DESTINED by prophecy. GUARDED by deception. PURSUED by Love.
Centuries ago, an oracle foretold of the young woman who would defeat E’veria’s most ancient enemy, the Cobelds. But after two centuries of relative peace, both the prophecy and the Cobelds have been relegated to lore—and only a few remain watchful for the promised Ryn.
Finally, a child is born who matches the oracle’s description, but a Cobeld curse accompanies her birth. Led to believe they succeeded in killing the prophesied child, the Cobelds emerge from hiding with plans to overtake the Kingdom.
But the child survived.
Secreted away and called “Rose” for the first nineteen years of her life, Rynnaia E’veri has no idea of her true identity until a chance meeting with an injured knight reveals not only her parentage and true name, but the task assigned her by the oracle: discover the Remedy that will destroy the Cobelds’ power.
Now, her time has come.
Offered the assistance of pirates, scribes, storytellers, a young woman who died centuries ago, and the knight who is quickly working his way into her heart, Rynnaia is fortified with friends. But if the Ryn is to complete her task, she must come to terms with not only who she is, but for whom she must be willing to die. For the kingdom’s survival depends on her.
Some of the best book conversations take place on Twitter. For people who love words, book bloggers, reviewers, readers and authors are great at condensing our jubilation (or occasionally, dissatisfaction) down to the limiting characters of a tweet. We can wax poetic in our reviews but we feel enticed to clog our followers’ feeds lest someone miss a great read or suffer through the perils of a bad book. The second E’veria drifted out of my mind and I returned to reality (however reluctantly), I grabbed my phone and went on a Twitterpalooza:
That Serena Chase is a fellow blogger has compounded my joy over the success on her debut. It is evident through her lilting prose and exquisite description that writing was not a whim for Serena–no, she is a legitimate author through and through. I remember when she first came on board Edgy Inspirational Romance and I thought “Dang, girl’s got some writing skills! What a great sense of humour.” That has definitely translated over to her professional fiction work, just magnified and refined.
The Ryn is the perfect coalescence of fairy tale, allegory, fantasy and adventure. With thematic depth that is emotive and relevant (I shed a few tears during a pseudo-baptism/anointing scene), The Ryn will appeal to a wide demographic of readers. The enthralling action of flights towards freedom kept me riveted from the beginning and were enhanced by E’veria’s charming populace and setting. When an author can create a world so foreign from our own and make readers believe that they are actually there and assimilate to all the supernatural nuances of this fictional land, that is a marker of writing genius. Bear-men? No problem. People who can see your thoughts? But, of course. Storytellers who breathe their tales into living? Yes please! Creepy ancient villains with possessed beards? Ahhh!!!
Rynnaia is a captivating heroine who endears herself to readers immediately with her spirited personality and humbling emotional vulnerability. When Serena astutely altered the point of view in the second half the story to first person, Rynnaia’s voice became deeply embedded in to my psyche and heart. As for Julien…well suffice to say that every romance would benefit from such a stunning and honourable hero. Sworn by oath to protect Rynnaia to his dying breath, Julien’s commitment to her goes beyond chivalric duty and is motivated by a selfless love.
A sensational debut and I hope this series is eventually released in hard copy so I can shelve them beside the likes of Lisa Bergren’s River of Time series. Stay tuned for my review of Book 2, The Remedy.