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A Hare in the Wilderness

(Kingdom of Durundal #1)

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  44 ratings  ·  28 reviews
They persecuted her as a child. Now they have to face her as a woman.

In the house of Gnaeus, a daughter is born, though after a mysterious mark appears on her face - the father instantly rejects her. Scorned and isolated by those at court, she grows up in the shadows, unaware of the tragic events that caused the defect in the first place.

Unwavered by kinship and severing
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Published December 28th 2017
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Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of this eBook from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Eujena and her daughter Ajeya used to list in a castle. When the emperor banishes them from the kingdom due to Ajeya's deformed face, they must try to survive in the wilderness. They are then saved by two kind men who take them to safety in the clans. Can Ajeya and Eujena finally be safe from the reaches of the emperor? Read on and find out for yourself.

This was a pretty good read about being accepted for who y
Kayla Krantz
This was quite the enjoyable read. I liked the way the author set about creating this world, pushing the story by focusing on events within each of the separate communities. As we go through the story, we see just how life shapes and challenges the characters and it’s an easy reflection of the way that life shapes us all.

In the story, the main character, Ajeya, is the daughter of a King banished by her father for her facial deformity. Before her and her mother are executed, Ajeya’s mother takes
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ahar
This is a beautiful fantasy with a powerful message. Imperfection in itself is perfect. To be born different in a time of superstitions is a death sentence for Ajeya, who is cast out by the emperor her father because he face is deformed. Her mother who refused the initial demands to just let the child wither is cast out with her, accused of laying with the devil to create such a child. It's heartbreaking in many ways, but also so powerful and uplifting. When times grow desperate and her mother a ...more
Steven Arnett
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This charming tale is the first in a series of three books by the author. I was quickly drawn in to Ajeya’s story and was hooked on it until the very end. Turner does a fine job of creating the fantasy world the book is set in and makes the reader believe in it. Even though it is a fantasy, it has a moral that’s valid any time: How a child can cope with being different and learn to triumph over it. Now that I’ve read the first book, I’m sure I will read the other two books in the series! Whether ...more
Sandra Shosha
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
S.E. Turner's style of writing is both imaginative and refreshing. Her words engulf the reader into this entertaining story where the charachters leap off the page and become a part of the reader's life. I enjoyed reading this book and strongly recommend it to anyone who appreciates great writing.
Debra Shrider
Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Evocative and richly descriptive

Beautifullly written with engaging characters. Fantasy fans who enjoy reading adventures by characters of depth will be drawn into this fantasy realm, and be anxious to read the next book to continue this evocative and richly descriptive story. Sharon Turner knows how to weave a spellbinding story.
Sparkly Pictures
With a tight and engaging style, the author has created an imaginative and compelling storyline ideal for young adults and adults with young minds. Thoroughly enjoyed this read and will be onto the next 2 books in this series in due course
Mark Decker
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent Read - Loved this Book!

A Hare in the Wilderness is one of my new favorite books in all the world. The characters of Eujena (Jena), Ajeya, Hagen, Keao, and Dainn are just imperfect enough to be loveable and so unique and endearing that I was pulled into the story immediately, while the intricate interweavings of the storyline kept me there. The story is set against the backdrop of a beautifully described country where dwell tightly woven, gentle clans. When the caring secondary characte
L.L. Thomsen
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fab tale. Unpredictable and unusual. Turner is a great storyteller!
A very enjoyable fantasy read.

I always appreciate a great story that teaches powerful lessons about human nature or about how we respond to the things that challenge us. ‘A Hare In The Wilderness’ is one such book: on one level, it is a powerful story of overcoming, of strength, and of love that will not let go. On a deeper level, it is one that reminds the reader that whatever flaw or weakness we may possess, there is far more to a person than that. When we build on our strengths rather than a
Lorraine - Rainey Day Book Reviews
Stripped of her identity and banished to the wilderness forever, a life of hardship awaits her and her mother. They find sanctuary in the far north of the kingdoms. She learns new skills and finds love. No one can harm her this far north - until the day an enemy breaches the horizon. One that will prove to be her biggest fight.

She is now a woman of great courage and has exceptional fighting skills, she has a strength that is far beyond her years. She has faced death many times - and survived. To
I liked the premise to this story. Unfortunately, and this is a personal quirk, I found there was too much description of places and events for my taste. I made it to a wedding ceremony, started skipping pages and realized that this just isn't a book for me. According to my Kindle I made it 56% through.

I'm sure this book would appeal to many others. I can't stand Dickens for the same reason and he is considered a brilliant writer. Just not my cup of tea.

I am, however, disappointed that I will ne
Jeannie Chambers
Fantasy that springs to life on every page

Although fantasy isn’t one of the genres I normally read, I decided to give this one a chance, and now I’m looking forward to reading the next book in this series.
This book could easily become a television series- along the same lines as Game of Thrones.
The characters are believable, and it’s easy to follow them along their journey in good times and bad.

