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Just when Faela Durante dared to hope that her mission of atonement might succeed, it all shattered with the senseless massacre of the Tereskan healers in Kilrood. None survived the slaughter, not even her son. With her mentor, Ianos Wilkerson, missing and presumed dead, Faela and her new allies must heed Rivka’s dying prophecy in order to stand against the coming darkness Just when Faela Durante dared to hope that her mission of atonement might succeed, it all shattered with the senseless massacre of the Tereskan healers in Kilrood. None survived the slaughter, not even her son. With her mentor, Ianos Wilkerson, missing and presumed dead, Faela and her new allies must heed Rivka’s dying prophecy in order to stand against the coming darkness. But old allies have turned into bitter enemies, and the darkness is spreading. Will Faela rediscover her purpose before it’s too late, or will her desire for revenge lead to her end?


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Just when Faela Durante dared to hope that her mission of atonement might succeed, it all shattered with the senseless massacre of the Tereskan healers in Kilrood. None survived the slaughter, not even her son. With her mentor, Ianos Wilkerson, missing and presumed dead, Faela and her new allies must heed Rivka’s dying prophecy in order to stand against the coming darkness Just when Faela Durante dared to hope that her mission of atonement might succeed, it all shattered with the senseless massacre of the Tereskan healers in Kilrood. None survived the slaughter, not even her son. With her mentor, Ianos Wilkerson, missing and presumed dead, Faela and her new allies must heed Rivka’s dying prophecy in order to stand against the coming darkness. But old allies have turned into bitter enemies, and the darkness is spreading. Will Faela rediscover her purpose before it’s too late, or will her desire for revenge lead to her end?

30 review for Render

  1. 5 out of 5

    Dava Stewart

    I decided immediately upon finishing the first book in this series, Shatter, that I would buy Render as soon as it became available. I did, then re-read Shatter so that I would be "caught up" before reading the 2nd book. It did not disappoint. There are lots of writers who try to create a world, but few are successful. Elizabeth Mock creates an intriguing world and populated it with interesting characters. Sigh. Now I must wait for her to write the final installment of the trilogy. If you enjoy f I decided immediately upon finishing the first book in this series, Shatter, that I would buy Render as soon as it became available. I did, then re-read Shatter so that I would be "caught up" before reading the 2nd book. It did not disappoint. There are lots of writers who try to create a world, but few are successful. Elizabeth Mock creates an intriguing world and populated it with interesting characters. Sigh. Now I must wait for her to write the final installment of the trilogy. If you enjoy fantasy, adventure, or magic I highly recommend this series. There are a few minor grammatical errors, but not enough to detract from enjoying the story. It is definitely a good idea to read Shatter first. I don't think Render would have been good as a stand alone novel. These are some of the best I've stumbled across by an independent writer. I'm looking forward to reading more from Ms. Mock.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    I love Kindle. Do you want to know why? So many authors or publishers post free books. This was not one of them. However, if I had not downloaded the first book in the series, Shatter I would not have discovered this wonderful, enjoyable new author with some very original ideas regarding magic. I will tell you that very few of the free books I have downloaded in the last year have lead me to buy the author's other works. With Render I was stalking the Kindle boards until it came out. While I hate I love Kindle. Do you want to know why? So many authors or publishers post free books. This was not one of them. However, if I had not downloaded the first book in the series, Shatter I would not have discovered this wonderful, enjoyable new author with some very original ideas regarding magic. I will tell you that very few of the free books I have downloaded in the last year have lead me to buy the author's other works. With Render I was stalking the Kindle boards until it came out. While I hate to see characters tortured literally or figuratively--I empathize too much--this book had me reading every spare minute I had until it was done. The characters are distinct and individual, the plot is well woven and intricate, and the universe rich and detailed. Clearly there will be at least one more book in this series, but I was not left frustrated at the end of this one because of that. Check this series out...it was unique and engaging as Jim Butcher's Codex series without being as much effort to read.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kimm

