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The Duality of Nature (The Monster of Selkirk #1)

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Monsters come in many forms, and not everyone knows a monster when they see one. After three hundred years of monstrous, feral elves plaguing the island nation of Selkirk, everyone believes they know what a monster is. Humans have learned to live with their savage neighbors, enacting a Clearing every four years to push the elves back from their borders. The system has work ...more
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Published April 18th 2017 by DevilDog Press
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Title: The Monster of Selkirk, Book One
Author: C.E. Clayton
Publisher: DevilDog Press, 2017 (April 18)
Genre: YA Fantasy

**I received a copy of this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review**

My Review:

I have to give credit where credit is due…when I agreed to review this book, I didn’t know the cover was so cool. Honestly, you know a lot of indie titles have some cringe-worthy covers…well, this is amazing, tbh. It captures everything in the story without giving away anything throu
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
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This is the first book by this author that I read and really enjoyed it! I was confused before starting it as I wasn't quite clear on the concept of this book, but as soon as you get into the book everything starts to become clear.

It starts with Tallis being some days old baby and how she comes to live her adoptive parents and you get to see how she grows up, forms bonds with her cousin Donavan then how she grows and forms bon
Kathy - Books & Munches
I read about twenty pages when I was thinking: I'll have to order the sequel. Then I got disappointed because it hasn't been published yet! Twenty pages in, people!
By the time I got at the 100 pages-mark, I was completely sold so I checked Goodreads. Dear Chelscey has apparently written six books for this series already! Now, guess who'll be waiting eagerly to read them all.

It was moments like this he understood why the other children thought her so different. And while they may not have liked T
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of Wheel of Time and The Shannara Chronicles
The Monster of Selkirk by C.E. Clayton really surprised me. I'm not sure what I was expecting from the premise, besides wicked elves and what sounded like a historical Scottish setting. What I found was a kick butt heroine who not only knows how to fight (thanks to her Knighted cousin), but a cast of colorful characters in a very grounded fantastical world. Selkirk is actually an island, largely forested, where the humans have kept elves at bay for hundreds of years. Ever since the elves went fe ...more
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One fantastic YA Fantasy read that gave me monsters and more monsters on the island nation of Selkirk. I was not bored or lulled by the well-written, intricately developed characters and the world building was phenomenal. The words on the page weaved a tale that was exciting, adventurous, humbling, self-aware, self-discovery and more. Tallis was a great lead character. I found her fascinating. Donovan gained lots of points if for no other reason than he loved her and wanted to protect her. There ...more
Dec 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I found this book at a Meet-the-author event. I didn't really intend on buying it, but i am glad I did. It was a great page-turner, and I really loved the characters. My favorite is Tallis. She is a total bad @$$, and very relatable. To be honest, I wish they had written more because i didn't want to stop reading it. I am glad to know that there is a sequel that just got released, so i plan to get that next (probably on Kindle). Keep up the amazing work!!
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review

The Duality of Nature is the first book in the new epic fantasy series The Monster of Selkirk by C.E. Clayton. Written in third person the book has several point-of-view characters it switches between throughout the story. The change from one point-of-view character to the next is done by use of a spacer (----) and by starting new chapters; because of this the switch is smooth and causes no confusion. The writing
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

I picked this book up based on the gushing review from my book blogger friend Kathy (Books & Munches), and I'm really glad I did. Though I thought the book took a little while to really get going--there was a lot of introducing us to the characters, their way of life, and their homeland, the rest of the story was an interesting quest with a fun group of young adults. I will probably read the second book next month, and the third one was recently released. So I very much look forward
Paige Green
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Rating: 5/5

Genre: Fantasy

Recommended Age: 16+ (some mature and depressing scenes. Some triggering scenes).

Favorite Quote: “Tallis is a beautiful and terrible thing. Fearsome and alluring. Just like the forest in many ways... but it's written all over that handsome, pale face of yours; you like her.”