Ajeya will melt your heart, but don’t think she’s a weakling- she is every girl, with an inner stre
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ahar
This is probably one of the best-written books I've ever read, the descriptions were so beautiful, the words were poetic. The author really has an amazing way with words. What is more, the plot is also as captivating. Ajeya is cast aside by her father, the Emperor because she has a disfigurement by birth. The story begins with her telling her tale of strength, love, and courage as she slowly realizes who she is, the heir to the Empire of Ataxata. Characters were well developed, so likable, from ...more
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Fantasy author new to me, I am so glad that I found this, you will want to read it too!

A young girl, thrown out of the castle through no fault of her own, forced to survive as best she can. The author has drawn strong characters and very deep visual cues to keep the reader interested and even invested in seeing where the story will go next. This fantasy story could take place in any universe, on any planet. I was struck by the character growth as well as the flow of the story within the story
Dorothy Garino
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ahar
A beautiful story.

A detailed fantasy tale that teaches about human nature. This story heavily featured overcoming of obstacles, prejudices and learning to love your flaws. It is a great lesson to teach and read about. You get to go along on Eujena’s journey who’s child, Ajeya, has a disfigurement. Trying to avoid spoilers here, but Eujena searches for a safe place for her and her daughter. One that will accept her daughter for who she is. Ajeya captured my heart as I’m sure she will yours. Highl
Rick Lunkenheimer
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ahar
Fantasy story with a lesson in accepting those who are different

Great for adults and young adults, this story entices you in with great world-building and well-rounded characters that you can sympathize with. I love how strong and relatable Ajeya is. She overcomes many obstacles when she is banished by her father and is forced to take cover in a different clan. This story teaches you about how we view others that are different. Even though it takes place in a fantasy world, readers can learn to
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ahar
What a great story. I love fantasy, especially ones that seem to pull customs and traditions from past "real" cultures. So many of the rituals that transpire in this book reminded me of ones I have researched, although with variations. The "tree of life" ceremonies, the weddings, they are all so detailed that they add a bit of "authenticity" to the story. I loved that. And I loved the wonderful descriptions of the setting and people that made this story come alive. The story itself is one worth ...more
Carol Ann
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read A Wolf in the Dark first, which is the second book in this series, and absolutely loved it. So when I saw this one, A Hare in the Wilderness, the first in the Kingdom of Durundal series, I had to get it. S.E. Turner has such a beautiful writing style, so poetic and flowing. That, along with powerfully developed characters with strength, heart, and a true sense of what is right, makes for a wonderful fantasy adventure. This could easily be the next fantasy television series. Fantasy lovers ...more
Haley Belinda
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Clever Title

I think I expected a sci-fi type book but what I got was better. I believe this is written for young adults and adults who like a pleasant read with realistic challenges.
It is a story of life's challenges and growth of a family through those challenges. I liked the clan idea. It reminded me of how I expected the natives of USA., to live; although, many cultures even in the UK., set out as clans. I enjoyed the story, the descriptions, vocabulary and dialogue are all good. 300 page
P.D. Alleva
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
S.E. Turner has developed an incredible fantasy story, told from the depths of the heart and soul. She has created a prolific fantasy world with a true human heart.

My rating for A Hare in the Wildernessis Five out of Five stars. Not only do I enjoy fantasy stories, I also give high rankings to authors who take the time to develop and reflect the society in which we live, providing much needed life lessons in today’s cryptic world. We need more intelligent books like this.
Samantha Schinder
Intricate world building

The details in the book are rich and vivid. I especially enjoyed the culture building. For an anthropologist like me it was the ultimate geek out moment as all the ceremonies and customs are richly described. It carries a great message too: beauty is within. I already bought the second in the series!
Tobin B.
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was drawn to the book by the cover and description. I also appreciate the 300 plus pages, all carefully crafted together by a dedicated author. I enjoyed the book and found it very rich in detail and a wonderful read. The author moves the story smoothly from beginning to end, and the characters grab and keep your attention in this rich story.
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ahar
This is an interesting fantasy that encourages readers to look beyond a person's appearance. The book has many themes and forces characters to make difficult choices for the better. It's amazing what a mother will sacrifice for her child. This is not only an interesting novel for adults but for young readers as well.
Jeffrey A. Dewey
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Awesome read with the development of the heroine from her as a doodle through the struggles she endured in life while coming of age
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Gypsie Holley
Jul 15, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Kind of slow for me...
May 28, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book needed some proof reading. It had a few punctuation errors (a lot of who's instead of whose and many lays instead of lies) and quite a lot of instances where the author used the wrong word (instance instead of instant, rivets instead of rivulets, precedence instead of precedent). The language was weirdly over-descriptive and sometimes made no sense (she felt a glow transcend around her, flumes of burning wood, a voluminous floor). That would be less bad if the story was interesting but ...more
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I would like to introduce you to my series - The Kingdom of Durundal - available in paperback, kindle, and free in kindle unlimited. There are four books, made up of the following elements:

Fantasy, history, sword and sorcery, battles, apothecary (herbal medicines) spirituality, honour, betrayal, vengeance, hope and despair, relationships, the building of families, the destruction of clans and cour

Other books in the series

Kingdom of Durundal (4 books)
  • A Wolf in the Dark (Kingdom of Durundal Book 2)
  • A Leopard in the Mist (Kingdom of Durundal, #3)
  • A Stag in the Shadows (Kingdom of Durundal, #4)
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