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Into the Wildbarrens (The Gems of Elsana)

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We know him well. Ever-flowing wisdom. Concealed power. A white beard and a proclivity for mentoring chosen ones. In so many stories, we find ourselves enamored with a kindly wizard guiding our protagonist, curious to his roots, source of power, and hidden knowledge. This is that wizard’s story.

Falin is only twenty years of age, and with nine-hundred eighty years left to e
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Kindle Edition, 350 pages
Published July 17th 2019
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Lea ♞ That_Bookdragon
Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-received
4/5 ⭐

First of all, I would like to thank the author, Christian Sterling, for sending me an ARC of his book to review. All opinions are my own.

"Only a fool demeans the character of an entire race based on the reputation of its minority.

Throughout this book, we follow Falin, a young wizard, who is on a quest to gather the Gems of Elsana. To accompany him, a group of six champions will go with him on his journey to help him and protect him. I liked most of the characters in this book but my favor
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Alexia (Right Writing Words)
Welcome to my review for Into the Wildbarrens by Christian Sterling!

The non-spoiler review:

We all know the about the chosen hero that needs to save the world, and we all know about the wizard that guides the hero.

Into the Wildbarrens tells the wizards story and it’s about time we learn more about the secretive mentors of heroes.

We follow Falin as he and his 6 champions journey across the land in search for the Gems of Elsana. Falin needs these gems to fully take control of his power and help aid
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Kiera ♡
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
In the beginning, the story seemed a tad too similar to The Hobbit, but as the story progressed It, and Christian’s writing itself, evolved. Becoming more unique, enjoyable, and an all around fun and loveable story. I admire the diverse amount of imaginative creatures and religious aspects of the world. Both were diverse and well thought out.

The quotable messages throughout the book were truly admirable. One of them being:
Only a fool demeans the character of an entire race based on the reputati
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Esha Dickson
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Review: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Release Date: 17 July 2017.

This is the tale of the kind Wizard figure who, after appearing in countless stories, finally gets his own. Falin is said wizard and is about to embark on a quest to discover the Gems of Elsana. But what once seemed like an easy task soon becomes more difficult than Falin expected.

I was given an eARC copy of this by the author, Christian Sterling, in exchange for an honest review. I’ll start by saying that ‘Into the Wildbarrens’ is the story I never knew I
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an_emerald_book_review
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
I wanted to thank the amazing author Christian sterling for sending me on ARC in exchange for an honest review.
In the book we see Falin as a young wizard.
But before a wizard may depart into the world as a grinding force they most collect the four Gems of Elsana; to be placed into the head of their staff .
One champion from every kingdom in the Crown of Elsana will accompany the young Wizard as he begins his quest. But with the six champions he will start his journey who will be there to protect
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_SecretsOfaBookworm_
Jun 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I would like to say a big thank you to Christian Sterling for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest opinion and review.

A wizard and his 6 champions are all on a quest seeking The Gems of Elsana in order to fulfil the magical power of Falin the wizard and grant him control over the elements of Elsana. During their quest they will venture into the depths of deadly places and find themselves in all sorts of trouble. Throughout the whole adventure, Falin and his Champions
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Leah
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes reading a new high fantasy book can be a huge gamble. There are so many tropes and cliches when it comes to characters and story-lines that make books far too similar to J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings series. There are a wide variety of other good fantasy books out there that are fun and inventive. It's just those that bear any similarity to Lord of the Rings that end up being way too similar in my opinion! And while you could draw some connections to Frodo and his Fellowship, I fe ...more
Sarah (AShadowhunterReader)
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
First off, I wanted to thank the author, Christian Sterling, for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
If you are looking for a beautiful fantasy story, this book is for you, especially if you are starting out in the genre. I felt so nostalgic reading this book! It's Deltora Quest mets the Shannara Chronicles and growing up, those were my favourite books.

What I loved about the book:
*SO. MUCH. ACTION: I'm not a fan of slow books, generally speaking, and this book had action in almos
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Margaux Mennes
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The gems of Elsana tells the story of a young wizard on his quest to find the four elemental gems to strenghten his power. On his quest, the wizard, Falin, gets help by his Champions. These Champions are the best warriors from their kind.
Of course no quest will go as planned and Falin gets thrown from one problem into the next.

