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Daughter of Havenglade

(Daughter of Havenglade Fantasy Book Series #1)

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An Epic Quest Through The Magical World of Havenglade

A sinister wizard.
A mysterious teacher.
A kingdom on the brink of collapse.

In the ancient kingdom of Havenglade, a brutal enemy is ravaging the countryside making his way closer to Gradur Castle. An aging king seeks protection from a council of loyal wizards. A peasant girl finds herself at the center of it all afte
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Kindle Edition, 202 pages
Published September 21st 2016
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Sophie
Apr 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's a thrilling story. Magical, but makes you feel very real. The people, nature, elements of life, love, friendship and hatred. All of it makes you think you live there with these people, and head to the mysterious journey as well as the unknown future. You don't know what will happen, everytime when you think you are close to the truth, but it's just not like the way you think it is. Everything is connected, the choice you made in the last second would definitely influence the next one. No ma ...more
Leah
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book to honestly review.

This new author has made a decent start into the young adult fantasy genre. The storyline is very interesting, though it lacks some depth. In the future I would love to see more plot and character development. I will be keeping an eye on this author and series in the future.
Craig Jr.
Apr 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This novel started out a little slow, a good bit of buildup, and quite a lot of flashbacks, which I felt took away from the story, slowing down the pace, and may have been better placed either as a continuous prologue, or just peppered in throughout as information instead of the full flashback. You really have to pay attention to the time-frame in the beginning chapters. Reads like a common master and apprentice fantasy story, with training, until a large quest comes up, where the apprentice has ...more
Tamara
Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book and it is great to share with my 11 year old daughter. I love how the main character Laurena thinks that she can not do anything at first and doesn't realize how much she has learned. It hits home with my daughter because she struggles with reading because she does not have confidence in her own abilities and this books shows what confidence can help a person to accomplish. Love the adventures Laurena goes on and how she mishaps on people and things that help her along ...more
Stuart Macmartin
Jun 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, read-in-2018, ya
Simplistic and short, but I enjoyed it. There’s not much new in this story, but I liked the main character and her overall ignorance. Bought the next one right away, so that says something.

(The flashback in a flashback near the beginning oddly worked)
Max Xavier
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Harrington crafts the beginnings of an epic in a world with limitless potential. Excited for the next installment of this high fantasy work. Laurena and Unai have robust and intriguing backgrounds. I also liked Lord Palben's role. There were several characters introduced whom I hope Harrington develops further in future installments, especially the mysterious villains. It's easy to dislike them, due to their treatment of the protagonists, but it's even better if the reader has additional insigh ...more
Joe Davis
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Daughter of Havenglade is the start of an interesting and well-thought out Epic Fantasy series. Harrington’s carefully crafted development of the MC Laurena is realistic and had me rooting for her. The magical system was a big draw for me as I love to see what authors can come up with and this one doesn’t disappoint. Instead of having over-powered cartoon characters beating each other senseless we are given a certain lore of how magic works and how one goes about becoming a wizard or an enchantr ...more
The Mysterious Reader
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
H.C. Harrington’s Daughter of Havenglade, the first in the author’s Daughter of Havenglade Fantasy series, is s heck of a fine high fantasy novel. I love the premise here, with the evil Lesmarglor conquering all and closing in on Gradur Castle whose aging king is desperately magical aid. I love Laurena, feisty orphan given the golden opportunity of studying with the great mage Unai. I love how Laurena develops and ultimately takes on everything. Really, I guess I just love this book - and expect ...more
Gail
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Laurena has some pretty cruel things happen to her. She loses her father and then her mother tries to kill her. During the time, she is exposed to a crystal far longer than she is supposed to be. She becomes quite ill and is taken care of by the king's healer. They ask a wizard to train her and she goes to stay with him. I think Laurena grows to love and admire him. When trouble comes to the kingdom, she and the wizard go to fight the wizard that is evil. In the end, we find out the wizard was t ...more
Joshliang
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A magical adventure through a unique and engaging world.

Imagine riding through beautiful countryside meadows with snowcapped mountains in the distance. No mobile phone, no internet, no modern life. I took a trip to Havenglade and I want to go back! I journeyed with a young enchantress as she struggled to find herself. There were wizards, dragons, swords, castles, and a whole lot of world-building.

