Shatter (The Children of Man, #1)

Rated 4.88/5 based on 17 reviews
Less than a year ago, Faela Durante, a Tereskan mind healer, disappeared from her family home in Finalaran scared and pregnant. Hunted and living as an outcast, Faela searches for a legend that might be her only hope of gaining atonement and returning to her son. When her journey collides with two strangers, she must choose between trusting those around her or accomplishing her mission. More

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Words: 146,690
Language: English
ISBN: 9781452362489
About Elizabeth Mock

Elizabeth C. Mock lives with her husband in Cincinnati, Ohio where they watch too many movies and plot their next culinary adventure. She currently teaches philosophy, spends too much time on tumblr, and continues writing The Children of Man series and other projects. Elizabeth is a fantasy author repped by Barry Goldblatt of Barry Goldblatt Literary.


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Review by: Jenmae on Jan. 21, 2012 : (no rating)
Wonderfully written andgives the reader a clear view of each character introduced. Plot is masterfully laid out and gives the reader something he or she wants in the book.
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Review by: Elisa Parmley on Nov. 23, 2011 :
A great book with an intricate plot full of mystery and conspiracies and a magic structure that doesn't rely on previously written fantasy. There are so many characters that it's hard to remember them at first, but Elizabeth Mock does a great job of returning to them to solidify them in the reader's mind. Each character is unique, so even if you can't recall their names when asked you remember their faces and their personalities. (Of course, I'm terrible at remembering names anyway, so I'm not one to judge) One thing that I would fix is the use of commas. If you're a stickler for grammar and punctuation rules, this will bug you worse than a hornet's nest. However, it's a minor detractor to the book--one that could be easily fixed with the handy help of a friend with a red pen. That said, I've read punctuation-perfect books that were far inferior to this fine example of storytelling.
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Review by: Isaac Johnson on Nov. 22, 2011 :
This book started great - fun whimsical creatures set in a middle-ages era kingdom. However, as it progressed we get introduced into more and more side stories. Somewhere about 2/3 through, i encountered a scene with about 14 individual characters intersecting and i just gave up - too many "lead" characters. For space-opera / fantasy people who like many characters, this is a great book - if you are more the type that involve a cast of less than 8, maybe you should avoid. The writing was fine - it was the number of threads i couldn't take.
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Review by: Chud Christie on Oct. 24, 2011 :
A fantastic good book. A better fantasy book.
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Review by: frannie doland on July 07, 2011 :
Good versus evil. Heroes and Villains. A fantasy world. Check, check, and check! Great fun read.
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Review by: Neville Cross on June 26, 2011 :
I love this book.

Beautiful descriptions.

I like the use of colors of light as symbols.

I usually have trouble remembering names of secondary characters, but this narrative keep me from forgetting all the characters. The way they are introduce, and then get back to them with more details, makes you familiar with all of them. I like the complexity of the characters, not entirely good or bad.

I really enjoy reading this book.
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Review by: LouAnn on June 13, 2011 :
Just finished this book and can't wait for the next one!
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Review by: Frankie McClure on May 07, 2011 :
I absolutely loved this book. I did find it hard to remember all the different characters at first (as another reviewer also wrote), but once I knew them, they were old friends. I am anxiously awaiting tne release of the next book, Render.
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Review by: Smokescreen Publishing on April 10, 2011 :
Very good book. I wish I could give it a 4.5/5 but since we can't do half stars I'll round up. My only piece of constructive criticism I would have is that in the beginning it felt a little like I was meeting people very fast and there was not much to distinguish them from one another in my mind leading to it being hard at first for me to remember who it was that said or did what.

The other reason that I'll give it a five and round up is because there is always a chance that it was my fault and I was just a little more distracted than normal that day, which wouldn't surprise me.

