by Dot Caffrey
Power and Prophecy!
Seventeen-year-old Regnaryn grew up in an idyllic land among mythical beings. She believes she is the last surviving human.
Her world begins to shatter when Evil invades her dreams, demanding she relinquish unknown powers foretold by her long-deceased mother. When Graeden, a young human male, arrives, he further disrupts her once-orderly life. Her emotions in chaos, Regnaryn flees the only home she’s ever known, only to be captured by the servants of Evil from her dreams. Now she must take a stand, confronting her late mother’s prophecy while also attempting to survive and protect those she loves.
I don’t typically read fantasy, but apparently this sounded interesting when I received the email about its blog tour, because I signed up. I’m grateful that I did. Awakened is fantastic. The world is well and richly built. The characters are solidly three-dimensional, and the plot is phenomenal.
I love the various non-human species, and the way outsiders react to new things. I fell right into the story and was sucked through to the end. The roller coaster of emotions, surprisingly, wasn’t exhausting, which is typically my issue with them. Instead, the good was interwoven with the bad in such a way that you were able to recover from the negatives before they became overbearing.
The relationships between the characters were believable, although I do wish sometimes we’d gotten a better look at was was going on inside their heads. On particular negative interaction between characters left me scratching my head, because I couldn’t understand what was going on. It seemed very out of character for those involved.
Overall, whether or not you like fantasy, you’re likely to enjoy Awakened. I enjoyed it so much that I tried to buy the next book and keep reading, only to find myself disappointed that I’ll have to wait until October. Anyone have a working time machine?
About the Author
I was born and raised in New York, mostly on Long Island not “The City”. After high school, I moved to California and then did a three-year stint in the Navy before going to college and getting a Microbiology/Medical Technologist degree.
According to my Dad, I’ve been a storyteller from the time I began talking (which was at a very young age). But, it wasn’t until a few years ago that I decided to take my passion for writing and my love for all things magical or mythical seriously and set out to write fantasy novels.
When I’m not at my day job or writing, I enjoy creating and wearing costumes (cosplay), playing video games (though, I’m not very good at it) and watching NHL hockey and assorted other things many of which are merely time wasters. Of course, hanging out with my friends and my cats also pleasantly fills my time.
Disclaimer: This review is based on a complimentary eBook I received from Xpresso Book Tours. The complimentary receipt of this book has in no way affected my review or rating.