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Peace and Turmoil

(The Dark Shores #1)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  204 ratings  ·  92 reviews
Thirty years of peace have graced the lands of Abra'am. The waning bloodshed from the War of Fire has ended, and the new generations have only the horrid tales of their forefathers to remind them of their countries' pasts. Poverty no longer prevails, the sights and palms of men have grown soft, yet four nations dictate more power than they know. Civil unrest stirs amongst ...more
Hardcover, 732 pages
Published March 18th 2019 by Elliot Brooks
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Bookish Babbles There is romance in the book but its not a huge part of the plot. I also read a lot of Romance fantasy and i still loved it!
The release date is March 18, 2019, but you can pre-order it on Amazon!

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Merphy Napier
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: four-stars, fantasy, adult
I freaking loved this book.

What I liked:
- DIETRICH AND SEERA (idk if I'm spelling those right). In case anyone is wondering who my favs are... it's them.
- Seera again
- the politics. This is a heavily political book and I found it so incredibly exciting to see how everyone would react and try to manipulate things in their favor
- grey characters. Hardly anyone was strictly good or bad. I loved watching people pass back and forth between that line. Give me a basically good person who makes bad
Daniel Greene
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
As a first time author, Elliot has landed on her feet and made an impact. Cannot wait to record my review this afternoon. 3.5 stars (seriously goodreads ALLOW HALF STARS)
Anna (holdthepage)
Sassy dragons, fearsome fiends, intense politics, action-packed fight-scenes, magical artifacts, enigmatic immortals, an elemental magic system, constant treachery, shapeshifters, and an expansive world.

A solid debut from Elle from YouTube channel Elliot Brooks. I started watching her channel late last year, often finding that we have similar SFF book tastes. She so kindly gave me an ARC in exchange for an honest review. As I received the ARC a few weeks prior to the release date, I feel like
Plots and Points
Mar 23, 2019 rated it did not like it
Peace and Turmoil is the debut novel from booktuber Elliot Brooks. In the interest of full disclosure I do watch Elliot's videos but we've never really talked and I did buy this with my own money.

What is Peace and Turmoil then? Peace and Turmoil is an Epic High Fantasy novel that is the first in a (I believe) planned seven part series. It follows the conflicts of the kingdoms of the continent Abra'am. We primarily follow three major nations; Xenith, Sadie and Mesidia, as their ruling families
Bookish Babbles
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars

This book was my favorite book of the year. Now before you read the rest of my review, please keep in mind that I was a beta reader for this book and this book could be even better.

Now, onto the review!

I would describe this book as the perfect transition between your regular romance heavy YA Fantasy to your regular Politically Dense Adult Fantasy. The romance in this book takes a seat at the back of the bus while still being beautiful and present. The political situation sits at the
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
Do you know when you read a book and there’s something in it that’s right up your alley and it’s the best thing ever? Reading Elliot’s book was kind of like she just put together a lot of those things I love.

I was sent this book by Elliot herself for the second round of Beta Readers (thank you so much). It feels so special to be part of a book’s birth! Even though it’s Beta Reading, it’s already very close to what the book is going to be (Elliot’s words), so it was like reading an ARC.

Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from Elliot Brooks to beta read and was absolutely blown away by it. This is a great fantasy book with a unique magic system and magical creatures called 'Fiends'. There are even illustrations throughout the book showcasing what some of these fiends look like. We also get sketches from the 'the sketchbook of Elizabeth'showing us what some of the main characters look like. We follow a vast cast of characters, including an assassin and a dragon, through a world of politics, ...more
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to enjoy this book. Knowing it was Elliot's first book, I naturally went in with low expectations.
Let me talk about points that I did enjoy first. The magic system and fiends were interesting enough. The plot is acceptable, and the characters are decent though sometimes their motivations seem to flop around a bit, especially during the first part of the novel.

Now on what I didn't enjoy.
The names, characters names just do not fit together. An excellent example is the character
Katie C
OH MY GOODNESS this book was so good! I've just finished beta reading it, and I can't wait for the next one! Peace and Turmoil has a lot to offer. The magic system is unique, and the world building is consistently developed throughout the story. The plot is incredible (so twisty-turny) and so obviously thought out. It's intricate and unpredictable. And then there are the characters. The characters you love. The characters you hate. The characters you love to hate - it's got it all! Plus, there ...more
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, re-read-tbr
TLDR; Awesome world-building, high stakes, high fantasy, super cool magic, heavy politics, vivid descriptions!