    This has been one of the most thought provoking, heart-wrenching, complex fantasy series I have read yet. I am truly impressed with the amount of detail, and the layers of complexity presented by both books in the series thus far. There are so many themes addressed and so many characters that at first I was a bit overwhelmed, but Ms. Mock has woven these many threads together in such a masterful way. I am so in love with every single character and for the first time reading a novel with SO many This has been one of the most thought provoking, heart-wrenching, complex fantasy series I have read yet. I am truly impressed with the amount of detail, and the layers of complexity presented by both books in the series thus far. There are so many themes addressed and so many characters that at first I was a bit overwhelmed, but Ms. Mock has woven these many threads together in such a masterful way. I am so in love with every single character and for the first time reading a novel with SO many points of view I actually felt that I had ample time with each character , major or minor. I am in awe and can't wait for book 3!!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kara Prem

    Wonderful sequel to Shatter... some questions are answered and progress is made. Faela finds closure in her marriage, and comes to terms (somewhat) with the death of her son. Mireya makes progress in becoming Scion (I read the book a few months ago, can't remember the correct title). The lines have been drawn, we see that Kade, Faela, et al will be portrayed as criminals by Tomas in his quest to dominate. Great book I re-read both books this year, and Render was a bit more of a challenge this tim Wonderful sequel to Shatter... some questions are answered and progress is made. Faela finds closure in her marriage, and comes to terms (somewhat) with the death of her son. Mireya makes progress in becoming Scion (I read the book a few months ago, can't remember the correct title). The lines have been drawn, we see that Kade, Faela, et al will be portrayed as criminals by Tomas in his quest to dominate. Great book I re-read both books this year, and Render was a bit more of a challenge this time around since there still isn't a sequel to draw on. I really, really abhor Eve and hope that she learns what a moron she is (and maybe just maybe come back to the good side?) Faela was very irresponsible through this book which was pretty frustrating. I still enjoy the series and cannot wait to get to a conclusion.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mickolus Sundquist

    I really enjoyed this 2nd book in the Children of Man series. I liked it much more than the 1st book because I really understood who people were and what they were capable of. There are a lot of characters in these books so it was a bit daunting at first to keep track of them all, but after finishing the 2nd book, you know each character so well. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Mock

    I wrote it, so I HOPE I liked it...

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jennie

    If you made it through Shatter, then you owe it to yourself to give the follow-up a try. (I completely understand if you ditched Shatter at the beginning, though) Some of the problems found in Shatter are resolved here. The editorial problems are fewer, although still noticeable even if you aren't super observant. The pacing is better as Mock seems to struggle with introducing new things and there is less newness in this book. The plot progresses better in this than it did in her first book, but If you made it through Shatter, then you owe it to yourself to give the follow-up a try. (I completely understand if you ditched Shatter at the beginning, though) Some of the problems found in Shatter are resolved here. The editorial problems are fewer, although still noticeable even if you aren't super observant. The pacing is better as Mock seems to struggle with introducing new things and there is less newness in this book. The plot progresses better in this than it did in her first book, but there are still things that I can't suspend my disbelief for. I still have no idea why the characters are a group (other than she needed them to get together somehow and now it's just kind of stuck). And the character interactions are somewhat stilted. I hope Mock is planning on this being a longer series than a trilogy because it feels like she is just getting warmed up. If its a trilogy, her pacing is worse than I thought. You know what I did enjoy about this book, though? The depiction of domestic violence. Stick with me, here. I know its a weird sentence. I liked it because it struck me as realistic. I've worked with a lot of domestic abuse survivors and their relationships with their abusers are more complex than usually is written about. People who seem strong and together are manipulated and put into victim roles. Love and affection are doled out with coercion and abuse. Its hard to untangle all of the feelings wrapped together. And Mock manages to portray this with a depth I wasn't expecting. The abuser is overly vilified (but that's always easier) and one dimensional, but you get a lot of the complexity from the victim's perspective. It's interesting and not really what I'd bargained for, but... enjoyable? captivating? mature and deftly handled.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kane

    Awesome book. Needless to say that it's a must read, but you knew it the second you finished the first book in the series "Shatter". Considering it took a year and a half to write the second book, I hope we fans don't have to wait just as long for the third book. Can anyone say, impatient??? Awesome book. Needless to say that it's a must read, but you knew it the second you finished the first book in the series "Shatter". Considering it took a year and a half to write the second book, I hope we fans don't have to wait just as long for the third book. Can anyone say, impatient???

