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DESTINED by prophecy. GUARDED by deception. PURSUED by Love. Centuries ago, an oracle foretold of the young woman who would defeat E’veria’s most ancient enemy, the Cobelds. But after two centuries of relative peace, both the prophecy and the Cobelds have been relegated to lore—and only a few remain watchful for the promised Ryn. Finally, a child is born who matches the ora DESTINED by prophecy. GUARDED by deception. PURSUED by Love. Centuries ago, an oracle foretold of the young woman who would defeat E’veria’s most ancient enemy, the Cobelds. But after two centuries of relative peace, both the prophecy and the Cobelds have been relegated to lore—and only a few remain watchful for the promised Ryn. Finally, a child is born who matches the oracle’s description, but a Cobeld curse accompanies her birth. Led to believe they succeeded in killing the prophesied child, the Cobelds emerge from hiding with plans to overtake the Kingdom. But the child survived. Secreted away and called “Rose” for the first nineteen years of her life, Rynnaia E'veri has no idea of her true identity until a chance meeting with an injured knight reveals not only her parentage and true name, but the task assigned her by the oracle: discover the Remedy that will destroy the Cobelds' power. Now, her time has come. Offered the assistance of pirates, scribes, storytellers, a young woman who died centuries ago, and the knight who is quickly working his way into her heart, Rynnaia is fortified with friends. But if the Ryn is to complete her task, she must come to terms with not only who she is, but for whom she must be willing to die. For the kingdom’s survival depends on her.


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DESTINED by prophecy. GUARDED by deception. PURSUED by Love. Centuries ago, an oracle foretold of the young woman who would defeat E’veria’s most ancient enemy, the Cobelds. But after two centuries of relative peace, both the prophecy and the Cobelds have been relegated to lore—and only a few remain watchful for the promised Ryn. Finally, a child is born who matches the ora DESTINED by prophecy. GUARDED by deception. PURSUED by Love. Centuries ago, an oracle foretold of the young woman who would defeat E’veria’s most ancient enemy, the Cobelds. But after two centuries of relative peace, both the prophecy and the Cobelds have been relegated to lore—and only a few remain watchful for the promised Ryn. Finally, a child is born who matches the oracle’s description, but a Cobeld curse accompanies her birth. Led to believe they succeeded in killing the prophesied child, the Cobelds emerge from hiding with plans to overtake the Kingdom. But the child survived. Secreted away and called “Rose” for the first nineteen years of her life, Rynnaia E'veri has no idea of her true identity until a chance meeting with an injured knight reveals not only her parentage and true name, but the task assigned her by the oracle: discover the Remedy that will destroy the Cobelds' power. Now, her time has come. Offered the assistance of pirates, scribes, storytellers, a young woman who died centuries ago, and the knight who is quickly working his way into her heart, Rynnaia is fortified with friends. But if the Ryn is to complete her task, she must come to terms with not only who she is, but for whom she must be willing to die. For the kingdom’s survival depends on her.

30 review for The Ryn

  1. 5 out of 5

    Shantelle

    Enthralling. The Ryn was a mixture of fairytale retelling and fantasy, with a beautiful allegory woven throughout. I believe the retellings included Snow White and Rose Red and Sleeping Beauty. The fantasy world was rich, and whimsical, and enthralling. And the allegory very evident, taking a prominent place amidst the adventure and intrigue of this tale. In The Ryn we meet Rose, a rather independent red-headed girl of sixteen. She lives with the Whittiers, a family who've become like parents an Enthralling. The Ryn was a mixture of fairytale retelling and fantasy, with a beautiful allegory woven throughout. I believe the retellings included Snow White and Rose Red and Sleeping Beauty. The fantasy world was rich, and whimsical, and enthralling. And the allegory very evident, taking a prominent place amidst the adventure and intrigue of this tale. In The Ryn we meet Rose, a rather independent red-headed girl of sixteen. She lives with the Whittiers, a family who've become like parents and brothers to her. As for her true, blood-related family, she's only heard that her mother died and her father is unable to see her. She has to do strange things, like dye her red hair black, occasionally move to a whole new location and family, and is forbidden to know her real father's name. She's never really questioned these oddities. Until strange things began happening. Rumors of frightening creatures called Cobelds. A letter from the king. A meeting with a bear-man. A poem about a girl with jeweled-blue eyes and flame red hair... Is she Rose? Or is there more to her life than she could have ever imagined? Truly a stunning debut from Serena Chase. This novel had everything one could want from a fairytale. It was so beautifully imaginative, so fae and sweet. Yet its plot held my attention, its characters captured my notice. The romance of The Ryn was truly lovely. It started as a friendship, and grew gently in something more. There were little moments between Rose and her knight that were so much more than physical attraction, but rather things that pointed to a true and deep love. It was so sweet, so beautifully unfolded! :) Very much a sweet, young love story that you don't see very much in books these days. *sigh* … what a chivalrous knight! :) :) I wasn't expecting much of a Christian allegory when I picked up this novel, but I was greatly surprised. The depth and feeling of the allegory in The Ryn moved me to tears more than once. It was bold, and beautiful, and ever so heartfelt. When I say Christian allegories make things realer than life, I mean books like The Ryn. What an amazing testimony of God's infinite love and power. My heart was touched. Serena Chase fantastically wove fairytale with Christian allegory, it was perfect, :) The Ryn is definitely an adventure. From Storytellers, to Andoven, to pirates, to ennikkas, we never stop being surprised and delighted. Its an epic story from beginning to end. A fight against ancient evil. A journey to the heart of the Creator. A path to knowing oneself and their destiny... I would say The Ryn would be for audiences about 12 and up... perhaps even 10 and up. There is a near kiss, hand holding, and talk of romantic feelings, but that's as far as the romance goes. As for violence and gore, there's nothing really of that. Cobelds may be a bit frightening to younger children. All in all, for those who enjoy fairytale, Christian allegories, fantasy, and even just historical settings and adventures... do try out this book!! As for myself, I'm excited to get started on The Remedy and then The Seahorse Legacy. I have found a series to cherish! :)

