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(The Afflicted Saga: Tale of the Fallen #1)

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Demons were nothing but legends...

Or so the young General Nessix Teradhel had always believed. Abandoned by her god and caught in a political trap with her late father's old comrade, Nessix had barely kept herself together even before these startling reports appeared.

But now Mathias Sagewind, the fabled White Paladin, has arrived on her quiet island nation of Elidae with
Kindle Edition, 454 pages
Published April 1st 2016 by Katika Schneider
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Katika Schneider These sorts of questions are always rather difficult for me to answer. I've tried several times to put my character development process into words,…moreThese sorts of questions are always rather difficult for me to answer. I've tried several times to put my character development process into words, and it always gets summed up as "I follow the lead the characters give me."

I can say that Veed was born of necessity (I needed a pre-demon-infestation antagonistic aspect in Nes's life), and that upon first discovering him, he wasn't nearly the beast he ended up being. I try to follow the organic flow of a story when I write and try to let the characters express themselves as individuals. Brant was actually the first character that got away with this when he started flinging profanity around. Veed took advantage of a similar lapse of my judgment.

Once I see what direction my characters try to go, I like to push them to extremes. Veed said he wanted to walk a shady path, so I shoved him and he (for better or worse) just chuckled and kept himself one step ahead of me. He really wrote himself.(less)

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Kyleen Valleaux
May 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the first in what is promised to be a long running series and a tremendously good first effort on the part of the writer. This is a character driven fantasy. The world the reader is dropped into is one where humans are the stuff of legends and it’s elves that are the common kind. This is a world where the gods are plotting rebellion against themselves and the mortals of the world the unfortunate pawns in the game.

Mathias Sagewind is a human of legend, known as the White Paladin, who appe
Rosey Waters
Oct 03, 2017 marked it as did-not-finish
DNF 30 pages in.

I really wanted to like this book, but I'm finding it too difficult to read. The language is too dense, the action isn't action packed, the characters are interesting, but the POV doesn't feel quite right. Everything about this book is just a little off.

It reads, to me, a little too much like GRRM and Tolkien, even though they have distinct styles and are widely acclaimed authors -- I just couldn't get past the language. And that's where I'm putting this book.

I want to be clea
Jessica Rachow
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-read-2019
Oh! This book is right up my alley. Epic fantasies with swords and sorcery, crazy good world building, action galore and characters that I relate to and love – that’s the kind of story I am drawn to and that is the kind of story Devotion is.

I went through a whirlwind of emotions and the twists and turns kept me on the edge of my seat. I absolutely loved the world building. The author has a great talent for transporting the reader to the world and really making you feel like you are there.

I could
Ann Shannon
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Nessix has inherited her position as General long before she expected to and, though she’s trained for it all her life, she still has a lot to learn. Her father’s spirit asks the goddess Etha to help Nessix and she agrees to send the White Paladin, Mathias, to guide her in the coming war against the demons who seek to take over the land. Nessix must overcome her pride and doubt in order for him to help them though. Will she accept his guidance and wisdom, hard earned in battle many years ago, be ...more
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm calling this review: "The One Where Leslie Developed Some Very Nonfiction Feelings For Some Fictional People And Those Feelings Made Her Do Stupid Things."

No but really, this book SERIOUSLY messed with my head in how much "Devotion" (haha, pun...) it inspired in me, toward the characters! Nessix, Mathias, Sulik, Brant... I got so deeply involved that when it ended, I, er, ended up hurting the feelings of a perfectly innocent person just because of the way it made me feel... it was THAT GOOD.
Dec 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Do you like fantasy? Swords? Magic? Horses? Demons? Well, friend, if you said yes to any or all of these things, I recommend you check out Devotion. Populated with well rounded characters, surrounded with rich lore and world-building, and held together by an intruiging plot that'll keep you completely engaged, Devotion has it all.