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kay

    This was a nice addition to The Children of Man Series. I read and adored the first book Shattered after getting it for free from Amazon (I have that one 5*s) This book was kind of slow at the beginning and it took me a while to get into it but about half way through the book it really picked up and before I knew it I was finished with it. The ending was so poignant that I got a little choked up reading it. There are a few things that I still think need work in this book. The editing is pretty go This was a nice addition to The Children of Man Series. I read and adored the first book Shattered after getting it for free from Amazon (I have that one 5*s) This book was kind of slow at the beginning and it took me a while to get into it but about half way through the book it really picked up and before I knew it I was finished with it. The ending was so poignant that I got a little choked up reading it. There are a few things that I still think need work in this book. The editing is pretty good but there are still a few random missing words. I also feel that the author spends a little too much time talking about eye and hair color. I understand the importance of eye color when they are performing magic but I don't need to be told so often that Mireya has blue eyes. I also feel like hair is described a lot in this book which is kind of odd. Despite these quirks, this sereis is still really good and is turning into be one of my favorite fantasy series. I am still impressed at how well written and thought out this story is. There are some things that I really like about this book and this series in general. The first is the overall story line is interesting and makes me want to read more. Second, I adore the characters. The good guys are flawed and have a lot of depth to them and the bad guys are complex and have reasons for the things that they do. Third, the magic system is interesting different than anything else that I have read. I really like the way it is done. If you haven't already read this book or the first book in the series, Shatter then I highly recommend them. I will be eagerly awaiting the next book in this series.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jailyn

    I would give this 4.5 stars, but it wasn't quite 5 star material. Still, I would recommend this series with the caveat that the first book is confusing due to the history of the characters and the world being revealed very slowly over the course of the series. This book kept me up until 4:00 am last night. Like someone else I know once I get into a good story I cannot put it down no matter how late it is. I just keep thinking about the story and wondering how it turns out until I have to get up a I would give this 4.5 stars, but it wasn't quite 5 star material. Still, I would recommend this series with the caveat that the first book is confusing due to the history of the characters and the world being revealed very slowly over the course of the series. This book kept me up until 4:00 am last night. Like someone else I know once I get into a good story I cannot put it down no matter how late it is. I just keep thinking about the story and wondering how it turns out until I have to get up and finish it. The middle third of this book dragged a little bit, but Mock really knows how to engage her readers during the climax as well as wrap up loose ends but leave something big for the next book in a series. The character development is fantastic. The good guys have their issues and flaws. The bad guys have reasons to sympathize with them. The world is rich and full of character. And if you love plot twists you'll love this series.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mindy

    Absolutely amazing !!!!! I would recommend this series. To be honest I only got the first one because I was in the in between time when none of my fave authors were publishing. I couldn't put it down. And I have been waiting for the second one. Now I must impatiently wait for the next. Must read series. Absolutely amazing !!!!! I would recommend this series. To be honest I only got the first one because I was in the in between time when none of my fave authors were publishing. I couldn't put it down. And I have been waiting for the second one. Now I must impatiently wait for the next. Must read series.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    The 2nd book in the series is much easier to read than the first and the author seems to have found her voice and I can't wait to read more. The story and characters have found their rhythm, although there are still a few surprises. The magic system is new and unique and I look forward to the next books in the series whenever they come out. The 2nd book in the series is much easier to read than the first and the author seems to have found her voice and I can't wait to read more. The story and characters have found their rhythm, although there are still a few surprises. The magic system is new and unique and I look forward to the next books in the series whenever they come out.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Vichy

