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Concealed Power (The Healers of Meligna, Book #1) (English Edition)
 
 

Concealed Power (The Healers of Meligna, Book #1) (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

K. J. Colt
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"There was an illness much worse than anything I had ever seen, and that was the sickness of my country."

In Senya, the golden-eyed female healers were once revered. Through a brief, sacred ritual, they healed only men through intercourse, curing disease and mending injury. When the Death Plague struck, thousands required healing. Unable to meet the desperate demands of the populace, the healers abandoned their people and sealed themselves in their temples.

Twenty-five years later, Adenine is blind and isolated in her small attic bedroom. Convinced she is the last carrier of the Death Plague, she avoids contact with the outside world.

When her mother fails to bring her food Adenine begins to starve. Driven by her hunger, Adenine ventures into the house discovering her mother bedridden and sick. Despite her terror of infecting others, Adenine fumbles her way onto the streets of Borrelia in search of the town's doctor.

Soon, she is surrounded by new friends... and enemies she never knew existed. Every secret unravels. Every lie is discovered. Now Adenine's life depends on who she trusts.

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Kylie J. Colt lives on the west coast of Australia in the sprawling city of Perth and has been writing for three years. Her favourite writers are Kristin Cashore, Robin Hobb, Trudi Canavan and Maria V. Snyder. She has an honours degree in psychology and counselling, enjoys road trips, gaming (Skyrim/Civilisation/Assassin's Creed), music festivals (electronica), playing pool, yoga, bushwalking, and gobbles up anything fantasy-related. Her favourite fantasy shows include Game of Thrones and Trueblood, and she is currently reading Robin Hobb's Blood of Dragons.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 622 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 312 Seiten
  • Verlag: K. J. Colt (20. Januar 2014)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00D6GDY1W
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Spannender Beginn einer Trilogie 8. Juni 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Concealed Power ist der 1.Band einer, laut Homepage der Autorin, geplanten Trilogie.

Die 10-jährige Ich-Erzählerin Adenine ist seit Geburt an ihr Haus gebunden, da sie an einer Krankheit leidet, der einst ein Großteil der Bevölkerung ihres Landes zum Opfer gefallen war. Nur ihre Eltern und ihr - selbst an einer regelmäßig wiederkehrenden Pockenerkrankung leidender - Onkel sind immun und ihr einziger Kontakt zur Außenwelt.
Als Adenines Eltern eine weite Reise antreten, um neue Waren für ihr im Untergeschoss ihres Hauses betriebenen Ladengeschäfts zu kaufen, beginnen die Ereignisse sich zu überschlagen. Alles ändert sich für Adenine, und sie muss feststellen, dass ihr Leben nicht so ist, wie sie dachte. Sie lernt neue Menschen kennen, Lügen werden entlarvt, und Adenine wird mit einer Entscheidung konfrontiert, die ihr ganzes Leben umkrempeln wird...

Concealed Power ist ein Buch mit Tempo. Fast am Ende jedes Kapitels drehen sich die Dinge, es passieren unerwartete Wendungen. Ohne spoilern zu wollen, wird man als Leser überrascht davon, wie das um die bewusst von ihren Eltern naiv gehaltene Adenine gespannte Kartenhaus aus Lügen zusammenfällt.

Ich bin gespannt auf die Fortsetzungen, die nach Lesen der Schlussworte von Band 1 sehr vielversprechend scheinen.

Die Sprache des Buches ist gut verständlich und nicht zu kompliziert geschrieben, so dass es auch Nicht-Muttersprachler das Buch gut lesen können.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Kept me up late 31. August 2013
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This book is proof that self-published novels can be every bit as good as the stuff put out by traditional publishers, if not better. The emotional impact of the story is high and the pacing never flagged. I particularly liked the moral ambiguity of the tale and characters, so reminiscent of real life.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Fascinating story 11. Juni 2013
Von Tina
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I really loved reading this book! The story is original and exciting and I just couldn't stop reading because I became so addicted to the character and her fate!
Waiting for the sequel! :)
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Promising world, story lagged toward the end 24. Februar 2014
Von Thomas Shutt - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
The thing that first attracted me to Concealed Power was its cover, which is literally eye-catching. At first glance, you are forced to look our young female protagonist in the eye, instantly receiving all of the emotions she conveys in that golden gaze.

