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The Butterfly Crest

(The Protogenoi Series #1)

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  88 ratings  ·  54 reviews
An ancient war. A long-told prophecy. A cursed Inheritance.
If you were destined to die, how would you choose to live?

Between the shadows of the human world, a war as old as time is being fought. Ageless pantheons scheme to obtain or keep control, provoked by the weight of human belief which has altered the realm of the divine.

An ancient prophecy speaks of a human woman who
Paperback, First Trade Paperback Edition, 523 pages
Published November 11th 2014 by The Ojime Group (first published May 16th 2014)
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Amber Foxx
Mar 16, 2015 rated it it was ok

I love Japanese art, history and culture, and mythologies—that’s why I started reading this. The research is excellent, the plot premise original, the characters fascinating, and the settings extraordinary, but I wish the author had used a stronger editor to carve away the excess and reveal the inner beauty of this novel. She doesn’t seem to know how to cut, using three or four lines for what could be said in one, and rather than selecting the most relevant descriptive details, she gives them al
Eva Vanrell
Editorial Reviews for The Butterfly Crest:

"Intriguing, imaginative and very original story... It is an exceptional read." -Mamta Madhavan, Readers' Favorite.

"A strong story with a beautifully strong female main character, in a world and with a story line that is imaginative and unique. If you are looking for a read for the summer that will have you hooked within the first pages and hold your interest until the very end, leaving you wanting more... then this is your book." -Kathryn Bennett, Read
Jun 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

‘The Butterfly Crest (The Protogenoi Series Book 1)’ by Eva Vanrell is a lovely, well-written fantasy novel. The author, Eva Vanrell takes the reader on a thrilling, sometimes harrowing adventure. Elena first learns of a family secret, that leads to much more than she could have ever imagined.

All of the characters in ‘The Butterfly Crest’ are strong. Eva Vanrell writes strong descriptives that enchants the reader and pulls them right along to the heart of the story. The tale takes the
Oct 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, fantasy, r-r-s
Thank you to the author, Eva Vanrell, for gifting me with a copy of The Butterfly Crest in exchange for an honest review!

I’ll start off this review by saying I really don’t know much about any pantheons aside from the Greek and Roman ones. So this book was so informative for me to learn more about Japanese culture and other pantheons.

So. One thing I learned while I was reading this was to pay attention to the names. You really have to remember them and remember their relevance to the MC. It almo
The Butterfly Crest is a mesmerizing
story, set in a vivid and imaginative world. Every scene and character is rich with detail, as ancient mythologies and Japanese culture are intricately interwoven throughout the story. It's nothing short of amazing!

The author does a great job delving deeply into the subject matter -- so much so, that at times it took away from the narrative of the story, but not enough to put me off. I was too intrigued to stop reading. And I thoroughly enjoyed learning about
Greg at 2 Book Lovers Reviews
I wasn't quite sure what to expect from The Butterfly Crest. I really do not know my Japanese mythology. Typically I prefer my mythology of the Greco-Roman variety with a side of Norse or Egyptian. I was shocked, delighted and impressed where Eva Vanrell went with this story.

Eva Vanrell has a gift for description, covering every detail, not only allowing you to see the room, but to actually place yourself within it. All of the colors, the textures, the fabrics, my entire surroundings were precis
Inca Princesa
I received this book for an honest review through my reading group on goodreads: LOP (Lovers of Paranormal).

I am part of a few reading groups where one or more books have to be read in a month. We keep the books around 250 pages. I was a bit overwhelmed when I saw this 523 page book in my e-reader. Honestly, the story, characters, environment, and culture are so vivid and well-written, it was hard for me to put this book down and find time to join the real world. I am also a huge fan of strong f
Jul 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance-read
I just finished this book and I have to say I'm sad that I finished it. I wanted to go on reading it and have story continue. This was the best book that has made me take my time reading it. Usually I finish a book in 2-3 days but I so loved the storyline in this book and all the great mythology I had to take my time to soak it all in. I have to say that my absolute favorite character was Eiry ( otherwise known as Thanatos Greek God of Death) the way Mrs. Vanrell created him was just yummy!!! I ...more
Jun 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a free advance copy of this book for review. I don't normally gravitate toward fantasy, but the synopsis sounded promising. I'm happy to say that the novel far exceeded my expectations. The storyline covers a lot of ground and, yes, mixes together various different pantheons, but I actually found that to be one of the book's greatest strengths. The author's particular take on mythology was unique, and the way she wove them together into a unified theme was unexpected and imaginative. ...more
May 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A perfect book for your summer reading list.
I always love a book with compelling female main character. The Butterfly Crest instantly sweeps you into a deliciously intriguing tale that crosses both continents and to the afterlife. The detail that Vanrell artfully employs, paints a compelling backdrop for this page turning book.
A must read! You will be checking to see when the next in the series is released.
Nia Ireland
Nov 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adored this book from start to finish. I've read a lot of different writing styles lately and this has to be one of my favourites. The tone is very reserved but includes rich detail and a wonderfully unhurried pace so that you feel you can just sit back, relax and enjoy the ride.

