The Branding

The Branding Morwen Aleacim an elfin teen in the village of Aren has always heard rumors of evil lurking in the great forests of the kingdom where children vanish Her own father disappeared into those forests

  • Title: The Branding
  • Author: Micaela Wendell
  • ISBN: 9781611940091
  • Page: 436
  • Format: Paperback
  • Morwen Aleacim, an elfin teen in the village of Aren, has always heard rumors of evil lurking in the great forests of the kingdom, where children vanish Her own father disappeared into those forests, and Morwen is determined to find him So she is secretly training to be a warrior against the strict rules of decorum for girls with the help of Armando, an aging human swordMorwen Aleacim, an elfin teen in the village of Aren, has always heard rumors of evil lurking in the great forests of the kingdom, where children vanish Her own father disappeared into those forests, and Morwen is determined to find him So she is secretly training to be a warrior against the strict rules of decorum for girls with the help of Armando, an aging human swordsman.When Brynn, Morwen s own baby sister, vanishes, Morwen tracks her to the horrifying lair of Tobias, an inhuman Dark Wizard There she strikes a deal with him her service in return for Brynn s freedom.He accepts She ll go free along with Brynn for now, but is bound to him as his apprentice To her horror, Tobias brands her not with a fiery mark, but with a spell that will slowly transform her human body into a grotesque creature and her spirit into an obedient slave When the transformation is complete she ll have no choice but to return to him forever.Aided by Alan, a handsome elfin boy, who will soon have a dark challenge of his own, Morwen sets out to find a wizard who can lift the spell It s a race against time as she struggles to free her mind, body, spirit and heart from a horrible fate.

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    1. I can't find it in my heart to one-star this review, specifically because the author is so young and she reminds me of how much I loved writing at that age (still do, actually). The author has a great imagination, and she crafted a decent plot, but in truth this book is not ready for print. The characters are cardboard cutout, one-dimensional and the writing generally reflects the fact that this was indeed written by a young teen words chosen and reactions described were often out of place with [...]

    2. When you get an eBook for free on , you run the risk of getting exactly what you paid for it, which is to say in this case, not much. The Branding was written by a very young (teen, possibly pre-teen) girl, and while I commend Micaela Wendell for her imagination and dedication to writing a short novel, this book was not ready for publication. Those who assisted her in getting it printed did her a great disservice in pushing through a book that was incomplete, and they could have better spent the [...]

    3. If you have never read a book about elves before, The Branding may be a good place to start. These elves are not the teeny tiny people that I expected. Sure they have green hair, pointy ears, and they live three times longer than humans. They also have an elaborate society with strict rules – especially for the girls. Morwen does not want to play by these rules.Speaking of Morwen, she is tough as nails as she fights to save her soul from Tobias. I liked that Morwen was not a quitter. She fough [...]

    4. A young elf girl, Morwen, disobeys the rules and explores the forest around her village. Now, the forest is forbidden because elves of all ages have been disappearing in it. Morwen's wandering brings a little good and quite a bit of bad. The good thing is that she meets a human ranger that begins to teach her how to become a warrior (something that is strictly forbidden for females to learn). The bad thing is that her little sister follows her and disappears.Morwen decides to rescue her sister a [...]

    5. I can't find it in my heart to one-star this review, specifically because the author is so young and she reminds me of how much I loved writing at that age (still do, actually). The author has a great imagination, and she crafted a decent plot, but in truth this book is not ready for print. The characters are cardboard cutout, one-dimensional and the writing generally reflects the fact that this was indeed written by a young teen words chosen and reactions described were often out of place with [...]

    6. The Branding is about a teenaged elf who must leave her family and go on a quest to save her soul from a terrible curse. The story-line to this book is very creative and in the hands of a skilled writer would have been fantastic. I think it is great that young people are able to get books published, and Miss Wendell will certainly be a great writer some day (I look forward to it). But this book has unsophisticated characterization and dialog. It is a book for people who are amused by cute storie [...]

    7. For a book written by a teenager, this book was fairly good in a technical sense. But I just couldn't quite get into this story very much. There were too many different characters and plot twists that made it start to feel messy and confusing. The main characters had little depth or development to them, and were quite stereotypical. I also didn't realize this book is apparently the first in a series, so when I came to the abrupt end, I was left hanging. Which would have been fine if I'd known it [...]

    8. A lot is packed in to this little book and my only complaint is that it should have been lengthened in order to further enjoy the story. I loved the imagination that brought this story to life. The characters were original and humorous, and the descriptions were well composed. At the surface it would seem that the plot and characters are superficial, only because a lot could have been added in order to build up the emotional moments, but the story should not be ignored. As a great fast read, the [...]

    9. I enjoyed this book so much that I did not read it once, but twice. It is a very well written tale of an elven teenager and her many adventures. I thought that the author used very talented writing to convey the fantasy world the story takes place in, so much so that i felt like that i was actually there with the characters. For teens who love Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, or the Hunger Games, I highly recommend this book. It is very original and Ms. Wendell should be very proud of her work.

    10. This is a really good book from a new author and a young one at that. Her writing takes you into the world of Morwen and the Elfin world of Aren. As people Morwen loves keeps disappearing into the forrest she is determined to find them at all costs. But what will it cost her? And how will she ever get everything back the way it was? You'll have to read the book to find out. Can't wait for the sequel to come out.

    11. The Branding by Micaela Wendell is a fantasy quest story and the beginning of a series. Elves are the main and original characters. Added in are humans, werewolves, mages, dark wizards, vampires, and creatures of the dark. No telling what else will pop up in future stories of the series. The young author is still in high school, but did a great job writing this story - I enjoyed reading it, and am waiting for the next in the series.

    12. The basic premise is a young elf who rescues her sister, but gets cursed in the process and must go on a quest to free herself. [return][return]The author mentions that she wrote much of this story while in the 7th grade, and I think it showed. The plot jumps all over the place and the dialogue is rough. I can't recommend this story.

    13. This was veryuneven. The story and characters were engaging, but it felt more like a concept treatment. That is, we seemed to speed through some parts of the story, while rehashing others over and over. Some of the writing was pretty terrible; for example, "This was hardly the ideal adventure of her dreams."

    14. Very young author, and you can tell in the writing. Not bad for her age, but she definitely needs to mature as a writer.

    15. I tried to read this, I really did. Unfortunately, the author's youth shows in the maturity of the writing. It was unreadable.

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