Monday, December 28, 2015

The Raven by Aderyn Wood (The Secret Chronicles of Lost Magic, #1)

The Raven
by Aderyn Wood

My rating: 4.5 stars

Series: The Secret Chronicles of Lost Magic - Book 1
Publication Date: November 28, 2015
Publisher: Aderyn Wood
Genre: Fantasy
Print Length: 233 pages
Available from: Amazon
When a foreign tribe attacks the peaceful Onan people, a lonely outcast is forced to reveal her secret Gift – but will such power bring acceptance?

It is the darkest time in winter, when suns, moons, and stars all wane from the sky. In the Wolf clan, a baby is born with a powerful Gift, but dangerous omens brand her an Outcast, and the Elders name her Iluna.

Iluna struggles to find her place in the proud and distrustful Wolf clan, and as her powers bloom, she discovers a mysterious friend.

Dark magic, war, and treachery soon jeopardize the life of every clan member; many suspect Iluna and her Gift.

Is this Outcast girl to blame, or is she salvation?

'The Secret Chronicles of Lost Magic' is a collection of histories that will take readers on a journey into a rich new fantasy world. Enjoy stepping into the dark days of time in this sweeping prehistoric fantasy. 'The Raven' is the first Chronicle in a collection set in a vibrant new world by Aderyn Wood.

 The Raven by Aderyn Wood
(The Secret Chronicles of Lost Magic, #1)

The Raven (The Secret Chronicles of Lost Magic, #1)When the power of ancient myths and superstitions in the Wolf clan deem a newborn infant an Outcast, only the brave convictions of the tribe shaman saves her from being used as a sacrifice. Iluna grows up shunned, and with powers she must keep hidden away. Is she the curse her people fear or is she the salvation they will desperately need to survive as dark magic and evil treachery threatens to stamp out the lives around her? When war threatens to devour those around her, Iluna must take a stand, but will it be enough to save those around her or will their fears and suspicions come to life?

Enter into a fantasy world where primitive clans live their lives around faceless gods, superstitions and fear of anyone who is different. Follow Iluna’s struggles, her loneliness and discover the powers she possesses as Aderyn Wood transports us into another time and place where magic takes on a dark or light calling in a classic battle between good and evil. The Raven is fantasy that feels epic, like there is so much more to learn living in the world created by Ms. Wood in future additions to this brilliant series. Wonderful world building, deep enough to whisk the reader away, characters that sometimes feel fuzzy, almost as if saying their relevance will soon be nil and in-depth detail on the “stars” of this series, Aderyn Wood has done a wonderful job of stamping her style on the world of fantasy! What I enjoyed most was the slightly different, reader-friendly approach, never relying on a strict use of old feeling language, but giving these people a language of their own, intermixed between contemporary usage and the feeling of "long ago." This is fantasy, fresh from the mind and heart of the author and it feels right!

I received this copy from Aderyn Wood in exchange for my honest review.

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