Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Masquerade Tours Review: Aranya by Marc Secchia

Disclaimer: I received no compensation from the author or publisher for this honest review.

Here's what I'm giving it:

Rating:  4.5 stars

Here's why:

This book started out slow and almost made me stop reading. Once I hit around the  15% mark on my Kindle, the plot and action picked up and I consumed the book. I'm glad I hung in there because this was a fantastic fantasy novel. I've not read too many of late that have captured my interest but this one certainly did.

The world building, politics, character development and plot were woven together rather well and kept me vested in the story. There were also some twists that I didn't see coming but completely enjoyed when they came about.

The romances (yes there are more than one!) were all believable and paced well. I liked the heroine's spunk as well as her emotional growth as the story progressed.

Would I recommend this book to others? Yes! Yes! Yes! I plan on reading the sequel.

Chained to a rock and tossed off a cliff by her boyfriend, Aranya is executed for high treason against the Sylakian Empire. Falling a league into the deadly Cloudlands is not a fate she ever envisaged. But what if she did not die? What if she could spread her wings and fly?

Long ago, Dragons ruled the Island-World above the Cloudlands. But their Human slaves cast off the chains of Dragonish tyranny. Humans spread across the Islands in their flying Dragonships, colonising, building and warring. Now, the all-conquering Sylakians have defeated the last bastion of freedom–the Island-Kingdom of Immadia.

Evil has a new enemy. Aranya, Princess of Immadia. Dragon Shapeshifter.

Marc is a South African-born author who lives and works in Ethiopia with his wife and 4 children, 2 dogs, a rabbit, and a variable number of marabou storks that roost on the acacia trees out back. On a good night there are also hyenas patrolling the back fence.

When he's not writing about Africa Marc can be found travelling to remote locations. He thinks there's nothing better than standing on a mountaintop wondering what lies over the next horizon.

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