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Son of Ereubus

(Guardians of Legend #1)

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Since time immemorial, Man has lived in fear of losing his soul to the darkness of Saint Ereubus. For generations, the Ereubinians have wielded that power and ruled like gods. Three thousand years ago, Man irresolutely placed his faith in a mythical world. That world, Adoria, now holds Man's final hope.

As the last stronghold of Man is threatened, the fates of three strange
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Paperback, 292 pages
Published November 1st 2010 by Rhemalda Publishing (first published October 21st 2010)
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I am Bastet
Aug 28, 2010 rated it really liked it

When I first read the description of this book, my reaction was literally "I bet I can have some feminist fun with this one," because of the mention of "man" and the seemingly gender unbalanced fantasy world (which is common in fantasy canon, of course.) But, as it turns out, the author, J. S. Chancellor created a strong female lead in Ariana, a young woman who refuses to be treated like she's second-class because of her gender. Ariana was strong without being irritating, doing things for hersel
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Kathryn
Check Out Author's Interview !!

Since always, people has ideas running through their head.
But not a lot of people can write what's in their head into a well written book.
It was relief to have read this book after having read so many mediocre books lately.

The story contains most of all, soul taking Ereubinians, Adorians who fights to protect the soul of humans, a mystery that is yet to be unraveled, wonderfully descriptive characters, loyalty and trust among friends and allies, hideous monsters
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Douglas Brown
Sep 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
J.S. Chancellor is going to make huge waves in the fantasy genre. Ereubus is a great read and Chancellor is a fantastic debut author. If you like fantasy, you'll love Ereubus.
Ashlynn Monroe
Sep 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing

J. S. Chancellor has created a very enjoyable and well-written story! This is one of those books that keep you turning pages, excited to see what will happen next. The world that this book creates is both believable and rich with history, religion, and culture. As the reader, you get a distinct sense of each separate group of sentient beings who inhabit this world. Each culture clearly has distinct separation and the dichotomy of uniqueness about each of the three groups makes this a fascinating
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Giselle
Apr 15, 2011 rated it it was ok
First off, I want to thank Goodreads' First Reads to give me the chance to read this book. (Won through their giveaway)

At first, I thought I was going to like this book. It was intriguing, different, and the characters were interesting. The story was progressing, but then I realized I was 70% through and no plot was really developing. I was still waiting for the point of the story. I get that it's a fantasy and bad guy vs good guy, but that was it! No adventure, nothing developing into a climax
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Sarah's Reviews
Sep 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
Enslaved and soulless, the human world at large has fallen. Ariana is among the few to remain free, surrounded by survivors blind to the desperate reality of their situation. It's only a matter of time before Ariana's fate is sealed and her soul taken. Legendary guardians could be their last hope – only they don't exist.
 
Son of Ereubus combines surprise, mystery, mortal struggle and love, in a flowing tale that leaves you searching for the next page. Overall a very enjoyable and relatively clean
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Roshio
Oct 22, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: dark-fantasy, fantasy
Expectations. Expectations have a way of ruining a book for me. I build up a book and if it doesn't meet the standards I have already set, it disappoints me a lot more than if I'd known nothing about it. Unfortunately this is what happened with this book. For me this is mostly a story of star crossed lovers who happen to have their love set in a fantasy world. So its 'fantasy romance' so to speak. Fortunately I like star crossed lovers so I liked this book but what I wanted was dark fantasy, gri ...more
Anthony Pacheco
Sep 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Son of Ereubus has intense themes hiding behind the action-infused plot, along with all the other hallmarks of an epic fantasy novel. It's war, in Son of Ereubus, and the delicious characterization of the hero and anti-hero in the novel make for a very enticing tale.

Recommended for the epic fantasy fan and anyone liking rich, complex world-building.

My full review can be found here: http://anthony-pacheco.com/2010/09/26...
Allanah
Oct 01, 2010 marked it as to-read
Shelves: don-t-own
This sound like a really good book, I really want to read it.
Jessica Nelson
May 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Son of Ereubus – Guardians of Legend Book One Book Review by Jessica Nelson

Title: Son of Ereubus – Guardians of Legend Book One

Author: J.S. Chancellor

Publisher: Rhemalda Publishing

Length: 310 pages

Price: $17.95

ISBN-13: 978-0-9827437-4-4

“How small the world has become. How dark the days of man have grown. Each passing moment is steeped in vile, wicked, and corrupt things that once whispered of power, only to betray. What was once overflowing with life has diminished to a threadbare existence. I
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Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms)
Dec 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes fantasy/romance
Revising my four star review a year ago to five after a re-read of this beautiful fantasy. I LOVE this book. It did take me two reads to understand the nuances of what is really going on behind the scenes, and I fully recommend referring to the Glossary in the back if you question who and what anyone or anything really is. It should be in the front.

