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Elixa: Prequel to The Torcal Trilogy PDF, ePub eBook The year is 1178, and in the remote, mountain community of Abadía del Torcal a young girl, Elixabet Luz, witnesses a startling lunar event. She begins to unlock the mysterious healing powers of the stones that have been sent to earth, but in just a few short weeks she must forsake the young hunter she loves and be married off to a local nobleman. As she struggles in the lit The year is 1178, and in the remote, mountain community of Abadía del Torcal a young girl, Elixabet Luz, witnesses a startling lunar event. She begins to unlock the mysterious healing powers of the stones that have been sent to earth, but in just a few short weeks she must forsake the young hunter she loves and be married off to a local nobleman. As she struggles in the little time she has left to convince those around her of the wondrous gift from the skies, she falls foul of a fanatical monk who accuses her of heresy and witchcraft. Now she faces the worst fate of all: to burn at the stake. * Elixa is the prequel to The Torcal Trilogy with award-winning The Grotto's Secret being the first in the series.

30 review for Elixa: Prequel to The Torcal Trilogy

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    This is a prequel to a series I've already read but it is very good. I'm so glad I got a chance to read it. Love Elixa! It was fun reading about the abbey and it's inhabitants. I cannot imagine living there in that time and how difficult it must have been. There are hints of supernatural happenings but not so much to turn you off if you don't like that kind of thing. I'm not a huge fan of it but I loved this book and the subsequent trilogy. Wonderful read!! I received a free copy of this book and This is a prequel to a series I've already read but it is very good. I'm so glad I got a chance to read it. Love Elixa! It was fun reading about the abbey and it's inhabitants. I cannot imagine living there in that time and how difficult it must have been. There are hints of supernatural happenings but not so much to turn you off if you don't like that kind of thing. I'm not a huge fan of it but I loved this book and the subsequent trilogy. Wonderful read!! I received a free copy of this book and voluntarily chose to review it.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Roger

    I enjoyed the book, Fast paced with many twists and turns, although I can't imagine reading it without the background knowledge of the rest of the trilogy. Paula Wynne creates memorable characters that you get wrapped up & invested in. As much as her characters this is a complicated story that's rich in historical detail. If you like Kate Mosse' Languedoc series you'll love this. (RIP Marley January 20, 2014 - July 24, 2018).

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lana

    A thrilling book about a young woman living in the Abadia del Torcal, in a small community in the mountains of Spain, at a time when commoners were not educated, however she was brought up by an open minded abbot who taught her to not only read and write, but to crave a thirst for knowledge and to always keeps an open mind, and this is what brought Elixa into so much trouble. She had witnessed a lunar eclipse and she had found what she called her Luna stones which she said had healing powers, an A thrilling book about a young woman living in the Abadia del Torcal, in a small community in the mountains of Spain, at a time when commoners were not educated, however she was brought up by an open minded abbot who taught her to not only read and write, but to crave a thirst for knowledge and to always keeps an open mind, and this is what brought Elixa into so much trouble. She had witnessed a lunar eclipse and she had found what she called her Luna stones which she said had healing powers, and she saw the small lake of water being formed when a massive burning rock fell right in front of her very eyes from the sky, she declared the water to be holy however the dark ages were not called this for no reason. People were kept ignorant by the church who knew that knowledge was power, and they were not ready to share their hold over the commoners with anyone. In the abbey itself an evil, ambitious, lecherous and hypocritical brother lived and wanted nothing else but to be chief abbot so he schemed and branded Elixa as a heretic, witch and thief in that order and She was to be the first woman to be burnt at the stake by his evil hand! However other people from different parts of the world and who were not Catholics and bigots, such as Grigory were at the same time studying alchemy and astrology and knew that the phenomenon Elixa had witnessed was explainable through science. One of these people was Arif a Moor from Arabia and his path crossed hers. She was a woman well before her times in so many things, she fought against marrying a man she hated in order to marry the person she loved, she studied in secret and wanted nothing more but to share her knowledge and be a healer. She fought against superstition and fear of sin and Satan, but mainly she fought against ignorance. However others had other ideas for her and they wielded more power than a young woman with nothing to her name or did they? An amazing prequel to the Torcal Trilogy which I am so glad to have read first, though many readers I am sure have already read the trilogy which I am now dying to get my hands on, as this story which I found so riveting is still going through my mind needing to know more!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Joy

