The people of Nelebek live in fear of persecution from the evil Morlet, who reigns with a dark and destructive magic. The kingdom’s only hope lies with the Order of the Krigers—twelve warriors with mysterious powers linked to magical weapons.
For over a century, Morlet has been annihilating the Order, picking them off one by one. Eleven Krigers have been hunted down, tortured, and imprisoned in his dungeon. Now, only one remains.
Sixteen-year-old Kaia survives by keeping her head down and minding her own business. But when she finds herself in the middle of a public execution where the mysterious Morlet is in attendance, an odd compulsion she can’t resist comes over her.
Kaia looks into Morlet’s eyes.
Soon, an ancient power awakens and Kaia can no more blend into the scenery. Will she heed the call of the Krigers or will Morlet’s dark magic destroy the last of the Order?
I am huge fan of the True Reign Series and couldn’t wait for another High Fantasy from Jennifer Anne Davis. She is one of the most underrated authors in this genre, and I was anxious to discover her new world. I’m not normally drawn into a book from the first chapter, but with Rise I was sucked in from the beginning. From the first moments this is action and intrigue, and it never relents throughout the entire book.
Standing there, holding an almost-burned torch, I had no idea what I’d gotten myself into.
I enjoyed the action, but most of my adoration involved the relationship with Kaia and Anders. He completely stole my heart. It becomes apparent early on, there is so much more to his character that is hidden. Their banter and disdain for each other is fun and a refreshing distraction to the life and death situations they are often immersed in. Of course, I was hopeful their animosity would turn into something more as the book progressed.
If the assassin didn’t learn to keep his mouth shut, I’d end up murdering him while he slept.
Kaia is a strong and likable heroine. She is self sufficient and loyal to those she cares about. She is not without flaws, but it makes her even more endearing. She continues to place the needs of her kingdom and family above her own, but without complaint or indecisiveness. She is the type of heroine that a series should be centered upon.
“She is not the end, but the beginning, of that I am certain.”
Whether you are new to High Fantasy or a seasoned veteran, I think this is a series all YA readers can embrace and enjoy. Rise contains fast paced action, mystery, slow burning romance, and interesting magical elements. There are many unanswered questions and unknown adventures to come. I cannot wait for the next installment!
**Thank you to Month9Books and Ms. Davis for my advanced copy of Rise.**
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Jennifer Anne Davis is the award-winning author of the bestselling TRUE REIGN series. After graduating from the University of San Diego with a degree in English and a teaching credential, she married her high school sweetheart. Jennifer is currently a full-time writer and mother of three highly energetic children. Her days are spent living in imaginary worlds and fueling her own kids’ creativity.