Aerenden Series (The Child Returns, The Gildonae Alliance and The Zeiihbu Master) by Kristen Taber
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Aerenden Series (The Child Returns, The Gildonae Alliance and The Zeiihbu Master)
by Kristen Taber
Book One: The Child Returns
Seventeen-year-old Meaghan has no idea her perfect life has been a lie — until she witnesses her parents’ brutal murders at the hands of red-eyed creatures.
After nearly sharing their fate, she escapes with her best friend, Nick, who tells her the creatures are called Mardróch. They come from another world, and so does she. Now that the Mardróch have found her, she must return to her homeland of Ærenden or face death.
Left with little choice, she follows Nick into a strange world both similar to Earth and drastically different. Vines have the ability to attack. Monkeys freeze their victims with a glare. Men create bombs from thin air. Even Meaghan’s newly discovered empath power turns into a danger she cannot control.
But control becomes the least of her worries once the Mardróch begin targeting her. When Nick confesses he knows the reason they want her, she learns the truth behind the kingdom’s fifteen-year civil war — a long-buried secret that could cost Meaghan her life.
“IT ISN’T necessary for you to agree with me. You’ll do as I want. It’s just a matter of how much pain
you’re willing to endure in the meantime.”
Stilgan turned to his young prey and smiled, the cool gesture one of calculated practice. It served to add
menace to his grotesque features. His webbed mouth and twisted, scar-like nose instilled terror. His ashen
skin, stretched tight across bone, made many strong men shudder. His unnatural height and the protection of
an impervious brown cloak inspired the aura of invincibility. He was Mardróch, one of the strongest magical
creatures on this world, Garon’s elite. His superiority brought him pride and, more importantly, authority
over thousands. Their lives belonged to his whim, their will to his crushing grasp. And his smile broadcast
that fact. He enjoyed being a monster, and he wanted his victim to know it.
The Zeiihbuan’s face hardened with hatred. During the first few days the young captive had been a guest
in the rustic Zeiihbuan village, Stilgan had resorted to using his power to force him to cast spells. The
strength of his Spellmaster abilities had whet Stilgan’s appetite for more. He itched to see how far those
powers could go, how much destruction he could unleash, but Garon had forbidden any further use of the
Garon wanted the Zeiihbuan converted to his side, not mindlessly forced there.
Aerenden: The Child Returns is a SciFi-fantasy story about a young 17 old girl named meg living on Earth with her mother and father and nick who lives in her guest house.
One day everything has changed and she needs to run for her life with nick. She needs to trust him and follow him into the woods. There she learns that everything she believes is a lie. She learns that she is from a new world, and that’s when the adventure truly begins.
I really enjoyed the story. It was a good book and there was a lot of details. The story bought you in and won’t let you leave until you are finished. I cant wait to read more in this series.
*Reviewer for Paranormal Romance and Authors that Rock*
Book Two: The Gildonae Alliance
Several months after Meaghan’s return to Ærenden, the kingdom’s war has taken a turn for the worse. The Mardróch army hunts the new King and Queen, destroying villages in its wake. And Meaghan and Nick, training for battle in their remote section of wilderness, are far from safe. Danger hides in shadows and behind innocent faces. Allies become foes. Each day is a fight to survive. But in the end, only one threat matters. And it’s a threat they never see coming.
I would give this 5 fangs
Aerenden: The Gildonae Alliance, this amazing story picks up where the first book left off. Meg and Nick are hiding in a secret cottage, where Meaghan can train and be a leader in the up coming war. Nick and meg have a hard time staying on the same page. Nick wants to protect Meg. And Meg wants to fight and keep her people safe. Many battles to fight in this book.
This book 2 in this series. I truly loved this book. It was such a page turner for me. I just could not put down. The author did an amazing job developing the characters and making you feel what they did while reading the story. I love that feeling. Great job! Can’t wait to read the book 3!!
*Reviewer for Paranormal Romance and Authors that Rock*
Book Three: The Zeiihbu Master
Separated and on opposite sides of the kingdom, Nick and Meaghan face different pursuits which could change the balance of power in Ærenden forever.