  2. 5 out of 5

    A.G. Howard

    Excellent beginning to the Eyes of E'veria trilogy: knights, princesses, kings, queens, (even a pirate or two!) magic, life-altering secrets, and evil creatures. There are some subtle inspirational undertones woven flawlessly into the alternate fairy tale world ... very natural and authentic to the story. Beautifully written with its own unique lore, a strong heroine, and a very sweet romance! I'm going to read the second and third as soon as I tackle a few more books on my TBR tower. :) Excellent beginning to the Eyes of E'veria trilogy: knights, princesses, kings, queens, (even a pirate or two!) magic, life-altering secrets, and evil creatures. There are some subtle inspirational undertones woven flawlessly into the alternate fairy tale world ... very natural and authentic to the story. Beautifully written with its own unique lore, a strong heroine, and a very sweet romance! I'm going to read the second and third as soon as I tackle a few more books on my TBR tower. :)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Allison Tebo

    Original Review: That was truly beautiful... it touched me....it held Truth. Re-Read Review: 4.5 stars! Oh my, I enjoyed that. And I even got to read a signed copy – even if it is inscribed to someone else – what a treasure! What I Didn’t Like As Much: The characterization can be a little trite / one dimensional. Rose is your typical rebellious (but always justified) charming heroine who likes swords and horses but can also rock any outfit she puts on. Eirelle is especially annoying and is the stan Original Review: That was truly beautiful... it touched me....it held Truth. Re-Read Review: 4.5 stars! Oh my, I enjoyed that. And I even got to read a signed copy – even if it is inscribed to someone else – what a treasure! What I Didn’t Like As Much: The characterization can be a little trite / one dimensional. Rose is your typical rebellious (but always justified) charming heroine who likes swords and horses but can also rock any outfit she puts on. Eirelle is especially annoying and is the standard fare of the progressive woman; sadly, a flat, obnoxious character that is constantly spouting how she can be as tough as any guy and pushes to become a female knight. The fact that she is also gorgeous and rocks any dress she puts on seems a little inconsistent. Julian is your standard, gallant, boring character. There basically to rescue our heroine when needed, shower her with compliments and presents, affirm her every doubt but have no real personality of his own. And of course, he’s handsome. All the other characters could be a little one dimensional as well—kind aunt, sweet friend, mysterious teacher. The only characters who I felt were verging on being a little more than one-dimensional were Cazien and Edru – Cazien only because he was barely in it (his was a character that could be quickly overused) and Edru because he was one of the few characters in the book who didn’t seem so confident and because I just kind of liked him. :D He was nice, extremely intelligent, normal and ordinary looking. CAN YOU STICK AROUND PLEASE? The romance scenes between Rose and Julian can be physically painful. And speaking of physical, most of the romance is based solely on physical attraction. From the moment the characters look at one another’s beautiful (naturally; it’s a rule) visages, they are “in love.” Julian is not only constantly telling Rose how beautiful is she is constantly thinking how “beautiful” (yes, she uses that word in the narrative) he is. Surprisingly, despite this, the romance is very chaste – other than chivalrously kissing her hand (and one near kiss) there is no monkey business. There’s just lot of details and descriptions about how fluttery those kisses on the hand feel. Also Julian asks Rose to let him court her before she becomes a Believer – which kind of made me dubious about his own supposed Christian maturity. The really beautiful relationships in this book, the ones that should have been explored more, were the complicated relationships between Rose and her many father figures, Rose and her mother and all the rest of her surrogate family. These characters were begging to be more developed – but sadly, it seems that most authors would rather bypass these rarely utilized relationships and go straight to the romance. The romance could be a distraction and personally, if I had been writing this and had really wanted a romance, I would have matched Rose with Edru – the shy, studious scribe that trains her – not the boring young gallant. I also wish there had been a bit more set up to Rose’s search for God – though the theme of fatherhood is there from page one, “The First” (God) is a little absent in the beginning and I found it a little strange that Julian and some of the other characters (who care about Rose) don’t talk to her earlier about the First WHAT I LIKED: A beautiful and inspiring read that puts an epic and fascinating spin on the tale of Snow White and Rose Red. Most fantasy epic self-published books can be enormous – and would have probably been better if they had been half the length – but this is one of the few books where I feel that there wasn’t any filler. The story flowed well and was so rich with location I never