Monday, October 27, 2014

#Review of Heirs of War by @MaraValderran

Heirs of War is the first book in what promises to be an epic YA fantasy series. It's got all the good stuff--kick-ass characters, magical powers, and lots of action and drama. The story centers around 5 teenage girls who are destined to be powerful rulers of the worlds, but 4 of which are stuck in the most boring and unmagical of the worlds, ours. They all leave their various normal, and sometimes awful, lives to embark into the magical worlds where they have great power and importance.

The word that comes to mind over and over when reading this book is "EPIC." I'm glad that this is the first of a series, because the author created a rich and complex world with many characters. If I have any complaint about the book, it's that there is a LOT going on. I felt like I should have been taking notes. :)

But don't let the complexity of the story stop you from reading, because the complexity is one of the things that make the story great. The story follows the stories of five different girls, all richly created and complex. It's about discovering who you are, finding where you belong, and the strengths you never knew you had. As such, it's a perfect YA read, especially for girls. Strong female characters are in abundance, and they deal with a lot of the drama of teenage life in an authentic way, while also dealing with epic battles and magic!

If I had teenage girls, I would demand that they read this right away. But since I don't, I guess I'll just have to read them all myself. :)


Seventeen year-old Zelene has never believed in magic or been one to trust fate. Prophecies about princesses and long lost families were the stuff of fairy tales and had no place in her life. But then magic-wielding assassins attack claiming she is one of the five Duillaine Ainnir, the next generation of the most powerful women who rule over the worlds. Together, the five girls are prophesized to save the worlds from the war that has been raging for years.

As their enemies strike, the girls are taken back to their world and discover the ties binding them together. Rhaya has always had an uncanny knack for reading people, but can’t seem to unravel the mystery tying her to Isauria, the new friend she bonded with instantly. For years, Isauria has been dreaming of Terrena, a girl living her life on the run in a magical world ripped apart by the tragedies of war, but Isauria is completely unaware that she is psychically linked to the world she was born in.

Zelene views them all, especially the elders, with a distrustful eye, familial bonds or no. When she learns that her long-lost twin Ariana has been captured by the rebels, Zelene’s attitude changes. She doesn’t know what she can do when her own magic is still locked within her, but can she trust the elders to rescue Ariana when it seems their medieval politics are what brought about the war in the first place? With all that is at stake, the answer becomes clear to Zelene.

Screw the worlds. She’s getting her sister back.

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Book 2 is also available!

Weeks have passed since Ariana and Alec escaped from Kellen's dungeon, but danger isn't far behind them. The guilt of his past weighs heavily on Alec’s shoulders, and his secrets only push Ariana further away. As they travel through unknown lands and encounter multiple threats, their biggest challenge might be trusting one another.

The world appears to be going on regardless of the risks Ariana faces. The Duillaine insist that they are doing everything they can to find Ariana, but their actions betray that claim. Despite the danger and the war closing in around them, all of Anscombe seems to be more interested in the upcoming Imbolc festival and Terrena’s betrothal than rescuing Ariana.

Well…not everyone.

Tired of waiting for the Duillaine to help her twin, Zelene starts plotting on her own and finds a surprising ally in Rhaya, even as the Cynewards prepare to make a move of their own. But Zelene’s plans go awry when she finds herself with a new ability, a mysterious new friend, and more enemies within the walls of Anscombe than she thought.

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Mara Valderran is an author of young adult and new adult books, but she's more than just a madwoman with a writing box. She is an avid reader and fan of all things sci-fi and fantasy. She loves roller skating and movies, though typically not together. She lives in Las Vegas with her husband and demanding cat. She hopes to one day meet Daniel Jackson from SG1, or at least the actor who played him. When she’s not writing, you can find her reading, playing video games, or counting down the days until DragonCon.

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