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The Tears of Elios: (Extended Edition) (The Elgean Chronicles Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

C. A. McHugh
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This extended edition contains a bonus epilogue.



"The first thing that came to mind upon finishing this book is "Holy Crap! Is that it?!" I did not want this book to end." --Jess at Starcrossed Reviews

Shape-shifters’ Rule #1: Don’t let the humans know you still exist.

Rule #2: If a human finds out about you, silence them.

Some rules were meant to be broken…

Ranealya ruthlessly plays by the rules and has outlived most of her race because of it. If she wants to survive, she’ll have to stick to them, especially with a genocidal tyrant hell-bent on destroying all the non-humans in the realm. But everything falls apart when a human saves her life.

Gregor knows he’s inviting trouble when he helps a wounded shape-shifter, but he can’t pass up the opportunity to study one before they become extinct. She disturbs the quiet order of his scholarly existence, vexes him in more ways than he can count, and encourages him to break enough of the kingdom’s laws so that not even being the king’s cousin will save his head. The problem is, he’s already lost his heart.

"I was blown away by the creative world Crista has compiled in her novels. It takes some new ideas about magic and mixes in old folklore and other more traditional ideas... it's definitely one that the young adult crowd would also be able to dive into." --Katie at I Smell Sheep


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About the Author

Growing up in small town Alabama, Crista relied on story-telling as a natural way for her to pass the time and keep her two younger sisters entertained. She currently lives in the Audi-filled suburbs of Seattle with her husband and daughter, maintaining her alter ego of mild-mannered physician by day while she continues to pursue writing on nights and weekends. Her writing has won over twenty awards. Just for laughs, here are some of the jobs she’s had in the past to pay the bills: barista, bartender, sommelier, stagehand, actress, morgue attendant, and autopsy assistant. And she’s also a recovering LARPer. (She blames it on her crazy college days) For the latest updates and answers to any burning questions you have, please check out her webpage, www.cristamchugh.com, or subscribe to her newsletter.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3138 KB
  • Print Length: 310 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Crista McHugh; 2 edition (1 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005TDJ18U
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #273,306 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "The Elgean Chronicles" book 1 22 April 2012
By Book Addict TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Dwarves, elves, fairies and humans must cast aside their hatred and fear of each other to face a common enemy. Only the ten Tears of Elios; mythical missing stones, have the power to stop a dark enemy, yet eight are missing. As those skilled in magic and stealth journey to each secret location to retrieve the stones, strong bonds are forged and passions flare.

There are two great romances which burgeon in this book. The first is between secluded mage Gregor and hunted shape shifter Ranealya. They take turns saving each other's lives yet both nurse old wounds that perhaps the other can heal. The second brewing romance is between human Kira and High Elf Galen. Kira may be a female illegally trained in magic and she may also wield more power than any other human Galen has met, but can their love breach the prejudice between their species?

This is a great fantasy adventure with more than a dollop of romance. The action is pretty constant; packed with plenty of drama, magic, treachery and romance (which gets quite steamy in places) and is peopled by a large cast of characters whose lives intertwine in their common quest. This is an epic adventure with a great ending, leaving me wondering what plans this author has for this series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read 17 April 2012
By Cali
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I'm quite new to this genre, but this is by far the best thing I've read so far. Hoping for a part 2.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great read 16 April 2015
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Loved the book was totally different than what I thought was going to happen defiantly worth reading will be reading more from this author
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tears of Elois by Crista McHugh 25 Mar. 2012
By D. L. Graham - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The Tears of Elois by award winning Fantasy and Paranormal author, Crista McHugh.

Before I begin this review, I want to state clearly in accordance with the FTC's new rules that I received an Advanced Readers Copy of this directly from the author in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation or consideration has been given.

Shape Shifters have two rules: Rule #1 is Don't let the humans know you exist. Rule #2 is If a human finds out about you, silence them.

Ranealya is a shape-shifter who follows the rules, and has outlived the rest of her race because of it. The ruler of the lands where she lives is bent on destroying all non-humans, and that includes Ranealya. Then, the unthinkable happens. A human saves her life.

Gregor finds a wounded shape-shifter and takes her home to heal her wounds and allow her safety. It's also a chance to study a shape-shifter up close. Ranealya causes him discomfort in many ways, not the least of which is the attraction he feels for her. Though he is the King's cousin, is he willing to risk it all to save the shape-shifters life?

The Tears of Elois is a wonderfully complex story of not one but two couples.

Kira is the magician assistant to Master Tyrrus, who has been training her to use her magic wisely. They find themselves hurled into Gregor and Raneayla's world when the Azekborn, the King's assassins nearly capture them as they flee. Master Tyrrus has been a spy for the Resistance and helping other races to go to safety through a portal created by Kira. Is it infatuation she feels for Galean, the elf leader of the Resistance or is it something more?

Galean is an elf, who loves his sister Ranealya, but sometimes, it can be hard having a sister who is a shape-shifter, leading a mismatched band of refugees, and trying to keep everyone fed and alive. Kira brings out new feelings in him. Is she his Ruhisha, his soul mate, or is she only a passing fling?