    I was expecting the book's publishing eagerly and it didn't disappoint me. It was excellent! I love the world the author has created and the story is breathtaking. Characters either you fall in love or you hate. Emotions and magic so vivid, scenes alive. I know await for the catharsis in #3. I was expecting the book's publishing eagerly and it didn't disappoint me. It was excellent! I love the world the author has created and the story is breathtaking. Characters either you fall in love or you hate. Emotions and magic so vivid, scenes alive. I know await for the catharsis in #3.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Krisha

    Had to buy it immediately after reading Shatter - luckily at the touch of a button on kindle! Got so involved in it all I was horrified when I got to the end and discovered book 3 isn't out yet... oh no... life is on hold! Had to buy it immediately after reading Shatter - luckily at the touch of a button on kindle! Got so involved in it all I was horrified when I got to the end and discovered book 3 isn't out yet... oh no... life is on hold!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    I loved this sequel. There was alot of building up in this book which I enjoyed. But also alot of sadness--overall the thing I hate the most is that the third book isn't out yet I loved this sequel. There was alot of building up in this book which I enjoyed. But also alot of sadness--overall the thing I hate the most is that the third book isn't out yet

  16. 5 out of 5

    Aleigha Henn

    This book is my favorite and deserves more popularity. I cannot wait for the rest of the series!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Eli B

    Back in the thick of it. Several years have past since I read the first book. I reconnected to it like a stranger and it took more than half the book to feel that spark. I wanted to feel that magic from the first page but I didn’t. Three quarters of the way through I was hooked again and need to read the next one without so great of a time passage.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Burns

    Great series I’m really enjoying these stories! Full of excitement & fun, with emotions sprinkled throughout. I really like that the writer has included powerful women in this series.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ellen Bard

    Solid YA Fantasy with interesting magic building and some adult themes (e.g. domestic abuse).

  20. 4 out of 5

    Aeterna Nox

    The Long haul. These first two books have long been in my standards. Rereading them has always been like catching up with an old friend, or going home. Even though the mantle of YA is often sullied by the silliness of sparkly vampires and other such nonsense, these books fall into none of the tropes. The author uses her characters well developed personalities to speak of many pressing issues, relevent to all of us. She weaves a rich tapestry of a fantasy world with societies interlinked by all th The Long haul. These first two books have long been in my standards. Rereading them has always been like catching up with an old friend, or going home. Even though the mantle of YA is often sullied by the silliness of sparkly vampires and other such nonsense, these books fall into none of the tropes. The author uses her characters well developed personalities to speak of many pressing issues, relevent to all of us. She weaves a rich tapestry of a fantasy world with societies interlinked by all the things that are relevent in our current space. Trade, social customs, lasting trust or distrust between countries in the wake of a brutal war, different faiths sharing the same tenents expressed through different stories, the slow descent into an authoritarian state, as well as surviving PTSD from serving in battle, losing a loved one, and being exposed to abuse are all explored and brought into the story not as blunt points made and passed over but rather as an ongoing aspect of each society and individual involved. The story is compelling and the characters are all vibrant and flawed, vulnerable and strong just like every person is in this life. I mentioned I have long found these books enjoyable. I have often come back to this story, knowing I would be left wanting more. The third of the series has just reached print as I started this most recent rereading. I was still often moved to laughter or tears while reading these books, and eagerly await being able to see where all of this leads, finally, after all these years. I highly recommend these tales to anyone who enjoys fantasy settings, as they are some of the most emotionally engaging things I've ever read, on a personal and societal level. Once more unto Lanvardis and Tarnopia, Vamorines and Nabos. At last, I can continue this journey against the odds with the characters I've met so long ago.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Noor Jahangir