    SETTING: June 18, 1178 A.D, Sierra del Torcal A young servant girl observes a starling event along with the presiding monk: an explosion on the moon. Uncertain of the significance, she continues pondering the event and prays for understanding. Several days later a storm of rocks fall to the earth, one of which is huge and burrows its way deep into the earth. The subsequent rain fills the hole and suddenly the mountain has a supply of much needed fresh water, a seeming answer to prayers. Upon th SETTING: June 18, 1178 A.D, Sierra del Torcal A young servant girl observes a starling event along with the presiding monk: an explosion on the moon. Uncertain of the significance, she continues pondering the event and prays for understanding. Several days later a storm of rocks fall to the earth, one of which is huge and burrows its way deep into the earth. The subsequent rain fills the hole and suddenly the mountain has a supply of much needed fresh water, a seeming answer to prayers. Upon this event, the story is built as the girl, Elixa, and the monks and people try to understand the event, as do scholars around the world who also experienced similar events. The religiosity of the times does not lend itself to allowing peasants to study such phenomenon, and those who do are often branded as heretics or witches. Such is the situation with Elixa. How she survives, who comes to her aid and why, and the other treasures of past scholars she finds, make for a most intriguing story! CRITIQUE: I had previously read The Torcal Trilogy, so having this additional information filled in the gaps to make the story complete. For readers just coming to the series, I would recommend reading this book first, as the others naturally follow. However, wherever you begin, you will not be disappointed in this delightful tale that, when read in it’s entirety, covers centuries of events. Bravo Ms. Wynne for a wonderful treat for your readers!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kay Smillie

    I really enjoyed this entertaining tale of a small Spanish community, and an extraordinary girl named Elixa. Unusually for that time, Elixa is given a slightly different education by the abbot, Brother Luiz, for whom her mother and herself have a lot of love and respect. Elixa turns out to be an intelligent, questioning student and she devours the books in the monastery library. Brother Grigori is not a man of God and talks the abbot into accepting bad things, such as Elixa being betrothed to a n I really enjoyed this entertaining tale of a small Spanish community, and an extraordinary girl named Elixa. Unusually for that time, Elixa is given a slightly different education by the abbot, Brother Luiz, for whom her mother and herself have a lot of love and respect. Elixa turns out to be an intelligent, questioning student and she devours the books in the monastery library. Brother Grigori is not a man of God and talks the abbot into accepting bad things, such as Elixa being betrothed to a nasty, violent, rich man. I loved the idea of the stones and the water, and the fact that Elixa wanted to help everybody, however, inevitably, she plays in to Grigori's hands. It is unbelievable what happens to her, when all she wanted to do was heal them and teach the truth of the moon in the sky. It's an engrossing story, the characters feel real, and - unfortunately - so does the action. Makes you think how many Elixas there have been over the centuries who have been 'disposed' of, just to get them out of the way because they were too intelligent for their own good. Having enjoyed this prequel, I may now indulge in the author's trilogy. I chose this tale from a selection in a giveaway, which I voluntarily read and honestly reviewed. All opinions are my own.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Carol Butler