Monsters come in many forms, and not everyone knows a monster when they see one. After three hundred years of monstrous, feral elves plaguing the island nation of Selkirk, everyone believes they know
Bunny theshybooks
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Monster Of Selkire by C.E. Clayton
Devil Dog Press
Summary | Goodreads
4 Stars | My Rating
Review | Spoil Free

I was sent this book for review by the author but it will be my honest opinion as always. Thank you so much C.E. Clayton for sharing your book with me.

“Monsters come in many forms, and not everyone knows a monster when they see one.”
-C.E. Clayton

I am giving this book 4 stars! I really enjoyed reading this. It is like a journey book…going on a journey to find answers. If you don’t care f
Kirstian Semprevivo
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

Yay, more fantasy genre!!!! A bit on the darker side (not by much) but still fantasy, nonetheless. This is my first read and review of 2019 review, so it makes sense that I would pick something from my most beloved genre.

Now on to the important part.

In The Duality of Nature, we meet Tallis, a girl that doesn’t quite fit in and begins to notice as she gets older. After an attack by the Tremps (feral elves), Tallis realizes that her
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful example of fantasy fiction with a strong female lead. It follows the life of Tallis and her group of friends as Tallis sets off to discover who she is while being chased down by evil feral elves...which is a great twist on elvish-lore. These are not your friendly "Lord of the Rings" style elves! The overall vibe is medieval Europe but with enough new elements to make it feel like a new but realistic world. The characters are complex but relatable. Even though it is a fantasy- ...more
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I found the world C.E. Clayton created for this book really fascinating. The descriptions are vivid, and I didn’t have any trouble imagining the settings and backdrops for the characters. The timeline for the book begins when the main characeter, Tallis, is a child. I really enjoyed this aspect of the book. I feel like it helped in understanding why she feels the way she does later on in the book, and it also gives insight to other great characters that she grows up with that stay relevant throu ...more
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
OMG guys seriously...have you ever read a book that not only sucks you in from page 1, but grips you tighter and tighter the more you read? Yeah, that's what this book did to me. Not only could I NOT put it down, but the beauty of the story left me breathless...the only thing I need to say is please hurry with book 2 @chelscey....I can't wait to read it and find out what happens and the how the love is just starting....ahhh🌠🌠🌠💕 I need book 2 in my hands soon! It captivated me with it's originali ...more
Stacie Boren
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I purchased this book from Amazon to read with @halflostbutterflyreadalong. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟 The Monster of Selkirk Book 1 The Duality of Nature by C E Clayton. This book started out slow for me. The details are so very descriptive and it took a few chapters to really capture me. However, in all honesty if the details were not present you wouldn't feel the story the way you should. And you need those details to understand how the characters develop. Every detail of every animal and ...more
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
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I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I loved it. It is a new world, lots of building and and learning in the first couple chapters which is to be expected.

Feral elves are plaguing the island nation of Selkirk. The human population has learned to live along side these monsters and ever four years preform a Clearing in order to push the elves away from their homes. They have done this ritual for centuries without issue. Then, after a clearing a baby is found.

This review was originally published on the book review blog

This book is exactly the type that I love, with great high fantasy elements and a fantastic group of friends at the center. This one definitely leans towards young adult, but there are certain parts of it that are handled much more maturely and I appreciated and enjoyed that quite a bit. Plus, the general pacing, plot development, and character growth and interactions were written, for the most part, in a
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Arg. I'm still eyeballing this book, because the ending left me going whhhhaaaa?! I need more! Alright. Focus up. Write a review. ;)

Sooo I immediately fell in love with Tallis. She's kind of a badass and I'm here for it. But she's emotional and confused, and just wants to be accepted and I'm fairly sure all of us can relate to that. It just makes her that much more of an awesome character. Plus the world around her, and her own personal story arc, are so interesting! I'm dying to learn more abou
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Characters to root for and a intriguing mystery

Fans of fantasy will appreciate the world of Selkirk and the tale of Tallis. While some elements are recognizable, there are unique twists that kept me engaged in the story and super eager to read the next book in this series.
Roxie Prince
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Read this review and more on my blog at [Roxie Writes].