All that being said, this is a very good book. I think that it had a great ending, very strong. I definitely plan to move onto the rest of the series eventually. Keep writing, we'll keep reading!
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Review by: Fleur on Feb. 18, 2011 :
Great book!
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Review by: Hans Brauer on Jan. 13, 2011 :
One of the better fantasy books I've read in a long time. I downloaded it on a whim and I'm pleasantly surprised. when is the next part ready?
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Review by: Joey Jones on Dec. 29, 2010 :
Thought it was a good read especially for being free. I will definatley read the next book.
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Review by: Roy A. Lawrence on Nov. 25, 2010 :
Haven't finished this yet, but this is good!
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Review by: BattleCat on Oct. 25, 2010 : (no rating)
One of the most interesting fantasy novels I've read in a long time; and that says a lot. Everything about this book was first rate, from the concept and storyline- to the writing and editing. I can't believe that it was FREE. I don't mind paying for work of this quality. Great job, and I cannot wait for the next part. Thanks!
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Review by: CWG Press on Oct. 20, 2010 :
I just finished Shatter and I really look forward to seeing the story continue. This was a tremendous novel. Scratch that; it is a tremendous novel!

I downloaded Shatter because it was free. Plus, my mother's maiden name was Mock and I wondered if we might be related. I was born in Cincinnati, too... None of that stuff mattered, before long. I was caught up in the events, the characters, the world you created. I don't know when I've been so thoroughly involved in a book--and I not only read constantly but publish books under the name CWG Press. I wish I'd had the chance to publish this one.

Like all good fantasies, this book has clear villains and heroes, good versus evil, and world-changing events. Naturally the characters we follow are involved in the most significant actions and reactions. The good people are mostly flawed, and the bad ones often have redeeming qualities, and we don't know for sure on which side some of our favorite characters will end. We like them anyway, though. We just wish they would make the right decisions. Why do they keep missing what is so obvious to us?

The novel has depth and breadth too, and I can't wait to see what happens next.
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Review by: Paul Andres on Oct. 17, 2010 :
I toyed with only giving this book 4 stars, as there are a few editing/proof-reading errors and I think the characters are a shade immature in their development (to be clear: their development by the author is excellent, but I feel she's painted a few too youngish; at times I nearly flashed on my niece's past addiction to the Redwall books -- but not quite), but that would be churlish, given the hours of enjoyment I nevertheless found in this book.

I will be eagerly anticipating the other two thirds of this trilogy (even paying for them!), as well as Elizabeth Mock's own maturing in her writing style. Already delightful, I expect her future work to be nothing but stellar.

Being the frugal sort (read: cheap bastard), I sample the freebies first, and I've "kissed many frogs" before finding this gem. Elizabeth's work will keep me hopeful that there still are great new talents out there, grain amidst the chaff, just awaiting the opportunity to be discovered.

My most sincere best wishes to Elizabeth to slavishly labor over the sequels and deliver them both promptly (soon, please!), but not before she's polished them to her absolute satisfaction.
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Review by: Kevin Brighton on Sep. 08, 2010 :
This story exists in a unique world and one that I will enjoy visiting again. Faela is well-drawn and as a reader I wish for her to find the end of her struggle. Well written! Kudos!
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Review by: Heidi Provost on Aug. 19, 2010 : (no rating)
I want the second one now! I can't wait! Please hurry!!!!!!!!!
(reviewed 40 days after purchase)

Review by: Jason Nelson on July 20, 2010 :
I could not get enough of this book. Please finish the second!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Randolph Lalonde on July 10, 2010 :
On its own, Shatter is a novel that introduces us to the personalities and struggles of some memorable characters. Faela is a character on a journey propelled by deep motivations that aren’t immediately apparent. As you unravel the mystery surrounding her and discover what drives her you are treated to her practical yet charming personality. The other characters in this book are just as interesting, their struggles are just as compelling, you’ll find yourself cheering for some and sneering at others.

The world, magic system and history behind this book are specific and well made. Unlike many fantasy and science fiction novels these days, you don’t get the feeling that the whole universe is built to the direct benefit of the characters. Instead, Elizabeth Mock has built a setting that is anything but convenient or simple, adding depth and realism to their struggles.

This book does stand on its own, but I promise you’ll be looking forward to the second part of the trilogy by the time you finish it.
(reviewed 16 days after purchase)

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