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The Elementalist: Rise of Hara

(Elemental Spies #1)

3.27  ·  Rating details ·  26 ratings  ·  25 reviews
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. The c
Kindle Edition, 560 pages
Published November 19th 2019 by Chandra City Publishing
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Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-releases
****Giveaway closed****

For all my dudes who enjoy fantasy, this is going to be your next favorite book.

If you like psychics, spies, pilots, airships, political intrigue, or elemental magic...then this story is for you.

The book brought out a whole different side of fantasy books and honestly, I was not ready. You have a brave pilot (Voi) for the main character, a very charming yet a bit clumsy spy, Callahan, as the second main. But the story-the book- is not bound to these characters. There are
T.M. 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 magic...then this s
Mar 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Another sci-fi fantasy eARC from #Netgalley! Thank you so much to the publisher and author T. M. White for the early copy.

Whilst I've realised recently that sci-fi really isn't my thing, I really liked the premise of the fantasy/sci-fi combo, and a strong female protagonist is always welcome 😊

Occult science and 'elemental' magic work get all the thumbs up and I love a good thriller, but The Elementalist: Rise of Hara didn't completely gel for me, probably because I didn't totally engage with Voi
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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 her that emel
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 characteristics that distinguished betwee
thewoollygeek (tea, cake, crochet & books)
Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an honest opinion

I wasn’t keen on this, there just seemed to be too much chaotic world building, overly confusing and not clear at all. The plot, well what can I say I don’t think it knew where it was going, because I certainly didn’t. The characters were uninspiring and the side characters were more interesting than the main character, overall it just felt unfinished and unpolished. Sorry just not for me without more work editing.
May 02, 2020 rated it liked it
*I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for the free book.*

Voi is a former pilot who's suffering from a condition that will drive her insane eventually. When she is convinced by a mysterious agent to become a spy and find a cure for her condition. Because Voi has elemental powers she could learn to control. So the aviatrix is caught in a web of political intricacies, espionage, and learning how to controls her powers and the desires that come with them...

I l
The Fiction  Forest
May 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
I was drawn to this book because of its interesting cover. The story had potential but there was so much unnecessary fillers That i really struggled getting though the book. At times i found it quite boring and the main character was flat and annoying. I ended up skimming through the 2nd half of the book. There was far to much aviation jargon that i was basically lost reading the paragraphs.
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 for he
Dec 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
T.M. White clearly put a lot of time and effort into their debut novel, The Elementalist: Rise of Hara. The world building is solid, and the characters have their own, clear voices. This book isn't fast paced, but instead unravels slowly in the manner of a classic gumshoe story. The magical elements are original, and the diesel-punk spy element makes for a very unique reading experience. If you're looking for a different kind of fantasy novel, this one's for you!
Cass Morrison
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very ambitious worldbuilding. Unfortunately, I spent quite a bit of time trying to relate the Elementalist world geographically to our world and I’m not sure why. It’s a very different place with some interesting rules but, somehow, the politics was too closely aligned with current events for me.

This is could have been put out as 3 novellas but instead is one novel in three sections. The Initiate deals with introduces us to Voi’s culture and builds the team. It’s very well done and the character
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
Aug 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this book. It grabbed me from the beginning, but it took me a while to read (not a bad thing, but not a quick book to pass a day or two with!). The world that this story is based in is really interesting and I can't wait to read book 2 to see where it goes
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
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
Nov 13, 2019 rated it liked it
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Tina M
Nov 27, 2019 rated it liked it

I did receive an ARC from Book Sirens, in exchange for an honest review of this book.

Confusing, muddled at best. Keeping track of the characters with two in particular that had similar names to me, and \"pet\" names, titles, etc. added to the confusion. I can think of at least one character where the author gave them at least six different names she referred to throughout the situation causing me to have to stop and straighten out who I was reading about.

The next issue for me was regarding what
Gemma McGee
Dec 16, 2019 rated it liked it
The Elementalist: Rise of Hara mixes fantasy with a spy thriller plot. 

In the book Vol is our leading lady, she is a disgraced pilot with a condition called emelesia. This condition is treated as a mental illness with most people ending up in an Asluym by their 25th birthday. But emelesia is a side effect of not using their Elementalist gift. But the government keep the fact it magically abilities secret unless the person becomes of use to them. 

I liked Vol as a character, her world is turned up
Eule Luftschloss
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 do to change her future.

Turns out, she is not ill, not really. Voi has the ability to use elemental magic, bu
This eARC was provided by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All views expressed here are my own.
I was very much looking forward to this one as the enticing blurb combined with the beautiful cover pulled me in.

While the premise was promising, I believe it could have been executed better.

The plot seemed to wander without an exact goal in mind, making the reader feel lost. I also thought that the chapter titles seemed very childish at times. I think White attempted to
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, complex and in so
Nov 30, 2019 rated it liked it
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Michaela Martin
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
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 the

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