(I read this as part of a later beta-reading group for feedback for the author.)

This book is high fantasy -- we have many characters and a large world. Sometimes this is done well, and sometimes it is not. I thought that Elliot did this VERY well! I got a clear picture of the expansive world; which different kingdoms there were and who the people of each kingdom were & what their
Julia's Paperback
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reread
I received an unfinished copy (beta read) of Elle's book in exchange to give constructive feedback and catch typos. Elle did an amazing job! This book offers many tropes that fantasy lovers will enjoy; kingdoms in a political war, love between heirs to the thrones, an assassin and his dragon. The magic system is great. Everyone has the ability to use their magic but it is learned and practiced. It is also elemental magic which makes for great scenes. The pace of the book was perfect and I did ...more
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to be a beta reader for this book, therefore some things in the book might be changed by the time it comes out.

First of all can I just say this cover is STUNNING!

I honestly really really liked this book. I thought the characters were really cool, I didn’t see some twists coming, the world is super interesting and there’s political intrigue. From part 2 onwards I couldn’t stop reading as there was so many things happening, I just wanted to know what happens next!

Anyways, loved
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 out of 5. I am so surprised by how much I liked this book. I’m honestly floored that this is Elliot’s first book. There’s some really great character development. The world building is fairly extensive. Although there’s quite a few characters and a lot of information I didn’t find myself confused. I loved the little journal entries and letters in between chapters and thought they brought the story together well. I loved how each chapter started with a slice of the map so you knew where you ...more
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Delicious story! Strong characters, lovely writing, brutal surprises, awesome world building, creepy creatures. Fantasy at its best! Just trying patiently to wait for book two!
Sophia's Thoughts
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have been thinking very hard about how to express my feelings about this book. I should start by mentioning that I was lucky enough to be sent an ARC of this book by Elle for review and I feel so lucky to have been able to read this book ahead of its release date. In short, it is an incredible book but, if you want to know why I think so then, read on - this review will be spoiler free.

I expected to like this book, I mean, it is epic fantasy and that is kind of my thing! I just didn't expect
Oct 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
Had to DNF it. Never again will i try a book written by a social media personality. Either most of the reviews here are by friends and family or i just don't get fantasy fiction (which would be surprising since i love LOTR, Harry Potter, the Cosmere novels, Lightbringer, A Song of Ice and Fire, etc.)

Things i did not like:-

1- The extremely lacking World-building. It was almost non-existent. For High Fantasy, that is an unforgivable sin.

2- The abysmal writing style. I do know that fantasy doesn't
Halley Hopson
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.25 stars!

I received this book as a part of round two of beta reading from the author, Elliot.

This is very fun, dark, and well written political fantasy by an upcoming debut author and I cannot wait for it to be available to the public. Establishing itself as a multi perspective fantasy with a very original magic system and even the addition of magical creatures called ‘fiends’, Peace & Turmoil is a thrilling first book in an epic fantasy series. I would say anyone who enjoys fun magic
shar zar
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Note: I'm part of the beta reading round two.
This book is awesome. I hope this gets the attention it deserves. After picking up five books and putting them down feeling book slumpish I started reading this one. And I never wanted to put it down.
The world it big and it feels big, like an epic fantasy is supposed to feel like. The world is constantly in motion and there's politics that come into play quite a bit.
The characters are easily distinguished and well fleshed out. It also feels like
Dec 03, 2018 marked it as pile-of-shame
I'm so excited because it's looking like I'm going to be sent an e- ARC of this book. I cant wait to dive in

Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, 2019-reads
Forces are at work in the lands of Abra’am that will cause the end of peace and bring about turmoil that hasn’t been seen since the War of Fire. Peace and Turmoil is the first book of The Dark Shores series by first time author and BookTuber Elliot Brooks, which follows four young people who are suddenly thrust from their peaceful lies into political turmoil.

