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Heart of the Witch (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Judy Goodwin , Lucas Pandolfelli
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Kurzbeschreibung

As an awkward scribe of nineteen, Zerrick should be courting ladies; or helping the Reverend, his father, in his endless tirades against magic. But a local girl has been accused of witchcraft, the mayor's son is ill, and the town is clamoring to put all users of magic to the stake. He can't tell them that he's the one they're hunting for.

Forced to flee, Zerrick searches to find out if his magic is a curse or a blessing. Beyond the colonial town a vast wilderness awaits, with mythical monsters, strange tattooed natives who worship the Goddess, and magic in every plant and tree. In a neighboring town he meets a young woman, Mira, who seeks to flee the harsh constraints of their society.

All they want is a place where they can live peacefully, but unrest is everywhere. The land itself is suffering as magic has grown more volatile and dark omens have appeared. Stranger still, Zerrick dreams of another woman calling to him, demanding to be freed. For Zerrick and Mira, the only way forward is following the call--into greater unknowns than they were ever prepared for.

This is a clean fantasy novel suitable for ages 12 and up!

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Judy Goodwin has been writing since she was a child, when her fourth grade English instructor told her, ‘You should be a writer.” She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona, and a Masters in Education from Argosy University. Over the last ten years she has appeared in several small press magazines and anthologies with her fantasy and science fiction short stories and poetry. This is her debut novel. When not working on her fiction, Judy works at a local college and also does technical writing as a consultant. She is proud to say that her daughter has the writing bug as well. They live in a house full of life in the form of three dogs and four cats, and always try to appreciate the beauty of nature. You can connect with the author at her blog here: http://judygoodwin.wordpress.com or at her Twitter account, judygoodwin6. She is also a Goodreads member.

Produktinformation

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 4144 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 452 Seiten
  • Verlag: Diamond Print Press; Auflage: 2nd edition (2. Januar 2014)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00AR5HMZO
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Word Wise: Nicht aktiviert
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 5.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (1 Kundenrezension)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #479.791 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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Mehr über den Autor

Judy Goodwin began writing stories in the 4th grade, spurred on by an excellent English teacher. She has been writing all her life, through whatever adventures life has brought. Her poetry and short stories have been published in small press magazines, including "Space and Time" and "Beyond Centauri." Judy Goodwin's first novel, "Heart of the Witch" will be published in electronic form on November 1st, 2012, and then in print on January 1, 2013. In the meantime, please check out her short stories on Amazon!

Judy loves culture and history. She was an exchange student to Germany in high school, studied prehistoric paintings and stonework in England, France, and Ireland, and has a library full of details on clothing, weapons, and European history. She also has a love of asian cultures and speak some Japanese, along with German and French.

Judy Goodwin currently works both as a technical writer and as an academic counselor for a local college. She is a mother of a an "almost" teenager and lives in a full house with four cats and three small dogs.

Please connect with Judy Goodwin at her blog: judygoodwin.wordpress.com.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Character-driven witchcraft 11. März 2013
Format:Taschenbuch
According to the old lore, the Creator was dual, the intimate union of Iahmel and Ainéra. But the religions differ about why the two Gods got ultimately separated. The followers of Iahmel blame Ainéra. Worse still, from the crack a third god-entity was brought into existence, Angist, the perversion of the intentions of the original gods, the evil will spreading throughout the earth.
Ainéra herself became earth-bound and tried to help the creatures with magic. But Angist perverted her work and thus for the followers of Iahmel magic is inextricably wound up with evil.

Zerrick is born into a renowned family of the Iahmel religion. He has just one problem. He is a witch called by the magic, prompting him to embark on a long journey. Throughout he will be haunted by dreams of a woman pleading for help. This woman, is it Ainéra or just a trap of the evil one?
The many perils, battles, and other sorts of climaxes Goodwin sends Zerrick riding through are kept together by the suspense arc of his calling and the legendary mysteries behind that calling.

