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Tempest Child [Kindle Edition]

Laura Eno

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As future Queen and Guardian of the Elements, Princess Skylather'cha'eab thought her worst nightmare was the impending find-a-husband party until events take an ominous turn. Now she must put her life at risk to save her Kingdom.

Armed with only a staff, a bow, and her wits, Skyla's world is turned upside-down when she enters the Crossroads and encounters the beast she's destined to kill. Does she have the courage to sort truth from lie, or will she die not knowing who betrayed her?

About the Author

Laura Eno lives in Florida with a very tolerant husband, three skulking cats and two absurdly happy dogs. She has a pet from the Underworld named Jezebel and a skull called Mr. Fluffy who help her write novels late at night. Please visit her strange imagination at http://lauraeno.blogspot.com and follow her on Twitter at http://twitter.com/lauraeno

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 408 KB
  • Print Length: 244 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0052Z93NS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #773,058 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Laura Eno lives in Florida with a very tolerant husband, three skulking cats and two absurdly happy dogs. After spending years immersed in English literature courses, she now writes novels late at night with the help of muses from the underworld. Please visit her strange imagination at http://lauraeno.com and follow her on Twitter at http://twitter.com/lauraeno

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Princess and Five Worlds 13 Aug 2011
By Helen Ginger - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Tempest Child is the sixth book by Laura Eno. My guess is that the genre of this book is fantasy, but I would label it paranormal-romance-fantasy-kick butt.

Princess Skyla, the protagonist of Tempest Child, is no shrinking violet. She's been training all her life to fight for her kingdom. She's been training to become Queen. At 17, she's at the age when her father is about to marry her off. His idea of a husband is different from hers, but it's not like she's had time to find love on her own. All that goes by the wayside when the Kingdom is suddenly in danger and it's up to Skyla to save it.

And that is where the kicking butt comes in.

It used to be that I read primarily mystery and thriller, not fantasy. Laura Eno has turned me into a fantasy reader. Her characters are multi-dimensional and different from each other (you won't get them confused!) and her worlds are complex and well thought out. In Tempest Child there are five worlds, counting Skyla's home. Each is totally different. Each is dangerous. Each could kill her.

I wouldn't mind reading more adventures with Skyla. I give Tempest Child by Laura Eno a rating of Hel-of-a-World because she's created not one, but five, fabulous worlds.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better reading then what's on TV 21 Jun 2011
By Lindsay Downs - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Review of Tempest Child
By Laura Eno
Monday through Friday I write with occasional departures into reading the next book on my Kindle. Mostly, the books are set in the Regency or Victorian period. Then when I get home at night I'll read before going to bed. Thereby leaving the weekend for watching TV and editing my WIP.
Every very long once in a while I'll stumble across a book that holds my attention so strongly that all I want to do is read, read, read and continue reading until I finish the book. To the extent that even my favorite TV shows take second place to the book.
A few days ago on Ciara Knight's blog, [...], I was pointed to such a book, Tempest Child by Laura Eno. Having taken Ciara's suggestion in the past I knew I wouldn't be disappointed in this one. Little did I realize though that this book took me over.
I started the book Friday evening at work and continued after getting home. Forced only to stop when fatigue overtook me. Then came Saturday. The day when I edit. Yes, I was able to get the editing done and finish writing a proposal. Even before dinner I sat down and started up again reading the story.
I've not and have never been a real big fan of, for lack of a better genre term Otherworld. Tempest Child reads that genre but also not.
The story revolves around Skyla, a Princess and future Queen, and her search to find herself and along the way the one thing she truly wants. True Love.
That's all I'm going to say about the book.
I give Tempest Child an amazing 4 collies, one sheltie and a collie puppy.
For those new to my grading that equals 4 points out of five.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A mixed bag 4 April 2012
By Dani - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Since her mother's tragic death, Princess Skylather'cha'eab has done a pretty successful job of avoiding her inescapable destiny. As her mother's only female heir, at the age of eighteen Skyla will inherit the title of queen, as well as the goddess Hecate's mantle of protector of the four sacred elements - Earth, Wind, Water and Fire. Skyla, only eight-years-old when her mother passed has had no one to guide her in magical instruction. She's become complacent about her role in the kingdom's affairs, and is riddled with doubts about herself and her ability to wield the elements and rule a kingdom. However, when her father's life is threatened by the neighboring Shadow Kingdom, she is forced to undertake a quest through the Crossroads - where the four elemental kingdoms connect - to find and kill a powerful monster that has been unleashed upon their world. Along the way she finds new allies, faces strange and unknown dangers, uncovers lies and betrayals, and discovers truths that will set her free.

