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Awakened (The Legends Of Elyndia Book 1) by [Johnson, Kriston]
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Can fighting for the right side be the wrong thing to do?

Draven, the tyrant ruler of Elyndia for the last one thousand years, searches for the one who can fulfill his prophecy.

The Paladins, an elite band of warriors sworn to protect their way of life at all cost, search for the one with the ability to bring their world crumbling down.

An innocent girl, tormented by demons only she can see, lives on the brink of insanity and longs for a life of peace.

When seventeen-year-old Jade Rosenberg reads from an antique book, she has no idea she just read an incantation awaking her inherited power. But when opposing—and equally terrifying—groups invade her home, she learns she is descended from an enchanted realm and a member of a powerful race thought to have been hunted to extinction.

Ripped from her world, Jade is forced to seek refuge from those who want her dead. She is given one of two options and the time has come for her to make a choice: assassinate their sworn enemy…

Or sacrifice her soul.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bc87ba0) out of 5 stars A Great New YA Fantasy Novel April 23 2013
By Victoria Lindstrom - Published on
Format: Paperback
Awakened: The Legends of Elyndia is the complex and captivating debut novel by Kriston Johnson. The author treats us to a fantasy tale full of twists and turns, colorful character development, and a fast-paced plot. The protagonist - Jade - is the strong and spunky heroine who can see the demons, when others can not. When she discovers an ancient sword, a series of magical events ensue and she is thrust into the alternate world of Elyndia where she discovers she is an elemental with a dangerous destiny to execute. The secondary characters of Gabriel and Theron add a bit of romance to this first book in The Legends of Elyndia Series that you won't want to miss!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bc87bf4) out of 5 stars Enjoyed this YA Fantasy Very Much Feb. 4 2014
By Fantasy Book Lane - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
As a girl who can see demons, Jade is an outcast among her peers. One day, she discovers why. In an attack on her grandfather’s home, she is whisked away to the realm of Elyndia where magic and evil await.

I loved the premise for this story. There is a lot of originality here, and the world is developed nicely. There are some interesting rock creatures (which I would have like seeing more of), as well as giant spiders and all manner of fae. There are also elves, and their reasons for staying mostly in their own realm is nicely explained. There are still a few unanswered questions, giving just enough incentive to look for book two.

I’m not a fan of most books featuring angels and demons. This one, however, only uses demons as servants of evil, and the angels are long gone. It didn’t fall into any noticeable Christian themes, and I commend the author for that. Jade has been taken from this world and placed in a world where there shouldn’t be too many similarities to our own. I appreciated that she made these creatures in her own style, rather than giving us a rundown of the Bible for a backstory.

Jade is a fascinating character. She doesn’t suffer much from the “damsel in distress” syndrome. She learns to fight and takes her destiny in stride. Of course she has help along the way, but fantasy books are always better with a few awesome sidekicks. The only stain on her character is the tired old song and dance romance that inevitably develops between her and Gabriel. I liked him at first, but late in the story he turns into a whiny, jealous brat. I get so tired of a girl falling for her rescuer, and he’s been in love with her all along. I would have loved to see something new, even if it was off the wall. Maybe she falls in love with a flying half-dragon man. Anything is better than that same old love story. This book would have been better without it in this reviewer’s opinion. Everything else struck me as original and imaginative. The old “I love you, but now I’m mad at you” part needs to go as well. Too many times that appears in an adventure story, and I’m sick of it. I feared it would happen, and it did. That is the only part of this book that I did not enjoy, and I really wish it wasn’t in there.

I loved seeing Jade finally able to tap into her magic and control her element. The magic was nicely done throughout this story, and it made for a spectacular (but open) ending. The history presented for the elementals was nice, and I wouldn’t mind reading more of the history of Elyndia. The revelations about Jade’s parents were a bit predictable, but they were still intriguing. I was happy with the outcome there. The ending leaves quite a bit of room for more, and I look forward to seeing how things will play out.

I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bc8a048) out of 5 stars Definitely interested in reading more by Kriston! June 19 2013
By Toni @ My Book Addiction - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Actual rating: 3.5/5 stars

This cover screams: READ ME NOW! doesn't it? I was drawn in before I knew what the book was about, though it's obvious that Awakened fits right into the fantasy genre. And fantasy you shall receive!

