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A wizard’s failed apprentice and a self-doubting medium embark on a race against time in Eben Mishkin’s fantastical debut, The Hidden and the Maiden.

The unsociable James Rathbone, once student to the last wizard, is forced into action when his dead master's secret elixir is stolen.

Con artist Kenton Dean has used the elixir to release the fallen god of death. He needs just
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Paperback, 374 pages
Published March 4th 2015 by CreateSpace (first published January 1st 2015)
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Tracey
Oct 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, ghosts, netgalley
A pleasant surprise, this. I really, really thought I was going to regret this one after I requested it on Netgalley. There have been several which I abandoned, recently. I don't like doing that; these Netgalley books are obligations. But not even for an obligation will I read a terrible book.

The setting for The Hidden and the Maiden took me off guard; for some reason I expected a typical grim fantasy setting, and instead got a grim here-and-now setting, a horrible and possibly interfered-with
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Sheetal Dash
In The Hidden and the Maiden, Mr. Mishkin brings the genuine transformative joy possible in books about other worlds and magic, the metaphorical kick one can bring to the reader. The book is a chimera of the beautiful and the repulsive. While part of my mind was entangled in the lush, complex writing, part of me wanted the story to end quickly which is not a bad thing at all because I was anxious about the ending.I can honestly say that I loved every minute of this book. I would say that this wa ...more
Brian
Mar 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway.

While I understand every book is not going to be enjoyable for every reader, my reading tastes are fairly eclectic and rarely do I find a book that doesn't touch my interest. When I began reading The Hidden and the Maiden, I found that the first chapter or so were somewhat confusing and I feared I had found a novel I would have to force myself to finish.

I persevered and the story just got better and better. It's a different take on death and g
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Paromjit
Oct 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
We enter the world of ghosts, wizards and magic in this book. It is a well plotted and structured story that captured my interest right up to the end. It begins with a beautiful description of urban decay where a policeman makes a weird discovery that kickstarts a fabulous adventure where different worlds collide.

James and Zephyr set off to save the world encountering a mass assortment of challenges and obstacles. There are great characters, humour and wit in the novel. It is a cracking and ente
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Koeur
Jun 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Publisher: CreateSpace

Publishing Date: March 2015

ISBN: 9781506119601

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 4.0/5

Publisher Description: A wizard’s failed apprentice and a self-doubting medium embark on a race against time in Eben Mishkin’s fantastical debut, The Hidden and the Maiden.

Review: A kind of convoluted and bizarre take on the afterlife and the Gods and Ghosts that inhabit alternate realms.

The God of Death, Kherty-Aken (sp) is summoned by a human that stumbles upo
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Nancy Townsend
Mar 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, firstreads
I received a copy of this book through Goodreads First Reads - thank you very much - but this has not influenced my review.

It's hard work being dead. At least it is if you live/die on Wire Island (California?) It's not that much fun being alive, either, especially if you happen to be the Cup-Bearer or the Maiden. The three main characters - James, Zephyr (what a beautiful name) and the ghost of Zephyr's dead mum JJ - are on a mission to save the Maiden from the God of Death with numerous ghosts
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Julie
Mar 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Paranormal, Fantasy and Mystery Readers
Recommended to Julie by: Goodreads Giveaway
I enjoyed the Hidden and the Maiden by Eben Mishkin. Giving it 4 stars it went beyond my expectations of wizards, ghosts and magic. James must learn to make his magic work to battle against Kenton Dean and the god of death. James teams up with Zephyr which is a medium to stop Kenton and try taking control of the god of death . I liked James's talking cat Tango, he made things more interesting throughout the story. The story will keep you intrigued and is a page turner. I recommend this story to ...more
Maya
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun, fast-paced read with detailed worldbuilding

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. The characters were well written, especially the villain, who had clear and believable motivations beyond "evil because evil."

