on July 7, 2013 :
I got lost within the pages of this here story. So completely and wonderfully lost. Such a sweet elven tale with excitement, romance, adventure and magic! A definite must read for any fans of the genre that enjoy a great story that brings everything to life :)
Eden is one tough cookie! I absolutely LOVE her! She’s a free spirited and kind female that has an enormous list of fine qualities.
Gabriel, I did not love at first. But I quickly grew to adore him once I understood his true feelings and true self. He is an amazing male specimen that is adored and honored throughout the lands. He deserves to be tortured. I mean loved and happy ;)
Together these two are an amazing team, couple. They complete one another to absolute perfection and complete tasks for their land and people that no other possibly could. True mates, one soul, true love and complete utter happiness. LOVE IT! I look forward to where M.A. will bring us in the next of the series!
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)
on May 18, 2012 :
He has returned from the wars a hero to his people, savior of their Empire and honored as such, but his world is empty, despite the peace he has won for his people. There is no light where he lives, no soft touch to comfort him, to push away the darkness of his memories. He lives only to serve his King and the world he lives in. He is the High Lord General Gabriel Eagle Claw, Commander of the Combined Elven forces sent into the outside world to bring their people home he travels with his troop to the valley where he has been told they await his coming. She is like a forest creature, wild and free. Warrior trained alongside her brothers. She guards the life and spirit of the forests that surround them, as well as those who live in the valley with them. She also guards a secret, for she is more than just a simple Elven maiden tending to the care of the elements they live in. Bur when blue eyes meet silver each knows they have met their Life Mate, but such things are not as quickly accepted as they are recognized. He would have order in his ranks, she must be free to mark her own trail, he would bind her, tie her, control her. She would test his patience and will to the limit, and challenge his rights to own what she would not give freely.
One of the main reasons I love the fantasy genre so much is for its epic worlds and descriptions. The adventures have a monumental feeling with a wonderful lore supporting the main story arc. That is exactly what I got when I read Gabriel.
I came across this book because I joined its Blog Hop that was hosted by Innovative Online Book Tours. The author, Miss Abraham, wrote my very first author guest post here on Journey with Words; and after reading the book’s excerpt I knew I wanted to read the full story.
The story revolves around Gabriel, the Chief of the Elven Military Forces, and his destined bride to be Eden, a free spirited Elven maiden that prefers to spend her days from tree to tree and fighting just like her brothers instead of conforming to the expected role she, as a woman, is supposed to fill. The couple’s conflict develops because Gabriel is used to be followed to the last word without hesitation while Eden is used to not follow anyone’s orders. Eden is a strong female character, one that is more than capable to go head to head with the most stubborn character of the book, Gabriel.
I did have a problem with the book at first, since the elven society in general has a slight air of male chauvinism that after a while it was beginning to rub me off the wrong way.
There is a constant statement that was driving me mad, every time that Eden excelled at something it is looked upon by the male characters with such shock, that it was beginning to wear thin. Her success was more impressive than normal because she is a woman. One of the first comments of this sort comes from Eden’s own father:
"I understand. I know Eden can be difficult. She has never followed any path a normal Elven maiden would have. She has always been one to make her home in the trees and her love of weapons was something encouraged by myself. It seemed a smart thing to do at the time. I was already training my son Lociel and she was just another student. It was a time of war and she needed to be able to defend herself. C'Liandra would have rather died than touch a weapon. Eden, On the other hand, is an exceptional fighter, especially for a woman." (Gabriel, pp. 29)
Now don’t get me wrong, Laurent –Eden’s father– loves her very much, but the mentality is there. However, as the series progresses there begin to be a switch in the balance empowering the women of the story.
The bottom line is that I enjoyed this book quite a lot. It’s a great fantasy, one that I recommend to anyone who loves the genre, and one that I definitively want to read the next book from.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on May 13, 2012 :
An well told and amazing story. Wonderful adventure and romance, a great head-strong female (which I love) and a powerful and patient(sort of)hero! An excellent read, can't wait for the next one!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on April 17, 2012 :
I read lots of books and it is hard to keep my attention. This book has everything you can look for. Strong lead characters! lots of action and romance. Absolutely worth reading!
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)
on April 7, 2012 :
I haven't read too many books with elves in it and the ones I read were portraying elves as evil or at least not very nice. Gabriel's book opened another world which portrays elves in a totally different light, as any other supernatural beings, with the good and the bad. I really enjoyed the book, with it's complex and varied characters and at the same time easy to read, just enough descriptive scenes without getting overwhelmed. I look forward to the next ones in the series. I highly recommend the book, even if you are not into elven books.
(reviewed 19 days after purchase)
on April 5, 2012 :
I found this book to be an extrelely captivating book, couldn't put it down! The story line was excellent I quite enjoyed the unexpected twists and expertly written charicters who had interesting and captivated personalities. A definite must have for people who love to read. I will love to see what the author M.A Abraham will have coming for us in the future.
(reviewed 18 days after purchase)
on March 24, 2012 :
M. A. Abraham's Gabriel leads us into a world of ancient beauty. The elves are just getting over a long war and things are beginning to settle. Gabriel is sent for the Kings soul mate and to bring the elves that are there with her back to their homeland. The King has foreseen Gabriel meeting Eden a very independent and gifted elven maiden. The Kings suspects she is Gabriel's soulmate. When Gabriel and Eden meet sparks fly and the jouney begins.
You will love where the journey takes you and the surprises and wonderful elves you will meet along the way. I highly recommend this book.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on March 22, 2012 :
This book is very well written and is an easy read. M.A. Abraham takes you through a magical time with great characters. I highly recommend Gabriel - Book 1 of the Elvin Chronicles. You will not regret purchasing this book.
I very much look forward to Book 2 of the Elven Chronicles and you will too! Super, Excellent, and very enjoyable!
I give it 5 stars.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)