Series: Souls of Aredyrah, Book #1
In the world of Aredyrah, things are not what they seem. An ancient Purge has plunged the island into darkness, isolating its cultures by superstition and fear. Dayn lives in the northernmost region of Kirador and knows nothing of the great city-state of Tearia far to the south. All he knows is the Kiradyns are the only survivors of a god’s fiery wrath, and he looks nothing like them. Meanwhile Ruairi, a prince destined for greatness, resents his Tearian obligations, longing for a life he can never hope to have. But when tragedy takes his beauty as well as his name, he finds himself exiled by the very beliefs he once held dear. Both boys long for acceptance in societies that cling to religious ideals, but when fate throws them together, Dayn and Ruairi discover some unwelcome truths: not only are they bound by blood and prophecy, but the teachings they have been raised on are nothing more than lies. Will they reveal what they have learned, risking their lives and the security of those they love? Or will they keep silent, denying their destinies and the future enlightenment of their world?
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Tracy A. Akers is a former language arts teacher and an award-winning author. She grew up in Arlington, Texas, but currently lives in Florida with her husband, three naughty pugs, and a feisty chihuahua. She graduated with honors from the University of South Florida with a degree in Education, and has taught in both public and private schools. She currently divides her time between writing, lecturing, spending time with her family, and costuming at fantasy and science fiction conventions.
Ms. Akers has won numerous awards for her Souls of Aredyrah fantasy series for young adults. As a Florida Book Awards winner, she was acknowledged for her contribution to YA literature by the Governor of Florida during the 2008 Florida Heritage Month Awards Ceremony. Books One and Two of the Aredyrah Series are included in the Florida Department of Education’s 2008 Just Read Families Recommended Summer Reading List. In addition, Ms. Akers has been an invited guest author at major book events and writers’ conferences, a panelist at fantasy and science fiction conventions, and was on the steering committee for Celebration of the Story, a literary event held at Saint Leo University.
The Souls of Aredyrah Series is Ms. Akers’ first series of novels for young adults.
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Here's what I give it- 4 out of 5 Wings
Would I recommend it- Yes!
This was a great book that demonstrated just how much our differences can set us apart. We join Dayn, who is completely out of place in his town, and his sister Alicine, as they travel through a mountain to discover Dayn's history. They end up on the other side, in a completely different world it seems, where they meet Reiv, another outcast much like themselves. With his painful past written on everyone's face, Reiv struggles to make a new life for himself. None of them were prepared for the twist of fate that had brought them together.
Ms. Akers' charming tale of discovery and hope is a must read for any age. This is the first in a series of four books that I cannot wait to complete! With uncertainty and danger around every corner and each turn of the page, this is going to prove to be an excellent story that I will keep with me for years to come. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did. Stay tuned for my review of the complete series, soon to come!
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this novel as part of a blog tour in exchange for an honest review.