The book starts with highly exaggerated descriptions of characters, which made me wonder if this story was going to be overdone in the descriptive area, but it all makes sense when you realise the nature of
May 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from NetGalley to read and review.

So where do I start with this book? How about the fact that it is absolutely amazing! I love history and different cultures, their myths and legends. I also love a good fantasy and Eva Varnell has done a magnificent job combining all of those elements, along with some romance and suspense, into this gem of a book.

Elena Vicens is a young woman who is living a normal life; she hates her job, she despises her boss, she has a past and a secret
Faith C.
Nov 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: r2r
I received this book in exchange for an honest review (LoP or Lovers of Paranormal).

I must say that I am slightly torn about this book. On the one hand, the story and characters are very unique and interesting. I was invested in the characters (especially Elena) from the beginning of the book and I really couldn’t wait to see how her story would end. This is where I become torn, though.

I found this book difficult to read. While I can appreciate an author’s desire to fully describe/set the scene
Jun 20, 2016 rated it did not like it
OK. I tried really really really hard with this one. I am in a book slump and thought I should push through it so I really DID try hard but I JUST CANNOT DO IT!

Firstly, the WHISPERING (yes, I am yelling it because I feel the need to be ironic!). It drove me bonkers!!! Who would have thought you could whisper nearly every single conversation??!! Please QUIT WHISPERING!!!! and PLEASE! DON'T WHISPER .... NO. NO. NO. NOT AGAIN!!!! I whispered to myself when someone began a conversation. I did not c
May 23, 2016 rated it liked it
This book was an ok for me. I am torn with this review.

Although the author is very talented with descriptions and her knowledge of Japanese mythology, I found in some places that my attention was waning. The premise of the story is fresh-very original. However, I found the story often verbose to a fault in certain areas. I wish there were parts where some culling of descriptors or sections were done. I was often bored

That being said, I did find myself swept away in the story and loved the story
Nov 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best books I've read in awhile. Of course I am from New Orleans, and I am familiar with Japan as I have a cousin who is an international translator there.
This is a well written, well thought out story, with some myths from each end of the world. I burned the midnight oil on this one as I didn't even have a chance to add it to my currently reading list!

I hate to give away the plot, which is why I usually rely on rating's when debating a book. All I can say is this is one you wi
Jun 30, 2016 rated it did not like it
I had to DNF this book after 20 pages. TOO MUCH DESCRIPTION OF POINTLESS THINGS and half of the time I'm reading things that don't do anything to move the plot forward and considering the amount of awful new books I have read this year I can't... I literally cannot. ...more
I was given this book by the author in exchange for a honest review

I totally LOVED this book. I love books about mythology and ones that include god and goddess in them. This book isn't in my usual YA genre but it was awesome nonetheless.

The book is about Elena who gets caught in a war between the gods of every major pantheon that has ever existed. The gods have separated themselves into two groups based on their origins and what they represent. Elena goes from being a semi-happy lawyer in a fi
Carmen C.
Aug 01, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Review brought by Geekly Review

I’ll be honest when I say I didn’t quite know what to expect when I started reading ‘The Butterfly Crest’ by Eva Vanrell (Book 1 of ‘The Protogenoi’ series) – I tend to read far more High Fantasy than its Low counterpart – but overall it was an enjoyable read. Albeit, with a few catches here and there.

The book focuses on Elena Vicens; a young woman who, despite living a quite ordinary and peaceful life upon hearing of a deposit box left over by her (dead) mothe
Katheryn Avila
Sep 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
The Butterfly Crest is a great read. Beautifully written with exquisite imagery and attention to detail, it sucks you right in until the very end, immersing you into a world both familiar and strange. I’ll admit, I had some trouble with it at first, but that’s just personal preference for brevity. The author’s description of the scenery and creatures really puts you right into the scene with Elena, and that’s not a quality many authors have. A few times she ran the risk of over-description (if t ...more
Nov 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Love the cover, love the characters, and I especially love the plot.