How Ms. McHugh managed to weave together a story of not one but two couples and give them all more than enough length and breadth is beyond me. That's why she is the award winning writer, and I am not. A master story-teller, Crista McHugh takes you into both couples worlds, lives, and thoughts and you enjoy every moment of it. More action, magic, elves, dwarves and a few surprises along the way as they seek to reclaim the seven Tears of Elois in order to save the Kingdom from the tyrannical ruler will leave you breathless yet again.

We learn enough of each person and each couple to feel a definite pull for them as individuals and as couples. We share their anger, sorrow, and joy in each mind racing, page turning event crafted by the author.

I highly recommend this read and yes, again, another of Ms. McHugh's books gains the elusive KEEPER shelf from me. Along with receiving a 5-star rating on the oft asked for 1 to 5-star rating that I prefer not to use as a normal occurrence. Ms. McHugh's writing again shows us that independently published books can and many are of high quality and carefully edited. (Again, I found only one editing mistake, a misused word, where a was used, but of was the word that would have made the sentence understandable without a second and third read of it. I have found literally dozens in N.Y. Published books, so this is a huge plus to Ms. McHugh and her editor.)
19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two Riveting Romances! Awesome Fantasy World! 25 Jan. 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Tears of Elios had a well-defined fantasy world and a double-punch of two romances in one that kept me turning the pages late into the night.

At first I was not sure how I would feel following the two romances, but both were very compelling and wove together brilliantly. Every step through the story I was able to see my surroundings and I felt strongly about the four main characters and cared about what happened to them.

The roughness of Ranealya's personality was softened by the reading of the passages involving Kira. Both very different women but both strong in their love for their men.

I would definitely recommend picking up Tears of Elios.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting, romantic tale 11 Jan. 2012
By Underworld Love Addiction - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
When Gregor finds a wounded shape shifter in a nearby cave he finds himself wanting to help her. He takes her in, in part to learn about her species, even though it would be certain death if the King was to find out that a human was helping one of the other species in the kingdom. Ranealya, one of the last shape shifters, has an extremely hard time trusting anyone. When Gregor heals her with his magic instead of killing her and allows her to stay with him while she heals, she finds herself truly enjoying his company. You wouldn't know it from listening to the hard time she gives him though. She's quite the spunky little trouble maker. It's not all fun and games though. The Azekborn, the King's demon hunters, have been tracking her for years and she's gotten a couple of close calls lately. With the King trying to exterminate the other species in the kingdom, a group of them have banned together to create The Resistance. Will Ranealya and Gregor be able to help Galen and The Resistance before they are all wiped from the realm?

This is not only the story of Ranealya and Gregor but also of Galen, the leader of The Resistance and Kyra. I loved both of their stories. They tie together about half way through the book giving you a full picture of what's going on. Ranealya is really the main Character in the book and I like how everything revolves around her rough existance. It was such a sweet story between the two of them, not the typical love (or lust) at first sight story. We also get a spin off story starting shortly into the book about a young human who is the apprentice of a master mage. It follows her through her escape from the Azekborn and as she enters The Resistance camp. It's here that she meets Galen, a high elf. Galen takes a quick liking to Kyra and takes over her training. I liked their story as much as I enjoyed Ranealya and Gregor's. This was a riveting tale of two couples and an amazing tale of Elgean and it's inhabitants. I hadn't heard much about this book so I was going into it without too high of expectations but I was certainly impressed. This is a quick read as the story just flew by. I will definitely be continuing this series if she writes more. The author left it with a cliffhanger that will have you ready for book 2. Not a "Fever Series" or "Mortal Instruments" kind of cliff hanger that will make you angry though I assure you. She wraps the stories of the couples up quite well. Overall a great read.

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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 16 Feb. 2012
By Bart Palamaro - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Tough, tender, no false posturing among or between the characters, just damn good storytelling. Realistic responses and relationships that develop along unconventional lines. I loved these characters with all their flaws and faults and they do dumb stuff that people do, but rise above it anyway. Some pretty hot scenes too.

Highly recommended.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great characters, great story 19 April 2012
By R. Stephens - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Ok, yeah...I loved this book. Stumbeled across it as a reccommendation from Amazon and loved it. Ranealya is a fantastic character very much like Bast in Riordan's "Kane Chronicles" and Scathach in the "Nicholas Flamel" series from Michael Scott. When I finished this book, I immediately looked for the next book. Please, ma'am, may we have some more?! But...they must include Ranealya, Gregor and Kira. I am looking forward to Kira growing into her powers and Gregor expanding his. Perhaps learning the magics of all the different races. You have a natural overlord enemy in Zelquis and, pehaps a series-spanning story in Zelquis vs. Elios.

Even if you have never heard of the author or this story, give it a try. Although labeled as a romance, it is in no way overbearing or any more prevalent than most other fantasy series (think Eregon and Arya, or Aragorn and Arwen).

It's got all the elements it needs for a great series. I, for one, cannot wait for the next book and the rest of the series -- and I am one who runs down the battery in my Kindle in days rather than weeks because I read so much.
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