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Element Keepers: Whispers of the Wind

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Rhet guts fish for a living, content in obscurity until the day he is plucked from the wharves by nine exotic strangers and carted across the continent to a life-sentence of imprisonment. Though he has done nothing (as far as he knows) to warrant such capture, his captors are certain he will one day destroy the world if they do not prevent him. Though it is true that Rhet discovers great powers, he is neither villain nor hero. He is unique in a world where some can pull threads of wind from the air and weave it to do their bidding; he can bring wind into being where there is none. But a quest for domination begins to unravel the very fabric of the world, destroying the balance that must be maintained. It only took one to start the spiral toward chaos, but one alone cannot save the world, no matter how great his power. A new chapter in the story of the human race has begun. A slave will come to rule, a dockworker will meet his fate, and an unlikely group of companions will find themselves thrust to the forefront of the battle for life's existence. And man's future may be only Whispers in the Wind.

295 pages, Paperback

First published November 9, 2010

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E.P. Marcellin

3 books9 followers
First and foremost I am a lover of all things Fantasy and Sci-Fi. Since my childhood I've constantly immersed myself in books, discovering new worlds and new characters through the years, eventually to my own creation first creation: Element Keepers Whispers of the Wind

Having traveled extensively throughout the years, I've enjoyed sceneries, discovered cultures, tasted different foods, met new friends. All of these have profoundly influenced my writing, but most of all, I owe my love for well written and captivating stories to Jacqueline Carey and David Eddings. Later on, new and old names started catching my attention as well - George R.R. Martin and Peter V. Brett.

I love to share my affection for books and fantasy, and in my free time take care of my growing family. Well.. maybe not in that order...

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601 reviews108 followers
May 8, 2014
The Element Keepers is an epic fantasy novel for young adults. The author does an amazing job of setting, world building and writing style. It's got a pleasurable mix of traveling, magic and dialogue. As with a lot of epic novels you also get several characters stories that you follow, an immense landscape and with this novel, magical powers.

Rhet and Pateal are best friends, and pretty much brothers in every aspect except parents. Rhet's parents are deceased and Pateal's family has raised him as one of their own. They reside in a small fishing town of similar short and blond inhabitants, but Rhet looks nothing like them. When a boat of stunning women takes land and kidnap him. The women of the Y'dah are expecting a prophecy to come to pass in which one day will come in which one with great powers will either save the world, or destroy it.
Quite possibly this man in a small town and stands out like a sore thumb is the one they have been waiting for. But does Rhet have any powers other than gutting fish well?

The writing of the story is very well done. You can tell the author took a lot of time in developing the setting, landscape, people and lands. The magic of elements are fun and add entertainment to the story. There is quite a bit of traveling through the different lands (there is a map included) and meeting of peoples.

The only thing that I felt lacking was a connection to the characters and their plight. I found the ending to be rushed after reading a very large novel building up tension and have everything rushed to a finish, a finish that ends with remaining questions for the next book. It was only specific characters that I did not find a connection to, a sense of watching a movie instead of actually feeling of being there.

I did enjoy the Y'dah women and the parts where they interacted with each other were my favorite parts to read. Their group, powers and interactions really made the story for me. I give the novel 4 stars for the great writing and world building -both the peoples and the landscape. As an epic story it is a large read and I found it enjoyable.
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Author 19 books31 followers
January 12, 2014
An epic fantasy, worth of Tolkien.

Element Keepers: Whispers of the Wind by E. P. Marcellin is an epic fantasy, pulling the reader into a world on the brink of war and destruction. The novel follows the journey of Soralin, a young ‘Y’dah’ who has the power to control the wind and the air. She seeks the man destined to become ‘Za Din’ – the one who prophecy has foretold will save the world – or destroy it.

The author has built a solid fantasy world, giving the story depth and immersing the reader in the tale. Strong dialogue keeps the story moving, and the reader is swept along an emotional journey. The story is an entertaining read, with a solid plot the keeps the reader enthralled. I thoroughly enjoyed ‘Element Keepers: Whispers of the Wind’ and would recommend it to anyone that enjoys epic fantasy.
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Author 18 books419 followers
June 17, 2011
Element Keepers didn’t really knock my socks off, but it was an entertaining, and comforting read that didn’t challenge the typical fantasy tropes as much as I wanted it to. While this may lend the book a slightly exhausted air, many fans of fantasy could enjoy this book for what it is, a jaunt back to the old fantasy clichés which are the very things that sucked so many of us into this genre. Marcellin’s writing style is what makes this book shine. Despite the slightly wooden characters and the stereotypical plot, Element Keepers has plenty of action waiting in the wings, and is a solid entrance into a series that fans will want to keep track of.

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73 reviews15 followers
September 8, 2011
Book Title: Element Keepers-Whispers of the Wind
Author: E. P. Marcellin
Publisher: Tate Publishing
ISBN: 9781616636586
Reviewed by Michele Tater for the Couch Tater Review

A wisp of gossamer, about the size and substance of a spider's web.
~Monica Baldwin

In D'Shee, a fishing town in a world like our own, Rhet and Peteal make their living by cleaning the catches of the day on the docks. Everyday the same as the last, but it suits them both fine. As a strange ship sails into the dock, baring a flag with a web of a spider and, carrying mysterious women of remarkable beauty, the world as Rhet and Peteal know it changes forever. The women are searching for the prophesied man told about in their holy book and hope to find him in D'Shee. Much to Rhet's dismay, he maybe the man that they are looking for.

