning. The plurals were the only group to be born without a counterpart, so they were dependent on the ophadian to reproduce. Tithren was born when her mother danced/mated with a ophadian. He wanted the child to be named Withren, meaning fierce
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Stephanie (Bookfever)
I really hate to do this to a book I received for review but I couldn't get through this book so unfortunately it's a did not finish for me.

Children of Lightning was in one word: weird. I'm sure other people will like this book more than I did but it really wasn't something for me. A little too strange and I wasn't a fan of the writing style either. I just really couldn't get into it and I reached the point where I really had to push myself to read it, which is just a waste of time i
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Leigh Anderson
Nov 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Children of Lightning is very well-written. The world-building is fantastic and easy to understand. The descriptions she uses to bring her world to life are very good. The characters are easy to like, which is good because as a journey narrative, you want to go on the journey with them.

I was very surprised to see that this is Wong’s first book because it is just very good. It doesn’t feel self-published, but feels very seasoned and professional. The only thing off-putting about it is
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Kasee Johnson
Oct 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received an e-ARC of this book in exchange of an honest review.
This book was my first real venture into Fantasy / SciFi. And I am hooked! I found the characters very well developed and the settings described well enough for me to easily visualize. I absolutely loved the names of the characters. And the twists and turns kept me reading long after I had planned to set the (e)book down. It reads a little dry, but that didn't bother me. I am really looking forward to reading more books from
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Haddie
Aug 07, 2015 rated it liked it
I received an e-ARC of this book in exchange of an honest review.
Plot/Characters:
The description says it all. I do not feel the need to elaborate on the plot.
My Honest Opinions/Thoughts: This is a very strange book. I must say that I would not have picked this up on my own. I did not really like the beginning with the Ophidians. And I just could not seem to keep reading. I stopped almost mid-way.
Extra: If you are a fan of Percy Jackson and the Olympians, perhaps you might like it.
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Review Submitted By: Renee for A Biblioromance Book Blog
(Received ARC in exchange for our honest review.)

I would recommend this book to anyone that likes fantasy reads. It is filled with secrets and curses. Follow Writhren as she has to make the choice to free her clan or suffer the wrath of the Ophidians. Her future bloodline depends on her decision.

This book is a good book and well written. The author gives you a story that you want to see.
Gel (Whimsy Wanders)
DNF at 10%

Thank you to Xpresso Book Tours for providing me a digital review copy in exchange for an honest review.

This book was weird. The synopsis hinted at it and it just made me more excited to read it. However, since I'm not in a fantasy mood for like, two months now, I couldn't get myself to continue and finish this book. Or maybe the book itself is the problem. I don't know. I just couldn't get to it.
Peggy
Nov 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
**SPOILER FREE**


This was a completely different type of book for me. It was way out of my normal reading area and there were several times that I wanted to call it stops on it... BUT, I'm glad I didn't. I actually enjoyed this book! Very impressed with this author!


*Received for an honest review*
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Annie K. Wong was born in Hong Kong and lives in Canada, in the west coast city of Vancouver, BC. She has a BA in Business Administration and Creative Writing from Houghton College as well as a Diploma in Film Studies from the University of British Columbia. Although she explored careers in advertising, television and office administration, the desire to write overtook her at the turn of the new m ...more