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A Neophyte's Tale

(Netherwalker 0.5)

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Abigail Thorne hears voices. Well, one voice repeating one word over and over again. Soft and sweet with the promise of power, it calls to her. The twelve year old has no idea that the tender little word is a catalyst that serves to reveal a world hidden to most humans. Abbey has yet to discover that following the word’s call to its origin will change the course of her lif ...more
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Published April 27th 2015 by CK Dawn
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Dianne
Sep 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
As the only child of a drug addicted mother, Abbey’s life was one big question mark. Would there be a roof over her head tomorrow? Would there be food? Would her mother come home or finally lose herself completely in a drug induced fog? It was no wonder Abbey heard a voice beckoning her to another life. Was it loneliness? Desperation? Could it be the call to something far greater than she could ever have realized?

Sometimes there is nothing better than for an author to share how one of her chara
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C.C. Ravanera
May 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A tasty sample to wet your imagination!



I read this novella in half an hour and by the time I was finished I was thirsty for more! The story gives you a glimpse into Abbey’s life prior to finding out that she was meant for something else than her pitiful normal life.



The novella is well-written and easy to follow with only a few words here and there I wasn’t familiar with but assuming that they will be explained in Book 1. The author’s imagination is very vivid showing a potential of a rather dark
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K.S. Marsden
Apr 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The world is full of monsters and shadows, only most of us don't notice. Abbey Thorne will soon realise that, despite her challenging upbringing, she is meant for something special.

This short story can be read as an introduction to Dawn's Netherwalker Series; or as a tasty extra to those that have already delved in.
I have already read Cloak of Shadows, and really enjoyed it. But I'll let you in on a little something - Abbey Thorne was not my favourite character. She reminded me of a non-stop, an
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T.M. Payne
May 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book: A Neophyte's Tale: An Abbey Thorne Short Story (Prequel to The Netherwalker Series)
Author: CK Dawn
Publication Date: 4/27/2015
Reviewed by: Tammy Payne- Book Nook Nuts
My Rating: 5 Stars


REVIEW
This is a short story that lets' us see what went on prior to Cloak of Shadows. Abbey is a young girl who has a horrible life after her step father moves out. Her mother is addicted to drugs and alcohol and poor Abbey barely gets a meal let alone a place to sleep every night. One night Abbey starts to
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Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm
Abbey Thorne’s mother is a glorified wreck, living each day in a bottle of vodka, not minding her daughter nor the state they are in. Everyday, Abbey has to pick up the dirty pieces her mom throws at her, whether shes’s aware of it or not. Abbey’s only consolation: being able to watch TV from her neighbor’s apartment by peeking out of her window. And yes, the alley cat and her neighbor Bernie also lift up her spirits from time to time.

But every thing changes in a glimpse of an eye, when she sees
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amomentsilence
Actual rating is somewhere between 3 and 3.5 Stars.


A great teaser for the series. I'm glad it's set as a short story prequel and not a novel or novella - because it is neither. But a great intro to this world? Oh yeah. I'm expecting great things from this series. Interested to see where it'll go from here. The writing was a bit... irritating, at times. Not bad, per se, just a tad juvenile. I know the book's probably YA or Teen, but it could still do with a little work. World-building is decent e
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Tom Fallwell
May 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent little short. Great hook for the series. I am looking forward to reading more now. Well written, good descriptions. Still not sure what is going on, but it sure got me interested to find out. I will be reading the first book in the series, as this little prequel has me wanting more.

I immediately connected with Abbey, feeling the sadness for her and her plight, but realizing there was something special about her. I can't wait to find out more.

Great job!
Sunshine Somerville
Nov 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What a nice little teaser for the bigger story to come! I was immediately sympathetic for Abbey, the writing is wonderful, and then at the end there's this HUGE hint that something way bigger and cooler and creepier is going on.

I literally finished this and then opened up the next book because I wanted to know more.
Miranda Shanklin
May 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved the insight into how Abby became to be where she is in Cloak of Shadows. This is a great novella to take a deeper look into the life of Abby.

I loved the way that it moved along at a steady pace giving you the information that you wanted and didn't make you wait through a bunch of unnecessary fluff to get to it.

I can't wait for the next book in this series to come out!
Lorraine
Jul 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 4-star
A very quick read, and a great taster for the Netherwalker series.

