The desire for power is the root of evil in Elhaanai while betrayal is the currency to get and keep it, by any means necessary. The one with the most strength and faith, be they good or evil, will be the victor and claim the throne of Elhaanai.
Great start to a series. Really liked the world and the characters. Even the villains get their share of pages, so they don't feel like some far off threat, but people you know quite well. The plot is interesting, and has you turning the page to see what is next. I would say the only con was pacing of the book. There could have been more descriptions and allowing certain scenes to breathe instead of going to the next. All in all, I would recommend this to any fantasy fan.
"I am usually a slow reader, but as soon as I opened this book, I was hooked. I don't think I have ever read a book so fast haha. The writing flows smoothly and whisks you away into a world which tickles your imagination. A new spin on the classic tale of good versus evil and a hero's journey. Well done."
South Ozone Park’s Nicole Thomas recently released her first fantasy book, "Tales of Elhaanai," a story of faith, love, and magic.
This book follows the main character, Alric, and many others as they discover and learn how their choices will impact the land of Elhaanai.
“It shows how faith in yourself, others, and your destiny will shape your experiences,” Thomas said. “How we all have the propensity for great evil or great good, and daily we must choose which side will win.”
Thomas said faith played a role in her writing.
“Inspiration comes from God and I believe he gave the ability to write, so I will try to use it to spread the message of hope and faith to anyone willing to hear it,” she said.
Thomas tries to incorporate as much of her faith as she can without sounding “preachy,” so throughout the book she included underlying messages.
“For example ‘be strong and courageous’ in book one is taken from the book of Joshua 1:9, things like that,” Thomas explained. “The entire experience has taught me so much about myself and being dedicated to the process.”
She said her favorite parts of the book are the beginning and end.
“The beginning because I heard the words so clearly in my head when I began writing it, and the ending because I think it is such an awesome gasp moment.”
She started writing poetry as a teenager and her small collection of poems, "Facets of a Poetic Soul," is available for purchase online. But "Tales of Elhaanai" doesn’t end here, Thomas said that there are two more books to come. The second book will be released in January 2021.
“Book two does get a bit darker, but that is life,” she said. “The dawn only comes after darkness.”
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