We view the world through the eyes of Adenine, the daughter of merchant parents who have decided to hide their daughter from the world. Set mostly in the town of Borrelia, Adenine's home country of Senya is recovering from the combined effects of a civil war and the Death Plague. The civil war, which was finished without shedding a single drop of blood, resulted in the loss of the city of Meligna to a group of women known as Healers, commonly referred to in the south as "golden whores". Despised and reviled by South Senyans, all girls born of Healer blood are sent north to Meligna, to preserve the peace signed between King Erageo and the Queens who rule Meligna.

I love the setting that we are dropped into by the author. We follow a citizen from the losing side of a civil war, from a frontier region whose citizens live in fear of a second incursion by the Queens. The distrust of the Queens and Healers is prevalent throughout the book. For the first tenth of the story, I read in horror as Adenine was beset by tragedy upon tragedy, until at one point I dreaded that the rest of the story must surely get as dark as any George R. R. Martin wedding scene. Just as soon as Adenine's life hits a low, however, her mother falls ill, and Adenine must suddenly find the strength within herself to save her mother's life.

As incredible as it sounds, after these first few trials, I found that Adenine's life surprisingly fell into place a little too easily. It doesn't take a large leap of logic to guess what her concealed power is, considering only one fantasy element is introduced in the story, though the process of her discovering it for herself is painstakingly slow. In a town the size of Borrelia, I can't imagine how she manages to get around without being captured by soldiers in her dozen or so escapades across town with Klawdia and Jemely. If the economy of Senya is as ravaged as claimed, especially in a border town like Borrelia, how does anybody really afford the wares sold by Adenine's parents in their shop? They offer nothing of value aside from aesthetic appeal, yet the profits from the store make them members of the upper echelon in Borrelia.

Convenience of events and dialogue for the sake of the plot seems to be the most obvious crime in this book. I will quote one section, a snippet of dialogue, which in no way spoils the plot:

`Now, we were talking about the animals of the Borrelia Mountains. But I think we'll move onto the civil war of Senya between the Meligna Queens of the North and King Erageo of Juxon City, the South.'

"Why?" I ask in alarm. There was absolutely no reason that the schoolteacher would switch subjects like that on Adenine's first day in school except to give us deliberate background information to the plot. It felt like very forced world-building, and its relevance was cast aside once the information was given. Was it useful to know those things? Yes, to an extent. But there is a time and a place for such things.

In the way of characters, there are both good things and bad things to say here. The multiple limited viewpoints, seen in conversations with or around Adenine, were handled very well. I never noticed a point where Adenine discovered something and suddenly everyone else knew it, too, for which I was grateful. A few characters, though, I found to be inconsistent, with Jemely bouncing from dutiful housemaid to condescending adult to supporting friend. I never once felt that the lives of Adenine and company were in any real danger from Healer Euka, the main antagonist of the story. Convenience of events once again allowed certain characters to see each other more times than would really be feasible, and at points I felt like the entire cast was convened simply so information could be shared all at once, rather than a natural progression of separate conversations. Still, they served to advance the plot, even if the overall background information sometimes felt clunky.

There were a few typos, notably a reigns/reins confusion toward the end, but nothing that would pull the reader away from the story. Some dialectal accents were used, but they were tastefully applied in just the right quantity. The grammar is sound (except for purposeful misuse in dialogue), and paragraphs and chapters are of appropriate length for the genre.

The imagery in Concealed Power varies in its focus, and I admired the author's shifting from visual to non-visual cues and back again. At one point, I believe one hiccup occurred where flowers and a sunset were described in visual detail before Adenine had removed her blindfold (which by that point had become rather redundant, actually). Again, the size of Borrelia makes me question how anonymous wearing a blindfold really made Adenine, or if she would be just as noticeable as a golden-eyed young girl.

