Genre : Fantasy (epic romance)
Author : Rachel Hunter
Publisher: Hydra Publications
Author Website : http://www.amazon.com/Rachel-Hunter/e/B007FSZR76
Goodreads author page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5762735.Rachel_Hunter
Facebook author page : http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rachel-Hunter/170131499766376
Author Blog: http://www.rachel-m-hunter.blogspot.com
ISBN (print): 978-0615638584
ASIN (Kindle eBook): B007WWB24W
Amazon Store: http://www.amazon.com/Empyreal-Fate-Llathalan-Annal-ebook/dp/B007WWB24W
Reviews : Multiple 4.7 - 5stars
Blurb : Filled to the brim with forbidden love, an ancient evil, and a nation in disrepair, Empyreal Fate is a tale of riveting bravery and mortal corruption. The land of Llathala lingers on the brink of war between men and elves, a dark history surrounding each race. Stirred by tensions of the land, a shadow of the past reemerges, taking precedence in reality and consuming the very soul of mans’ mortal weakness. Darrion, the son of a poor laborer, is ensnared in a hostile world, forced to choose between loyalty to his king or the counsel of the elves.
Yet Fate has other plans in store, tying his course to Amarya, an elven royalblood of mysterious quality and unsurpassable beauty. But this forbidden connection incites betrayal from members of their own kin, marking them as traitors to the crown. In a land torn asunder, only Fate’s decree can allow such love to coexist with an ancient enmity.
Behold: A Llathalan Annal: Empyreal Fate – Part One.
Amazon Reviews (Click on the link)
Gwen - 5 STARS-- "The beauty and grandeur of times now lost to us are rediscovered in Empyreal Fate, the first of what I hope is many in this fantasy saga. Empyreal Fate is a story of young love but more importantly, it is a story of sweeping passions. Hatred, revenge, and what it means to fight for the things that you treasure are among the themes explored in this tale.
Though the main characters are compelling, I found myself sympathizing with a few of the minor characters deeply as well because of the subtleties that they display throughout the course of events. Of them all, I admit to a special fondness for Drevan. While I can't say too much for fear of revealing plot details, I grew to understand his actions even while I didn't always agree with them.
The character motivations fascinated me throughout Fate and I look forward to watching how they continue to change and intertwine as the saga continues.Another aspect of the novel that I particularly enjoyed was the language that Hunter employs throughout. She casts a magical spell, evoking the sense of her world without making it distant. She is clearly kin to Tolkien with the way that she employs thoughtful and creative use of language, magic, and detail.
A beautiful look into another universe... I recommend you take a peek for yourself!"
James - 5 STARS-- "Step into the age of Empyreal Fate where heart's desire and man's desire clash in epic proportions. It truly is a world of forbidden, yet necessary, love for without it the world cannot be whole. Both kingdoms, man and elf, have become rotten from the inside out. Each side feels this, knows this, but no one will admit to its existence. In an effort to find a mutual connection, Darrion and Amarya start down a path which can only end one way.
The book is very intriguing, drawing one into a story that is very much alive. It is told from several character point of views, giving further insight into the distinctive world as each sees it. Once it begins, it does not let up, but carries the reader though until the last words on the last page, and then leaves you desiring to know more. It is nice to know the author intends to continue the series, and I very much look forward to the next installment. If you like reading about new worlds, this is definitely a keeper!"
Beth - 5 STARS-- "Empyreal Fate is a story of the land of Llathala. Llathala is a land occupied by elf and human and they have a tenuous peace treaty which is slowly unraveling. War seem eminent, corruption from within both sides wish to rend this land apart for personal gain. Darrion, human son to a farmer's family runs across Amarya, elf princess, in the woods while hunting for food. Can Darrion and Amarya overcome the forbidden friendship, feeling of love, an evil possession and ultimately fight to save their people from the corruption that lies within.
Empyreal Fate truly is a wonderful story telling of a land created by Rachel Hunter's fantastic imagination. She utterly enwraps you into a totally new world that elves, fairies and humans live and fight for survival. I love the way she uses language to make you feel that you are in another time, era, or in this case world. Empyreal Fate had me from the Prologue till the end. Looking forward to reading more about this exciting new land Rachel Hunter has created. "