Our main character is Jade, a seventeen-year-old seemingly normal girl, living with her grandfather, Walter, and his assistant, Maggie. We are introduced to Jade's ability to see demons in the first few pages of the book. After unknowingly casting a magical spell from an ancient grimoire, then finding a magical dagger in her grandfathers storeroom, she learns that her parents weren't just run-of-the-mill folks, and that Walter and Maggie aren't simply dealers of antiquities. Jade is thrown into action almost immediately, being transported from the antiquities shop to the magical land of Elyndia simply by wielding the dagger. Jade is transformed from awkward school girl to being a sacred Elemental, full of guts and glory, hunted by malevolent forces, in a fairly short time. She becomes a badass heroine that I enjoy reading about. The world of Elyndia is everything you want in a magical land, full of all sorts of creatures, vivid imagery, and even some darkness.

Kriston Johnson packs a lot of action into this debut fantasy tale, and even a bit of romance. The world-building is excellent. I was able to place myself in Jade's shoes while reading, the vivid colors and magical world were clear in my mind. For the most part, the characters were well fleshed out. I had a pretty good sense of who everyone was, and what their role was in the story, although there was a character that was thrown into the mix without much introduction, which I found slightly unsettling to my reading experience. The story was also a bit confusing for a while, and felt a bit scattered, but once it takes off the action is exhilarating.

In the end, this was a good debut novel, and I am certainly interested in reading more of this series. I do hope more questions will be answered in the next book. I recommend Awakened for all fans of the fantasy genre.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bc8a408) out of 5 stars Awakened June 10 2013
By Michelle@Book Briefs - Published on
Format: Paperback
Awakened drops you right into the middle of the action. The story starts right out with a bang, is what I mean. It was a little confusing at first, but then again that just helped me connect with the main character, Jade, that much better. She was just as confused as I was. She didn't know what was going on and it must have been so scary for her to be attacked and then transported to a strange new land. After the initial shock, the world that Kriston Johnson created started to be described and the players all started to fall into place. It was then that I got more into the book. I was able to get to know the characters and kind of fall into a a nice reading pace. Awakened is an exciting book and it turned out to be a series that I am interested in checking out further.

Jade is a tough gal. I knew I was going to like her when she was being escorted through Elyndia for the first time with her apprentice (not paladin) guard who she wasn't sure if she could trust, and she had just met up with her ::coughsurprisecough:: magical friend from back home and she started making demands and calling the shots. Hello bad a**!! She is gutsy and I really enjoyed that about her. I also kind of liked that I felt like the romance was secondary to the action in the plot.

The fantasy world is very rich and detailed. I thought it was a little too much going on too early in the story and that led to some confusing and feeling a little overwhelmed with the story and plot but you soon get the hang of everything and it was a pretty interesting concept. I loved the idea of all of the magical creatures coexisting in this world, and the fact that there are so few elementals left was interesting. Which is why bad guy Draven is after Jade. At first you aren't really sure why, but you do know that she is important. Very important. I'm hoping some more answers are forthcoming in the next book, but I am intrigued enough to want to continue on. Kriston Johnson's writing is clear and easy to read and I really enjoyed Jade. Fans of fantasy and magic should check out the Awakened.

*disclaimer-I got a copy of this book for free in exchange for my honest review. I was not compensated for my thoughts
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bc8a4ec) out of 5 stars Nice Fantasy Novel Aug. 11 2013
By Myra (Pieces of Whimsy) - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
*I received a copy of this book free in exchange for my honest review.


This was a really nice fantasy novel. With just the right amount of darkness to keep it from being too goody-goody, but not being too dark that it might scare some people away. I enjoyed the story and the range of characters was great!

This book mainly took place in Elyndia, a magical world parallel to the earth accessible through portals. I was very interested in Elyndia and all it's various creatures, towns and peoples and was very excited to learn little bits and pieces throughout the book. I loved the not-so-rocky-rocks and the Wolves of Iden were so cool! I really wish we'd seen more of them - fingers crossed for the next books!

The first few sentences of this book completely grabbed and from then, I was hooked. Though it took me quite a while to completely understand what was happening right at the beginning, it is still one of my favourite scenes. The description and images conjured in those first lines really made me love this book.

Sometimes the story felt a bit all over the place, like it was jumping from one instance to another with no explanation in the middle, but the idea/plot of the story was really good! The places/creatures created were fantastic and I found the story intriguing and engaging. It would've been nice if the story flowed more from one scene to the next but I was happy with it and really enjoyed it none-the-less. I look forward to the rest of the series and hope to get more questions answered and immerse myself in the lovely world of Elyndia again.