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Rising From the Ashes: The Chronicles of Caymin

(Dragonmage Saga #1)

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  167 ratings  ·  34 reviews
Ancient Ireland – an era of clan wars, petty kings and invasions by raiders from the north.

As Christianity tightens its hold, magic and the old ways fight to keep their place in the hearts of the people.

Born into this world is Ash, orphaned and maimed, left to die. She is rescued by a clan of badgers and raised to be one of them. As she grows, so does her magic, until at
Paperback, First Edition, 306 pages
Published February 1st 2016 by Corgyn Publishing, LLC
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I'm reading indie authors this month and you know I can't pass up dragons!! I loved that our little orphan was rescued by badgers... I just had to see how dragons became involved.

The cover design actually isn't bad... I liked the typography paired with the dragon symbol. The photograph is a little dark and unclear. Rising From the Ashes: The Chronicles of Caymin is set in a forest for much of the book so I don't think it was a poor
Chelsies Crazy4Books
After reading The Beast That Never Was and absoluetly loving it I wanted to read more fantasy books by this author. Shes definitely become one of my new favorite authors. Both her fantasy books were 5 star reads for me. It took me almost 2 months before picking this one up because I had so many other review books to get to and now I wish I would have picked it up sooner. The summary of this book does not do it justice. Its so much more amazing than that.

A girl raised by badgers. How awesome does
Velvet Lounger
Before we start and to be really clear – this is NOT a lesbian fiction title. It is a fantasy based in Eire in the 8th Century set in the Celtic-druid landscape. I don’t normally review non lesbian fiction titles, but this is such an excellent book, and so many of us also love fantasy, that a book written by one of the best storytellers around needs a shout out to all you Mage/Dragon/Fantasy Fans.

The Dragonmage Saga Book 1 is the story or Ash, a child orphaned by a night- time raid on her
Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The most compelling heroes are often the unexpected ones. They are the heroes we root for, and the ones we relate to the most. If we go by the traditional expectations of our society, Ash is an unlikely hero. She is a girl of about ten who does not know much about the world. She lives with a clan of badgers, separate from human society, and scavenges for food. However, within her is a powerful magic. A move to a new home in a sacred forest among a community of mages who train Ash, and other ...more
Lexxi Kitty

My first book by this author.

I’ve been kind of reading a lot of romances of one kind or another this year, and wanted a break. So, a fantasy book. Starring a young girl who was raised by badgers (yes, badgers).

So, this book stars one ‘Ash’ (I suppose it isn’t a spoiler to note that she is also known as Caymin, since the book itself has ‘The Chronicles of Caymin’ on the cover). When Ash was around 2 or so, her village was attacked, and she was tossed into a fire. She squealed and cried for help.
Kirstie Ellen
Mar 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dragon fans!
3.5 stars

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

Initial Thoughts Upon Finishing
I really enjoyed this! Obviously, the best way to please me is to write a book about dragons - so I've been very excited to dive into this one and see what it's all about. It was a really cool take on dragons altogether and I loved that the author tried a few quirky changes on the traditional sense of a dragon. I'm keen to read the next book to see where it goes because I
Barb Taub
Feb 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I started reading Rising From the Ashes, I was skeptical. Dragons in Ireland? I went straight to my favorite Irish myth expert, Ali Isaacs, who didn’t let me down. In her blog post, The Serpent in Irish Mythology, she recounts several stories of heroes battling dragons. And best of all, she mentions their Irish name—péista.

So when the young apprentice mage Ash meets the strange creature who tells her it’s name is Péist, I knew we were in for some fun. The story is an alternate history, a
Apr 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a fascinating start to an epic tale. I've decided to call this type of book historical fantasy, as it combines elements of both historically based novels and fantasy based. The mix is entertaining and completely enjoyable. This is somewhat of a foundation novel, explaining the early childhood and major events leading up to the development of the last Dragonmage. The interesting part is that the bonding between dragon and mage wouldn't have happened without the way the badgers raised ...more
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
Heck yeah, dragons are awesome and so was this book. Time for the next one for me. =0]
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adults, fantasy
Total page turner
Brilliant start to a three book series. I love fantasy books especially delving in the forest and animals. Fabulous world building so realistic. Wonderful characters and I engaged with Ash/Caymin at once. Expertly written, total page turner. This series is going on my favourite to read again list. First book that I have read by Caren J Werlinger and will definitely read the other two books in this fantastic series.
Written Melodies
Jun 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy Lovers
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3.5 Stars

Rising from the Ashes is the fifth dragon tale I've read and it's the best one I've read to date. The cover couldn't have been more perfect in illustrating the contents of the story. The snowdrops liberally scattered across the foliage highlights the buoyant tones of the ancient, mystical forest inviting the reader into its enchanted domain. Though there is relatively no action, the plot builds slow and steady preparing the reader for
Mar 10, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I personally didn't enjoy this book as much as I thought I would. The cover of the book and the name captivated me, but I was let down with this book I wasn't able to finish. I felt like the story had a slow start with not much happening and characters bland. I did however like the writing style of the author, in terms with descriptions that she wrote and the detailed adjectives. I did feel that the story was good
Anne Monteith
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I first began the first book in this series over a year ago but it seemed so middle-school that I abandoned it to read other things until recently and while it is a book for that age it is also a book that anyone who loves stories of the old ways of magic in ancient Ireland before the Christians managed to almost eradicate it will enjoy this series.