Nessix Teradhel is a young woman and a beloved general to her people. She's used to fighting minotaur and ogres on her little island—until something from the past, lost
Oct 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
I don't normally leave reviews but this is the first book that makes me want to. I really enjoyed it. I can't explain why fully. It was just, fun? Indulgence. I like that there was a chapter pov all about the horse and its perspective. Yes, it's not normal, but it was fun, and it's made clear the horse is special and above normal intelligence. It was just a fun fantasy read. It wasn't about the horrors of man. Or about humans are the real monsters that rape, murder, and pillage. It was just fun ...more
Sarah Miller
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I picked up Devotion during a very busy time in my life and have since had a hard time putting it down (I'm on book 2 - 'Deception' - now), which says a lot because I don't usually make time to read when I have a lot going on. After a binge-read that kept me up past 2am, I had to leave a review. :) Reading Devotion was like a freight train; what started as two chapters became four, became eight, became sixteen. The more you read the harder it is to put down. There is something magnetic about the ...more
Bookish Addict
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing fantasy of a young female general taking over leading the troops to fight against an unknown enemy. With the help of a white paladin, he guides her on how to fight against demons, though with much resistance from Nessix. She is young, naive and incredibly stubborn. She has gotten herself into trouble more than once and Mathias is always there to get her out of it. There are those who believe in Mathias and those who don't trust him despite his success in leading and advising the generals ...more
Brandon O'bryant
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Brilliantly written, The characters are varied both in their motivations and their personalities with none of them feeling shallow, the multiple view points let us see not only how the characters perceive themselves but how others perceive them and shows that the two are rarely the same and both can be inaccurate. The dialogue is brilliantly written and the action scenes have a natural flow. Outside of Brandon Sanderson I've rarely seen an author so easily manage such a detailed and varied cast.
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fabulous book. Great writing and a great story. I can't wait to read book two.
Nov 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loved it, could not set the book down. Reread it twice since then and can't wait on the next book in this series.
S.E. Anderson
Apr 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Full disclosure, I got a free copy of this novel from the author, but that has no effect on my rating. This book is AWESOME.

So, you take Nessix, this badass young woman whose duty is to lead her nation. She's a general at a young age, but usually her land, Elidae, is a peaceful one, so she'll have time to ease into it, right? Nope, demons are back, and suddenly this young lady has to lead her people to war. Not to mention the fact that her god has kind of 'left the building' (or pretty much the
Amy Hopkins
Apr 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Devotion is a true epic saga, set in a fantastical world where humans are legend. The elvish race, secure in their world, have no idea what's about to be unleashed...

The story is beautifully written with a rich, developed world base and religion. The characters are complex and relatable (or incredibly hateable as the case may be) and despite the disparity between them: the wisened immortal, the god, the young general, her irascible cousin and of course, The Villain), they each tug at the heart s
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Katika Schneider creates a fantasy universe full of magic, wonder, death, and destruction. Her characters come to life off of the page and beg you to hear their stories. Each of the main host of characters is distinct in their personage and ways of life. Each monster and villain she creates leaves you cheering for the good guys and snarling at the bad. From one moment to the next I found myself in awe, in fear, in joy, and in tears. She weaves a tale that holds you close from the start and has y ...more
Apr 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
While the story starts out a little slow I believe it is to be expected when defining a new fantasy world. I am pleased to report it picks up quickly though from Chapter 3 onward and I found myself losing large chunks of time to this book. The book has a strong intrigue with a unique dynamic between the characters. The sense of humor was endearing and the villain I hated with all my being (he was too good at the game) that he stole the show at some points. The ending caught me off guard but it w ...more
Victoria Murray
May 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! This book starts a little slow as it sets the scene for this fantasy world. It then picks up pace and I had a hard time putting it down. With a young female general to fight a war against the long forgotten demons, this book is action packed. The other characters are just as wonderful and there is even a secret traitor which adds a mysterious twist to the plot! The details are wonderful and left me feeling like I've known these characters my whole life. I laughed, I cried and ...more
Sandy Morrissette-Kern
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm not normally a fan of fantasy but started reading this book on the recommendation of a friend. I absolutely love it. It's one of those books that I have a hard time putting down. Can't wait to see how the story and characters evolve in Deception, the second book in the series.
Anne Bethany
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Fueled by bedtime stories of The Hobbit and The Last Unicorn and afternoons adventuring in the woods behind her rural Missouri home, the jump from epic fantasy reader to epic fantasy author was a natural transition for Katika. She discovered her love of writing in fourth grade writing workshop, and embraced this art from that point forward. Spending junior high learning the ups and downs of style ...more

Other books in the series

The Afflicted Saga: Tale of the Fallen (3 books)
  • Deception (The Afflicted Saga: Tale of the Fallen #2)
  • Defilement (The Afflicted Saga: Tale of the Fallen #3)