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The Empyrean Key

(Ardentia #1)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  51 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Jahna Mornglow is a thief, a liar and an all-around misfit, a half-breed of the loathed and ostracized Narcean race, born with the abilities of prophecy and telepathy.

The ghosts of Jahna's past will call upon her, revealing hidden enemies, precious secrets and a fragmented artifact that will breath new life into the myths of old.

Can Jahna keep safe a world that has shunn
ebook, 200 pages
Published (first published August 23rd 2014)
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Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi/James
Review also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?

If you have read that blurb and figured out that this book is a fantasy, set in a new world and with that huge adventure coming on then you might think it's a right book for me. I did, so when I got a review request for it and I read this blurb it was screaming my name and I always answer to books.

So as I already said this book is a really great adventure story with a really interesting plot. I was really happy to be thrown into another world again. Here we
Aug 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic read. I couldn't put it down and was horribly sad when it was over. I kept craving more. This book has a wide appeal that will keep readers of all ages begging for more.

Tomlinson's writing is rich with detail, and her ability to create unforgettable characters is unmatched. The characters have such an interesting and engaging repartee that they practically leap off the page and into real life. They are entirely relatable and quickly become beloved friends, annoying family members, or
Aug 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'll admit before I began reading I was worried I would have to be critical of this novel. Since I've never read anything from the author and I'm extremely picky about writing styles. However, I was pleasantly surprised upon finishing up the book. While the book starts off a bit slow for my taste (only the first few pages) you quickly become involved in the world and characters created by Tomlinson.
Jahna, Silko, and Lilac are definitely a fantastic trio! Each individual complements one another
Claudia {SparrowHawk}


One of the greatest pleasures in life -aside from delving into early church history, video games, ukulele jam sessions, and homeschooling- is reading a really awesome book and then proceeding to write an over-hyped book review of that said book. Folks, this is going to be one of those reviews.

Oh no!

. . .

Before I begin though, can you please hold on for just a sec. while I go and grab my cup of coffee from the kitchen counter!? I have been so incredibly giddy ab
3.5 stars

First of all, thank you to Jo-Anne Tomlinson for her patience with me reviewing her book, It's taken me months but I finally did it!

I was really excited about this book because I've been trying to make it a point to read and support authors and books that feature diverse characters. I know that authors are getting better about including more diverse minor characters, but it's still rare for the main character to be a person of color. In The Empyrean Key, the main character is markedly d
Alyson Stone
Mar 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, group-reads, arc
Book: The Empyrean Key
Author: J.L Timlinson
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

JL Timlinson was kind enough to provide me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I was first drawn in by the elegant writing style. It was not overly choppy, but, yet, smooth. There was just enough details to get the reader engaged in the world and it kept me interested. I was just overly surprised by how smoothly this was written.

I also liked all of the kingdoms that this book had. You simply cannot
Jul 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*I received a free copy from the author for an honest review*

First let me say what I didn't like about the book. The book cover was the only negative point I was able to find because seriously it doesn't do justice to the story at all! Good thing is that the book blurb makes up for it well. It gave a mix of facts and puzzles to get me interested in reading the book. And I wasn't disappointed. Actually, I went ahead and bought a copy of the book and also its sequel. Now I am (im)patiently waiting
Aug 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story begins by introducing us to Jahna and her friends, the bookish Silko and the Amazonian Lilac, running a betting scam. Their desire for money and lack of morals was not, for me, the best introduction to a bunch of teenage protagonists, but once past the first chapter, the story moved into their regular home life in a quiet fishing village and their characters and relationships began to develop, making them far more likeable.
Jahna has a chip on her shoulder over her mother’s refusal to
Melissa Mendoza
Jul 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Received a copy in exchange for an honest review

“They pushed a path through the crowd, desperate to find this cunning thief, Jahna scanned every face she passed, looked down every side street, but as each possible hiding place turned up empty results, she became more panicked.”

4 stars!! This book is so well written, you can’t help but be sucked in. While fantasy isn’t my usual reading genre, I really enjoyed this book. The details are so well written it makes you feel like you are actually in th
Alan Kline
Mar 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*Disclaimer* I was given a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. Starting out the story was full of vivid description and detail. Jahna has grown up in the small secluded town of Groden Cove. She spends lots of time with her two friends Silko, a book nerd, and Lilac an overgrown girl that wants more than anything to become a warrior and fight. Having been banished from her native Narcean lands and unable to get her mother to help her understand her "gifts", she struggles to unders ...more
Jul 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In ‘The Empyrean Key’ we meet Jahra, a young girl who gambles to make some extra money together with her two best friends. Jahra is good in gambling, especially since she is also really good in cheating due to the gift she inherited.
Jahra has a lot of questions about who her father is, and why her mom never wants to talk about her past. Since her mom never tells her anything about that, their relationship is not so good and Jahra feels frustrated a lot. One day her life changes forever when she
Mar 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Empyrean Key, while fantasy, was a fast moving and easy going read. I really enjoyed it. The characters, the setting, the plot; everything about this book was unique. And even though it is a fantasy book, I had no trouble following along. (Sometimes in other fantasy worlds it’s hard to keep everything straight; not in this book. Easy peasy.)

