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THE RAVEN (EBOOK)

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EBOOK – BOOK 1 OF THE SECRET CHRONICLES OF LOST MAGIC

The Raven

When a foreign tribe attacks the peaceful Onan people, a lonely outcast is forced to reveal her secret gift – but can she save herself and the clan?

It is the darkest time in winter, when suns, moons, and stars all wane from the sky. In the Wolf clan, a baby is born with a powerful gift, but dangerous omens brand her an Outcast, and the Elders name her Iluna.

Iluna struggles to find her place in the proud and distrustful Wolf clan. Rejection and loneliness threaten to take their toll, but as Iluna’s powers bloom, she discovers a mysterious and unexpected ally.

Dark magic, war, and treachery soon jeopardize the life of every clan member; many suspect Iluna and her gift.

Is this Outcast girl to blame, or is she salvation? Iluna must decide: save the clan who have always shunned her, or save herself.



What readers are saying about The Secret Chronicles of Lost Magic:


”What good fantasy looks like.” ★★★★★

“Just masterful. I couldn’t put it down.” ★★★★★

“A book really has to impress me to give it 5 stars.” ★★★★★

“So real and believable.” ★★★★★

“I couldn’t stop reading. I love it.” ★★★★★

“One of the better fantasies I’ve read.” ★★★★★

“Filled with surprising turns and twists.” ★★★★★
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June S.

Verified Buyer

1 week ago

Well Done!

This stand alone fantasy novel by Aderyn Wood is one of the best sagas I've read in a while. The world building is exceptional but not tedious. The story has everything a reader wants- magic, traditions, mystery and depth. Characters r well developed and the plot suspenseful. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Aaron M.

3 months ago

Extremely good read!

This is a good book I read it in a single sitting, with how the details are put you can just visualize it happening.

Diannne

4 months ago

A different fantasy world

When the power of ancient myths and superstitions in the Wolf clan deem a newborn infant an Outcast, only the brave convictions of the tribe shaman saves her from being used as a sacrifice. Iluna grows up shunned, and with powers she must keep hidden away. Is she the curse her people fear or is she the salvation they will desperately need to survive as dark magic and evil treachery threatens to stamp out the lives around her? When war threatens to devour those around her, Iluna must take a stand, but will it be enough to save those around her or will their fears and suspicions come to life?

Enter into a fantasy world where primitive clans live their lives around faceless gods, superstitions and fear of anyone who is different. Follow Iluna’s struggles, her loneliness and discover the powers she possesses as Aderyn Wood transports us into another time and place where magic takes on a dark or light calling in a classic battle between good and evil. The Raven is fantasy that feels epic, like there is so much more to learn living in the world created by Ms. Wood in future additions to this brilliant series. Wonderful world building, deep enough to whisk the reader away, characters that sometimes feel fuzzy, almost as if saying their relevance will soon be nil and in-depth detail on the “stars” of this series, Aderyn Wood has done a wonderful job of stamping her style on the world of fantasy! What I enjoyed most was the slightly different, reader-friendly approach, never relying on a strict use of old feeling language, but giving these people a language of their own, intermixed between contemporary usage and the feeling of "long ago." This is fantasy, fresh from the mind and heart of the author and it feels right!

I received this copy from Aderyn Wood in exchange for my honest review.

Dan

5 months ago

Good Magical Story

I enjoyed this read and the depths of the characters portrayed in the story. I would recommend it to anyone that enjoys fantasy and magic.

Reader's_Hollow

5 months ago

For fantasy fans

Several indigenous clans who rely on both nature and magic, are faced with a omen that they lay on the shoulders of an infant. There was a new system and fantastic world building that had me enthralled from the beginning to the end.

Iluna's mother died during childbirth and was born on the wrong day at the wrong time. In these particular tribes, having no family labelled a person a tamatu, a kind of blight on the tribe. Her father having died months earlier, she was entrusted to the care of magic user. From here we watch her grow up being teased, bullied, but at the same time with a great potential for magic.

I found myself really enjoying the story of Iluna's childhood. It helped to shape the character and those around her. Yuli, for example, always had things handed to him and in the end, he always wanted more and it shaped him as an adult. There was no room to question these characters, they were who they were.

The world building is something I particularly loved. The author created a structure to the tribes. She made odd traditions believable, and titles easily understood without dumping it all on the reader. There wasn't a lot of action, but I felt there was no need for it. Iluna, Yuli, Anton & Izhur's stories and reactions to new threats were enough to keep me eagerly flipping the pages.

Pacing throughout the novel was steady, catching a rhythm all the way up to the end. It doesn't end so much on a cliffhanger as there is more to Iluna's story to be brought to light and I hope to read the next book in the series when it comes out.

CONCLUSION

With a great foundation to the characters, and solid world building I was really impressed by this story. It also ended in a way I hadn't expected which gives it double the points. I think fantasy fans who like to be transported into a new world of magic will really enjoy this book.