Title: Eramane by Frankie Ash
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: Eramane Trilogy #1
Source: ecopy from Author
In the village of Eludwid, seventeen-year-old Eramane Fahnestock goes about her life, cheerfully disregarding a prophecy made to her parents that she would have a great gift. Not yet wed and beset with boredom, Eramane cannot shake the feeling that something exciting awaits her beyond Eludwid. But when she is invited to picnic with a handsome young suitor, Eramane has no idea that her life will soon change forever.
As Eramane prepares for her date, she is suddenly hypnotized by a strange voice that tells her he will be coming for her that night. Unsettled but determined to press forward, Eramane and her suitor, Lebis, head to the woods to enjoy their picnic. As darkness falls on the forest, however, a beast emerges, transforming their beautiful outing into a terrifying scene. Taken captive and carried away to a mountain hideaway, Eramane finds her memories are soon clouded, even as her family frantically searches for her back home.
In this gripping fantasy tale, evil is summoned to the mountaintop, forcing a young woman to discover her magical gifts and exact revenge against a beast determined to destroy everything she has ever loved.
I participated in a book blitz for Eramane a while back and I read some excerpts from the book and knew that it was something that I wanted to read. I love the world building that fantasy books can provide. I think it is like an imaginations wonderland in fantasy. I love to see what the author can come up with, and Frankie Ash did not disappoint. The village and the mysterious mountaintop were equally detailed for me. I got a real feeling of the setting in this book. At first we are just dropped into this world, and it can be a little jarring but eventually I got my bearing and from that point forward the story flowed really well for me.
Eramane is fascinating. She is seventeen and has had no suitors yet, which I found really strange since she was described as being very beautiful. Not to mention the fact that she has such a big personality on her once you get to know her. But her parents were very protective of her. It was nice to get a chance to see her whole family in the story and to get to know her and her brother. I liked how close they all were. I certainly have some experience with a close family and very protective parents. Eramane is a feisty girl, and you know I like my main characters feisty. She has more than a little snap in her. I think she is going to be such a great character in this trilogy. When she arrived in the mountaintop castle, I really started to like her. In fact, that was the big turning point in the story for me. It was then that I really got interested in the tale.
We get to see things from both Eramane and her brothers perspectives. I personally liked Eramane’s more because I connected with her better, but her parts were a little slower than her brothers. But that is probably just because there was lots of action going on in her brothers parts. The book started off a little slow for me, but it really picked up in pacing towards the end. Eramane has piqued my interest enough to want to read the next book in the trilogy.
Frankie Ash grew up on the eastern shores of the US, and her Southern accent would rock as a cartoon character voice. Most of her time is spent with her laptop, spinning tales, fabricating worlds, and writing new creatures into existence. But when she’s not playing Dr. Frankenstein with words, she is either reading, absorbing anything sci-fi/fantasy related, or chasing after, and sometimes capturing, things that go bump in the night.
Her debut novel, Eramane (Archway Publishing) is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, IndieBound, and Kobo.Connect with Frankie: