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The Elementalist: Rise of Hara (Elemental Spies, #1)

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A disgraced pilot saved by elemental magic. A jaded spy haunted by his past. Occult forces threatening to ruin them both.

All Voi wants is to fly her plane and live a decent life, but something stands in her way: emelesia, a rare condition likely to land her in a mental asylum. Forever. Then comes Mr. Callahan, the mysterious agent who convinces Voi to spy for a cure. T
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Kindle Edition, 560 pages
Expected publication: November 19th 2019 by Chandra City Publishing
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Zainab
Oct 28, 2019 is currently reading it
Look at the cool-ass blurb with the cool-ass cover.
T. White
I won't be the author who gives her book five stars 'cause honestly, that's just tacky. All I want to say here is...

Thank you.

Thank you for taking a chance on an unknown author.

Thank you for expressing how much you love/hate/otherwise feel about this book.

Thank you for spending time in a world with characters who've come to mean so much to me. I hope you love (or love to hate) them as much as I do!

If you like psychics, spies, pilots, airships, political intrigue, or elemental mag/>Thank/>Thank/>Thank/>Thank
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Blake
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was lucky enough to get a Arc of The Elementalist: Rise of Hara early through netgalley.

I really enjoyed The Elementalist: Rise of Hara by T.M. White. Part high fantasy novel and part spy thriller the book dives into the world the author created right on page one. The story centers around Voi a disgraced pilot who has a rare condition called emelesia that would normally have her sent to mental asylum by the age 25 but then she meets Ronny a investigative journalist/ spy who tells h
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Claire
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
My review in a few sentences:
Me: Do something, Voi!
Voi: does something stupid.
Me: That's not what I meant.

I wanted to like this book. People with powers being repressed by their government and trying to find out whether to fight against or work with the government as spies. But the world building made me struggle with understanding the countries. There are many different countries surrounding the main country but the names blurred together. There were no characteris
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Nicki Markus
Nov 10, 2019 rated it liked it
The Elementalist was a mixed bag for me. On the one hand, I liked the premise--the spies/fantasy blend had great potential--but the pacing badly let it down. This book was way longer than it needed to be. I kept wanting to put on my editor hat and make cuts, as there were times when the action slowed so much I started skimming. Then something interesting would happen and I would perk up, but then we'd plod again. Careful cutting to remove about a third of the word count and tighten the prose and ...more
Mike
Nov 08, 2019 rated it liked it
DNF at 42%. Between muddled worldbuilding, an annoying protagonist, and constant promises of action and adventure that still hadn't been fulfilled, this just wasn't for me.

There are three layers to the worldbuildng. Layer one is a fantasy secondary world, complete with continent map. The western not-quite-half of the continent has cultures with analogies to France or possibly Italy, and (judging by the names) to Ireland, but they're called something else. The eastern more-than-half has unaccoun
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Janine
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Spies, elemental magic, psychics … yeah, count me in. That’s what I thought when I read the blurb and I still do now that I’ve read the entire book.
The story is mainly told from Voi’s point of view although Callahan and a former aeroplane captain get some spotlight as well. I grew to like them all but Voi is still my favourite because, naturally, we get to know her the best. I admired her sense of justice, how vehemently she rejects to use violence even though it causes quite some trouble
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Rachel
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
Thank you to NetGalley and T.M. White for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I gave The Elementalist: Rise of Hara 2/5 stars.

This book was up and down for me. I really, really wanted to like it. The cover is definitely what drew me in, and the description of the story was intriguing. I enjoyed most of the characters and found parts of their dialogue to be entertaining. However, the positives end there for me.

The biggest problem with this book is that there is a lack of a def
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Tessa
Nov 13, 2019 rated it liked it
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Eule
Nov 13, 2019 rated it did not like it
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dnf at 22%

Everything is not as it's supposed to be: Our protagonist Voi faces worsening of her health condition that might make her psychotic and reserve her a place at a local asylum while her business endeavors don't go according to plan.
Then, she's approached by a journalist, asking her what she'd be willing to
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Roberta
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book was not at all my kind of thing. To start with, it is massively long - at least 3 times the length of most books. Then there’s all the excessive death, politics, betrayal and so on. All the kind of things I hate reading about. From the cover and description, I was expecting a fun fantasy spy caper.

However, if you are into spy adventures and have no issue with lots of politics and people dying, then this may be the book for you. The world is realistic, self consistent, compl
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Michaela
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book so much, The writing was done really well; the world building and character building was incredible. It felt like fantasy met Alias, and I loved it. This book sucks you in, and immerses you in the story and the characters lives. All the details were amazing, but not so overdone you felt lost in them. The storyline was interesting, and had me on the edge of my seat. It was not a story I have read multiple times; it was new, and exciting, and unique. There were twists and turns ...more
Annarella
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An excellent start for a new fantasy series.
I found it engrossing and entertaining, with a great and fleshed out cast of characters, and an amazing world building.
Can't wait to read the next instalment.
Strongly recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Naria. G
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm soo excited for this, it sounds like the book I've never realised I needed. But I mean, it totally is the book I need. Elemental magic? Aviatrix? SPIES? OCCULT MYSTERY?? WHAT.
And that cover 😱
Give meeeee
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T. M. (Tiyana Marie) White is a fantasy novelist spinning tales about supernaturally souped-up spies who are fed up with “the system,” thank you very much! Currently, she lives in Arizona, where the mystical Sonoran Desert sparks the far-out interests fueling her stories—from pseudoscience and conspiracy theories to elemental magic and ESP.

The Elementalist: Rise of Hara is her debut novel and t/>The
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