The reason I've given it four Stars instead of five is that there are some elements that are set up and left unresolved: JJ's abuse and James's homophobia mostly. I hope that unresolved character threads means there will be a sequel, because I did feel genuinely invested in these chara
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Patricia Moren
May 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
This story of magical mystery and fantasy has a slow start but rapidly gathers pace. It might at times go a bit far but ends up being an entertaining read.
Rita Sijelmass
Sep 14, 2015 rated it liked it
After having received a copy from The Hidden and the Maiden via the Goodreads Giveaways, I decided to give this book a try. I must say that it had some tough competition, as I just finished rereading the Harry Potter series from beginning to end - and let's be honest, you have to have some pretty good writing skills up your sleeve to out-shadow Queen Rowling.

I gave this novel a relative low rating, for a couple of pointers. Obviously, fantasy is a genre I'm accustomed to (after a month of Potter
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Leah Speller
I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book, through Reading Deals, so I could give an honest review. For me that is not a difficult thing to do.

I was surprised to find after reading this book that this was the author's first book. I found the premise for the story very intriguing. The place of the story is definitely urban but certainly not in this world or one that I know of. He set the rules for this world and stayed within them. The arc of the story was one that built and grew so
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Elaine
Whilst the first few chapters set the scene for this story, once you get through them you’ll find a highly original story, well written with complex, well developed characters and decidedly different scenarios and events. There is a complete blend of genres mixed in appropriate proportions to create an enthralling, delectable and unforgettable tale. It will appeal to lovers of thrillers, fantasy, magical, mystery and intrigue. Read it to enter a world where magic exists and is accepted but lies ...more
Travis
Sep 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Author Eben Mishkin has carefully woven a universe where magic is accepted yet lies just below the surface. The characters come across as the everyday Joe, not would-be heroes or even underdogs thrust into greatness. That subtlety is what grabbed hold of me as a reader and pulled me in. I became invested in them not because of the story but because of their flaws and weaknesses.

The story revolves around Zephyr and James as they attempt to rescue heiress Helena Lawson and stop Kenton Dean. James,
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Emeraldgirl
Jan 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Ahhhh! I love this book so much! James and Zephyr are the everyman protagonists gritty urban fantasy writers wish they could pull off and never quite manage. Ever wonder why Sam and Dean Winchester don't fill hula hoops full of salt and hula their way past demons and ghosts? James and Zephyr would come up with an idea like that in five minutes and be done before Sam and Dean had time to pull out the shotguns. (Un)fortunately, ghosts are the least of James and Zephyr's problems. They have to comb ...more
Michele Martell
Jul 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The initial chapters of this first book by author Eben Mishkin were a bit of a struggle as I tried to get my bearings in the story and with the different characters introduced. As more of the world and the plot were revealed, I found myself deeply engaged in the rich mythology, complex characters and tension-inducing pace. I noticed a few other reviewers had the same experience so readers should definitely persevere. The world and the back-story are so deep that I’m hoping that this is the first ...more
Joan
Mar 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I was very fortunate to receive this book as a giveaway from Goodreads as it was a very original storyline , interesting characters and was well written. Two worlds living side by side but largely unknown to each other.A new twist on life and death.Two flawed people and a ghost eventually overcome their fears and antagonisms and try to save mankind.
Sue Hiram
Aug 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Good effort for a first novel. I enjoyed the ghost story, but got lost in the details. Just because you have a lot of thoughts doesn't mean you should put them all in one book. I couldn't decide if the characters were trying to save all of heaven for mankind or just the poor lady trapped by the bad guy. A better rating would probably be 3.5 stars.
Basia
Jul 19, 2015 is currently reading it
Just started but WOW!, already I'm pulled in. No time wasted. Promises to be masterful! Just the book I've Ben searching for!!!
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Eben Mishkin studied at the University of California’s College of Creative Studies and the University of Wales at Cardiff. He earned his Masters in the teaching and practice of Creative Writing but has studied subjects as diverse as the conjugation of sigils and the propitiation of Sumerian Demons.

He’s been the youngest attendee of the Santa Barbara Writer’s Conference and the oldest person to be
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