‘The Monster of Selkirk: Book 1: The Duality of Nature’ by C.E. Clayton
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5/5
Finished on October 19, 2017
$.99 on Kindle | $12.99 in Paperback

For three centuries, a race of feral elves has tormented the nation of Selkirk. Humans have learned to live with them, using something they call a Clearing every four years to push them back from their borders and help keep themselves
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Book Review originally published here:

Growing up, I loved books like Robin Hobb’s fantasy works, The Magician series by Raymond E. Feist, The Shannara Chronicles by Terry Brooks… But it’s been a while since I’ve read books that reminded me of these classics. That is, until I read The Monster of Selkirk Book 1: The Duality of Nature. This is the first book I’ve read in years that had a similar epic feel.

The characters are phenomenal. They’re unique, entert
Jessica Earl
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun YA Hobbit-like story full of adventure and mystery
Snow Eden
Apr 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is an adventure fantasy with a medieval feel--complete with sword wielding knights. Believable and likeable characters. Evil elves. What more could anyone ask for!?
M. Ryan
Overall, the story is solid, and somewhat entertaining, while sticking to the usual standard, without it feeling like it was using concepts that were too worn out. It’s really not bad of a fantasy novel, but ultimately it didn’t feel all that exciting due to what seemed a narrative without a unique voice. That being said, I will read the rest of the series, because as I said it’s solid; and for me a solid series is hard to find. Plus some of the issues that have are things I commonly see, so it’ ...more
Mikayla Elliot
This must be clear: I Loved how this story started out, how quickly the pace rolled in the beginning! Then, about two and a half quarters of the way in, the writing/book hit a point that it went from being action packed and moving quickly to a circular reference of feelings, growing understanding/empathy, and bothersome traits. Constant reminders of the main character's struggles, how she relates to the supporting characters, and a theme that carried through to the end of Tallis' naïve nature wh ...more
Debra Chapoton
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
If you’re a fan of elven fantasy then this is a book for you. A misunderstood heroine, a burly knight, a devoted monk, a thieving best friend, hissing elves, battles and blood and multiple escapes keep the action and intrigue hurtling through a world the author has carefully invented.

Despite a few editorial slips, the copy I received (*free from the author in exchange for an honest review*) seemed pretty well thought out and the writing held to a competent standard throughout. The story begins w
Heather Reaves
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
C.E. Clayton is a natural storyteller. I had this book on my TBR for a while, and I am glad I finally got around to it. Clayton does a wonderful job of world building, but her real gift is in the creation of her characters. Her minor characters are just as fleshed out and multi-dimensional as her main characters which is not always the case in this genre. Tallis, Rossalyn, Donavan, and Thomas balance each other out perfectly. I give this book a well-deserved four-star rating. There were just a f ...more
Aug 04, 2017 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest opinion.

This was a fun story, with an enjoyable assortment of characters. There were a lot of good adventure elements, but it suffered from too much telling and not enough showing. I am hoping that the continuation will provide more opportunities for the characters to really shine, as the action was just starting to ramp up at the conclusion of the book. Would recommend for younger readers, as the violence and romance themes were
Ceillie Simkiss
DNFing at 67% because it is like pulling teeth to make myself read any more of this group's travelling. Author writes beautifully, I think this is just too much, too slow for me.
Nicole Lambert
May 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Review to come later.
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C. E. Clayton was born and raised in the greater Los Angeles area, where she attended the University of Southern California for both her Bachelors and Masters, and then worked in the advertising industry for several years on accounts ranging from fast food, to cars, and video games (her personal favorite). After going the traditional career route and becoming restless, she went back to her first l ...more
“Tallis had persevered through and unshakable feeling of not truly belonging... She understood the responsibility her family constraints put upon her, and while Lana knew Tallis's heart trembled and raged at the perceived indignity of it all, she had grown up into a charming, beautiful woman with shoulders that refused to bow to a world that demanded they should.” 2 likes
“Tallis is a beautiful and terrible thing. Fearsome and alluring. Just like the forest in many ways... but it's written all over that handsome, pale face of yours; you like her.” 2 likes
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