One thing that I like to see in fantasy novels, especially those intended to be a series, is some sort of internal story that begins, develops, and is resolved within each book. Overarching narratives are all well and good, but if I don't feel any sense of closure after several hundred pages of reading, I miss out on the satisfaction of finishing a good read. Instead, it leaves me with a sense of reading a very long prologue to the second book. With Concealed Power, I think the final scene does a nice job of completing this stage of Adenine's story, allowing her to develop into a greater, more independent lead character in the sequel. While the story as a whole is certainly meant as a series, there is sufficient character development and back-and-forth action to let the reader feel that at least something has been resolved, if not the core storyline.

Unfortunately, the plot became predictable for the last quarter of the book, once all the major players and plot points had been established. I like the world of Senya and its bloodless civil war, but I have trouble believing some of the adult characters, and the plot advanced a little too conveniently to make it entirely believable. The story is just unfolding for Adenine, though, and I think the city of Meligna featured in the sequel will hold many more surprises for her and readers alike.

Rating: 3.5/5 stars
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Very unusual, very interesting 10. Juni 2013
Von nacsryan - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
I downloaded this book during a free promotion along with several others which I will read!

Loved this book but wow, it wasn't at all what I was expecting. The first unusual thing was the fact that the book is written in the first person perspective. This has its own strengths and weaknesses - I found myself (a great deal!) wanting to know more about the world, its history, day to day aspects about the lives of the townspeople but I was frustratingly limited to knowing only what the protagonist knows. I don't want to spoil the book but the protagonist has a few "sensory issues" as well, preventing a thorough description of the novel that engages all of the senses. She experiences the world in drips and drabs and I found myself wanting a bit more.

That said, the ignorance of the protagonist did allow for a number of rather thrilling plot twists that I believe wouldn't have worked if it wasn't written in the first person. The author did a fantastic job of capturing the confusion and the chaos that surrounds the protagonist; things that were revealed to her genuinely surprised me too and the writing of the book really captures the impact on the protagonist (and, by extension, me, as the reader). This is a book where a lot seems to happen yet there isn't much action, the book is premised more on the development of the characters which works to the books favour (but may dampen the enthusiasm of anyone purchasing this book expecting it to be non-stop, wall-to-wall action and adventure).

The good:
Character development
Interesting story and very atypical fantasy (it's nice to see a fantasy deviating from the "usual" plot devices and avoiding clichés)

The neutral:
Lack of action. Character development takes the priority but some may find this objectionable. The characters are engaging enough to make this a fair trade-off

The bad:
The world could use a little more illustration and elaboration.

I do note that this is "book 1" and book 2 certainly hints at the second book maybe revealing a bit more about the world so I can only assume the author wants to "start small" and get bigger along the series. It certainly did leave me wanting more and I'll definitely be purchasing the next book in the series.

**spoilers below**

I wanted to write a bit more about the plot but the plot twists were sufficiently surprising enough to me that I didn't want to touch upon plot much in my review for fear of taking away the impact for a reading. That poor girl, Adenine, wow - I need to praise the writing for the way it was able to capture very adult and very traumatizing experiences in a manner that kept it profound without making it lurid or traumatizing. This is in no way a "feel-good" book, the abuses heaped upon the protagonist don't stop after the second chapter creating an claustrophobic experience. You just want something good to happen to Adenine and I hope that her luck starts to change in subsequent books! Her poor fortune in no way detracts from the book, if anything, it makes it more gripping and certainly makes her a very sympatric hero.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Highly recommended for anyone who likes fantasy or a highly involved storyline with a strong heroine. 23. Juli 2013
Von Gatosqueak - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
4.5 stars

Title: Concealed Power (The Healers of Meligna, #1) by K.J. Colt
Format: .Mobi provided by author in exchange for review

