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Review: The Tears of Elios (Elgean Chronicles #1) by Crista McHugh

Review: The Tears of Elios (Elgean Chronicles #1) by Crista McHugh

by Underworld Love AddictionJanuary 25, 2012

TLDR recap:

When Gregor finds a wounded shape shifter in a nearby cave he finds himself compelled to help her.  He takes Ranealya in, in part to learn about her species, even though it would be certain death if the King was to find out that a human was helping one of the other species in the kingdom.  With the King trying to exterminate the other species in the kingdom, a group of them have banned together to create The Resistance. Will Ranealya and Gregor be able to help Galen and The Resistance before they are all wiped from the realm?  A must read!

  • Title: The Tears of Elios
  • Series: The Elgean Chronicles
  • Author: Crista McHugh
  • Prominent Characters: Ranealya, Gregor, Kyra, Galen
  • Recommended reader age: 16+
  • Sexual content level: low


*** This review is SPOILER-FREE! Read on with confidence! ***


This is not only the story of Ranealya and Gregor but also of Galen, the leader of The Resistance and Kyra. I loved both of their stories. They tie together about half way through the book giving you a full picture of what’s going on. Ranealya is really the main Character in the book and I like how everything revolves around her rough existance. It was such a sweet story between the two of them, not the typical love (or lust) at first sight story. We also get a spin off story starting shortly into the book about a young human who is the apprentice of a master mage. It follows her through her escape from the Azekborn and as she enters The Resistance camp. It’s here that she meets Galen, a high elf. Galen takes a quick liking to Kyra and takes over her training. I liked their story as much as I enjoyed Ranealya and Gregor’s. This was a riveting tale of two couples and an amazing tale of Elgean and it’s inhabitants. I hadn’t heard much about this book so I was going into it without too high of expectations but I was certainly impressed. This is a quick read as the story just flew by. I will definitely be continuing this series if she writes more. The author left it with a cliffhanger that will have you ready for book 2. Not a “Fever Series” or “Mortal Instruments” kind of cliff hanger that will make you angry though I assure you. She wraps the stories of the couples up quite well. Overall a great read.


If you liked The Tears of Elios…

If you enjoyed The Tears of Elios, you might also like the Immortals After Dark series (starting with A Hunger Like No Other) by Kresley Cole.    This is another series with a bit of all of our favorite fantasy characters- vampires, shape shifters, demons, and much more.


Final thoughts:

A surprisingly touching fast-paced story. If this first book is any indication, I suspect this will be a great new series!


Rating: Tears of Elios


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  • January 25, 2012 at 8:19 am

    I haven’t heard of this one, but I love fantasy almost as much as PNR and UF. I’ll have to give this one a read.

    Plus, that chick’s eye makeup is just awesome. 🙂

  • Sophia Rose
    January 26, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    That review has inspired me to want to read this one. I’m just breaking into the fantasy sections of the bookstores so this one sounds like it will be a great read with the two exciting story lines.


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