A Great New Twist on an Old Favorite: The Ryn (Eyes of E'veria, Book 1) by Serena Chase
(Eyes of E'veria, Bk. 1)
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.
What more can I say other than the fact that I am truly impressed with this debut novel by Serena Chase? I'm not one for allegorical or fantasies but I thoroughly enjoyed The Ryn. Even if I wasn't under a deadline to get the story read and reviewed I think I would have still finished it in a day! Curses, adventure, and even the promise of a budding romance won me over. Rynnaia's journey from naive young girl to a future queen unfolds at a natural and quite believable pace. She made mistakes and at one point I'll admit I thought she was going to be one of those TSTL heroines but she definitely evolved and matured by the end of the story into someone who was easy to root for. I'm very interested to see how she saves her kingdom and more importantly, the romantic in me wants to see just where she and Sir Julien are headed. I highly recommend this story to fantasy and fairy tale fans! 5 stars!
~ My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ~
*I received a complimentary copy of this book for review from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.*
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.
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