Review: When I was a younger teen I used to devour Tamora Pierce's young adult fantasy series. Ms. Colt's debut novel likens to Ms. Pierce's novels with the slow build-up of a young heroine in unique circumstances set in a troubled kingdom. Adenine, through no fault of her own but genetics, is kept isolated the total of her life except for small, secret outings. After experiencing a damaging attack, death of her father, and blindness, I seriously wondered if this poor girl would ever get a break! Like Ms. Pierce's novels, the first in this series is a bit slow in the action, but the whole purpose is to start to involve the reader in the world of Adenine, her family and friend, and their small town.

As the story progresses and Adenine is finally freed, the action starts kicking. Adenine is completely clueless due to her family and friends' choices to keep her "safe" and is constantly running into enemies and troubles she has no idea existed. Coming into her undiscovered powers, Adenine quickly comes to terms with her new fate. With more losses, gains in friendship, and personal maturity, Adenine's story goes through a whirl of huge changes packed in a few chapters.

This book provokes a lot of great emotions and totally involved me in the story. I was angry but compassionate toward her parents and friends for their role in her isolation, and my heart ached for all the horrors that Adenine has to endure just because of her genetics. I look forward to reading the following novels as she grows into a woman and her tale continues.

Highly recommended for anyone who likes fantasy or a highly involved storyline with a strong heroine.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Disturbing 17. Mai 2014
Von Jane Hoagland - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
For the quality of the world building, the writing, and the unique voice of this tale in a genre where original plots are few, I would normally give this book at least four stars. Engrossed in the story, it was not until I finished it that the import of the author's plot design emerged. The author ties these women's healing ability to sexual intimacy, thankfully not depicted. To serve, these healer women and those seeking healing must allow their bodies to be used. Really? In an era where we both savor human rights and are deeply distressed by human trafficking, do we need fiction that suggests there is honour in allowing one's body to be used? I think not. I am deleting this book from my kindle library.
While I do not recommend this book, the author's other works may be worth considering.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Failed... misleading title and description. Fantasy..of the least kind. 25. April 2014
Von Jason - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
the good: first-person style, character depth, and 300 pages.
the bad: to much depth and not enough meat to the story. very dry and slow moving. little happens over months. kept in dark over something that wasn't that big of a deal. parents were worthless uncle a rapist. makes out most men to be rapists. makes out most ppl to be horrible ppl. constant downer. nothing happy happens can't even feel bad for ppl as they are all made out to be bad ppl. the whole book can be summed up in a paragraph and you wouldn't care for the details.

example:
parents of ten yr old girl have kept her locked in the attic all her life lying to her that she was the cause of a great plague that killed many ppl. her uncle tries to rape her in the bathtub at 10yrs old. the next day she is blinded by her own parents after killing her uncle and sewing her eyes shut. her father hung for murder and she then lives the next three years as a blind girl shut in the a attic until Mother falls ill. after starving for 3days the blind non taught 13yr old finds her way to a crippled dying mother and has to go outside blind for the first time in her life to get the doctor that blinded her to help her mom. she is suddenly cured from the plague and can go to school. she meets 2 friends and the doctors assistant constantly says on her for her mom. her mom pays a warrior woman to keep her safe. everything goes to shell and she learns she is a healer. but healers are whores and the enemies of their kingdom. so she is treated like a whore at 13yrs old. they eventually get caught go before the king and she gets sent to the place she was constantly trying to stay away from the whole time. the "healing" only works on men and through sex.

she was nearly raped 3 times in this book. I don't see the fun in reading this book. it is sickening and I hope no mother let's their daughters read this. there is no magical powers and they never once showed someone healed after sex with a healer so it's all hearsay. the adult healer charges more than any prostitute or playbook bunny would charge. it's like 3-4yrs worth of your salary. prob on average today would be $160,000 for 1 hour. seems a bit extreme. I was hoping it would lighten up by the end but it doesn't....I'm not buying the next book.
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