In the aftermath of civil war, the people of Ffion starve. The trade has dwindled, the harvest has failed, and all power belongs to the cruel and corrupt. Those few who could have fled the forest continent for other lands, but most are trapped by their poverty and love of their homeland, with little hope for change.
Far beneath Chloris Castle, the rebel Naomi has been incarcerated since the tyrannical Princess Adrienne stole the Redwood Throne. Starved of light and warmth for the past four years, she has had only her rage and determination to keep her going as she both fears and yearns for death to claim her at last.
In a violent sweep of fate, she is dragged back into the light once more, the Princess and her Councillor hoping to use her as a pawn against the powerful Dragon King of Koren. Faced with an almost impossible choice, Naomi strikes a deal with her captors that will set her free at last.
Unfortunately, she soon finds she has taken on much more than she bargained for.
The Redwood Rebel by Lorna George is an epic fantasy that pulled me in and kept me glued to my iPad until I finished it. If you love strong female characters, then look no further than Naomi. Naomi has suffered in a way most people wouldn’t survive, and it has given her strength, resiliency, and a focus on righting the wrongs that have been done. When she finds herself in a marriage she never agreed to, Naomi has no intent of submitting to the arrangement. Instead, she explains to Arun how he is treating her as someone less than his equal just because she’s a female. There were several times while I was reading that I thought, “You tell him, Naomi!” However, Arun isn’t a bad guy; his culture is different, and he truly has no idea that he’s not treating Naomi as he should be. I really enjoyed the focus on diversity and gender equality that the book had. I think it added a layer of depth to the fantasy story without taking anything away from it. The magic and fantasy creatures were exciting, and I had no trouble finding myself in the middle of the magical forest. The one thing I will mention for those who don’t like to wait is that the book does end on a cliffhanger, and the second one isn’t out yet. However, I have faith it’ll be worth the wait if it’s as good as this one! I definitely recommend reading this book.
About the Author:
Lorna George lives in a crooked little house in Norfolk with her husband, her dog, a lot of books, and a fifty-one year old begonia named Frank. She spends an inordinate amount of time dreaming up magic, dragons, and bad-ass ladies, and has decided to try and make some sort of career from it by writing them down. She hopes this will give her a reasonable excuse when caught staring wistfully out of windows when she should be paying attention to the not-so-mystical “Real World”.
She realises this is where an author would usually write their experience and qualifications, but honestly, all she’s ever done is write a book that one time.
She is currently working on a second one.
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