felt bored. I typically don’t read a book with so much magic, but the themes of truth and goodness far outweighed anything dark in my opinion. This book was far more on the lines of C.S. Lewis and Donita K. Paul than J.K Rowling. The magic “system” itself was rather fascinating and elements of it could have interesting spiritual themes. And I must say I feel head over heels in love with the concept of the Storytellers – professional storytellers who can magically produce visuals for their stories as they speak and create a ‘movie’ for their audience. The world-building is very good, especially Tirandov Isle – oh my goodness, this location was so unbelievably magical; I wanted to stay there forever. Serena’s writing and world building is so rich that she makes the ‘school scenes’ the most riveting in the whole book. Serena Chase also does an excellent job of pulling theme through the story, like unwinding a spool – repeating key sections and phrases for just the right emotion. And yes I actually cried over this book. When the Ryn first sees the vision of her father speaking to her younger self – I had tears dripping down my face, it was such an amazing, heartbreaking scene and so full of heart. I felt that the real romance in this story was the love story between Rose and her Creator as he gently woos her to him. Oh, how I thrilled to read these passages, I quietly squealed and smiled from ear to ear as I watched this beautiful, powerful message unfold. It moves the heart and stirs the spirit. Rose’s quest to find the Lord is truly haunting and enchanting, it seized me by the heart in a way that stories rarely do. There are a lot of spiritual conversations in this book and moralizing (for lack of a better word) but unlike 90 percent of other books I’ve read – the spiritual aspects feel like an organic part of the book, they are part of the theme, they are not shoehorned in to make it Christian – they are a rich, gorgeous undercurrent rippling through the story. I enjoyed this reread as much as I enjoyed it the first time. I was magically transported to a place that not only stirred and tickled my fancy with its plot, setting and world building but got me excited about the spiritual realm, excited about my Creator and excited about the endless possibilities that come when HE writes our stories.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Carla Laureano

    I usually approach fantasy novels based on fairy tales with trepidation: all too often they feel like mishmashes of several different versions of a tale with a little Disney thrown in for good measure. So when I heard that Serena Chase’s debut novel The Ryn was based on Snow White and Rose Red, I was nervous, despite the fact I’ve found her taste to be impeccable through her online reviews. “Based on” is a bit of an overstatement. “Inspired by” would be a better phrase. Chase has managed to do th I usually approach fantasy novels based on fairy tales with trepidation: all too often they feel like mishmashes of several different versions of a tale with a little Disney thrown in for good measure. So when I heard that Serena Chase’s debut novel The Ryn was based on Snow White and Rose Red, I was nervous, despite the fact I’ve found her taste to be impeccable through her online reviews. “Based on” is a bit of an overstatement. “Inspired by” would be a better phrase. Chase has managed to do the rarest of all things: build a unique yet recognizable medieval fantasy world that hits all the expected notes with a few surprises thrown in for fun. The first thing that strikes me is how likeable the characters are. There are few shades of gray when it comes to the protagonists, yet rather than being a downfall, it actually works in their favor. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment inside Rose/Rynnaia’s head. She’s a strong–sometimes headstrong–girl who manages to avoid the bratty or shrewish mold from which so many female fantasy leads seem cast. Neither is she (immediately) the preternaturally gifted female warrior. She can use a dagger with facility, but she’s still subject to little things like slippery patches of ice. Enter Sir Julien, the Bear-Knight. It’s obvious he’s going to be the romantic lead, since he’s pretty darn likeable, too. Sir Julien may also be the most patient man on the face of the earth. Rather than launching into a full-fledged pursuit of our fair maiden in distress, he does the honorable thing and acts as a knight sworn to protect his lady should. Refreshing. The thing that most differentiates The Ryn is its light tone amidst a sea of stories reveling in their grittiness. There are some serious subjects here, but the whole book is infused with such a sense of hope and whimsy it is a pleasure to read from start to finish. I enjoy angst and drama as much as the next girl, but it’s nice to be able to set down a book and say, “Wow, that was fun! Where’s the next one?” rather than go seek professional help for sudden depression. Anyone who enjoys a light fairy tale-ish yarn can pick up The Ryn with confidence. Parents, your younger readers are safe with this one. There’s plenty of adventure, a little dash of romance (and pirates!), but no overt sensuality or extreme violence. All in all, a promising debut from a new author!