The building of the characters in this story is really brilliantly done. Garren is evil and brutal to the point it is disturbing, and so is the stran
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John Drehobl
Nov 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I love epics. I love character driven drama set in larger than life backdrops. I greatly respect any story in which I can’t deduce or anticipate the outcome within the first few chapters or acts. I am excited and pleased to say that I found just such an epic novel in J.S. Chancellor's "Son of Ereubus.” Book one in the Guardians of Legend Trilogy.

The Prologue reads like a Steven King story, with graphic, wild and dark grey imagery resembling a Clive Barker scene. Having expected to embark on a jo
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Tiffany Cole
Nov 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
In the expansive world Chancellor created, there are essentially two realms: Middengard, the human realm currently ruled by the demonic Ereubinians; Adoria, the angelic realm ruled by the winged (unless Braeden) Adorians. The Adorians and Ereubinians are practically at war with each other, and the humans of Middengard stand in the middle of this chaos.

At first we readers are tricked into thinking there is a firm line between humans, Adorians, and Ereubinians, and the three main characters -- Ar
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Douglas Brown
Feb 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

As a writer I am sometimes overcritical when I’m reading someone else’s work. Even when I’m not trying, I subconsciously pick out things I would do differently or words I would use instead of the ones being used. It’s not that I’m trying to be a jerk or hyper-critical when I do this, but sometimes it just happens.
But then there are the other times—the times when the writing is so spectacular, or the voice is so strong that I find myself inspired, looking deeper within my own writing soul for way
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Melanie
Oct 30, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
This book confused me. In so many ways. For the first, like, third I had no idea what was going on. You're thrown into this world without any explanations for anything, and this annoyed the hell out of me. I think Chancellor was trying to put you in the middle of the action and be all mysterious, but I just ended up confused.

But then you kinda eventually get to the point where you understand more, and it found its pace and got good. Actually, it got really good for a while in the middle. The end
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Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
I was delighted to receive this through the Goodreads First Read program. I'm extremely new to the fantasy genre - I read urban fantasy often, mainly in series - but for straight-out fantasy, I'm as amateurish as they come. I had hoped this one wouldn't be too far out and over my head; thankfully due to writer's easy-to-follow style, I didn't have problems lagging behind. Even though the characters are from a much different world than I've read of, their personable and real traits made it easy t ...more
Mark Sheldon
Sep 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
An amazing read. JS Chancellor pulls you into her dark but beautiful world from the very first page. As the story and the puzzles delicately continue to unravel from there on, you only get pulled in further. The spawns of her imagination range from the beautifully innocent, to the horrifically depraved.

The heart of Chancellor's tale is the story of what happens when you suddenly find yourself in allegiance with your sworn mortal enemy - and her portrayal of that delicate conflict could teach us
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Cas Peace
Nov 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
If you like something extra with your fantasy then this is the book for you. Instead of the much used ‘good guys versus bad guys’ scenario, Son of Ereubus presents an intriguingly incestuous ‘ménage à trois’. Here there are three distinct and variously motivated races, all tied together with an unforeseeable twist. The worlds they inhabit are richly described and vivid, the main characters are complex and well drawn. Their faith structure, beliefs and life goals present ample opportunities for c ...more
Shyam
Dec 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I'm going to go ahead and give this book 5 stars.

It starts off slow, introducing several terms and names that are a bit confusing. Natural though, for the first book for what is meant to be an epic fantasy.

The pace picks up at the one-third mark, and we "get" most of it. The irony of the girl who never believed being "one of them" is not lost on me. Michael's rescue of Micah is also an Epic Win moment.

