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A Wild Hunt: an Aether Vitalis Short Story [Kindle Edition]

Mercy Loomis
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Book Description

Like most skinshifters, Ariane Conant doesn’t have much use for magic, but, as a faerie, she knows it when she sees it. When she’s sent to spy on a suspicious group of mages, Ariane uncovers a trio of magic thieves. Recognizing her classmate Kiran Eckhart among the thieves’ victims, Ariane rushes to the rescue—and into a race to stop the mages from stealing Kiran’s psychic powers forever.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 256 KB
  • Print Length: 42 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Rookery Creek Media (16 Oct. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005WLP7D2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,667,480 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Mercy Loomis grew up in a haunted house, and has had quite enough of ghosts for one lifetime, thank you. Though she now lives in a 150-year-old house, it is remarkably ghost-free. (That, or they're staying on the down-low. She doesn't care which.)
She finished writing her first vampire novel when she was in middle school, and hasn't stopped writing about them since. She loves stories about the paranormal because monsters are scary, but less scary than real people. Or at least less depressing.
Mercy graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison one class short of an accidental certificate in Folklore. She credits her love of mythology to her mom reading Greek myths as bedtime stories, and her love of fantastical adventure stories to watching cheesy movies with her dad. Her love of history (and coffee!) is completely her husband's fault, but she doesn't know who's to blame for the fascination with physics.
She guesses that hanging out with Dad while he butchered deer also had an effect on her character, but exactly what effect, she leaves up to the reader.
See what Mercy's up to and find links to her other work at www.mercyloomis.com.

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3.0 out of 5 stars From the Aether Vitalis universe 8 Aug. 2013
By humanitysdarkerside VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition
"A Wild Hunt" is an urban fantasy with paranormal creatures. According to Loomis most of the "Aether Vitalis" stories are dark. "A Wild Hunt" could be considered dark fantasy in my opinion.

In "A Wild Hunt" we deal with death magic and its apparently willing victims. That is what can happen when dark witches are in your neighborhood. Good job the neighborhood watchperson - well skinshifter - is close by.

At the beginning of our tale Ariane Conant seems to be your typical drooling college student. Her job is to protect humans from finding out too much about the faery community. That one of the humans she ends up protecting just happens to be her drool object just ups the ante for her. She goes from an empty-headed drooler to a dangerous woman to cross in a magical battle.

"A Wild Hunt" was a pretty good short story. There are limits to how much background and info you can cram into a story this size, but Loomis did manage to give us a little. Mainly we had action from the very beginning and the story did not slow down as it went along.

Not too violent and no explicit sex.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars From the Aether Vitalis universe 8 Aug. 2013
By humanitysdarkerside - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
"A Wild Hunt" is an urban fantasy with paranormal creatures. According to Loomis most of the "Aether Vitalis" stories are dark. "A Wild Hunt" could be considered dark fantasy in my opinion.

In "A Wild Hunt" we deal with death magic and its apparently willing victims. That is what can happen when dark witches are in your neighborhood. Good job the neighborhood watchperson - well skinshifter - is close by.

At the beginning of our tale Ariane Conant seems to be your typical drooling college student. Her job is to protect humans from finding out too much about the faery community. That one of the humans she ends up protecting just happens to be her drool object just ups the ante for her. She goes from an empty-headed drooler to a dangerous woman to cross in a magical battle.

"A Wild Hunt" was a pretty good short story. There are limits to how much background and info you can cram into a story this size, but Loomis did manage to give us a little. Mainly we had action from the very beginning and the story did not slow down as it went along.

Not too violent and no explicit sex.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A surprisingly enjoyable read. 25 Dec. 2011
By Silverlight00-LisaMarie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This ebook had the short story A Wild Hunt and a preview of Scent And Shadow. The Short story A Wild Hunt was surprisingly good. The authors writing is light and engaging with few editing issues. The short had characters that included Vampires, Shapeshifters, Zombies, Faes, and Mages. I will continue with the next book Scent and Shadow, but I'm hoping the characters from the first book will be included with future books. The only reason I did not give this book 5 stars was because of the editing issues and I also would of liked it if the author used more adjectives in describing her forest scenes and did not rush the story. Overall the author did well.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Intriguing Fantasy Short Story 25 April 2014
By PURPLE JEWELS - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Having read only one other of Mercy's shorts I wasn't sure what to expect. However, I was very pleasantly surprised. It was an intriguing and exciting short fantasy read. I won't summarize the paranormal and mystical beings involved since other reviews have already done so to the point of being "spoilers."

Suffices to say that it is appropriate for ages 13 and beyond, there is enough character development for one to find the characters engaging, the pace of the story is excellent and the plot is intriguing and a touch of PG romance. It's free at the time of this posting but I wouldn't have had a problem paying for it. It is indeed short in length but it is a full and rich story. I definitely recommend this one especially to readers who enjoy stories containing paranormal/supernatural beings and the fantasy genre. One reviewer mentioned that this is a prequel to Mercy's novel "Scent and Shadow" so of course I plan to read that novel very soon. However, right now I'm reading the Lord of the Rings Series. This short was read while taking a very brief break from LOTR which is totally beyond "awesome." If you like fantasy, of course I recommend LOTR (PG) and the Game of Thrones Series (PG-14) and the first 9 books, maybe 10, of the True Blood Series (R rating). Unfortunately, after book 10 the series royally sucks.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short but bursting with excitement and action 27 July 2013
By Moon Cat - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
We start with a university classroom with a girl sweet on a young handsome guy. Typical? No way, everything goes south from there. The Vampire Gabriel from "Shadows And Scents" appears, then we have fae, shapeshifters, waterhorses, and mages. This is a lot to pack into a short story, but it is done with great skill. The only criticism is I wish it was longer because I was enjoying it so much. Pehaps this could lead into further tales including these characters? There was an appearance of Dave a zombie who is from the short story "Nine Nights in Haiti". Grand finale the Fae Wild Hunt. Awesome!
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 12 Mar. 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I loved this short story I wish it was a whole book. I wanted more, I was also able visulize all the scense thatbwas described in the story. I really wish I coud have gotten a whole book.
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