    I was given a copy free for an honest review, and this is the prequel to the Torcal trilogy which at the moment I have only read the first two and they are brilliant a little bit of supernatural just enough to make you wonder and not taken out of the concept. This is the same. the first time events start to happen in the skies she sees this some stones fall to Earth, and glow do these have a meaning, she also finds a library set in a cave that nobody knew what' was there, she should tell the Abb I was given a copy free for an honest review, and this is the prequel to the Torcal trilogy which at the moment I have only read the first two and they are brilliant a little bit of supernatural just enough to make you wonder and not taken out of the concept. This is the same. the first time events start to happen in the skies she sees this some stones fall to Earth, and glow do these have a meaning, she also finds a library set in a cave that nobody knew what' was there, she should tell the Abbot. Another monk Brother Grigori decides that he is better equipped to take over the Abbey, and so put the fear of God into the parishioners, and the talk of heresy and of witchcraft which in medieval times was to burn at the stake. He also talked the Abbot into an arranged marriage for Elixa, which she is dead against as she was bought up with her friend Rosa who suddenly disappeared and a woodcutter, which she has fallen in love with, but he has no money, and her intended is not very personable, but Grigori has been paid handsomely, so what does become of Elixa. Paula Wynne does have a knack of writing these novels and are well thought out different places brilliantly researched, give her a go you will not be disappointed.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    I received a copy of this book for free from the author as an ARC and have voluntarily chosen to review it. This is a prequel to the Torcal Trilogy and it really does add to the understanding of the other books without spoilers to ruin the suspense of the other books. I always enjoy the background to the stories. The characters were all well written and believable. You know people just like them even with them living in the dark ages. And you can feel the wonder and awe Elixa feels as she discove I received a copy of this book for free from the author as an ARC and have voluntarily chosen to review it. This is a prequel to the Torcal Trilogy and it really does add to the understanding of the other books without spoilers to ruin the suspense of the other books. I always enjoy the background to the stories. The characters were all well written and believable. You know people just like them even with them living in the dark ages. And you can feel the wonder and awe Elixa feels as she discovers new knowledge. It is a wonderous feeling.A few times I had the feeling this was a young adult novel, but the content really wasn't young adult material. The action was fast and kept me reading to see what would happen hext. This is a good book to add to the trilogy, especially if you like historical thrillers full of suspense.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Stella

    I was not sure what to expect but was pleasantly surprised on how I enjoyed the book. This historical fiction is an amazing well written story that takes place around 1178. I love how the Author has interwoven historical facts with fantasy in this intriguing tale that includes suspense and mystery and many unpredictable twists. With an excellent plot, the characters are believable and well developed, the tale well thought out runs smoothly, and the world and era they live in is described beautifull I was not sure what to expect but was pleasantly surprised on how I enjoyed the book. This historical fiction is an amazing well written story that takes place around 1178. I love how the Author has interwoven historical facts with fantasy in this intriguing tale that includes suspense and mystery and many unpredictable twists. With an excellent plot, the characters are believable and well developed, the tale well thought out runs smoothly, and the world and era they live in is described beautifully. There is a lot happening in this rich and rewarding prequel that captures and holds the reader's interest throughout that it is almost impossible to put the book down. Recommended! I received a copy from the Author and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Catherine Stratman

    Fantastic prequel to the Torcal Trilogy! I read the Torcal Trilogy before reading this book. This is a really good lead-in to the Trilogy. The book is set around 1178 and our heroine Elixa is way ahead of her time and doesn't fit the mold of a girl/woman of that time period. The Abbott takes her under his wing and allows her more education then would be given at the time. She is thirsty for knowledge which tends to mess with someone else's plans. This is such a page turner! Loved this book and th Fantastic prequel to the Torcal Trilogy! I read the Torcal Trilogy before reading this book. This is a really good lead-in to the Trilogy. The book is set around 1178 and our heroine Elixa is way ahead of her time and doesn't fit the mold of a girl/woman of that time period. The Abbott takes her under his wing and allows her more education then would be given at the time. She is thirsty for knowledge which tends to mess with someone else's plans. This is such a page turner! Loved this book and the Trilogy. I received an ARC from the author but liked it so much, I purchased the book. Having read this, I think I will have to go back and re-read the Trilogy. I'm sure I'll pick up more the second time around.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Pete