  5. 5 out of 5

    m a r y l i z

    Well, that's it. I finally threw in the towel. I rarely DNF books but this one just doesn't hold any draw for me even after trudging through over 200 pages of it. Life's too short to spend reading a 500+ page beast of a book that you don't even like. ;) Maybe someday I'll get up the courage to try this again. xD Well, that's it. I finally threw in the towel. I rarely DNF books but this one just doesn't hold any draw for me even after trudging through over 200 pages of it. Life's too short to spend reading a 500+ page beast of a book that you don't even like. ;) Maybe someday I'll get up the courage to try this again. xD

  6. 4 out of 5

    The Overweight Bookshelf

    Full review here: http://www.overweightbookshelf.com/20... That Serena Chase is a fellow blogger has compounded my joy over the success on her debut. It is evident through her lilting prose and exquisite description that writing was not a whim for Serena–no, she is a legitimate author through and through. I remember when she first came on board Edgy Inspirational Romance and I thought “Dang, girl’s got some writing skills! What a great sense of humour.” That has definitely translated over to her Full review here: http://www.overweightbookshelf.com/20... That Serena Chase is a fellow blogger has compounded my joy over the success on her debut. It is evident through her lilting prose and exquisite description that writing was not a whim for Serena–no, she is a legitimate author through and through. I remember when she first came on board Edgy Inspirational Romance and I thought “Dang, girl’s got some writing skills! What a great sense of humour.” That has definitely translated over to her professional fiction work, just magnified and refined. The Ryn is the perfect coalescence of fairy tale, allegory, fantasy and adventure. With thematic depth that is emotive and relevant (I shed a few tears during a pseudo-baptism/anointing scene), The Ryn will appeal to a wide demographic of readers. The enthralling action of flights towards freedom kept me riveted from beginning to enhanced by E’veria’s charming populace and setting. When an author can create a world so foreign from our own and make readers believe that they are actually there and assimilate to all the supernatural nuances of this fictional land, that is a marker of writing genius. Bear men? No problem. People who can see your thoughts? But, of course. Storytellers who breathe their tales into living? Yes please! Creepy ancient villains with possessed beards? Ahhh!!! Rynnaia is a captivating heroine who endears herself to readers immediately with her spirited personality and humbling emotional vulnerability. When Serena astutely altered the point of view in the second half the story to first person, Rynnaia’s voice became deeply embedded in to my psyche and heart. As for Julien…well suffice to say that every romance would benefit from such a stunning and honourable hero. Sworn by oath to protect Rynnaia to his dying breath, Julie’s commitment to her goes beyond chivalric duty and is motivated by a selfless love. A sensational debut and I hope this series is eventually released in hard copy so I can shelve them beside the likes of Lisa Bergren’s River of Time series. Stay tuned for my review of Book 2, The Remedy. Rating: 9/10

  7. 4 out of 5

    Bluerose's Heart

    I am truly impressed!! This was an AMAZING debut novel! The various loves portrayed throughout The Ryn warmed my heart and brought tears to my eyes. The knight in shining armor of this story was one of the sweetest men I've ever encountered in my reading. The Ryn is full of knights and pirates(can't wait to read more about Cazien), scribes and magical beards. My favorite was the storytellers who could bring their characters "to life" with simply a breath across their palm. There's even candle-lik I am truly impressed!! This was an AMAZING debut novel! The various loves portrayed throughout The Ryn warmed my heart and brought tears to my eyes. The knight in shining armor of this story was one of the sweetest men I've ever encountered in my reading. The Ryn is full of knights and pirates(can't wait to read more about Cazien), scribes and magical beards. My favorite was the storytellers who could bring their characters "to life" with simply a breath across their palm. There's even candle-like walls and glowing "fish". Those little creatures stole my heart, for sure! Fairytale re-tellings are my favorite kinds of reads, and The Ryn has been added to my favorites among those! I can't wait to read more in this series. As I read the fairy tale of Snow White and Rose Red, I couldn't help but smile at the little parts that Serena added into her story. Yet, she still kept it completely original! My only disappointment is that I have to wait for the next one!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kara