The main character, Jahna, goes through some serious trials and tribulations and then finds out that she must go on a mission to save the world. Her two
Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
This and my other reviews can be found at Amethyst Bookwyrm

Thanks to J L Tomlinson for giving me this book to review.

In Ardentia, Jahna has spent all her life living in the safety of Groden Cove with her two best friends, bloodthirsty Lilac and bookworm Silko, and her mother. But her mother will not tell her about their Narcean abilities or who her father is. However, Jahna’s fate is linked to the Narcean Soothsayer Friziel and the dying King Myole as evil is threatening war torn Ardentia. When
Nov 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
good story. solid start. i felt like some parts were rushed to get the characters where they needed to be next. as a result, the storyline wasn't as full as would have liked. but its just the beginning and i like the world the the author has created.
left me curious about the characters.
Ben Arroyo
Mar 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book was AMAZING!!! I can’t wait to read Veil of the Corrupter. I have to wait for the paperback though. Can’t bring myself to read it on a tablet. This series deserves to be held and felt with heart and hands!
Nicola Elliot
Nov 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not being a regular reader of fantasy I took a little bit of time to get into this book. OnceI did I was hooked.
Loved the different dynamics between the characters that the story-line showcased well. Eagerly awaiting the next book.
I've been in a real reading funk lately, having encountered nothing but back to back 'meh' reads. I'm so glad to have found this book.

Refreshing and character driven, but the humour had me hooked alone. Can't wait to read the next part of Jahna, Lilac, Silko and *squee* Arn's journey.
Jamie (Books and Ladders)
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This was an interesting start to this series and while I am definitely going to continue on with the next book, I still had some issues with THE EMPYREAN KEY. Ones that I think may make it less enjoyable to someone who isn't super into high fantasy. And even though I finished this book relatively quickly, I still found myself able to take breaks and walk away from it without any issue.

The Good:
I thought the pacing o
Feb 24, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
Review on my blog The Fictional Reader

First of all, I want to thank the author for her patience. She kindly sent me an ebook months ago, and I’ve only now come around to reading and reviewing it.

This book should be right up my alley. It’s a fantasy novel -which is my favorite genre- about three friends, a dying king, an ancient evil and cultures with special abilities. Doesn’t that all sound so epic? Plus, the reviews on Goodreads are so positive and exciting. So I was intrigued by The Empyrean
Mark Lein
I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars! Jahna Mornglow is a Narcean, one with the power to see the world around them in a different way and see the future, though she does not yet know the extent of her abilities. She is raised in a small and secluded town and has little knowledge of her kind as her mother refuses to enlighten her. Her days are filled with time spent with her close friends, a loud and large barmaid and a self-made scholar and nerd and she has taken to using the little power under her cont ...more
Molly Mortensen
Point of View: Third Distant (Jahna, Lilac, Silko, Friziel, Selizardra, Mydra)

I guess it’s no surprise that a book that took me TEN DAYS to read would be hard to review. The Empyrean Key had such potential, but I actually almost gave up. (Which I hate doing) I liked the magic and the intrigue in the castle. (and a certain thief ;) ) But those things weren’t used enough.

Most of the book is told by Jahna with occasional paragraphs told by her two friends (It takes a little getting used to, but in
Originally posted at: A Girl that Likes Books

The author contacted me and sent me a copy of this book for an honest review. This review is not sponsored nor influenced in anyway. The book was published on August 27th, 2014.

3.5 stars

First impression

A fantasy book sent in the world of Ardentia. Jahna is a Narcean teenager growing up in Ardentian soil, her pale hair and skin color giving her away easily. She doesn't know much of her past, her mom won't talk to her about it and so, she is determined
Oct 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jahna was raised in a small town, spending her days with her close friends. they hoped to collect enough money to venture into the city. Jahna had the ability of prophecy and telepathy. however, being banished, her mother refused to help her nurture her abilities. only after Jahna discovered her powerful lineage did she realized her strength. with the king dying, the neighboring country planned to take advantage of the situation. when Jahna found out that she had the power to protect their land, ...more
Nov 16, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-14
This book started with a bang. I loved the first chapter! It got me excited to read about Jahna but the next 30% or so is incredibly slow. I understand that there needs to be world building but it wasn't holding my attention very well. The book picked up again close to halfway but it never had me as interested as the first chapter.

Overall I enjoyed a lot of this book but never found myself loving anything. The writing, story, plot and characters were all just OK to me.

If you a big fan of fanta
Amy Aelleah
DNF - 31%


I'm sorry to say because I'm bored. Nothing happens in this story and I don't like the characters enough to actually stick around and read about them in their boring town doing boring things. Also, I like the banter of people bickering, but in this book Jahna, the main character, constantly has to put herself physically between her two friends - because she is genuinely afraid that one of them will literally kill the other. And these are friends because...
Jo-Anne Tomlinson
Oct 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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Jo-Anne Tomlinson was born and bred in the mystical land of New Zealand.
No, she wasn't in Lord of the Rings. No, she doesn't know that guy, Steve. Yes, she has seen a kiwi and they are both powerful and majestic.
As well as writing, Jo is an inventor, currently designing a sophisticated robot that will spit out a completed manuscript based on a very vague synopsis. Unfortunately, as she hasn't even

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Ardentia (3 books)
  • Veil of the Corrupter (Ardentia, #2)
  • The Light of Mytis (Ardentia, #3)

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