Anathema - Cloud Prophet Trilogy, Book 1

Rated 4.38/5 based on 9 reviews
Reychel is a slave girl surrounded by magic, lies, and manipulation. Her best friend disappears in the middle of the night leaving Reychel to face her fifteenth birthday, the day her master burns his brand into the back of her bald head, alone. Sheltered from the outside world and without any hope for escape, can Reychel learn to believe in herself?

Oubliette (Book 2), Severed (Book 3).

Ages 14
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Price: Free! USD

Words: 52,550
Language: English
ISBN: 9781458107848
About Megg Jensen

Megg Jensen has been a freelance parenting journalist since 2003 and began writing YA novels in 2009. She co-runs DarkSide Publishing, is a member of SCBWI, and blogs about writing while juggling freelancing, volunteering, and family life. She lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, two kids, and their miniature schnauzer, Ace.

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Reychel is a slave girl surrounded by magic, lies and manipulation. Her best friend disappears in the middle of the night leaving Reychel to face her fifteenth birthday, the day her master burns his brand into the back of her bald head, alone. She's sheltered from the outside world and doesn't have any hope for escape, but can Reychel learn to believe in herself?

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Review by: Eva Conrad on Nov. 09, 2012 :
The best thing about this book is the focus on characters. I found them enjoyable and believeable, which is essential for me as I prefer character driven fiction.
(review of free book)

Review by: Katja Rinne on April 10, 2012 :
Lately I’ve been reading books without reading the blurb first. It’s weirdly refreshing when you have absolutely no idea where the book will go from the start. Granted I had heard that Anathema is part of Cloud Prophet Trilogy, so I rightly assumed the heroine is a cloud prophet, but that was it. That said I had heard lots of praises of this book and the cover is amazing – one of my favourite indie book covers ever.

I loved the start of the novel, since it was hectic and promising me quite the ride through the story, but the pace did slow down quite a lot after the beginning. I’m not saying it’s bad, but just a bit different from what I was expecting. At the end we get a bit more action, so it wasn’t all gone.

Jensen has done a great job building the world up little by little in the book. I liked her writing style quite much. Even so there was two things that bothered me in the book and because they both affected the plot it dragged down the rating. Neither was world breaking, but did help the plot and simplify things with character stupidity. (I can’t elaborate these in fear of spoiling.)

Reychel was a heroine I could easily sympathize with. She was smart, emotional, caring, strong minded and not a push-over. And she didn’t worship the ground under her love interest, but saw his flaws also, which I think is a major plus in the book.

Ivy came out a bit schizophrenic, but I guess that was the intention I believe. Johna I loved as Reychel’s mentor, even though she’s part of one of the things that bothered me in the book.

Overall the Jensen has created lots of multi-dimensional characters I enjoyed reading about, and even though the plot was easy enough to figure out there was also some twists that weren’t that easy to see. Definitely the start of the book was a lot stronger than how it carried on, but I still think this is a great read for every YA lover who wants to spice their reading list with a bit of fantasy. Jensen has created an intriguing world and I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Meghan K. McInnis on March 27, 2012 :
My first read by an indie author and I was really impressed. Megg Jensen wrote a beautiful story filled with repression, magic, romance, and rebellion. There were a few grammatical errors, but nothing a quick proofread can't fix. Of course, editing for an indie author isn't easy. I know! But the story was great and that's what matters. And at $2.99, this was a steal. I truly believe this was money well-spent. And now it's free, so what are you waiting for? A fun, quick, easy read. I will definitely be buying Oubliette.
[Purchased on iBooks]
(review of free book)

Review by: Apple Jack Creek Books on Feb. 02, 2012 :
An interesting premise and an interesting world, definitely.

The characters are quite engaging and the magic and 'shape' of this universe is intriguing.

The writing is good, though on occasion I lost my sense of immersion in the story, it was never enough to make me less interested in what was going on. I'm curious to see where the story goes, and might pick up the remaining two books.
(review of free book)

Review by: Books4Tomorrow Reviews on Dec. 24, 2011 :
The first book in the Cloud Prophecy series, “Anathema” was an awesome read! I downloaded it as a free book from kindle, and wasn’t in a rush to read it. But once I got started, I was hooked! Before I got to the end of the book, I was already looking forward to the next two books in this series by Megg Jensen.

I loved everything about this book. It was an easy and fast read, with an uncomplicated, yet unpredictable, plot line. The story moves at a comfortable pace and each setting is so well-described, it effortlessly drew me into the book.

