Thursday, November 28, 2013

{YA/NA Fantasy Review} The Ryn (Eyes of E'veria Book One) by Serena Chase

 {YA/NA Fantasy Review} The Ryn (Eyes of E'veria Book One) by Serena Chase
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. (Blurb via Goodreads)
{Details} Kindle Edition, 380 pages. Published March 26th 2013 by Candent Gate LLC. Source: Amazon

 {Rating} 5/5 - I loved it

"Hiding in plain sight, the old man crept through the halls of the palace, his ancient heart keeping pace with the shifting of his black eyes." (page 1, line 1)

An epic fantasy. A quest, hidden identities, magic, knights, kings, queens and a princess. After a slow start (which was really the only negative) I was engrossed in the story, wrapped up in the characters and dying to know what would happen next.

When we first meet Rose she's young, being raised by strangers, ignorant as to her parentage, and keeping a secret from everyone she loves. As the story progresses and secrets are revealed Rose find her feet and embrace her identity. 

The world building Chase did was fabulous. The descriptions, the way the world worked, how Chase put me right in the middle of it, I loved it all. I thought it was extraordinarily well written, had a complex and well developed plot, well rounded characters, and the beginning of a sweet romance.

I already had the next book, The Remedy, and I tried to hold off on reading it, I had some idea about delayed gratification or something, but I only managed a few days before diving into the second book which I liked even more than The Ryn. I will definitely be on the lookout for anything written by Serena Chase.

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