    Wow! Wowwowwow. I was blown away by this story! Ms. Chase is an excellent writer. Her ability to keep me on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next was incredible. Especially as she'd always put some small, quiet moment right smack dab in the middle of a tense scene and made me wait just a little bit longer to find out what came next. I think my heart was in my throat during the entire first half of the story! In a good way, of course. :) I've always been a fan of fairytales Wow! Wowwowwow. I was blown away by this story! Ms. Chase is an excellent writer. Her ability to keep me on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next was incredible. Especially as she'd always put some small, quiet moment right smack dab in the middle of a tense scene and made me wait just a little bit longer to find out what came next. I think my heart was in my throat during the entire first half of the story! In a good way, of course. :) I've always been a fan of fairytales and allegorical fantasy, this story is a great mix of both. The world-building is well-imagined and described. The people and the places, and it's all revealed a little here and there. The reader knows about as much as Rose does, so we discover all the secrets right along with her. Which means there are a couple moments when we get information dumps that slow things down a little in the second half. But Rose needs to know and so do we. And the revelations are so compelling that I could overlook the slower pace without any problems. Interestingly, the first half of the book is written in third person and the second half in first person. Which sounds different, but it worked really well here. The change happens at a moment that makes total sense. I wasn't expecting it so it surprised me, but Ms. Chase handled it well. And of course you can't have a fairytale without a little romance. (Her very own knight in shining armor perhaps? ;) But just a little mind you. The romance really takes a backseat during much of the story. You see hints here and there, but not a whole lot of forward movement until late in the game. Yet we do end up with several very sweet moments that made me smile. (And anxiously awaiting further development in book two!) With cursed beards, bear-men, pirates, storytellers, and knights, as well as so many friends (as well as enemies) surrounding our heroine, this is an adventure you don't want to miss! I know this review is pretty short and vague, but I really do think you need to go into the story not entirely sure what's going to happen. There are many mysteries to be solved and half the fun is not knowing how or what is ahead. Or who this or that person is. Of course, we know good will prevail, it always does. But it may take a beating before it reaches its goal. And the story ends on a note that makes me anxious to know what's gong to come next for our little band of heroes! Trust me. Get this one. Read it. It'll sweep you away to the lovely land of E'veria and into the hearts of its people. Then take heart once you're done, because book two is already out! :D

  9. 4 out of 5

    Rel

    Confused by secrets surrounding the father she has never met, Rose delights in her foster family and the devoted brothers she has grown up with. When danger strips her of their security and love, Rose refuses to cower and meets her fears head on, until her actions nearly kill a man bound to protect her. As she begins to discover some of her family’s secrets Rose learns she has gifts beyond her comprehension that set her on a path that is both terrifying yet strangely familiar. Escorted by a hand Confused by secrets surrounding the father she has never met, Rose delights in her foster family and the devoted brothers she has grown up with. When danger strips her of their security and love, Rose refuses to cower and meets her fears head on, until her actions nearly kill a man bound to protect her. As she begins to discover some of her family’s secrets Rose learns she has gifts beyond her comprehension that set her on a path that is both terrifying yet strangely familiar. Escorted by a handsome and protective knight, Rose begins a journey of revelation about herself, her gifts, and the father who deserted her. Serena Chase’s The Ryn is a beautifully rendered allegorical fantasy that captured my imagination from the beginning, my heart halfway through, and my soul by the final pages. With the perfect combination of whimsy and earthiness, Serena creates in Rose a gutsy yet vulnerable heroine whose journey is engaging and intriguing. Serena has imagined a wonderful fantasy world of magical storytellers, Andovan mind readers, and searing prophecies with a hero well worth some swooning time! Intricately woven into the tale are subtle yet easily recognisable spiritual themes, many of them filled with beauty and poignancy. Clever dialogue and delightful prose suggest Serena has significant talent, the creative and evocative plot proves it .With action, chivalry, and sacrifice aplenty, this story will appeal to all ages. With shades of The Princess Bride, Lisa T Bergren’s River of Time series, and David Eddings Belgariad, this story is a keeper. Simply put, I adored The Ryn and can’t wait to dive into The Remedy.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kendra Ardnek

    Don't get me wrong. I liked it, but it was pure set up. I get that it's the first book of a series, and I really enjoyed the world, and the message, but it was still just a book of set up, so ... I'm saving a star for the next book, which I'm sure will be amazing. Although ... a note on the fairy tale retelling aspect. It was very ... brief. I got it, but really it was only because I was looking for it. I enjoyed it, but ... not my favorite. Don't get me wrong. I liked it, but it was pure set up. I get that it's the first book of a series, and I really enjoyed the world, and the message, but it was still just a book of set up, so ... I'm saving a star for the next book, which I'm sure will be amazing. Although ... a note on the fairy tale retelling aspect. It was very ... brief. I got it, but really it was only because I was looking for it. I enjoyed it, but ... not my favorite.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Hailey Rose

    I really enjoyed this book! It was a little more magical than I prefer, but I loved the story nonetheless. Can't wait to read the next book(s)! I really enjoyed this book! It was a little more magical than I prefer, but I loved the story nonetheless. Can't wait to read the next book(s)!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Stargazer R. L.

