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Engella (The Chronicles of Engella Rhys Book 0) by [Cross, Paul Ian]
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Length: 23 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Engella is on a fantastic adventure through TIME and SPACE!

After months on the run - chased by the scary HUNTERS - she has finally found somewhere safe to call home. The problem is - it's not long before her past catches up with her. Will she get away this time?

From the streets of New Shanghai in 2074 to Scotland in 1998, Engella is a sci-fi short story you DO NOT want to miss!

The first short story of The Chronicles of Engella Rhys, a sci-fi book series for ages 8 and over.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4090 KB
  • Print Length: 23 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Farrow Children's Books; 1 edition (27 July 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01J7D4IS0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,785 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Both Engella and Annys are reasonably interesting characters. There's obviously a lot of back story to either of them. However, seeing as it's a short story, it feels like a lot of details are missing or simply crammed in, without fully explaining points to the reader. For example, when Engella and Annys meet. Annys simply accepts Engella into her home and they have an in-depth conversation. This would be a fantastic opportunity to introduce us further to either character. However, the author skims over the events and it feels like it was kind of a wasted opportunity. The same can be said of the rest of the story. The setting and scenes, for example; I don't think we get a reasonable explanation as to why either Engella is being chased by the authorities. It's also a bit mystifying as to why she has some sort of time device; I think they ought to go to highly trained people and not teenagers. Especially considering the effects of time and how it might change future periods if someone were to change the past. However, I suppose a lot of that might be a bit too complex for a kid's book. I'm not particularly appreciative of the time travel/ science fiction aspects of the book. I think that they could have been better explained.

The illustrations are by Alison Rasmussen and very well done. They're very detailed and obviously took a lot of effort on her part. The first is the cover image and I like the delicate colours. I also like the simplicity. The second is of a cat; it's my favourite of the drawings as it's very adorable. A third is of Engella and a fourth image is of Rupert, the dog.

It's a fairly original book, but I think we miss out on a lot of the important back-story and details. It has a great premise. But it's a short story of only ~3,700 words. It ends abruptly and, unless it is to be a novel, I think I'm unlikely to buy the next issue in the series; I think it just needs more work.
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Talented is the author who can manage to imbue his characters with such depth and emotion in so few pages.

I'm now very much looking forward to reading more of Engella and the world and time from which she was attempting to escape.

Definitely worth a read !
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4.0 out of 5 stars Through Time and Space 19 August 2016
By Beth Rodgers - Published on
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'Engella' by Paul Ian Cross is a short story about titular character Engella, a young girl whose past is literally catching up to her. Set apart from her family by long distances - of time and space - she struggles to survive on her own, outsmarting Hunters who want to see her dead.

Cross is clearly going to continue his story based on the cliffhanger ending of this first installment in Engella's journey. However, some clarification on exactly who the Hunters are would be helpful. The question arises of why they would rather have her dead when they themselves are traveling through time and space like she does. If this point had been elaborated on further in this particular tale, even if just in a paragraph or short chapter, it would have strengthened the storytelling. The concept of having Hunters and Watchers, people who obviously want to end Engella's journey alongside those who are there to help her, respectively, is intriguing. The prospect of learning more about them keeps me invested in reading the next story that Cross intends to write about Engella's fate.

The dialogue is realistic and the descriptions are strong and imaginative. Even though the story lacks some of the other pieces that would make it a stronger read overall, it is engaging nonetheless. Anyone who enjoys a good plot twist will want to learn more about Engella and what will become of her when the story comes to a close.

Beth Rodgers, Author of 'Freshman Fourteen,' A Young Adult Novel
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Meh to start but had me hooked at the end 22 September 2016
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This very short story (19 pages) so far is about a young lady (15 or 16ish) who is for an unknown reason being followed/chased by "hunters" through time and space.

I found the story to start out a bit confusing. As I kept reading I was getting a bit more impatient. Who is this girl? Where is she? Where did she just go? Why? Why is she being searched for? What is she referencing about her parents? There was a point in this where I was about to just stop reading because it did not seem to be making sense.

At the very end is where it somewhat comes together in the most generic form. In the last pages we learn just a hint of who Engella found on the beach and why they are together.

All in all I think this is a great start to a book. This would make a good start to the first chapter. I also think that there needs to be just a bit more information given to the readers. There is almost too much mystery and unknown going on too quickly.

I am however looking forward to reading what is in store for Engella and her new found friend. I think this story has a lot of potential. I am curious to know more about Engella. Why she was running, more about her travels and what went on while at those places, her new friend, her parents, the colony on the moon even!

Had I not been hooked at the end I would have given this 3 stars. A "just ok" star rating. However the tid bit of information we were given in those last pages was enough to leave me wanting more. I hope the author is hard at work putting together more chapters!!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars liked the writing 24 November 2016
By Erani Kole - Published on
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I was given a copy but seeing that this was free, I of course got it myself.

It was interesting. I really liked the reading style and the hint at what this all was going to amount to. However, that's all this installment was: a hint. There were a lot of teases and snippets of the bad guys, Engella's background and any other additional characters, and I know this is a short story, but this didn't feel like enough to be considered a short story.
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting Short Story! 28 April 2017
By Tina Morley - Published on
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Engella is a short story about a girl who time travels. She has been separated from her parents by time and has been running for her life from people called Hunters. The characters of Engella and Annys (the woman she meets on the beach) are intriguing. Even though the story didn't tell us much about them, they were still personable. Amanda, my 9-year-old daughter, and I both thought that this short story was exciting and we can't wait to find out more!

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4.0 out of 5 stars but I enjoyed it. I think it is a prequel to ... 15 April 2017
By Linda Tippit - Published on
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This was a very short story, but I enjoyed it. I think it is a prequel to a series so when things happened and I did not understand why, I did not get upset. I'm sure all will be made clear in the next story. It might not seem so abrupt with no answers as to what is happening. The story was well written and made me want to keep on reading. The characters felt real. I would recommend this to anyone that is planning to read the next story in the series.

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