While Nick trains the villagers to be soldiers, Meaghan and a small rescue party venture into Zeiihbu to find Faillen’s young son, before Garon can use the boy’s power to destroy those still fighting against his rule.
Everyone knows Meaghan could be on a suicide mission, but when Nick stumbles upon a secret concealed in one of the southern villages, he realizes that Garon might not be Meaghan’s greatest foe. The enemy most likely to kill her is someone who has also promised to keep her safe.
Book 3 of the Aerenden series was a hard book to put down. This whole series has been that way. In this book Meaghan and Nick have been made to go in opposite directions. Meaghan has been picked to to be in charge of a rescue mission. Nick is in charge of training the other villagers against the attacks from the Mardroch.
I really enjoyed reading this book. Ive read the first and second book in this series and they all have been such page turners and hang on by the seat of your pants books. I’m just sad I have to wait for the next book to come out.
Reviewer for Paranormal Romance and Authors that Rock
Meg,” her father spoke again and her eyes filled with tears. His voice was no more than a whisper. “Trust Nick. He’ll keep you safe.”
She nodded, and then shook as her father gathered his last breath. The footsteps reached the top of the stairs. Her father shuddered into stillness, but she had no time to mourn before Nick grabbed her hand and yanked her out the front door.
Cold air bit her face. Black clouds gathered overhead, shadowing the day in darkness. A gust of wind whipped leaves across the yard, building small funnel clouds, but she ignored them. She focused on the back of Nick’s head, then on her car when she realized they would need it to escape. They had nearly reached the driveway before she remembered she did not have her keys. She skidded to a stop. Turning back toward the house, she caught her breath when she saw their pursuers exiting the front door.
There were three of them, each taller than the last. Dark brown cloaks covered them from head to foot and they all carried heavy wood clubs stained with blood. They moved with an unnatural speed and disjointed grace, as if they floated instead of touching the ground. A putrid, rotting scent emanated from them in waves. It rolled Meaghan’s stomach, pitching her breakfast mid-way up her throat before she controlled the reaction. Nick grabbed her arm and pulled her toward her parents’ SUV.
Book Two: The Gildonae Alliance
Standing on the field, this close to the action, the reality of the situation struck her. Not fifteen feet away, she watched a young woman about her age fall from a knife wound to the neck. The middle-aged man who had murdered her raised crazed eyes in Meaghan’s direction before taking an electric orb from Artair. The burn mark the orb left behind seared through clothing and flesh, leaving an unmistakable stench she would always associate with death. The man toppled over his victim.
Behind the piled bodies, another person fell. This man, his wrists free of ribbons, became a symbol of victory for her allies. But he looked no different to Meaghan. She did not see an enemy. She only saw the lifeless form of a human being, the soulless eyes of someone’s father or son. And in that man’s vacant stare, she understood the truth Nick had been trying to tell her. To survive the battle, she would have to take a life. She had trouble killing the fake Mardróch in her field test and he had been a grotesque creature with no hint of humanity left within him. How could she kill someone who looked like he could be her neighbor? How could she stare into the eyes of someone with a recognizable soul and dim that light?
The thought drew bile up the back of her throat. She could not kill. And if that was her answer, she would not survive.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Kristen spent her childhood at the feet of an Irish storytelling grandfather, learning to blend fact with fiction and imagination with reality. She lived within the realm of the tales that captivated her, breathing life into characters and crafting stories even before she could read. Those stories have since turned into over a hundred poems, several short tales, and five manuscripts in both the Young Adult and Adult genres. Currently, Kristen is completing the five-part Ærenden series from her home office in the suburbs of Washington D.C.
1.) Is writing your only profession?
I wish! It’s my dream to be able to write all day (and all night) long, but I’m a long way off from being able to do that. I have two other jobs. First, I’m a stay-at-home mom. My daughter keeps me pretty busy during the day (play dates, education, etc.). At night, I also work as an Executive Assistant, putting together reports, working on documents, etc. for a big company. In between those jobs, I write. It’s a busy life, but I love it.
2.) Who was your favorite character to write? Why?