    My five favorite books have been the same five books for years. I never thought I'd read a book good enough to make it change. I finished reading The Ryn and it changed. The Ryn is now sitting in fourth place in my five favorite books, having kicked off one of them. This is the highest praise any book I've read has gotten in a long time. I loved this book. I was never bored, never angry with book or author, never overly afraid for the characters, or any other unpleasant things that happen to me whe My five favorite books have been the same five books for years. I never thought I'd read a book good enough to make it change. I finished reading The Ryn and it changed. The Ryn is now sitting in fourth place in my five favorite books, having kicked off one of them. This is the highest praise any book I've read has gotten in a long time. I loved this book. I was never bored, never angry with book or author, never overly afraid for the characters, or any other unpleasant things that happen to me when I read books. I've never read a book so full of color. The Ryn is so colorful. Rich, bright, vibrant, vivid, beautiful color. Swirling rainbows of color. There's just so much of it! Every scene was so vivid and full of detail and colorful, no movie could beat it. But there wasn't even more or less description then most books, it's just so visual. My imagination never had to work because everything was already there in perfect colorful detail. It was amazing. The Ryn is hands down the best romance I have ever read. No joke. I love romance, and this was perfect. But in most romance books I've read there's some things I don't like. For example the hero and heroine are always having horrible misunderstandings which result in a rift in their relationship. Rynnaia and Julien's relationship was flawless. They would have the occasional argument of course and wouldn't speak to each other for a day but they always made up and were friends again within pages of their argument. It was amazing: the thing I hate about romance in novels made right. At the end they had a big misunderstanding and I was like 'oh, right, I knew the prefect-romance couldn't last long, she can't end the book with them friends can she?' But they sorted it out really fast. It was awesome! I couldn't believe it, I was so happy. The Ryn = best romance I've ever read. Mind reading. I love mind reading. Serena Chase presented mind reading in a new beautiful light that I really enjoyed. Thoughts are colors and people are colors. How cool is that? Pretty cool. And then there's the cover. Possibly the most beautiful cover on any book in the world. I've never read a book that has a cover that is so perfect for the book: The Ryn, beautiful outside, beautiful inside. I thought the naming system was really unique, NAME de NAME-OF-FATHER/HUSBAND. I really liked that. And the other languages that was sometimes spelled out, “the Ancient Voice”, didn't annoy me. When I read books with people talking or taking bits of other languages—whether they're made up, or real like Latin, French, etc.—I get really annoyed and I usually don't bother sounding out the sentences. But in The Ryn, the other language was beautiful and really easy to read and I enjoyed the little bits in it. I really liked the Christian allegory. I felt it was done well and I think The Ryn left me better than when I started it. The world was also fantastic. I just want to LIVE there. It's so beautiful and even with the danger I wouldn't mind living there. I'd probably want to live in Veetri, though everywhere else is wonderful too. Rynnaia. She's so happy. I don't think I've read about a heroine who almost always has such a good attitude. She's such a good person, like role-model level. I loved her and she really inspired me. Rynnaia may be my second favorite heroine out of all the fantasy novels I've ever read. Julien. Okay what is there to say? I love Julien. He's the perfect hero, awesome, strong, adorable, handsome. And he's heroic. A hero who's heroic is actually not a common thing anymore, which is tragic because seriously there's nothing like a heroic character. I loved Julien! I can't wait to read the next book with him and Rynnaia. Cazien. If I didn't know there is a book totally devoted to our favorite pirate I'd have been horribly disappointment in his tiny cameo. As it is, his short appearance was all the more sweet because I knew I can go and read his story soon. Kinley, Rowlen, Lewys, Drinius, Gladiel, all the other characters are all great too. I love them all so much! Every character is special and unique. I'm trying my hardest to think of anything I DIDN'T like about The Ryn and . . . I'm not thinking of anything. Anything. One or two things that bothered me in the beginning were quickly resolved and I'm left with no feeling of dislike about anything in this book. The Ryn is a flawless work of fiction that I highly recommend to anyone who loves fantasy, romance and a beautiful story.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Chase has a lot of talent. That I kept reading until about 60% is a testament to that. I would normally have given up before with books that are this strong in the magic department. While I didn't want to continue reading, I did want to say that this author has so much talent and I think that many people will enjoy this book. I did find it a bit jarring to change from a third person to first person about 30% into the book, yet again, the author made it work. Chase has a lot of talent. That I kept reading until about 60% is a testament to that. I would normally have given up before with books that are this strong in the magic department. While I didn't want to continue reading, I did want to say that this author has so much talent and I think that many people will enjoy this book. I did find it a bit jarring to change from a third person to first person about 30% into the book, yet again, the author made it work.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Allison Ruvidich