I was an familiar with this writer but he's certainly on my radar now. Time
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Fengxiwen113
Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Havenglade seems real! It's like a place I've been before but perhaps just a dream. I was blown away by the world this author has created. The magic system is unique and interesting and the world is filled with superheroes. Instead we get to explore the countryside with interesting enchantresses, wizards, and unique animal beings. My favorite has got to be the baby dragon!Laurena's character is fun and worth exploring. I love the twist at the end and I'm anxiously awaiting the next book!
Phthon
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book! The mechanics of magic was different and original, the characters well developed and likable! I look forward to reading more!
Dynette M.
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
entertaining , page turner
Haffina
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Interesting

Interesting introduction to a magical world filled with fasvinating characters and enough intrigue to keep fantasy readers well satisfied. Excited for the following books
sharon sobzak
Nov 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Magic

A different world with wizards, magic and no electric, etc. Slow reading at first, improved in last half. I almost stopped reading.
Anthony R Woods
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good story

It started a little slow but got better. Story of a young girl who was learning to becoming an enchantress.
Tim Lordie
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Awaiting book two!

I found this book randomly as I flipped through the Epic Fantasy titles on Amazon recently and that amazing castle on the cover drew me in. The magic system is very intriguing and I found myself identifying with the main character and feeling nervous as she faced dangers.

Outside of Mistborn, this is one of the most immersive EF novels I've come across which is surprising for a YA title with a lower page count.

I want to know more about this world and wha
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Ian Thompson-Villeneuve
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Grabbed me from start and kept my attention. Enjoyed this one.
Carrie K  Hayes
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really good read!

I enjoyed this first book in the series very much. I do wish there had been a bit more description of Laurena and Unai.
Barry Edstene
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Everything you look for in a fantasy read.

Great read for any age, controlled violence, great story that has the chance to take many directions. And how can you go wrong with a small dragon.
Andria Potter
This was yet another book that I received as an arc that I wasn't overally thrilled with. It's not the writing, it's the plot. I was lost and confused a few times, the mysterious wizard was annoying, and the quest seemed your usual typical fantasy like quest to me. I don't know, guys, maybe I just didn't read this right or wasn't in the mood for a good fantasy when reading this.

I feel bad, because this is one of several others that I just didn't care for. I've been reading a lot, and most of th
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Valerie
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
After reading other reviews of this book it appears that some people really enjoyed it. However, to be honest, I was disappointed in this book. I think it is geared toward young readers as the whole book isn't very long and the language is quite simple. This in and of itself is fine, but what I didn't like was all the loose ends. There were situations that created questions right at the beginning of the book that were no closer to being answered at the end and when these questions started to pil ...more
Kay Jopling
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
Made myself finish

While the plot was moderately interesting, the characters were far from complex. I struggled with the language, used intermittently, that didn’t seem to fit with the times. For example, the word ‘yeah’ was used frequently enough to be a distraction and cheapened the main characters growing position of authority. This book should have been edited one more time before release.
Kld2003
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
I read a lot, so I was hoping for a new fantasy series to lighten my mind after reading a bunch of women's fiction, but I quit this book half way through. I did not like the shallowness of the story and never got engaged in it. It is the first of a series and might get better but I hate to keep reading a book where I don't really care what happens to the heroine.
Tressia Avellar
Sep 28, 2019 rated it liked it
I'm training

Normally I would love a "girl meets dragon" book. But this one just didn't get there for me. There was a great deal of story, but for me it just wasn't there. It was good, but not what I personally was looking for. A bit too much fighting perhaps.
Charlotte
I just couldn't get into this book. I kept reading for longer than I wanted to. The story just lagged and didn't seem to have anything that made me want to keep reading. There was nothing wrong with the writing, just not for me.
Dana Wood
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
I wanted to really like this book but dealing with a 13 year old point of view that is terribly naïve and slow to learn until the last few pages is disappointing.
L doyle
Oct 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Not the ending I hoped for.

I would have liked more to the ending. I liked the story line. Would like it more fleshed out. The ending seemed rushed. Still a good read though.
Ntez
rated it it was ok
Sep 30, 2019
Andrew
rated it liked it
Sep 24, 2018
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