Zerrick will be accompanied by the young woman Mira. The novel is called “Heart of the Witch” for a reason; it sheds light on the heart of Zerrick, his doubts about magic, his efforts to do what is right and to control the wild parts of power in him. But it also, and more importantly, explores the progression of a love relationship.
When the author relates conversations, she goes far beyond the simple aligning of dialogue phrases, instead, she lets the reader partake in the oblique reactions and silent thoughts of the protagonists. “Zerrick flinched, remembering her [Mira's] situation. He kept … sneaking glances at her without letting their gazes touch.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Exciting Story 28. Dezember 2012
Von Bimmy - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy Heart of a Witch but I gave it a try. I'm not really a witches and warlocks fan but I wasn't disappointed!!! This is not your typical magic book. Judy Goodwin has created a world all her own. It's loosely based on Colonial times and she does an excellent job crafting the historical aspects there, but that is just the beginning. Zerrick is a misfit in his staunch religious family He is soon discovered as a witch and finds himself outcast and on a quest through jungles, mountains, deserts, and colonial settlements teaming with bandits, tribesman and Magical creatures. Judy Goodwin brings all of this to vivid life on this nonstop adventure. There is even a bit of romance for this young man who is determined to find out who he truly is and what he believes. It's an enthralling, well written story with relatable characters who feel like real people. You won't be disappointed!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Amazing! 28. Dezember 2012
Von Juan - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
The world created in this book is extraordinary, and very three-dimensional. Nicely written, and some of everything; romance, suspense, action, and even its own religion. A great read from a great and imaginative mind!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Wonderful novel! 12. März 2014
Von Kimberlee Jane - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
A well-deserved 5-star rating! Wonderfully researched, well-written, and difficult to put down. The historical setting and fantasy elements merged seamlessly. Zerrick and Mira are fun characters, meeting 'naturally,' and growing closer until...... All in all, I very much enjoyed reading this novel!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Character-driven witchcraft 11. März 2013
Von Simon Brenncke - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
According to the old lore, the Creator was dual, the intimate union of Iahmel and Ainéra. But the religions differ about why the two Gods got ultimately separated. The followers of Iahmel blame Ainéra. Worse still, from the crack a third god-entity was brought into existence, Angist, the perversion of the intentions of the original gods, the evil will spreading throughout the earth.
Ainéra herself became earth-bound and tried to help the creatures with magic. But Angist perverted her work and thus for the followers of Iahmel magic is inextricably wound up with evil.

Zerrick is born into a renowned family of the Iahmel religion. He has just one problem. He is a witch called by the magic, prompting him to embark on a long journey. Throughout he will be haunted by dreams of a woman pleading for help. This woman, is it Ainéra or just a trap of the evil one?
The many perils, battles, and other sorts of climaxes Goodwin sends Zerrick riding through are kept together by the suspense arc of his calling and the legendary mysteries behind that calling.

Zerrick will be accompanied by the young woman Mira. The novel is called “Heart of the Witch” for a reason; it sheds light on the heart of Zerrick, his doubts about magic, his efforts to do what is right and to control the wild parts of power in him. But it also, and more importantly, explores the progression of a love relationship.
When the author relates conversations, she goes far beyond the simple aligning of dialogue phrases, instead, she lets the reader partake in the oblique reactions and silent thoughts of the protagonists. “Zerrick flinched, remembering her [Mira's] situation. He kept … sneaking glances at her without letting their gazes touch.” “She took a shuddering breath, her hands clenched in front of her.” And, quite exemplary for what I mean to give distinction to: “She answered his unasked question.”
It is just delightful to read a fantasy novel about real people who are having real conversations and are not just “saying” redundant lines and “answering” to them and stating nothing else than the obvious, just commenting on the thrills around them. Goodwin has written a story full of thrills, but with the added electrifying thrill of characters the reader gets to know so well he really cares about them.
However, it is my single one grievance about the novel that the author does not always stay true to this delicacy of observation that shies away from loading characters with age-group clichés. There is this one scene that is particularly annoying, when Zerrick and Mira, washing themselves in a river, start gaily splashing water at each other, and, of course, by force of cliché, end up wildly fumbling at each other. However, Goodwin reinstates her protagonists into their emotional and reflective authenticity in their following interactions.

I greatly admire the detailed editing work the author must have put into her novel. Not one time do the topics and happenings that spring forth during Zerrick's journey veer from story coherence; to the contrary, small incidents are given perspective and importance by their later reappearance and explication.
Just one example: when Zerrick's curate father was reciting the creation tale, he had a far better listener in Zerrick than in me. I shunned my mind against this whole troublesome business of the two gods, hardly recalling anything of it once the page turned. It's just that I got burnt a lot with fantasy novels. An author will extol details of history about his world, but these details play no role whatsoever in further proceedings and are just the vain attempt of the author to lend epic weight to the world he has made up. But with my mental blockade I did great injustice to Goodwin, because it are the further clarifications on the legends that pull the story together towards its final, cosmic destination.

In addition Goodwin displays a masterful use of language. One can randomly open a page of her book and be charmed by a whole array of beautifully wrought sentences. “Cool morning mist hugged the land, an eerie fog trapped beneath the canopy which shifted and swirled in the mountain breezes, giving rise to wraith-like shapes that danced and merged with darker shapes of foliage.”
The few typos I discovered along the reading do not invalidate the general estimation of the superb editing.

All in all the mixture of descriptions, character development and action is churned into sound balance. And while the “Heart of the Witch” brings Zerrick's quest to a close, not all the mythological riddles will be resolved. The possibility of a sequel is left open.

(The full version of this shortened review can be found on the reviewer's blog.)
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Great Fantasy 8. Januar 2014
Von Elizabeth Woodrum - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I am a fan of the fantasy genre. In fact, the majority of what I read is fantasy. I enjoyed Heart of the Witch. Fans of the genre will not be disappointed.

Zerrick is a well-developed character and following him through his coming of age story was a treat. The elements of fantasy that can be hard to create, such as the rules of magic, were done nicely and were easy to follow. The world created for the story was well though out and interesting.

Overall, this is a great story that will hold your attention.
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