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4.07  ·  Rating details ·  72 ratings  ·  37 reviews
Lauren Dailey is in break-up hell.

Stuck between moving on and letting go, she puts on a brave face while crying herself to sleep at night. But when a mysterious voice promises escape from her sadness, she is suddenly transported to a new world. And in this place, the slightest touch pulls her out of her tortured emotions into the mind of another - an empath.

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Kindle Edition, 243 pages
Published May 12th 2015 by Sun's Golden Ray Publishing
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May 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Book Review originally published here:

Everyone who ever went through a tough break-up will feel for Lauren and understand her perils in Empath. If a girl ever needed a hug, it would be Lauren. More than the story about how she ended up in a fantasy world, I enjoyed the story of how she found herself again, went through heartbreak but came out stronger, and how she struggled to move forward. Lauren’s inner turmoil was at least as fascinating as the plot.

Oct 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Errr.... 2.5 stars. This book is weird. Most of the reasons why it falls so flat are structure-based. The writing is sound, the characters are alright - nothing to write home about but not completely awful. The problem is how the story is laid out.

First, it opens with someone recovering from a breakup with a character we never see. This is a really hard sell. If the writing weren't well-done, I would have noped out of it right there.

The inciting action is nothing the protagonist did. She's just
Oct 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What I Loved

This book surprised me. In all the best ways. I was expecting an epic fantasy but I wasn't expecting the story hidden underneath that one. I wasn't expecting this story to be about someone struggling with their mental health. I think that was my favourite part. There was so much I wasn't expecting and that made the story so much better to read!

I'm not usually one to read about mental illness or mental disorders. It's not something I've been able to relate to or really enjoyed reading
May 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing

(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Originally posted here.)

Having read and loved both of the Razia books that S. Usher Evans has released, it was a no-brainer that I'd be on board with reading EMPATH. She warned me it was very different, and a bit heavier on the feels than the other books. She wasn't kidding.

Having just finished EMPATH, I can tell you a few things. First, this book defies the normal Psychocat
Apr 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
I averaged about 20 to 50 pages a day because I was reading this on my phone as a pdf file. Now this story hits really close to home for me, right down to an ex's name that I went through a lot of the same problems with in my relationship. So the first chapter really grabbed my attention. As I plunged farther and farther into the story, waiting to see where everything was leading, I was intrigued constantly. It is worth the read because you truly empathize with the character as she struggles wit ...more
J. Bralick
May 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
S. Usher Evans, you sly devil, I think you empathed me. You must have, because reading this book felt like someone had snuck into my inmost thoughts, turned over all my hidden fears, uncovered all my buried guilts, and threw a light on all my secret hopes...and then shook them all up together, jumped up and down on them while chortling (chortling!) with evil laughter, and presented them back to me with a shared look of understanding and a meaningful nod. Seriously, I know this book will resonate ...more
Mar 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Empath is about Lauren, a modern-day girl with dragon-sized heartbreak and anxiety, literally. When she hears a voice that offers to take away that pain, it is irresistible temptation. Transported from the hum-drum of her life and mind-numbing job, she finds herself in a world where mud can be magic, dragons terrorize the village, and washing machines are nowhere to be found. What starts out as simply a quest to get home becomes a quest to gain control of her thoughts, emotions, and fears, and u ...more
May 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Lauren is sassy and brassy on the outside, yet anxious and filled with fear on the inside. Her wit will make you laugh while her inner turmoil brings you to tears. I’ll admit, sometimes I wanted to smack our protagonist upside the head, but soon after I’d find myself wanting to give her a hug and tell her everything’s going be okay. Conflicting conflict. Unparalleled parallels.

When finding herself in a strange land like something out of a Celtic fairytale, Lauren remains very real. A modern, twe
Kristin Wallin
May 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
S. Usher Evans brings us another tale, quite different from the Razia series that I have already greatly enjoyed. With all of the talk in the media about de-stigmatizing mental illness, this book is definitely one to enter in to the discussion. Though some may see the plot as jumping on the fantasy bandwagon, instead, it provides an outlet to explore the depths that a person will go to in their search to escape their pain. Lauren Daily is like so many young women, who seem successful and accompl ...more
May 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
On the surface, Empath is a book about a girl transported into another world, her difficulty adjusting to a different way of life, and her struggles to get back home. Below the surface, this is a story about transitions, heartbreak, and difficult choices. Readers will be able to identify with Lauren and how she tries to move forward once everything she knew about her life changed. This is a well-written book and the author truly conveys the pain that Lauren is going through, so well that this re ...more
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was such a wonderful surprise! I wish I had read it a hundred years ago already. What lovely metaphors Evans uses to convey the pain and trauma of mental illness. Combined with the charming cast of characters and classic fantasy elements, Empath is an encouragement to accept your whole self and move forward into great adventure.

But DAMN I really wanted her to end up with the hot mountain man. Whyyyyyyyyyy.
Liz Meldon
May 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy

Empath is many things. It is a fun fantasy tale, with knights and dragons and magic, but it is also an emotional release for its author. As I was reading, I felt so able to empathize with heartbreak and loss--you really feel Lauren's pain. The first chapter hit me hard in particular, and I knew from there that this would be a different kind of book.

As always, this is not a spoiler free review.

