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Edelaine's Folly: Book One of the Idoramin Chronicles: An Epic Fantasy Adventure Series

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For seventeen-year-old Cali Flynn, the peaceful farm-life of Edelaine was all she’d ever known… or ever wanted to know. But when catastrophe’s dagger hit its mark, her world was changed forever. An ancient evil -- hidden in the pages of legend for generations -- creeps from the shadows shattering Edelaine’s tranquil way of life… and possibly its very existen For seventeen-year-old Cali Flynn, the peaceful farm-life of Edelaine was all she’d ever known… or ever wanted to know. But when catastrophe’s dagger hit its mark, her world was changed forever. An ancient evil -- hidden in the pages of legend for generations -- creeps from the shadows shattering Edelaine’s tranquil way of life… and possibly its very existence. Thrust into a destiny she doesn’t want and a family legacy she never knew, Cali is forced to trust in a mysterious power she doesn’t understand. Can she accept her destiny and convince the people of Edelaine of the looming evil? Or will she bear the ultimate loss as her home, and the entire world of Idoramin falls into darkness? The long days of peace have ended... an old darkness has returned.


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For seventeen-year-old Cali Flynn, the peaceful farm-life of Edelaine was all she’d ever known… or ever wanted to know. But when catastrophe’s dagger hit its mark, her world was changed forever. An ancient evil -- hidden in the pages of legend for generations -- creeps from the shadows shattering Edelaine’s tranquil way of life… and possibly its very existen For seventeen-year-old Cali Flynn, the peaceful farm-life of Edelaine was all she’d ever known… or ever wanted to know. But when catastrophe’s dagger hit its mark, her world was changed forever. An ancient evil -- hidden in the pages of legend for generations -- creeps from the shadows shattering Edelaine’s tranquil way of life… and possibly its very existence. Thrust into a destiny she doesn’t want and a family legacy she never knew, Cali is forced to trust in a mysterious power she doesn’t understand. Can she accept her destiny and convince the people of Edelaine of the looming evil? Or will she bear the ultimate loss as her home, and the entire world of Idoramin falls into darkness? The long days of peace have ended... an old darkness has returned.

46 review for Edelaine's Folly: Book One of the Idoramin Chronicles: An Epic Fantasy Adventure Series

  1. 4 out of 5

    Belinda

    5 stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 - English Ebook A fantastic Epic fantasy. Surely for the young adults. Cali just was not ready to be a guardian. She did not know what her parents were. They never told her. A terrible event makes her aware of imps and dead. The ruler will not protect them. She has to do it. With help from her dead mother and grandmother. Ofcourse are humans and imps not the only kind in the land. I am ready for the second novel in the series. ( after I read the books on my reading list 😁).🌹🌹🌹 *** Th 5 stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 - English Ebook A fantastic Epic fantasy. Surely for the young adults. Cali just was not ready to be a guardian. She did not know what her parents were. They never told her. A terrible event makes her aware of imps and dead. The ruler will not protect them. She has to do it. With help from her dead mother and grandmother. Ofcourse are humans and imps not the only kind in the land. I am ready for the second novel in the series. ( after I read the books on my reading list 😁).🌹🌹🌹 *** Then the cryptisch conclusion of the dream which caused her to wake with such a start, Bethal and her ancestors echoing back the words Eaparius had said. The one fact about imps I can speak their brutality and lack of cunning, is they are not oft known to act in cooperation except from the orders of a surpirior. **** 🦋🦋🦋🦋

  2. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia Morgan

    A Fantastic Young Adult Epic that has everything a young fantasy reader could want. Relatable characters, idyllic settings, beasts, bravery and some really great new ideas, like Cali’s ‘time strung’ bow. Definitely geared towards a YA readership, but it did not disappoint this ‘slightly older’ reader 😉 Edelaine’s Folly is an entertaining, escapist read that promises great things to come in its sequels.

  3. 4 out of 5

    E.M. McIntyre

    3.5/5 Stars Edelaine’s Folly is a good start to an epic fantasy journey. Callera (Cali) Flynn is thrown into adulthood when tragedy, so to speak, strikes her peaceful farming community. What I loved/liked about this story: the magic system Shaw is developing in this first book. Cali’s ‘Time strung’ bow and her bracers – great stuff there. Chase the fox was a nice touch. I also liked the overall plot and thought the book ended well – I didn’t feel cheated. What I thought could be strengthened: in g 3.5/5 Stars Edelaine’s Folly is a good start to an epic fantasy journey. Callera (Cali) Flynn is thrown into adulthood when tragedy, so to speak, strikes her peaceful farming community. What I loved/liked about this story: the magic system Shaw is developing in this first book. Cali’s ‘Time strung’ bow and her bracers – great stuff there. Chase the fox was a nice touch. I also liked the overall plot and thought the book ended well – I didn’t feel cheated. What I thought could be strengthened: in general, I felt many of the characters, with the exception of Bodric, Eaparius, and a trio met later in the book, had the same ‘voice’, especially the teenagers whose dialogue and reactions to what they endured I didn’t find believable. Overall, this is a good read and I could see the younger end of the YA spectrum gobbling it up.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Martha Black-kesson