    This is a superbly written story set in rural Spain in 1178 and featuring a young woman who lives in a monastery and has, unusually, been given a basic education. There is a lot going on in this book, a spectacular lunar event, a threatened forced marriage, a hidden library, an evil, scheming monk and Elixa facing being burnt at the stake accused of heresy. The writing really keeps the interest piqued and features great descriptions of the various characters and also of the spectacular locations w This is a superbly written story set in rural Spain in 1178 and featuring a young woman who lives in a monastery and has, unusually, been given a basic education. There is a lot going on in this book, a spectacular lunar event, a threatened forced marriage, a hidden library, an evil, scheming monk and Elixa facing being burnt at the stake accused of heresy. The writing really keeps the interest piqued and features great descriptions of the various characters and also of the spectacular locations where the action takes place. So, in summary, this is a very believable, exciting historical thriller (although of course it is fiction), with great characters. I did receive an advance copy of the book, but have voluntarily written this honest review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lucinda Clarke

    I would give this book four and a half stars. The story is excellent and a little out of the ordinary, but in places I found it a little slow and repetitive. The tale of a young rural peasant living in 12th Century Spain who witnesses what I guess to be a meteorite shower creating a crater which promptly fills with water. Her love for her mother, the penniless hunter, her repugnance for the man chosen for her and her relationship with the local abbey make for a great backdrop. It is part well re I would give this book four and a half stars. The story is excellent and a little out of the ordinary, but in places I found it a little slow and repetitive. The tale of a young rural peasant living in 12th Century Spain who witnesses what I guess to be a meteorite shower creating a crater which promptly fills with water. Her love for her mother, the penniless hunter, her repugnance for the man chosen for her and her relationship with the local abbey make for a great backdrop. It is part well researched historical drama, part fantasy the two weave together in a surprisingly believable way. Easy to read, well edited and I enjoyed the book.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Trick Wiley

    I don't usually read these kinds c books,but I thought I would change it cause it did say it had history n it and I'm s glad I did!! You get to know the characters and the ones you really like and the one you want to"pot be gone",lol. Story line had me trying to read faster where I had to slow down cause I started missing things but was in a hurry to find out what's next,description of different things was wonderful and the whole book fantastic!! The saying,you can't judge a book by its cover,we I don't usually read these kinds c books,but I thought I would change it cause it did say it had history n it and I'm s glad I did!! You get to know the characters and the ones you really like and the one you want to"pot be gone",lol. Story line had me trying to read faster where I had to slow down cause I started missing things but was in a hurry to find out what's next,description of different things was wonderful and the whole book fantastic!! The saying,you can't judge a book by its cover,well this is so true with this one and I'm so glad I went ahead and read cause I'm not one for medieval stories.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Susana Duarte

    Great story that tell us about the supernatural/magic in the medieval time. We follow the story of a young curious girl that lives in an abbey and tries to make sense of her world and help everyone. I found the descriptions of the places compelling and the story very emotional. It's a very good story, even though I think it goes a bit too long (lengthwise) for a prequel novel. A bit slow in the beginning, after the first half, the story starts to get pace and you won't be disappointed. The book is Great story that tell us about the supernatural/magic in the medieval time. We follow the story of a young curious girl that lives in an abbey and tries to make sense of her world and help everyone. I found the descriptions of the places compelling and the story very emotional. It's a very good story, even though I think it goes a bit too long (lengthwise) for a prequel novel. A bit slow in the beginning, after the first half, the story starts to get pace and you won't be disappointed. The book is marked as book #2.5 here in Goodreads listing but in reality it is book #0 of the series (written only after the trilogy was finished). Even so, I found the book can be totally read as a standalone, as this was the first book I've read from the serie and I didn't felt any problem. There is not much of a cliffhanger, though I wouldn't mind to continue the story. There can be many more adventures.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Hope Gerhardstein