While I think that the premise of this novel had the makings for a great story and while certain parts of this novel really shone, unfortunately Tempest Child wasn't quite what I had hoped it would be. My biggest issues, and I'm sure this won't be a shock to any of you, is with the character and relationship development.

While admittedly, there is development that goes on particularly in regard to Skyla's character - she definitely isn't the same person at the end that she was at the beginning - there just was not a very strong connection with her on my part. She isn't a character that held a lot of depth and interest for me. Her mother's death, her fears of ruling a kingdom, her role of "reluctant hero" in addition to the myriad of other things that befall her, all provide great opportunities to really dig deep into her character - to really create that emotional connection. But I don't feel like these instances are really capitalized on. Instead, despite the development that does occur, Skyla just remains a very all-on-the-surface character to me.

Interwoven with the character issues is the relationship development. The two relationships that I thought Eno establishes well are that of Skyla & Izzy (her best friend) and Skyla & her father. It is evident from the outset, what kind of relationship Skyla has with each of these characters. However, when it comes to the love interest, who shall remain nameless, unfortunately that same thoroughness is lacking. Skyla and her leading man are two people who have the potential to have some really believable, valid conflict for various, unexplainable spoiler-ish reasons. I would love to have seen more of a period of distrust and contention between them. It would have made their relationship more authentic, more exciting, more hard won. It had all the beginnings of a good romance, but instead, after an extremely brief blip of clashing wills, insta-love pretty much takes over.

Story-wise, the plot is fairly interesting. It's fast-paced and full of adventure -- a pretty simple storyline of the Hero's, or in this case the Heroine's, journey or quest. I did feel like some of the twists, turns, and revelations came off as a tad anticlimactic, and at others I wondered if it had lost it's way a bit. But as Skyla finds herself catapulted from one perilous situation after another, it did keep my nose glued to my Kindle, and that's saying something.

Where Eno really shines in Tempest Child is her world building of the four elemental kingdoms. She creates these gorgeous, detailed dreamscapes with such vibrant descriptions. Sometimes it's hard to imagine fantasy worlds, because sometimes they are just so far out there. But from an ethereal, star-filled cave, to beautiful floating islands in an endless sky, to plains of molten fire, I had no problem imagining the landscapes through which Skyla and her companions had to travel thanks to Eno's wonderful, evocative descriptions.

Overall, Tempest Child was a bit of a mixed bag for me - the character development and romance being somewhat lackluster, but the world and story interesting enough to keep me engaged until the end.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not your average princess story! 5 Oct 2011
By Read for your future! - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The summary on the back of the book is usually a really good indicator of whether the book will be good or not, but it can sometimes be misleading. The back of this book suggests the usually run of the mill princess tragedy, but that is so not the case with Princess Skylather'cha'eab, or Skyla. This book is so much better than the back suggests. It was a little confusing at the beginning to get the plot down because you had this medieval vibe with jeans and outrageous teen parties, not to mention tons of magic, but then as you read it, it gets easier to understand. Skyla isn't just a Princess on a right of passage mission, as some may think from the back, but an underestimated teenager who finds love and hatred, and in a way no one would expect. It is a thrilling ride and one that will always be a great one to look back on. Eno does a great job with Skyla and Derrok. They are both people you want to be. I mean, who wouldn't want a talking water spout, or amazing powers, or to find true love in the person she was meant to hate? It is just a great book to read, for anyone of any age.

Publisher- CreateSpace
Review Score: 5 STARS!
Reviewed by~Patti
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