    Good book Like this book a easy read kept me engrossed and didn't take me long to read wil read book two when it is released Good book Like this book a easy read kept me engrossed and didn't take me long to read wil read book two when it is released

  5. 4 out of 5

    Susan Barton

    Cali is a resourceful, clever girl who lives a carefree farm life in Edelaine with her loving parents Bethal and Erwin. Everything changes when a yet unknown evil unexpectedly swoops in and leaves death and destruction in its wake. Cali is understandably devastated, but she quickly finds there’s no time to dwell on her losses. She jumps into action and claims her destiny and the family legacy she never knew she had. Edelaine’s Folly, Book One is a wonderful, action-packed adventure for youngsters Cali is a resourceful, clever girl who lives a carefree farm life in Edelaine with her loving parents Bethal and Erwin. Everything changes when a yet unknown evil unexpectedly swoops in and leaves death and destruction in its wake. Cali is understandably devastated, but she quickly finds there’s no time to dwell on her losses. She jumps into action and claims her destiny and the family legacy she never knew she had. Edelaine’s Folly, Book One is a wonderful, action-packed adventure for youngsters as well as adults. I was initially drawn to this book because of the gorgeous, colorful cover and I’m glad I decided to download it. The book started ever so slightly slow and I wondered where the author was planning to take the story. However, I realized that this was her way of laying the groundwork for what was to come. I feel it was a clever way to fully introduce readers to the character of Cali and the land of Edelaine. As I’ve said many times before in my book reviews, I LOVE books that place female characters in strong, important roles and Edelaine’s Folly definitely does this. This series is an excellent way to encourage young girls to begin reading fantasy books. Although the main protagonist is female, I genuinely feel that boys will enjoy reading this book as well. There’s plenty of action, adventure and strong supporting male characters here too. This is definitely a series worth getting into and I intend to continue reading on! 5 of 5 Stars, Susan Barton, https://diymomblog.blogspot.com

  6. 5 out of 5

    Diane Rapp

    An ordinary farm girl must learn hard lessons Cali was just an ordinary farm girl, unaware that darkeness once preyed upon people in her world. Her parents failed to train her because peace had reigned for so long. Their folly meant that she must learn hard lessons to become a leader and protect her people. Will the small band of helpers be enough? This is an exciting book with plenty of interesting new ideas about magic. I recommend it highly and will start on book 2 soon.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Annezo

    Full disclosure. I was on book 4 of this series when I finally gave up. Potentially interesting but undescribed magic system, the usual variety of races (elves, dwarves, etc.) presented with no sense or reason for said characters not to have been written as human, and, overall, just an entire lack of detail that led me to being entirely indifferent as to whether or not any of the characters survived their ordeals. There was a complete lack of detail or world-building, leaving me to feel as though Full disclosure. I was on book 4 of this series when I finally gave up. Potentially interesting but undescribed magic system, the usual variety of races (elves, dwarves, etc.) presented with no sense or reason for said characters not to have been written as human, and, overall, just an entire lack of detail that led me to being entirely indifferent as to whether or not any of the characters survived their ordeals. There was a complete lack of detail or world-building, leaving me to feel as though I were reading bits out of conversations that took place over a frankly unguessable amount of time. I have no idea what the world is like, how societies developed, or what cultural influences there may have been for the different regions. No idea of the different societies and what their differences are. The books lack color, flavor, and aroma. Your senses are not engaged at all. The immersive details that allow us to believe in a fictional world? Completely absent. There's no emotional or character development. (The protagonist manages to fall in love and get married without a single mention of how she feels at any time.) I'm not saying the books are badly written. I'm saying they aren't written. Someone typed up a general outline of how the story would unfold and left it at that. Cranky stuff: (view spoiler)[ This world lacks a monetary system. The protagonist and her friends are described as buying a fortune's worth of stuff over and over, but there's never any mention of payment, or even what the coinage is like. It lacks cuisine. They eat "roast, bread, and cheese" whenever eating is described. I think we were in book 3 before there was a mention of fruit. (Not a specific fruit, just "fruits.") IIRC, there was a mention of eggs once. It lacks culture. We interact with people from four or five races and there's never any suggestion that this backwoods farm girl runs into any cultural problems or differences. Nor are there mentions of anything culturally specific to any of these species. It lacks timekeeping. There's no way to know how much time passes between the conversations we read. Not unless, as very occasionally happens, there's some reason for someone in the next conversation to mention the time lapse. In book 3, I think it was, there is mention of the protagonist thinking she's been friends with this other young woman for "years." Up until that point, I had been assuming the story so far had taken place in a year or less. (hide spoiler)] And then, pandemic and free book or not, I got bored and quit reading. YMMV