I quickly fell in love with the characters, especially with the main character Reychel. She is a down to earth character, accepting her life as a slave without complaint. What I also enjoyed about this character, is how she grew as a person throughout the book, while staying true to her unassuming and sincere nature. The one thing that annoys me, is when female characters are portrayed as weak and helpless. This is not the case with Reychel, or any of the other characters, and in my books that makes her so much more likeable.

Supporting characters, good and bad, were also well crafted and the author skillfully blended them into the storyline. The romance between Reychel and her love interest was subtle and tastefully written.

I would’ve liked if Kandek’s character could’ve been a little more developed, and it would’ve added a lot more to the plot if certain things were seen from his point of view, but hopefully this will be done in the next two books. It doesn’t really take anything away from the story though.

The ending is a bit of a cliffhanger, but as this is the first book in the series, some points are neatly tied up and others are left open to be developed in the next book. Fellow readers, I highly recommend this stunning book to young and old alike!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Namine Mai on Nov. 28, 2011 : (no rating)
Thank goodness for twitter, I found this book free through twitter on Amazon Kindle. And while once again I don't have a kindle, I have the app on my phone and can read away. Which is semi a bad thing as my phone can be out at work.

So a couple mornings ago I found out about Anathema. Read the synopsis out-loud to a fellow co-worker who followed suit and immediately downloaded!

The synopsis was true, this definitely was a good read! I love the cover her eyes are perfect. I also enjoyed how some things were very prominent in the slaves lives. For example their shaved heads.

Ivy and Mark were a surprise I didn't expect any of that. Once I figured out the truth behind Ivy, I am surprised by her patience and her cunningness. Tiana was my favorite character. and read it!
(review of free book)

Review by: Serephina Azalea on Aug. 05, 2011 :
So I won this book in a contest from Peace, Love, Teen Fiction. This is the first book in which I didn't read the description and I went in reading without any clue what would go on. I was shocked with all of it. Thrown into this world of slavery and magic. *Spoiler Alert* You can tell that Reychel is special. Not being able to see the sky when everyone else can. Also being able to have private meeting with the master. Everyones first thought is that he is using her for his um "personal needs" little did they know that she could read the clouds and tell the future. The rescue was brilliantly executed. There are a lot of twists and turns and things you will never expect. Very great book I would say.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Kristina Marino on June 06, 2011 :
I was really excited when I got this book from the author, Megg Jensen to review. Well, actually I asked her to review it because I really wanted to read it! I had read the summary on goodreads and thought it sounded very interesting. This book did not disappoint! I was captivated from page one, and it only got better and better.

The heroine, Reychel has been a slave her entire life. On her 15th birthday she will be branded with a fox on her neck, her master’s symbol. This means she will always belong to him. Before the branding “ceremony” can take place, Reychel is able to escape with the help of some invisible, magical people which will eventually become her friends. Free for the first time in her life, Reychel begins to learn who she truly is and secrets of her past are revealed.

What I liked most about Anathema was how everything flowed perfectly. No plot points were dragged on for eternity, but at the same time, nothing was said to quickly (did that even make sense??). There were so many questions of mine that were answered, but there is still enough for a second book to take place. I think what I am trying to say is that nothing was forced onto the reader, everything was told to us at the appropriate times.

The characters were also very well written. I loved Reychel. After everything she had been through, she was still trusting, honest, and brave. Then there is Mark, the hero and love interest to Reychel. There is more to him then meets the eye, and I can’t wait to see him again and hopefully, learn more about him!

Anathema is a great read, especially for fantasy lovers! It might seem like a short novel, but even at only 160 pages (nook pages), there was still an entire world that was to be discovered. I hope in Oubliette (the second one in the series-due out June 20th) we get to learn more about the Malborns, and why they were able to rise to power.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Erin Danzer on April 17, 2011 :
** SPOILERS MAY ENSUE **
Had to add the note because I just finished reading the amazing novel, Anathema by Megg Jensen and I'm still wrapping my mind around everything that happened.

And a LOT happened. The novel follows Reychel, a slave to Kandek, as she wakes on her fifteenth birthday to find her best friend missing. Add to this the fact that fifteen is a magic number, when a slave becomes "legal" and is branded to be kept in the family.

And that's only the beginning! The fast-paced action will keep you turning pages until you read the end. I loved watching Reychel grow as a person throughout the novel and can't wait to see what happens next in the upcoming Oubliette. Of the two twists that happen near the end of the book, I saw the one coming and honestly hoped it would turn out to be a good thing once it was revealed but the second I had to read a couple times to get over the shock. Brilliantly done!!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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