Monday, October 23, 2017

Book Review: 'Warriors' by R.A. Denny

Delaware author R.A. Denny worked as a criminal prosecutor until her passion for writing won her time to create epic fantasy novels. She completed writing her six book epic fantasy series: Mud, Rocks and Trees of which REFUGEES was the first volume, SEEKERS is the second, CAPTIVES is the third volume, and WARRIORS is the fourth volume. A woman of many interests R.A. enjoys ancient history, board games, LEGO, riding horses, raising flying squirrels and living with two cats. She has travelled to the ancient rock city of Petra on horseback, flown through the jungles of Costa Rica on zip lines, and visited the Great Pyramid on a camel.

R.A. has that sensitivity for her readers to supply maps and a glossary of terms at book’s end – something that makes a fine reference guide as we travel through her created space: the names of the Webbies, Gliders, Humans, Animals, Gods and Goddesses are clearly identified for the reader’s enhancement.

The prose is fluid despite the strange names of the locations of the story. The synopsis defines where we are going –: Let the battle begin! The vast Tzoladian army clashes with the Karsonian confederation in the valley of Mt. Sarmos. But the stakes are higher than a mere fight for power between countries. As the cruel emperor intensifies his persecution of the “subhumans,” the three chosen youths make tough choices that will decide the fate of the world. Amanki is a soldier fighting for an empire that wants him dead. After losing her freedom and her seal, Brina faces the ruthless leader of the Sparaggi tribes. Tuka is surrounded by intrigue. Plots of assassination abound. Thrown into circumstances they never would have chosen or even imagined, the teens must adapt or die. Have they forgotten their true mission?’

Clearly this is the continuation of a long science fiction/fantasy that is directed toward young readers more familiar with the video games and new IT trends than most adults. This book continues to set up problems that will be solved throughout the series. This fourth book is longer and yet still accessible once you master the names of places and characters. It appears that R.A. Denny has a successful venture on her hands. At book’s end we note that there are two more volumes to follow in this exciting series! Grady Harp, October 17
I received a free copy of this book and volunteered to review it.

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