  8. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    This fun "cozy epic adventure" is in the tradition of The Hobbit and Brian Jacques' Redwall series. The focus is on friendship and developing strengths and maturity, even in the face of fear and danger. The friendships that Cali forms are really compelling. I loved her relationship with Sarah in particular -- how the two of them have different strengths and support each other and are also so grateful for each other. I also enjoyed the new friends Cali meets through Eaparius: characters who each This fun "cozy epic adventure" is in the tradition of The Hobbit and Brian Jacques' Redwall series. The focus is on friendship and developing strengths and maturity, even in the face of fear and danger. The friendships that Cali forms are really compelling. I loved her relationship with Sarah in particular -- how the two of them have different strengths and support each other and are also so grateful for each other. I also enjoyed the new friends Cali meets through Eaparius: characters who each have different strengths and who also each face prejudice. In addition, Cali's reluctant leadership was endearing. I liked watching as she learns to trust herself more throughout the story. And how even seasoned toughies like Bodric respect her. She doesn't seek out violence or revenge, yet she is committed to defending her home and her friends. I like that she tries to solve problems by planning ahead and utilizing the strengths of those around her. I think that is the kind of leadership style that many parents and educators would love kids to witness! This is a great book to curl up with. I love that any problem seems less scary when faced with good friends and a fresh pot of tea. (I think I gained a few pounds while reading because I kept wanting to feast whenever the characters were!) A great read for middle grades. A bit young for teens / YA. The pacing could have been a bit faster, but I think a lot of the groundwork was being laid to continue the series. And we definitely had time to connect with key characters and get to know them, so overall a fair trade-off.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Anji

    Kindle Unlimited book that I got in error but thought why not it's downloaded. It was just too easy to tell what would happen next. I'll place the two remaining book on my wish list to read at a later time but won't rush to them. Kindle Unlimited book that I got in error but thought why not it's downloaded. It was just too easy to tell what would happen next. I'll place the two remaining book on my wish list to read at a later time but won't rush to them.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Leland DeGolier

    I really liked the characters. The story and characters were expertly developed, encouraging me to continue.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Duane Huffman

    I enjoyed this story. It was written in easy to read prose and I had no problem visualizing the scenes or the actions.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    Interesting story but there wasn't enough conflict in my opinion. The people are so nice and cooperative. Interesting story but there wasn't enough conflict in my opinion. The people are so nice and cooperative.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Nick Burgoyne

    Edelaine’s Folly is a fantasy story about the destiny of a girl named Cali and her friends in an endangered land. In the first half, what was most notable for me was how the author skilfully managed to keep me hooked, even with its slow-burning story and cosy setting. There was always a hint that things were not quite right with the world, monsters lurking in the shadows, and I really wanted to know what it was. This half builds up to a satisfying conclusion that sets the story up for Cali and he Edelaine’s Folly is a fantasy story about the destiny of a girl named Cali and her friends in an endangered land. In the first half, what was most notable for me was how the author skilfully managed to keep me hooked, even with its slow-burning story and cosy setting. There was always a hint that things were not quite right with the world, monsters lurking in the shadows, and I really wanted to know what it was. This half builds up to a satisfying conclusion that sets the story up for Cali and her future development. I felt it was after the arrival of Eaparius and his explanation of the guardians that the book lost it for me. Despite the threat described, the danger felt non-existent. The complete lack of conflict between the unnaturally nice characters began to ring hollow to my tastes. I do feel the book could have done with firmer editing to fix some of the quirks and remove the sheer amount of unnecessary detail that really dragged the pace down (they’re having an extension, I get it!). But the story itself is solid and acts as a good set-up for the author’s future entries in this series. The land of Edelaine is a vividly described, intimate place, and one I found easy to imagine. If you’re after a cosy, upbeat fantasy that’s an easy read, then this is one to recommend.

  14. 5 out of 5

    cheri ebert

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    J.C. Ahmed

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    Tina Brossow

  18. 4 out of 5

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  20. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Foster

  21. 5 out of 5

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  22. 5 out of 5

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  31. 4 out of 5

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    LindaB

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    Angelique Cunningham

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