It is a story that talks about friendship and accepting one another. We follow a group of strangers who are forced to go on a journey for weeks and this, of course, creat
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Sam
Jun 25, 2019 rated it did not like it
*I received an advance copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.*

DNF at 23%.
Firstly, I wanted to thank the author for sending me an ARC of this book.

I am sorry to say that I did not enjoy this at all. Which is the reason I decided to DNF it.

I found the characters to be very one dimensional, without any sort of life behind them. Their interactions and dynamics felt forced. At times, the dialogue seemed too modern, but other times it wasn’t, which was somewhat jarring.

Th
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Erin Beaver
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Ella
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Navisha Naramdeo
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Spend too much time worrying about how you will be remembered and you will forget to do anything memorable at all.”
The Gems of Elsana: Into the Wildbarrens
Christian Sterling
The author @christiansterlingg And my friend sent me the ARC of this book for the review and I feel really honoured to be the part of this. Thank you so much.
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It was an amazing book, I couldn’t put it down,and utterly got immersed in the story, like I was living and breathing it.

This beautiful novel is set on the place calle
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Tori
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
BOOK REVIEW
The Gems of Elsana: Into the Wildbarrens.
ARC graciously provided by Christian Sterling in return of an honest review.
•I still remember reading Christian's first novel almost two years ago, and instantly falling in love with it. That story was a mondernized tale of America with gangs (that's a VERY loose description of it). When I heard he was working on a fantasy novel, I was super interested to see how the drastic change in genres would play out. And I must say, he blew my mind aga
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Beneath The Page
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Siyka
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a rich and captivating world of fantasy and friendship, bravery and backgrounds of difference, champions and creatures of darkness. it has elements that remind of Tolkien's world or Brooks' Shannara and it was a great pleasure to be a part of it for a while.
The wizard's journey that included companions of different experience was just at the beginning in the book but still, there was a lot of action, turns and twists.
The characters were really likable and diverse. I liked that the author
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Hayley Wood
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an advance review copy for free via BookSirens, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

This book is a GEM! < yes I am being punny on purpose.

PLUS - bonus this genius work of art is by an independent author: Christian Sterling

"Spend too much time worrying about how you will be remembered and you will forget to do anything memorable at all"

I love books that have a bunch of sassy/smarta** characters. This book was on point with the sarcasm, many moments I snorted ( getting a weird
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The Library Dweller
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2019, fantasy
I was sent a free arc of this book by the author in exchange for a honest review:

This book is phenomenal! It has a ton of action, a great rag tag group of characters, and a brilliant fantasy world! This book is also funny, which I really appreciated.

If you love books with strong friend groups you will love this! Each of the characters is a different species (creating diversity) and they all have their own powers/strengths that they bring to the group. I love how each character has a very unique
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Maria Rossy
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Once in a century Elsana is blessed with a wizard and when he comes of age, he must go in his quest for the Gems of Elsana. This is the story of twenty years old wizard, Falin, and he’s ready to gather the four Gems; Water, Air, Earth and Fire. The tradition is, the wizard sets out on his quest, accompanied by four Champions from each kingdom within the The Crown of Elsana and Fallin couldn’t have better Champions, Melquin the Healer, Sage of Mystica, Carthon, Warrior to the Drakkish Senate of V ...more
Chelee Black
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a great story!! Christian has a unique writing style that makes the words flow off the pages. A fast paced original story that follows a group of champions set out to aid a wizard in finding the four gems of Elsana to strengthen his magic. On the way epic battles of The Light against The Dark ensue. The characters are so likeable, especially the skully, Jimbuah! He even has his own language! But all have a special place in the story with unique backstories that make you fall for all of them ...more
Dina  E
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was amazing. I loved the story and was quickly hooked. I barely put the book down as I was reading it. I loved the story and the characters. The character dynamics were really good. I am not a huge fan of romance, especially when it is a main feature in a story so I was happy that the romance in the book didn’t overpower the story. Overall it was a great read and I would recommend reading it. I received an advanced review copy for free and am reviewing it voluntarily
Babs
May 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’d like to thank Christian Sterling for providing me with a copy of his book in exchange for an honest review.