Gwenivere, heir to the throne of Xenith, is expected to choose a suitor from amongst guest at a Peace Gathering even though her preferred
Xavier De Becker
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
First, I should note that I read this book as a beta reader, so all my thoughts and feelings are about the version of the book I got, not of the final product. That said, I was really impressed! It was a four star read for me, and I have faith that the final product will be even better.

Peace and turmoil is a story about the continent of Abra'am. There has been peace between the nations of Abra'am for thirty years, but the peace is fragile. We follow a wide roster of characters of different
Brendan (raggedbooks)
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, favorites
Thank you to the author for providing me an arc in exchange for a review!
Peace and Turmoil follows many perspectives in a world split into four main lands. The lands have been at peace for thirty years, but now something jeopardizes that peace (and that’s all I’m saying).
Elliot Brooks was initially just a booktuber I watched because I thought she had a great taste in genre and authors. Then, she announced she wrote a book and it was to be released in March of 2019. I was intrigued yet worried
Stacey Roach
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am so glad I was given the opportunity to beta read this book. It was a great fantasy read. There were lots of characters, all having their own personality and uniqueness. So many to love and to hate. Some that I loved and now hate. Lol. The book never had a dull moment. The pace of it was nice and kept me wanting to keep reading even after it was over. This book reminds me of A Song of Ice and Fire, as Elliot is not afraid to kill off characters, make daring but intriguing plot twists, and is ...more
Marwan Al-gaadabi
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is my first book review, short like me. (Beta Reader)

The version I read was not the final product. Yet this book exceeded my expectations in all aspects.
Lively characters, each with their own uniqueness.
Several kingdoms, the first book only scratches some of.
magnificent creatures with different potentials and unique character.
A long book with plots that could have filled 2 books instead.
Plot twists that blow your mind.
I can't give this book enough justice, and I can't wait for the
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great book. Elliot Brooks is an excellent writer. I can’t wait to get the final copy of this book once it’s published.
I love the characters in this story. The magic system is awesome & it’s like nothing I have read before. There is lots of political intrigue & it is action packed. The plot was excellent & I didn’t guess the way most things turned out. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a great fantasy. I’m already excited to see where the story goes in the next book.
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
No hype, I absolutely LOVED this book. I can't wait to read more!
The writing is so crisp and the story pulls you in chapter by chapter.
A lot of these characters grew on me and I find myself torn between loving two different lead characters.
I want so much for the sequel to be here already. This was hard to put down once I started.
If you like epic fantasy, rich plots, and well-developed characters then you will love this book!
Jessica Hoffman
I was lucky enough to be a round #1 Beta Reader of Peace and Turmoil for Elliot and I couldn't be happier that I had this chance! I love the entire world of Abra'am, the magic system, the characters, and yes...the political intrigue! I couldn't put it down! Can't wait to reread after final edits ...more
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was an e-arc that was sent to me by the author in exchange for a honest review.


The pacing in the beginning is pretty slow since it's introducing you to the world and characters. It can be a bit info dumpy in a couple of places but once the action starts, it really starts! I wasn't as committed to it until about 22ish% into it but once I started feeling connected to the characters and what was happening to them I was totally committed (it also could have been to do with a
Nov 16, 2018 rated it liked it
*I got selected to be a beta reader for this book by the author. All opinions are my own*

I thought that the world was super interesting and I loved how much history was told in the books in combination with the drawings of different fiends and characters. It pulled me in from the very beginning and I was super excited to read it.

After finishing though, I think that there were too many characters and countries. I don't feel like I really got to know them and see how they differ (the countries)
Nervith Reviews
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
This was a solid political novel. It really hit me in a way books rarely do, with more scheming and fun than normal. This book had rock solid plot in the ending, but elsewhere it feels shakey and a little bit weak. Otherwise, the characters and really fun and some are quite strong. The issue I had were more technical, which are expected for a new author. Story is fine, but the writing lacks. The descriptions are weak, and the dialogue is ok, but but both could be improved. The descriptions were ...more
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Elliot is not Elliot's real name. She chooses to keep her real name private for reasons.

Things that are true about Elliot:

She lives in Arizona.

She is the author of the Dark Shores series.

She is married and in love (to the same

She majored in music.

She has her own business teaching music.

She loves books.

She loves the Final Fantasy and Witcher

She enjoys adventuring.