    I have read all the books in the Torcal Trilogy before reading this prequel. The books can be read in any order an each is a complete story. Paula Wynne does a great job developing her characters. In this book Elixa is unusual in that she is a educated woman. Practically unheard of in this time. Her quest for knowledge lands her in trouble with the church. Can she convince the people of the healing powers of the lunar stones? A definite page turner! I received an ARC copy of this book from the a I have read all the books in the Torcal Trilogy before reading this prequel. The books can be read in any order an each is a complete story. Paula Wynne does a great job developing her characters. In this book Elixa is unusual in that she is a educated woman. Practically unheard of in this time. Her quest for knowledge lands her in trouble with the church. Can she convince the people of the healing powers of the lunar stones? A definite page turner! I received an ARC copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review and comments.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lady The Owls

    What a great story! I pictured a lot of it in my eyes as it was read and it was glorious to see. Then at the end of the book Paula Wayne gives a link to her site to see what inspired her for scenes inside the story. Wow I was so surprised she could bring it to life as she saw it. There is a lot of mystery, suspense and evil going on in the book. Also an awakening to learning. Grand book I am anxious to read the next in the series. Will be a joy to do so.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Monica

    Oh my, I have found another author to read. This is a prequel to her Torcal Trilogy which I will have to read. It's set in Spain in the 1100's. Elixa is a girl that's lucky to have the Abbot teach her. Most girls during this time were not taught. She is Blessed, but must hide this blessing, for there is a crocked monk in the Abbey. Full of great characters, fast paced and an easy read. Happy Reading 😊

  17. 4 out of 5

    Susan Campbell

    Best prequel to a set Having read the Georgia Secret and really enjoyed it. Was really glad to find further books in the set. This one explains a lot of the back history and is well worth reading. The story explains how the legacy comes into being and shows a very strong main character in Elixa which follows down her descendants in the trilogy. Would really recommend. Now going to re-read the trilogy. Who needs sleep!!!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jane

    Elixa is the prequel to the Torcal Trilogy, detailing how the Luna Legacy came about. This wonderful medieval tale combines history, mystery, and thriller to capture you from the first chapter and eagerly keep you turning pages. The storyline is intriguing, the characters well-developed, and the writing flows well with rich detail. This was a book I couldn't put down.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Genelle Themann

    Not a history buff, BUT... These stories in the Torcal series have grabbed me and I love every minute of it. The "based on history" but the "what ifs" has absolutely made me want to read more. ELIXA is the prequel to this great series that makes you think about what might have really happened...who knows? I received an ARC of this book, but I would have bought it anyway. Fantastic read!!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Ferrari-Johnson

    Strong Woman Holy Wow! There is so much going on in this story that will have you questioning the decisions and actions of all the adults in this story. Not everyone is as they seem. Some secrets are genuinely fantastic! Others are so terrifying they will have your skin crawling and you screaming!! I have read book one of the series and am looking forward to reading the rest.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Riann

    A very well written and beautiful story that I absolutely adored! The characters were complex and very well developed. I could relate to Elixa's pursuit of knowledge as learning is also very important to me. I could vividly picture the Abbey and the surrounding area. Such a fascinating community! The ending was perfect! I look forward to reading more books in this trilogy!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ann Keeran

    An excellent beginning for a trilogy based on strong female characters. Women who will fight for their families and communities. Starting with a gift from Heaven that spreads far and wide. A great prequel for an outstanding series.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Annette Drewett

    Intriguing tale with enough twists and turns to keep you wanting more. This book contains mysteries, secrets, sacred stones and hidden agendas, all of which culminate in a memorable ending. An enjoyable addition to the series.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Dave

    Great characters, plot, conflict and intrigue. Maybe a little too much wrapped up in this prequel. I have the next two books in my queue.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Robbin James

    I enjoyed this book, lots of twists & turns and just when I thought I figured it out, bam! Looking forward the Torcal Trilogy now.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Audrey

    I liked it It was kind of difficult to get into but after reading a bit I was quite enthralled with it. It definitely had a strong female presence which I like.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

    An amazing prequel that no one wants to miss Absolutely fascinating. Elixa lived in a time that women were not educated. She managed somehow to get an education. I’m ready for more by this talented writer.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Bonnye Reed

    author gift 99c . pre-order

  29. 4 out of 5

    Emily

  30. 4 out of 5

    Marlene Laskey

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