Ash is two when her village is attacked and she is pushed into a fire. Watching things unfold is a female badger, she hears the child calling Mam
Jul 01, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was asked to review Rising From The Ashes by Caren Werlinger.

When I first began reading this book, I was very skeptical. It was labeled under YA, but it seemed like it should have been targeted to a younger audience. It didn't challenge my reading which is something I normally look for in a book. Another reason I thought this book started off slow was that the plot didn't really begin until halfway through the book. I was just reading aimlessly, hopeing that a plot would pop up out of thin
Ginger Miller
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fantastical , magical, world.

An incredible world brought to life in words so descriptive that one can easily picture the forest, dragon, the mages, the entire village. Their journey over the ocean was exhilarating as was the cave. I can only imagine what comes next. Will Caymin find her mother? Will she save her teacher and her friends. And what of Gai? Is he friend or foe? And Garvan? Does he have a secret plan. Most of all. Will Caymin arrive at the magical forest in time to prevent its
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Loved this book. Even though there was really no central plot and no conflict appeared for much of the book, I found the setting, writing and story enthralling. In fact, I'm off right now to seek out the next book in the series.
Sharon Clark
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent read: fast-paced, wonderful characters, and great story. Never expected to be concerned for the adventures of a twelve-year-old girl, but this story certainly held my attention. Couldn't put the story down.
An incredible series with a captivating plot and compelling characters from my favourite writer.

I read all 3 books at a stretch, unable to tear myself from this magical world.
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I can't wait to read the other two.
Steven Lalone
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful book!

This book is great! I found it through my suggested book list, and it is one of my new favorite books!
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I absolutely love Druid stories. I find the atmosphere and the history of them so rich and beautiful. This one didn't disappoint. It's a fantasy story, but there's some interesting history as well. Well worth the read and I'm so glad I got a chance to read it! I'll definitely be picking up more by this particular author!
Jan 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great story

This story is great for young or old dragon tale lovers. The plot is continually being developed and leads effortlessly into the next book of the trilogy. I love the imaginative twists and turns Caren takes us on. This story is well written and was very fun to read.
Marilyn Langlois
Very well written adventure series. I didn't realize that this book was a YA series but found it excellent even if it wasn't what I was expecting.
Mar 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
I read this book in a day. I couldn't put it down. It's not as though it's a thriller or suspense novel that one can't put down for all the mystery surrounding it. I just didn't want to leave the world Werlinger had created after I was immersed.

To be fair, it is a book seemingly tailor made for me to love: The protagonist is an independent female who is tenacious and strong. Animals and some humans can communicate with each other and animals are presented as intelligent and wise. Nature is
Feb 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I admit - I was skeptical about a girl being raised by a clan of badgers, but as an animal lover and someone who carries on conversations regularly with my cat (and wishes he could answer), I really enjoyed the characterization of the animals in this book and listening in on their conversations. Some of them were among my favorite characters and wriggled their way into my heart.

The author did a wonderful job of gradually bringing Ash from the world in which she was raised to human society and
Mar 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's rather funny that I finished this story on St. Patrick's day since it is set in Ireland. The characters are well written and complete this tale. Liken to Jungle Book, the heroine in this story is raised by animals after being abandoned by tragedy. Ash is raised by badgers until wolves attacking cause her magic to appear. From there begins an adventure into the human world that I would rank up there with other greats like Martin and Hood.

I really enjoyed this story and liked how the author
Books In Brogan
Feb 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Rising From the Ashes: The Chronicles of Caymin is a really wonderful book one I would highly recommend to all agesher characters are fresh and compelling, her writing and story ideas are original and her worlds are creative. Can't wait for the next one in the series.This review was originally posted on Books In Brogan ...more
Tammy Ulm
May 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome Adventure!

Magnificent. This is an awesome fantasy adventure story that I've totally fallen in love with. This story is imaginative and heartfelt. The writing is wonderful - I felt like I was soaring across the ocean, right along with Caymin and Peist. Very highly recommended.
Steve Going
Oct 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Book

I can't wait for the rest of this story. I've no idea where the author is going with this tale, but I want to live to read all of it. All I can say is great story, great characters & a great look at a world lost to us.
Nolly  Sepulveda
Jul 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderfully Written

I truly enjoyed this story, I enjoyed the characters and the pace of the telling of Ash/Caymin's interactions with the animals and humans she met in her life with the badgers and Enat and her people. Can't wait for the next installment.
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From the author's website: Caren was raised in Ohio, the oldest of four children. Much of her childhood was spent reading every book she could get her hands on, and crafting her own stories. She was influenced by a diverse array of authors, including Rumer Godden, J.R.R. Tolkien, Ursula Le Guin, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Willa Cather, and the Brontë sisters. She has lived in Virginia for over ...more

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