Cal, hands down. He’s led an incredibly fascinating and checkered past and he loves to share his stories with anyone who’ll listen. I always love storytellers. He’s pretty rough around the edges, but he’s brilliant and a philosopher at heart. He’s not afraid of anything and he doesn’t really care what people say or think of him. He just does what he believes is right. Of course, this devil-may-care attitude does cause problems at times, and I love writing those parts of his personality, too. He can be insulting. He makes mistakes (often) and has to apologize quite a bit for those mistakes, but he always will when he realizes he’s wrong. It’s part of his nature, just as his huge heart and selflessness is a part of who he is. I guess he’s kind of like the awesome uncle we all wish we had.
3.) Who are some of your favorite authors?
Stephen King was my first author love, but I suppose that’s expected for someone who grew up in Bangor, Maine. I have fond memories of trick-or-treating at his house and walking by the creepy gargoyles adorning his fence. J. R. R. Tolkien is the reason I first started writing Fantasy and why I wanted to base the Ærenden series on another world. He’s my favorite author of all time. I’m completely awed and humbled by his imagination. J. K. Rowling makes my top writer list, of course. Harry Potter is one of the best series I’ve read in a while. Edgar Allan Poe still creeps me out and I love reading his stories over and over again. He paints some of the most vivid pictures I’ve ever read. And there are others I love for various reasons: Erik Larson for getting me hooked on the World’s Fairs (for which I now collect antique post cards) and non-fiction; Markus Zusak for showing the most breathtaking examples of how breaking writing rules can work; David and Leigh Eddings for helping me fall in love with Fantasy all over again…and the list could go on and on, but I’ll stop here .
4.) What is your favorite writing snack you eat or drink while writing?
Coffee! I actually write best in a coffee shop and probably wouldn’t eat at all if I didn’t order out of guilt for taking up a table all day. The last time I wrote at home, I lost ten pounds in 3 weeks just by following my instinct of drinking caffeine for fuel and forgetting to eat. It’s pretty much the best and worst diet ever. My second favorite thing for writing is chocolate. Also not the best habit for health, but oh-so-delicious! I guess that would make a mocha my heaven.
5.) What makes you mad enough to want to throat punch a person? LOL
Stupidity, and I don’t mean the type where someone doesn’t know the answer to something. I could care less if someone doesn’t know grammar rules or math formulas if they haven’t learned them. I mean the stupidity that comes with prejudice or racism. It makes me so furious to see one person devalue another based on differences. We’re all different in one way or another; it’s what makes life interesting. Can you imagine what the world would be like if everyone was exactly alike? Boring, boring, boring. My hatred of closed-mindedness is why I decided to make race an issue in Ærenden. I wanted to exhibit what that sort of mentality could do and how it hurts everyone involved. The Zeiihbuans and Ærenden people might have different skin tones and different cultures, but they’re more alike than they realize and they need each other to survive.
6.) What is your favorite TV show?
My favorite TV shows change with my mood. Recent favorites have included Dr. Who, Breaking Bad, How I Met Your Mother, Big Bang Theory, Fringe, and Sherlock. But I think my current biggest favorite has to be Chuck. I’ve been re-watching it while I hit the treadmill and I’m finding I like it as much as I did on the first viewing. It has a great mix of comedy and action, plus good chemistry between the main characters, and it has Adam Baldwin (Firefly). It’s really kind of the perfect show for me.
7.) What would be your favorite vacation spot (with no money limitation)?
When I turned thirty, I decided to do something I’d always wanted to do, but never had the time in my twenties. I bought an Osprey backpack and spent six weeks bumming around Europe. I hit as many countries as my budget would allow (Netherlands, Belgium, France, Spain, Portugal, England, Scotland, and Ireland), but I didn’t get as much time in each country as I wanted. I also didn’t get to see all of the countries on my wish list. If money were no object, I would make that trip again, but I’d go everywhere I wanted. I’d hit Poland, Germany, Italy, Greece, Northern Ireland and Wales. I’d also spend more time in England and Scotland (the exchange rate for the pound was terrible at the time) and then see what else I missed or what other countries interested me. This time, though, I’d bring a computer so I could write about the whole trip. A notebook just didn’t cut it for me the first time.
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