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Review of The Redwood Rebel (The Redwood War Series Book 1) by Lorna George

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Genre: Fantasy

 

Blurb:

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.

 

My Review:

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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Review of Embers at Galdrilene (Book One of Dragon’s Call) by A.D. Trosper

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Genre: Fantasy

 

After the War of Fire destroyed the city of Galdrilene and nearly all the dragons and their riders, Emallya puts all of her hopes for the future in a clutch of dragon’s eggs and the prospect of future riders. By the time the riders are called, the world has become a different place since the dragons disappeared. No longer is magic a wonderful, helpful thing; now, it is something to be feared. Magic users must turn themselves in to die for it because it is believed that magic drives one insane. When the riders are finally called to their duty, they must come to terms with the truth of the history of dragons and magic. Shadow Dragons once again are alive, and the Guardian dragon riders must plunge into a life they never dreamed existed if they are to protect the world.

 

Embers at Galdrilene by A.D. Trosper is a wonderful fantasy novel. A.D. has created a fantastic world full of dragons and magic, but what I loved best was that not only are her human characters realistic and relatable but the dragons are as well. Despite the incredible amount of characters, I never once had any trouble keeping them straight, including the dragons, because they each have their own distinct personality. Although there is an exciting overarching plot, which is only getting started in this book, the characters were what sucked me in and kept me anxiously turning the page to find out what would happen next. If you love dragons and fantasy, this book is a must read. If you aren’t a dragon or fantasy lover, then pick up this book, and you will be hooked! Embers at Galdrilene is the first of the Dragon’s Call books. Books two and three are also out (Tears of War and Ashes and Spirits).

 

About the author:

 

A.D. Trosper

 

A.D. Trosper is the author of the bestselling, award winning Dragon’s Call series. She also has a YA paranormal romance out under the title Bound by Time and has several more books in the works. A.D. enjoys writing in a variety of genres including epic fantasy, urban fantasy, and paranormal romance, and she is an active member of the SFWA.

 

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