Falin is one of the ten wizards keeping peace in the lands of Elsana. As an unseasoned wizard, he must to set out on a journey to gather the four Gems that will help him come into his full power. But this quest will take him and his crew into a dangerous and desolate land called the Wildbarrens. With a ragtag group of chosen champions from all corners of Elsana, and a couple of outlaws
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kelcie_reads
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First off I want to say thank you to Christian Sterling for sending me this ARC for review. It is always a pleasure!

This book was amazing! I enjoyed the new spin on the classic wizards tale. It had a Tolkien vibe to it which I really loved. If you’re looking for a new fantasy series to get hooked on this is it!!!

The characters were well written, diverse and lovable. I laughed with and cheered for Falin and his champions and by the end of the book they all felt like friends. The southern belle
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Danielle | Slytherin
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5/5
I cannot stress this enough, but this book may possibly be one of the MOST FUN books I’ve ever read. I loved the pacing of the story since it was neither too slow nor extremely fast. The writing style did not bore me, it was neither too descriptive nor lacking. I also loved the world-building,especially the history of the creatures of the light and dark, the thorough descriptions of the diverse kingdoms, the never-ending adventure, and the diversity of the characters. Probably, the aspect t
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Hanna
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
First of all, I want to thank the author for gifting me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review!

It was so refreshing to see the wise and old white-bearded wizard from another point of view. The main character is the young wizard Falin, who has to go on a long journey to find his true power. What I really loved were Falin and his friends who accompanied him on his trip. The whole group is just amazing and the dynamics between them are great! Everybody has his/her special personality
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Lexi Redinger
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Alrighty guys, where do I start?
First off, thank you to Christian Sterling for letting me read an ARC version of his new book. Secondly, I do have to say that I am a huge fan of the Lord of the Rings, so when I read the summary for Sterling's book I was over joyed at the fact I got to dive into this baby. Throwing caution to the wind, I dove head first into this eccentric fantasy where I met an young wizard, warrior, prince, healer, assassin, Skully (you'll find out ;), and -my favorite- a Redr
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Lola's Library
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
4/5 stars - A vibrant cast of heroes, a brutal quest across the land, and a princess that most certainly does not need saving (thank you very much) are but a few of the wonderful things to expect in Christian Sterling’s new novel.

For those of you who don’t know me very well, one thing to know about me is that I love a good quest. And The Gems of Elsana was a very good quest! This novel was simply delightful. I was super excited for this one after the author contacted me about reading and reviewi
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Rayleigh
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“No journey spent has ever gone without stumbles.” -Into the Wildbarrens

Into the Wildbarrens is literally, exactly what the synopsis says! It’s the story of that wise wizard that we look to for guidance in other stories, and oh my goodness, it was done so well!

Falin is a young wizard, but as he embarks on this journey to find the Gems of Elsana, we see snippets of that old, wise mentor we know that he will become. The transition is not immediate, but gradual, as he and his Champions make mistake
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Robert McDermott
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As the narrator of the audiobook, you would think I would be biased...I'm not. I have narrated some horrendous books in the past(though I try to put in maximum effort into each book I narrate).

I believe fantasy books are generally classified in one of two categories. The First is a great story that gets from A to B without being too heavy on details like Lore and Law. The Second type is a story that builds heavily on the Law, Lore, almost every race, creed and detail before the story is halfway
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Verena
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
First of all I want to thank Christian Sterling for reaching out to me and providing me with an ARC of this book for an honest review.

I read the synopsis of the book and was immediately intrigued. It sounds like some of those classic Fantasy tales of a group of heroes on an epic quest.
And that is pretty much what it is, set in a really interesting and wonderfully developed world.
So if you like classic fantasy, go check it out.

We follow the youngest and newest Wizard Falin who can't reach his fu
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