The story really races at the two-thirds mark, as the author piles revelation on top of revelat
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Sandra Brannan
Dec 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I was planning to read this over the Christmas holiday, then found myself with a few moments last night and devoured this book (losing alot of sleep, I might add)! I tend to read books in my own genre of mystery thriller, but J. S. Chancellor did a phenominal job drawing me in to her fantasy world and my disbelief was certainly suspended. Can't wait for the next one!!
Pamela
Feb 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Stepped out of my comfort zone with this one, but a friend insisted I read this. She was right! As a writer, I really appreciate when an author layers in enough story to make me pick up book # two in the series. Suzanne Collins did this so effectively in The Hunger Games. J.S. Chancellor has done this with Son of Ereubus (Guardians of Legend, #1). Congrats on a job well done.
Arashi
Dec 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: buy and read
It was really slow at first but then it catches you and you cannot let it go.
A great story told by its characters. I really want to read the other two books from the trilogy, and wait for more books from her author.
Cyp
Sep 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
This review was originally posted on A Bookalicious Story.

I loved the synopsis of this book, and after I read it, I immediately scrambled about to get it.

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Unamused

That was my face when I saw the The End. Like..That's it? It wasn't even a proper ending. Ok, I shall continue harping about the ending later.

It had an action-filled plot, endearing characters, but written in a complicated writing style at times.

This review would be boring, cause the book
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Candace
After reading Son of Ereubus, I can't help but think of it as kind of a "fluff" read. By "fluff," I mean, it's an easy read and not very intellectually stimulating. Although there are parts of the story that are pretty dark, and there are also some interesting moral questions that the book made me contemplate (which I will talk about in a bit), I personally think that you'll enjoy this book more if you go into it thinking of it as "fluff" rather than taking it too seriously. Similarly, unless yo ...more
Titan
One of the first books discovered through Goodreads, Son of Ereubus drew me in with a clever blending of mythical and gritty reality.

Ariana is left alone in her grief for her parents, both murdered in a senseless war that wages between desperate, faithless humans and the evil men who steal their souls, Ereubinians. When she happens across one--a very powerful, highly esteemed one, at that--she does not face him with fear, though. Her placidity and proximity awakens something in this fierce Ereub
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Leigh Hunt
May 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book is tough to review, because there is no straight storyline in this book. This is not a bad thing in the slightest… in fact – it’s brilliant, because you are always left craving for more and more. With this series, the author is weaving a blanket, not just a scarf. There might be many storylines, but they all fit together. Some of the storylines are answered in this book, and some are not – but will be in the next book or two. I can’t wait to get my hands on them! J.S. Chancellor’s new ...more
Kara
Jan 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: dark fantasy fans who like the concept of undying love
Can love transcend death, time, and ancient enemies?

Ariana - The child of light. Willful, strong, beautiful, and with unknown potential and hidden powers.
Michael - Leader of the Adorians, angelic ancient protectors of the realm of humans.
Garren - High Priest of the Erubians, he now seeks a new future.

In a magical world where the relam of Midagurden has fallen to the vile Erubians, a few strongholds of human resistance remain. Historically, the Adorians have fought alongside man against their
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Katy
Jun 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of fantasy of any kind
Recommended to Katy by: Rhemalda Publishing
In Eidolon – in the realm of Middengard – live the Ereubinians, who have been granted power by the goddess Ciara and the Laionai (the leaders of the Ereubinians) to steal the souls of humans. Palingard is the last hold-out of the humans; the last free humans left in Middengard. Ariana, who has lived there her whole life, doesn’t believe in the Adorians – legendary winged beings who the humans believe watch over them and will someday save them. Her disbelief is shaken, however, when a group of Er ...more
Alyne Winter
Feb 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Through timeless realms and parallel realities, Ariana journeys to discover her true self. J.S. Chancellor has created realms out of old mythologies: Middengard, the land of mortals whose last city Palingard is slated to fall to the soul-devouring Laionai, of Eidolon. Once human, the Laionai evolved into a hive consciousness, gifted by the shape-shifting Dark Goddess, Ciara, with the ability to steal souls. The only salvation for the remaining mortals is belief in the myth of the lost land of Ad ...more
Ernie Jr.
Sep 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Son of Ereubus begins with power and accelerates almost immediately. J.S. Chancellor has crafted a great story with deep, interesting characters in a unique world. She gives attention to details that shows each character in the story has meaning to her without sacrificing anything of the larger story. The fast pace drew me in. Her mastery of building suspense entranced me. She is obviously well versed in the monomyth (Hero’s Journey) and applies it to each character of note exceptionally well. E ...more
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