It's a well written story that gives a glimpse at the world that the series will take you to.

I'm not sure what's happening and I have a lot of questions... but I'm hooked.
I'm definitely going to be reading the next book of this series
Marie
Jan 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great read

This was a heartwrenching glimpse into Abbey's life before she discovers who she really is, and finds her place among a new family. Having already read Cloak of Shadows, I enjoyed getting to know more about Abbey's past.
Emma Taylor
Jun 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
A very interesting beginning to a story. I wanted to cry for little abbey. I would definitely read on to find out more about Neophytes
Kat
Jun 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: YA upwards
Recommended to Kat by: NetGalley
***Gifted via NetGalley for an honest review***
Additional note #3.5 stars out of 5 - this means I liked it and would recommend it. I have put it at 4 stars on NG as they see 3 stars as a Maybe and I would recommend this short story - but that with it being free on most sites - search for the best price. - Kat

I was looking for something different to read and review for my blog, when I stumbled across this short story, a prequel for the Netherwalker Series. Cloak of Shadowswhich I #OneClicked afte
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Julie Daniels
Jan 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A Neophyte's Tale drew me in from the very beginning. It is a look into Abbey Thorne's life as a child before the Netherwalker series(you can read this before or after- I'm reading it before) It is her backstory and a sad one at that. Although sad and very tragic a it covers some serious topics(addiction of a parent, neglect, and homelessness)it's done in a way that is somewhat light and easy to read for any age which I imagine is a hard thing for an author to accomplish with these topics. It wa ...more
Sheilah
Aug 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I recently had the pleasure of joining a Facebook party for a new author promoting his newest book. During these parties that generally last all day, various other authors take over and promote their books as well. These “parties” are actually fun, much to my surprise! Especially, when the authors understand how to engage with the audience.

I was one of the lucky ones who won a contest for a free book by CK Dawn, one of the various hostesses. I thought the book sounded good and I enjoyed the auth
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Kaylin Beach
Jan 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Last year I read Cloak Of Echoes by C.K. Dawn, and absolutely loved it! I fell in love with the story, the ideas, and basically just about everything! It took me a while to finally read this short story, A Neophyte's Tale, due to the holidays and just life getting in the way. Now that I have read this book, I have no idea how it took me so long! It was awesome being back into Dawn's world with all her characters.

This book is a prequel to Cloak of Echoes. Dawn allows us to understand a bit more
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J.B.
May 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was short and sweet. It is also YA, which I never read until giving this book a shot. Abbey Thorne has been through hell, and you really feel her pain, and begin to root for her as the story goes along. You also want to know more, and by the times the book ends you're jonesing for more. I haven't read the other book in the series, but I just bought it because of how good this short was, and I can't wait to read it.

This story was sharp, flowed like river, introduced interesting characte
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J.B.
Apr 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was short and sweet. It is also YA, which I never read until giving this book a shot. Abbey Thorne has been through hell, and you really feel her pain, and begin to root for her as the story goes along. You also want to know more, and by the times the book ends you’re jonesing for more. I haven’t read the other book in the series, but I just bought it because of how good this short was, and I can’t wait to read it.

This story was sharp, flowed like river, introduced interesting characte
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Katy Sauer
May 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a fairly short story that I’d describe as a peek into the life of Abigail Thorne. Novellas and short stories take a lot to impress me because I rarely feel I get super connected with any character quickly enough. This completely goes against that. I’m caught up in the emotions of quite a few of the characters even aside from Abbey. I get a real sense of personality from each character brought into the story. I attribute this connection to the very real feelings and confusion that Abbey h ...more
Chiara Eberhardt
I loved this. CK Dawn gives us a nice sample of her imaginative Netherwalker series and this short story shows us a glimpse of that complex world. The author gives us just enough glimpse as to not give away what you'll learn about the netherworld in the next book. I also enjoyed being left in the dark, just like Abbey, because we are in the journey with her. The world upon which she is about to embark IS literally kept in the shadows (ha!) because... well, I guess you'll just have to read the ne ...more
Julia Nashif
I'm beginning to understand why some people shy away from novellas, but this was still pretty good.

I received this book for free via Good Tales Book Tours. Thanks!