    I was supposed to love this book. Not many authors dabble in fairytales now, and when I caught wind of a book that was practically drenched with them, I knew I had to read it. Because “The Ryn” is not available in public libraries, I actually bought a copy without having read it, which I never do. “The Ryn” is the story of Rose, a girl who has never met her father. She doesn’t even know his name. All she knows is that for her own safety, she must dye her naturally red hair black and never speak I was supposed to love this book. Not many authors dabble in fairytales now, and when I caught wind of a book that was practically drenched with them, I knew I had to read it. Because “The Ryn” is not available in public libraries, I actually bought a copy without having read it, which I never do. “The Ryn” is the story of Rose, a girl who has never met her father. She doesn’t even know his name. All she knows is that for her own safety, she must dye her naturally red hair black and never speak of her parentage. She has never even heard her given name. Following the very best fairytale archetypes, Rose discovers that she is the long-lost princess, and with a dashing knight by her side, she must go on a quest to save her kingdom from its ancient enemies. I should’ve loved this book. So what went wrong? Three problems. First off, the character Rose. Every fairytale princess has a flaw, and Rose is no exception. Her flaw is that she doesn’t realize how regal, intelligent, beautiful, and talented she is, despite the fact that people keep telling her. I believe I understand what the author intended. Rose is an ordinary girl who has an extraordinary burden on her shoulders. But when everyone agrees she is beautiful and wise, she is no longer ordinary. Her only weakness is perceived. Even more irritatingly, Rose continues to believe it, even when she consistently proves that she has what it takes to be a princess. My second problem was the world’s magic. At first we are introduced to the Storytellers, whose arcane abilities allow them to tell stories that the audience can actually see. I was enthralled. I was enchanted. Then, when nothing more came of them, I realized they existed solely for the purpose of providing information on the world. The narrative quickly moved on to the Andoven, who can do everything from open doors without using their hands to read minds and to prevent other Andoven from reading minds, which all got a bit confusing. My third problem, and I hate to this, was the Christian element of this book. Before you gasp in outrage, let me say that I am a Christian, and some of my favorite books are Christian fiction. Those books have a wonderful story that operates independently of the allegory but, when combined with Christian morals, becomes even greater. My problem with “The Ryn” is that it was not allegory. A major plot point—the climax of the book—is when the main character (view spoiler)[actually speaks with God. I don’t mean she prays. I mean that God actually has a conversation with her. (hide spoiler)] . Can you understand my problem here? One of the greatest trials of being a Christian is that we must suspend our disbelief when times are tough. One of the greatest problems of writing fantasy is getting a reader to suspend their disbelief. It rubs me the wrong way that in this book, the characters don’t have to do that. Is it religion when you don’t have to believe, when it just is? I hope that this review does not deter you from reading “The Ryn,” because you might love it. But it wasn’t for me.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Gabrielle

    My dear friends, I have found you another life-changing book. The Ryn, while containing the simple truths and clear-cut beauty of a fairytale, is so much more. It has many profound gems hidden in its pages, not the least of which is the allegory. From the first few pages, I knew this book would totally capture my attention--and it held it all the way through. The Ryn mixes hints of classic fairytales with fantastic world-building. There is so much magic and wonder packed into each setting, that I My dear friends, I have found you another life-changing book. The Ryn, while containing the simple truths and clear-cut beauty of a fairytale, is so much more. It has many profound gems hidden in its pages, not the least of which is the allegory. From the first few pages, I knew this book would totally capture my attention--and it held it all the way through. The Ryn mixes hints of classic fairytales with fantastic world-building. There is so much magic and wonder packed into each setting, that I had a hard time deciding whether I wanted to be Andoven or Veetrish. (I eventually decided Veetrish. Read The Ryn, and you'll understand why. ;) ) The amazing world-building reminded me of Seeker's Call by Cassandra Boyson--another worthy read, if not quite as well-written as The Ryn. I thoroughly enjoyed being immersed in the world of E' veria. The characters were well done also, drawn vividly and given distinct personalities. While at times I felt them to be a little bit cliché, they were well-rounded for the most part. Rose was a very sympathetic protagonist, and I look forward to reading more about her in the rest of the series. The plot was very suspenseful--all sorts of surprises kept causing me to gasp or laugh by turns. At one point, I clapped my kindle cover closed and shrieked--causing my siblings to ask if somebody had died. I didn't bother answering--I had to get back to the book. While the basic plot isn't unique in itself (I've read a few books that follow similar plots--again, I liken it to Seeker's Call) I felt like it was fresh enough to be worth the read. One odd thing about The Ryn that threw me off was the writing went from third-person to first-person. It was a little jarring, and I would have preferred that the author had chosen one or the other to stick with throughout the book. Final notes: The Ryn, though marked by a few errors common to first-time writers, was an excellent book. Fantastic world-building and an exciting plot make an irresistible combination. I can't wait to jump into the sequels. Rating: 4 stars Recommended: 12 and up Content guide (may contain minor spoilers): Language 0/10 Sexual Content 1/10 (romantic feelings, an almost-kiss. Romance is very clean and well represented) Violence 3/10 (curses cause death and sickness, some wounds--not graphic, a razed village is mentioned, but not described) *Many thanks to the author for providing a copy to review* For more reviews, see Gabriellenblog.wordpress.com, or fullofbooks.com.

