Title: The Rashade' (Chronicles of the Coranydas Book 1)
Author: Rebecca Tran
Genre: Fantasy, Epic Fantasy
Winner of Literary Titan's Gold Book Award
When a sinister mage murders Mara Coryanda’s father, she trades her privileged existence for one devoted to vengeance by any means necessary. Soon her tireless quest leads to frustration.
The mage proves to be a formidable opponent, who will stop at nothing to ensure his master plan comes to fruition…unless Mara locates the magical artifacts that could twist fate and help her raise an army to save her homeland.
Will her quest prove to be too much to bear or will fate intervene on her behalf?
Mara Coranyda is a woman on a mission: avenge her father’s murder. After being forced to watch her father being tortured and killed, Mara’s whole focus turns to finding the murderer. She trains with the men and becomes a strong warrior. Shortly into her vengeance journey, she realizes it won’t be easy to avenge her father. She needs magical arts and items to destroy the mage who murdered her father. Word travels to the mage and he retaliates by attacking her territory, ridding the world once and for all of the Coranydas. Will Maya succeed or will she die at the same hands as her father?
The Rashade’ reminded me of Game of Thrones or Legends of Windemere, with its in-depth world-building and descriptive narration. The reader is plunged into this world, amid all the action, adventure, back-stabbing and intrigue. The plot progression was slow at the beginning but then sped up as I kept reading. I enjoyed the variety of species and characters. The dialogue was solid, though a little wordy in places. Mara is what kept me reading. She goes through a lot in this book and although I won’t give away spoilers, her growth is immense.
If you like fantasy, you’ll love this book. Strong female heroine is front and center while the secondary characters make it an engrossing read. I look forward to reading book two in the series.
Mara. I liked how strong of a heroine she is. After witnessing her father’s murder, she seeks revenge. I related to her on several levels. I’m a big fan of butt-kicking heroines in fiction, especially fantasy, and she’s a great character!
My Rating: 4 stars
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Rebecca is an award-winning author, blogger, and book reviewer. While fantasy tends to be her primary genre she also dabbles in paranormal, romance, and sci-fi. Currently Rebecca has one epic fantasy series titled The Chronicles of the Coranydas. Rebecca likes writing in the the first person as well. Her paranormal fantasy For Their Sins and her Sci-fi action/adventure Neutral Space are both written in this style. When not writing Rebecca is a full-time pharmacist, wife, and mom. She has two rambunctious girls at home that keep her busy when she isn't working or writing. When she has free time, Rebecca likes combing antique shops and flea markets for unique teapots to add to her collection. She also enjoys sewing and quilting.
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N