About the Book
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.
4 out of 5 (stars)
Simply put, I loved this book!
Serena did a good job of creating a world that was every bit as fantasy as it was Christian. The story speaks of truth just as Christianity tells it. Although a fantasy story, Serena used the word ‘magic’ sparingly. I loved how she managed that.
Rose was a beautiful, simple and soft character—absolutely different from what most stories make out redheads to be, *chuckling* which was refreshing. It was a pleasure watching her grow from Rose the country girl, to Ryn Naia, the princess. Rose handled well the sudden thrust of her true identity upon her and matured quickly. I loved that even when she learnt she was a princess, she didn’t lose her sweetness and simplicity. And that didn’t deter her from being the strong (and eventually confident) woman that she needed to be.
Even though Ryn Naia’s story progressed much in years in the story, other characters that were part of her past life as Rose were not left behind. Serena filtered in updates on their lives every now and then without crowding the story. It was impressive. And because I grew to love these characters, I welcomed their stay.
These words describe Julien de Gladiel: Prince-in-shining armor. His loyalty and manners sparkled his already sweet and adorable personality. Any girl would fall in love with this guy. Seriously. *winking* He carried an air of gentleness and friendliness that was well matched with the superiority of his title.
Drinius and Gladiel make quite an interesting pair. I’m looking forward to seeing more of them in the book 2, ‘The Remedy’. I also can’t wait to meet King Jarryn. He was talked about by the other characters often enough and Serena allowed a little glimpse of his reality. He’s is a character I’m looking forward to reading first hand.
‘The Ryn’ is a marvelous read. It is sweet, subtle and full of delightful encounters (like the Andoven and the Tirandov Isle *winking*). I have absolutely no complaints about this book. I put my pen down here because as a principle, I’m no fan of spoilers, though I love to drop hints.
*Although I offer this review to the public, it’s my opinion and simply that. Many thanks to the author for offering me a free copy in exchange for my honest opinion, for the ‘Eyes of E’veria’ blog tour.*
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About the Author
A life-long lover of fairy tales, Serena Chase is the author of THE RYN (3/26/13) and THE REMEDY (April 2013) Together, these two novels comprise an expanded re-imagining of the classic Grimm fairy tale, Snow White & Rose Red and are the first two books in the Eyes of E’veria series.
A frequent contributor to USA Today’s Happy Ever After blog and Edgy Inspirational Romance, Serena lives in Iowa with her husband, two daughters, and a white goldendoodle named Albus. She has been known to live vicariously through her hair, however, so don’t be too surprised if she looks a tad different from one day to the next. We all have our vices.