    Render is the second book in Elizabeth C. Mock's Children of Men series. It continues the story of Faela, Kade and Jair, the three Hands of Lior, agents of change who are chosen whenever a great need arises in the land. One of their companions, Eve, has turned against them to protect her boyfriend, a man who previously broke her heart, Lucian. Eve returns to the head of her Order, Tomas, and reveals Faela, Kade and Jair's secret. The three on the other hand learn more about their destiny and set Render is the second book in Elizabeth C. Mock's Children of Men series. It continues the story of Faela, Kade and Jair, the three Hands of Lior, agents of change who are chosen whenever a great need arises in the land. One of their companions, Eve, has turned against them to protect her boyfriend, a man who previously broke her heart, Lucian. Eve returns to the head of her Order, Tomas, and reveals Faela, Kade and Jair's secret. The three on the other hand learn more about their destiny and set out on a mission to collect the journals of previous Hands, which takes them across the continent with the aid of Sheridan (Eve's twin sister) through her 'popping' ability. The cover features Kade (I believe) and beautifully rendered in an earthy palette. The story opens in a manner that assumes you've read the first one. I very much recommend that you do read this series in order, otherwise the character relationships and issues won't make sense. The writing is as good, if not somewhat better than Shatter. The plot unfolds with enough twists and turns to keep you interested, despite its length, and the characters are distinct and likeable enough to keep your interest vested in their well-fair. I got the sense that Mock is ruthless enough to put her characters through hell and even kill them (based on previous events) and therefore the reader experiences a genuine concern for the characters. The banter between the characters is still a little annoying, but not as much as in the original. Having read the first two books, I think Mock has done enough here to ensure that I will buy the next book in the series too. This is a genuine gem of book and stands out head and shoulders above most of the other independently published ebooks currently available. Its also out in paperback.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Doreen

    3 stars? 4 stars? How do I rate a book like this? I suppose 3, since it wasn't as good as the first in the series, but was still above average. Once again, the magic theory was compelling, and I love Ms Mock's overall plotting and world-building. The characters are flawed and believable, but... as with the first book, the overall writing is horrendous. Grammar and spelling are secondary, and what is it with young female American writers and a complete aversion to the proper use of the past conti 3 stars? 4 stars? How do I rate a book like this? I suppose 3, since it wasn't as good as the first in the series, but was still above average. Once again, the magic theory was compelling, and I love Ms Mock's overall plotting and world-building. The characters are flawed and believable, but... as with the first book, the overall writing is horrendous. Grammar and spelling are secondary, and what is it with young female American writers and a complete aversion to the proper use of the past continuous tense? The worst part, tho, was the excruciating dialog. For example, there was one chapter where Kade called everyone "mate" for no reason whatsoever, then never did it again (to which the latter, thank God!) Though there are lovely, insightful passages like this one to make up for it: "[S]he gravitated to him like a starving person to food. She knew she shouldn't feel this way about him. Reminding herself of this fact, however, failed to change her emotions. If she couldn't control her emotions, she could control the choices she made." Okay, so it's not the greatest piece of writing, but it's pretty deep for a fantasy novel, and I am clearly having Personal Issues here. Which did not, however, serve to make me overlook the one particularly atrocious chapter that seemed to serve only to anvil it home for the particular dense how high-minded Kade's love for Faela is. This book is great for people who want a fairly complex fantasy novel and aren't too bothered by sub-par English/writing, but if the latter really bothers you, skip this hard. And thanks again, B, for the wonderful gift (despite my less than stellar review.)

  23. 4 out of 5

    Greymalkin

    This follow up to the first book was a little dark because the main character spends most of it in deepest despair. I do appreciate that Ms. Mock didn't softpedal the impact of events on the person and several crucial plot points happened because of her pain. However it did get somewhat depressing especially given the terrible things happening to the other characters. I look forward to the next one if only for some much needed catharsis. At the end of the book, the characters were pulling themse This follow up to the first book was a little dark because the main character spends most of it in deepest despair. I do appreciate that Ms. Mock didn't softpedal the impact of events on the person and several crucial plot points happened because of her pain. However it did get somewhat depressing especially given the terrible things happening to the other characters. I look forward to the next one if only for some much needed catharsis. At the end of the book, the characters were pulling themselves together and it sounds like there will be a lot more action in the third book. As before I really enjoy Ms. Mock's world building and magic system. It appeals to me very strongly. Reminds me a bit of Mercedes Lackey's and Tracy Hickman's early books with a strong D&D feel, but with a magic system all her own.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    I loved this book. Problems? Yes, a few. I am finding in fantasy books that banter between characters has become the standard, and it is often banter that is too modern-sounding to match the medieval-like settings. I find this very distracting. This series is not as bad as some fantasy series for the banter, but was enough to be distracting (hence, four stars instead of five). Some may not mind. There were occasional editing issues, but they were not frequent or distracting to me. The story is g I loved this book. Problems? Yes, a few. I am finding in fantasy books that banter between characters has become the standard, and it is often banter that is too modern-sounding to match the medieval-like settings. I find this very distracting. This series is not as bad as some fantasy series for the banter, but was enough to be distracting (hence, four stars instead of five). Some may not mind. There were occasional editing issues, but they were not frequent or distracting to me. The story is great, I cared about the characters, kept notes on the history of the characters and magic, which was presented across the series in bits and pieces, very well done. Clearly I got past the banter thing, because I read both Shatter and Render and look forward to the rest of the series.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Natasha