I just don't know what to say but this has got to be one of the best mythology stories I've ever read. It doesn't only include Greek mythology but others as well. I especially loved the Japanese mythology. I'm quite an otaku about this kind of things so I was intrigued and hooked immediately.

Elena lost her parents at a very young age. And one little phone call from Japan about her mother's unknown inheritance changes everything
Thomas Everson
Sep 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-requests
Elena’s life has been average and unremarkable since the death of her parents as a child, and her moving in with a family friend, Cataline. Grown, she now works in an attorney’s office, hoping one day to be more than just a paper pusher. Her boss is cold and unrelenting, causing Elena to loathe her work. The only silver lining is when she bumps into a handsome man heading into a meeting, and then proceeds to forget to ask his name before he disappears.

But what was once a boring life takes a huge
Nov 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book in exchange for an honest review (LoP or Lovers of Paranormal).

This was a great story! If you're into japanese folklore, greek mythology and a thrilling adventure; give this book some time :-)

What I enjoyed about this story was the plot and the well written characters. The story starts off extremely slow but it picks up later on. Elena goes to many different parts on the world, different realms and the underworld. I was not expecting such a vivid description of all the place
May 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I love a good fantasy though I will admit to not ready very many epic fantasies in the past several years. The description of The Butterfly Crest instantly caught my eye when I stumbled across it on NetGalley and I am so glad I decided to request it. This book definitely falls into the epic fantasy category. It is the first book in a new series and I was instantly swept up in the story Eva Vanrell is telling. Elena is an ordinary woman living a regular, if somewhat unfulfilling life as a lawyer. ...more
Ramona Plant
Nov 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is one imaginative book. I love how Eva weaves Greek mythology with other religions and paranormal to spin this amazing tale. I grew up loving Greek mythology and this book brought back that love. She expands it all to include the fae and Japanese mythology making this a master piece. Eva is an expert with the language and writes imaginative and very descriptive scenery throughout the book. With that being said, my only slight criticism is, this book is LONG, mostly due to an abundance of d ...more
K.P. Merriweather
i was given this book in exchange for an honest review.
I have no rating to give this novel since i couldn't finish it. I kept trying to power through it, even skipping chapters. but i found elena unrelatable and boring. i found her adventure boring and i found the mix of greek and shinto gods odd. the slow pace irritated me. elena just came off as mary sue-ish (she is supposedly 'pretty' which immediately turned me off since pretty is subjective) and hits all the special snowflake boxes includi
Becky Johnson
Aug 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eva Vanrell's The Butterfly Crest is a journey. One that takes the reader around the world, through life and death, and on an unexpected adventure. Ms. Vanrell's world-building is exquisite and her descriptions take the reader to another place. I never had a particular desire to visit Japan, but Ms. Vanrell's descriptions have made it an addition to my bucket list.

The Butterfly Crest starts in New Orleans with main character Elena stuck in a frustrating job. A letter from Japan regarding a safet
Sarah Wathen
Oct 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What are the things that stick with you most, after finishing a great book? For me, it’s always those splendid moments when I feel like I’ve fallen through the pages and into the story itself. If an author is skilled at setting a scene and engaging my senses, I can almost look around and feel myself sitting within that space. And if the story has become a part of me—harder to do, engaging that sixth sense— a deeper reaction occurs, unforgettable and complete. Eva Vanrell might call that experien ...more
Raven and Beez
Jul 04, 2016 rated it did not like it

[Note: I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review]

First off, look at that beautiful cover! I can immediately tell that it has a touch of Japanese culture in it. And as big as the blurb is, it still sounds pretty interesting and I started off with so much interest.

BUT sadly the thing that made me finally DNF it is, the writing. Which is kind of sad because it is a beautiful and unique writing mixed with a bad dose of
May 27, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book gives me a very nasty reminder of how much I miss the regular monthly publications of Noragami.... especially when it leaves so much to be desired.


I was really looking forward to this one given the Japanese mythological angle to it and my interest in mythology in general. However, I believe that I got that in a way I didn’t really expect. Eva Vanrell does an amazing job of describing the mythology and setting, while making sure that you understand everything as you
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In the beginning of 2011, I took a blind leap of faith to pursue what I loved most. The result of that journey is my debut novel, The Butterfly C

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