I've heard lots of reviews say they don't like novellas that much, and now I know why. There's rarely enough time to connect with the characters. I do want to read Cloak of Shadows, the first book, though. Hopefully the magic will be explained more--this prequel was a little confusing. There were a ton of powerful "words" that were nev
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Les
Jun 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I suppose I should begin by stating that I'm not a voracious reader of the Urban Fantasy genre. That said, I think those who do favor that style will eat this up. This is my first foray into C.K. Dawn's works, and I note that it's touted as a 'prequel'. I suspect that those who have already devoured Cloak of Shadows will appreciate this work as the back-story of what appears to be a main character (a sample of CoS is included with this short story). I felt a little bit lost with regard to the hi ...more
Karyn
Aug 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a very interesting short read. A Neophyte’s Tale is the prequel to CK Dawn’s Cloak of Shadows. I have not read Cloak of Shadows but after reading A Neophyte’s Tale, I definitely want to.

A Neophyte’s Tale tells the story of Abbey Thorn from present day with glimpses of a very different past. There are hints throughout that there is more to Abbey than what we are seeing but it is never spelled out for us. This is a great lead in to Cloak of Shadows, which I believe more will be explained
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Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
A Neophyte’s Tale centers around a young girl named Abbey, who lives with her troubled mother and witnesses something that changes her. She’s always been able to sense things more keenly than normal people, but she doesn’t know what that means yet. This novella is very short, so short that I left it without really getting a ‘feel’ for the upcoming story. It’s interesting, and I’m very curious as to who Lourdie is and what her story it like. I’m also pretty interesting in seeing what exactly this ...more
Heidi
May 13, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This was an intriguing urban fantasy short story that peaks the reader's interest in the universe that C.K. Dawn has built for her Abbey Thorne books. Having never read any of the Abbey Thorne stories, I did wish that the narrative was more complete. It ends on a cliffhanger with many unanswered questions (presumably these are answered in the full novels). While this story doesn't work too well as a stand alone, it did serve its purpose in making me interested in reading a full Abbey Thorne stor ...more
Ryan Guy
Apr 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Having read Cloak of Shadows first (and loved it BTW), picking up this prequel to the series was a no-brainer for me. I'm a sucker for origin stories and was all for getting more backstory about our young heroine Abbey Thorne. CK Dawn didn't disappoint. She packs a lot of character development in this fast-paced build-up to Cloak of Shadows and gives readers a tantalizing glimpse of the evils that lurk in the shadows.

Whether you're new to this series or have already read Cloak of Shadows and are
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Chrissy Moon
Jun 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this gritty and shocking story.

My heart broke for this sweet girl, and this tale was told very cinematically. Obviously the author worked hard to make an original story told in a unique fashion that will command your attention.

My eyes glazed over towards the end, only because I chose to read this before reading the first book, so I know nothing about these stories at all. LOL. Naturally, I'm going to go back and read it again after the fact.

I am very glad I had the opportunity to read t
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Sally Schmidt
Jun 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-books
I received a copy of this short story through NetGalley.

This was really good! I'm definitely going to pick up the first book of this series. The vibe I got from this prequel is very YA-Dresden-Files (and I love the Dresden Files books!) This short story gives you a preview of the characters and what the main story will look like while still leaving the reader with plenty of questions and a sense of mystery.
Katrina Curry
Aug 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Neophyte's storyline kept me engrossed from start to finish. It doesn't give much information on the elements held within Cloak of Shadows, but delivers an interesting insight into the female protagonist's history. The mysteries ensure I'll be reading Cloak of Shadows as soon as possible. I'm also excited because I'm  hoping that these are books I can share with my children once they are older. CK Dawn writes a great prequel deserving of 5 stars!
Vaun Murphrey
Jun 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well that was too short!

Good reveal on Abbey's start to Hunter life. More please. :)

Nice job. Twelve is so young to go through what she went through but perhaps it helped her grow up faster and be more determined as a Hunter?

Great female characters and Bernie is a big sweetie.
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Have you ever watched a cat stare at a wall, tracking something’s movements-- something invisible that sent shivers down your spine? Did it seem as if they were able to sense dark shadows lurking where the veil between worlds and reality thins? That’s precisely where the idea for the Netherwalker Series came from for CK Dawn!

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Other books in the series

Netherwalker (3 books)
  • Cloak of Shadows (Netherwalker #1)
  • Cloak of Echoes (Netherwalker, #1.5)