S. Usher Evans is a talented writer in that she can really move a plot along without getting bogged do
Nov 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
This review was originally posted on Blame It On The Books

Lauren Dailey has been having a rough couple of months. She has ended things with her boyfriend after realizing that he wasn't interested in marrying her. She is stuck in a boring, dead-end job. She keeps replaying her breakup in her head, wondering why she couldn't make it work. And worst of all, it seems that everyone around her is happily in love and rubbing it in her face. She feels like she has hit rock bottom...until she is tran
Allen Shepherd
May 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow the last page or two nearly had me in tears. I think everyone goes through something like this in there life where we feel we do not have anyone to talk to and try to hold it in and be stronger than we really are. such a good read.
Shoshanah Lila
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is an allegory at times. The main character, Lauren struggles with depression. We are shown how she tries to appear "normal " when she is really being overwhelmed by her own fears, sadness, and feelings of lack of self worth . The Dragon becomes both her mirror and her means of escaping those negative thoughts. The kings scholar "mind rapes" her-- useing her as a drug to take away his own negative feelings about himself without caring about the cost to Lauren, rather than facing he has a pr ...more
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook, beach-reads
For some reason, when I picked up the book I was expecting a romance-author-does-otherworld-fantasy vibe, and my expectations were pretty low. That may be why I was so blown away by this book.

It worked as a classic otherworld fantasy, but it also worked as an allegory for depression. As allegories go it was pretty transparent, but that really worked for me. None of the characters were perfect. Even the sex wasn't perfect. It made the book a much better read, and much more relatable. I'm going t
Stacy Moll
Dec 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
S. Usher Evans has to be my new favorite author, after reading the first two books in her Madion War Trilogy, I also read Empath and was blown away. This story is Wizard of Oz meets The Lord of the Rings/Hobbit. I was especially impressed with the main character, and how the story ends. Thank you Evans for giving us a great and thankfully not typical ending.
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: indie
A brilliant allegory, (the subtle kind, not the hit-you-over-the-head kind), but also just a fantastic story. The world of the story is built simply but vividly. The real highlight of the book is the complex main character who has a very vivid inner life - Evans' strongest skill is in her characters. ...more
Rebecca Arcelay
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faves
Evans' plot & character development is not quite 5 stars, but the context of this book and the idea behind it is FANTASTIC. An interesting metaphor for how anxiety and mental illness effects the day to day life, and how escape can be oh so tempting at times. The Anxiety Dragon is an excellent light but heavy read for those who can and for those who can't relate. ...more
Sep 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
The title grabbed my attention. I’m an empath and I was looking for nonfiction books to expand my knowledge and came across this fantasy. The story captured my interest and yet I could relate to the protagonist’s emotions on every level. The writing is actually simple but the characters work well together in weaving a poignant story.
May 31, 2021 added it
Recommends it for: adolescents struggling with anxiety and/or depression
I'm not going to rate this book. I know that this story is deeply personal to the author, and I commend her for being vulnerable and putting herself out there.

This is a story of a woman's battle with her own mental illness and understanding...finally...that she needs help. I think that's something most of us can relate to.
Hector Santiago
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book get and enjoy
Kelly Fields
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
It was an interesting story and an easy read.
May 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This must have been a very cathartic book for Sush to write, nicely done.
Katie Faye
May 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I bought this book at Planet Comic Con in KC after speaking to the author. I devoured it in almost a day. Lauren's struggles (and the author's!) were so similar to my own that it was scary. Perfect book for those dealing with depression and anxiety. ...more
Rockin' Rita Mishkin
I could not have picked a better time to read a book about dealing with anxieties and inner demons cos that's what I'm dealing with right now. Review to come. ...more
Erin Sky
Mar 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A Pint of Ice Cream for your Soul (No Spoilers)

I love this book, and I love this character. Let’s just start there. I could say the book is a triumph (which it is), or that it’s a tour de force (which is just French for triumph), but that wouldn’t mean anything personal to YOU, the next potential reader, so in honor of our heroine, Lauren Dailey, let’s just be real and cut to the chase: this book is a pint of ice cream for your soul.

If you’re looking for a new character to be the very best frien
Sep 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Lauren is everything I want to be.

I read this book after my six year relationship ended, I was lost. I didn't know how to define myself without my significant other, I didn't think I could handle it.
Lauren went through similar struggles, but she was more bad ass than I had ever been. I love how S. Usher Evans doesn't characterize her female characters as dependent, little girls who thrive off a mans attention, thus "bringing out the best in them", especially with how a part at the end turned out
Christine Rains
Mar 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Lauren Dailey has convinced everyone else she's fine, but really she's absolutely miserable about her recent break-up. When a strange voice in her head promises her escape from her pain, she is transported to another world. She also discovers she is an empath and can read the minds of anyone she touches. All she wants to do is go home, but she can't let the kind villagers know how much she's suffering. A great monster called the Anghenfil sets his eyes on her and whispers to her in her head, dri ...more
Margaret Robbins
Sep 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love how this is a fantasy story framed by instances in the real world, which seemed almost a little bit too real for me at times! The best way I can describe it is Rogue from the X-Men meets a modern-day fantasy story in which the heroine ultimately saves herself. It takes some typical romance and fairy tale tropes and re-writes them, which I can truly appreciate. I would not have known about this book if it weren't for the Dragoncon YA Literature track, so mad props to Dragoncon! I'm a bit o ...more
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S. Usher Evans is an author, blogger, and witty banter aficionado. Born in Pensacola, Florida, she left the sleepy town behind for the fast-paced world of Washington, D.C.. There, she somehow landed jobs with BBC, Discovery Channel, and National Geographic Television before finally settling into a "real job" as an IT consultant. After a quarter life crisis at age 27, she decided consulting was for ...more

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