    Ahhh, this book was a brilliant read. The world is beautiful and feels real. The characters are so well written that you forget they are not actual people. I was pleased that Mock didn't give them easy routes out of thier feelings just to make the story telling softer. Thier reactions are realistic and that give depth to the world. I felt Feala's feelings were true and valid.... and poor Kade!! I really can't wait to the next book. I hope Jair gets a little more "screen time" in the next book. Ahhh, this book was a brilliant read. The world is beautiful and feels real. The characters are so well written that you forget they are not actual people. I was pleased that Mock didn't give them easy routes out of thier feelings just to make the story telling softer. Thier reactions are realistic and that give depth to the world. I felt Feala's feelings were true and valid.... and poor Kade!! I really can't wait to the next book. I hope Jair gets a little more "screen time" in the next book.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Andi

    I really liked these books. I liked the personalities of the characters. I think Faela is a bit dramatic. I also, as other reviewers have pointed out, found it hard to follow all the places and the explanation of magic is a bit confusing for me. However, I enjoyed the story and really look forward to a third book. I found that this one moved along a bit better and added some new characters. I think Ms. Mock has real potential as a writer and as books go, her's are enjoyable. I really liked these books. I liked the personalities of the characters. I think Faela is a bit dramatic. I also, as other reviewers have pointed out, found it hard to follow all the places and the explanation of magic is a bit confusing for me. However, I enjoyed the story and really look forward to a third book. I found that this one moved along a bit better and added some new characters. I think Ms. Mock has real potential as a writer and as books go, her's are enjoyable.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Margaret Reeves

    Could not wait for this sequel. It was a great read. Now waiting for the next one. The first novel shatter was a great read also.As soon as I finished it, went looking for the second book. As a 40 year reader of fantasy, this was one of the better stories.Ms Mock continues to make me want to know more about her characters and where they are going.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Stacy

    My actual initial rating for this book was 4 stars but you know what? I'm tired of waiting for the 3rd book! This series was good folks, especially considering it's been almost FOUR EFFING YEARS since I finished book 2 and I'm still looking forward to the next. It might be a bitchy move but I'm done giving good ratings when this happens. My actual initial rating for this book was 4 stars but you know what? I'm tired of waiting for the 3rd book! This series was good folks, especially considering it's been almost FOUR EFFING YEARS since I finished book 2 and I'm still looking forward to the next. It might be a bitchy move but I'm done giving good ratings when this happens.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Leisy

    Like the first book this one was full of spelling and grammatical errors. This book seemed somewhat pointless since it didn't really move the story along very much. Maybe I was just expecting more from this book since I had to pay $5 for it. I might have been a little easier on the first book since I downloaded it for free. Like the first book this one was full of spelling and grammatical errors. This book seemed somewhat pointless since it didn't really move the story along very much. Maybe I was just expecting more from this book since I had to pay $5 for it. I might have been a little easier on the first book since I downloaded it for free.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Matthew

    Another good entry in this series. The book was a bit on the long side though. The ending came together nicely but the first half of the book had a lot of exposition that probably could have been trimmed down a bit. I also had a tough time getting my bearings in the world again after the long time between books one and two.

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