The author takes the reader to a world of magic and wonder. Each region visited has their own individual look and style. Truly, there is a web being spun as this tale is told. The reader becomes entrapped in wanting to follow the characters as they travel and try to find where their fate may take them. Places and locals are beautifully described in just enough detail to give a great view of things, without being overly wordily. The way the book ended had me wanting more to read; I was shocked that it stopped how it did, actually made my jaw drop! What a way to have the reader look forward to the next book in the series. Highly recommend it to everyone, young and old.
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Author 37 books264 followers
June 30, 2011
The Element Keepers is a fascinating tale full of magic and different races. The writing is flawless and superb. I really enjoy the journey that Marcellin takes me on through the pages of her book. A great storyteller, Marcelline kept me glued to the pages, making it hard to stop to let reality take over my life.
Rhet the main character and his friend Peteal are as physically different from each other as a fish and a crocodile. Yet they have been together since birth. Rhet’s parents died when he was very young and Peteal’s parents raised both. Now in their early twenties, both work at the fishery of their city. It is a place where everyone makes his or her living from the ocean. Life is good until the day a boat docks with the most beautiful women they have ever known.
The Y’dah is a race of women that have lived their entire lives waiting for a prophecy to come to pass. They are ruled by seniority, although sometimes the more powerful ones have privileges due to their abilities. They weave the air into intricate patterns invisible to the naked eye, yet this grants the Y’dah every wish they have. Now they must find one who is more powerful than they are to save them from an impending doom.
I really like the tidbit of history or wisdom placed at the beginning of each chapter. It is a refreshing way of introducing the next piece of this tale. It is well written and very entertaining. It could very well be a YA book that appeals to the adult fantasy lover. Good job.
Shelved as 'reviewed-on-blog'
March 20, 2014
DNF - 0 stars

Where I stopped reading: Location 1266 of 8485 on my Kindle app.

Why I stopped reading: The writing just wasn’t up to par. I suppose I’m losing my tolerance; I used to be able to let grammar slide if the story was good (and this story IS good). But. You’ve got to learn Chopsticks before you can play Chopin’s Preludes. You’ve got to be able to julienne before you get your own show on The Food Network, and you must, MUST be able to compose a concise, well-punctuated sentence before you write anything other than a shopping list.

What others have rated this book: According to Goodreads, the average rating for Element Keepers: Whispers of the Wind is 4.06. It looks like a majority of readers gave this book 5 stars. There were 9 5-star reviews on Amazon. At Barnes & Noble, the majority of the reviews were 5 stars. Just because I didn’t finish this book doesn’t mean you won’t.

As reviewed by Melissa at Every Free Chance Book Reviews.

(I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.)

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Author 4 books94 followers
May 14, 2011
I found Element Keepers by E.P. Marcellin to be very interesting and I enjoyed each of the characters she created a lot.Out of all of the characters, Soralin was my favorite because she wasn't afraid to challenge the beliefs of her people.I have my fingers crossed that there will be a second book because I really want to see where the author takes the characters next.
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136 reviews27 followers
May 16, 2011
Rhet guts fish for a living. His live is pretty simple; he works and hangs out with his friend Peteal. The only thing out of the ordinary in his town is himself. He’s different from everybody, he has dark hair and he’s tall but everybody in his town is blonde and short. One day while working, nine exotic looking women took him and his friend prisoners without saying why. What Rhet doesn’t know is that he has the power to destroy the world.

I had a hard time getting to remember the names of towns and people, but I got used to it and it was easier to understand where Rhet was and where he was going next. One of my favorite parts was when Marcellin describes how The Rinsa choose their husbands. I liked how fresh and original Marcellin’s writing was.
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Author 3 books9 followers
December 11, 2013
I am SO excited! Thank you to everyone who has stood by me as I wrote, edited, and edited some more so that we could, together, bring this baby to life!

After so many years of hard work, here it is: the INTEGRAL story of Element Keepers: Whispers of the wind!

In addition to the story, the KINDLE version (only 2.99$! at that price you can even afford the coffee to drink while you read it!) offers the never-released-before prequel "Element Keepers: Harbinger".

Celebrate with me, and let's cheer to this Christmas season and New Year arriving fast!

If you want more info about the book and how to get it, check out the link below:
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1,399 reviews185 followers
July 11, 2011
I really hate it when I can't get into a book. For me, I love to read and I can pretty much get into any story. But this book I just could not. I struggled through out the first 50 pages. I kept pushing hoping I would get into it but I can't.
My main problem with this book is the story line. It was not doing it for me. While I loved the characters and the world that is created around them, the story line was flat. There was no excitement, or umph, in at least for me. I really wanted to get into this book, but I couldn't.

This is a good fantasy novel. If you like fantasy novels check this one. If may just be for you, but for me it was not.
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Author 2 books1 follower
June 5, 2011
Coming from a deep, rich cultural background, E.P. Marcellin has truly created a vibrant tale through the characters and plot of Element Keepers. Traveling from coast to coast, the heroes find themselves discovering as much about themselves as their surroundings.

I truly loved watching Reth and Soralin evolve as they learned that there is much more to life than what you are: what you can become.
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117 reviews
June 3, 2016
An extremely light read. Typos, poor grammar, a leading plot, unnecessary insight into the character's thoughts and reasoning, and dismissive sections of the story. Magic and adventure, a good base concept, but don't expect anything complex. Truly for young adults in that it is a juvenile approach to fantasy.
141 reviews2 followers
May 23, 2013
unfinished... the library needed it back, I will look for it again and try and pick up where I left off.. okay maybe its just not the right time but life is too short to keep reading a book I am not enjoying
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