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Serena Chase’s The Ryn

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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.

Review

I really enjoyed this sweeping, epic-like novel. It has aspects of fantasy and fairy tale mixed with medieval times that is quite simply a great combination. I also enjoyed how there is romance and yet the whole novel is not centered around the romance. I found Rose to be  likeable and a character that one could relate to. You also can’t help but like the hero in this novel who is truly a knight in shining armor. I didn’t find this novel to be too complex or complicated and it was easy to get the feel of the land. If there was anything that I didn’t like, it was that once Rose discovers who she is and what she can do, she can pretty much do anything, though the author tries to balance this a bit. Spiritually, like most christian fantasy novels God is usually given a different name, but is still highly recognizable and you get to see Rose fall in love with him. Good Book and looking forward to the next one!

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