  16. 5 out of 5

    H.S.J. Williams

    After reading some rave reviews, I decided to give The Eyes of E'veria a shot. And boy, am I glad I did. I really loved them! The first two books of the Eyes of E'veria series are really just part 1 and 2 of the same story. You can't read one without the other. Serena Chase's voice and writing immediately drew me into her world, breathing life into the characters. I was greatly reminded of the style of Robin McKinley. The story moves along at its own pace, and if you find yourself wanting to go fa After reading some rave reviews, I decided to give The Eyes of E'veria a shot. And boy, am I glad I did. I really loved them! The first two books of the Eyes of E'veria series are really just part 1 and 2 of the same story. You can't read one without the other. Serena Chase's voice and writing immediately drew me into her world, breathing life into the characters. I was greatly reminded of the style of Robin McKinley. The story moves along at its own pace, and if you find yourself wanting to go faster, perhaps you should wait until you have time to sit back and enjoy the beauty of the writing. What you should know before reading this book is that it is a romance. Our Rynnaia falls deeply in love with a knight, Sir Julien, and their love is one of the major plots of the book. However, I was pleasantly surprised and pleased to find that this romance was very chaste. This is a story set back in the Medieval days, and the honor code is held in high respect (wish we still had it). They don't even kiss until the end of book 2. Sir Julien is a perfect gentleman and treats Rynnaia with the highest regard. Their love is a showcase of what God intended it to be and intentionally reflects the relationship that we should have with God. Still, I felt a bit snoopy and invasive at times, when Rynnaia would reflect about Julien. It was like I was in a friend's head, spying on their feelings. That's why romance isn't my genre of choice. But this was all very clean and sweet. Happily, romance is not the only point of this tale. It's also an epic, full of brilliant characters, complex relationships, and dire peril. Violence Content: People are shot and slit, but there is no graphic or gory description. :) Language Content: None. :) Spiritual Content: I had heard that Serena Chase was a Christian, but I didn't know how much she'd incorporate her beliefs into the story. At first, I didn't see much, but it entered at the end of Book 1 and was the driving force in Book 2. And it was MAGNIFICENT. Serena Chase captured the power and, most of all, the love of God in her allegorical representation. :D I'm thrilled to discover another wonderful author, whose stories can edify and encourage, while entertain at the same time! And I am even more thrilled that this series will continue, focusing on the most intriguing character by far, Captain Cazien de Polis, and his mysterious connection to the feisty, newly-knighted, Lady Erielle. It's going to be awesome!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Joy

    You know those disclaimers bloggers need to provide at the end of their reviews? Well let’s set the record straight right now. I know this author (we blog together). I’m invested in this author. I want her to do well. She sent me a free review copy, and then I went out and bought her book anyway. I’m thrilled to pieces about her debut release… …But I was a little bit scared to read it. Between you and me (and several thousand people on Goodreads), it was like meeting your friend’s baby for the f You know those disclaimers bloggers need to provide at the end of their reviews? Well let’s set the record straight right now. I know this author (we blog together). I’m invested in this author. I want her to do well. She sent me a free review copy, and then I went out and bought her book anyway. I’m thrilled to pieces about her debut release… …But I was a little bit scared to read it. Between you and me (and several thousand people on Goodreads), it was like meeting your friend’s baby for the first time and hoping he’s cute. Not that you’d ever let on, but you’d feel sooooo sorry for your buddy if he wasn’t! I’m happy to report Serena has nothing to worry about. No cone-shaped heads or unsightly birthmarks here. Her baby is absolutely adorable (think Shiloh Pitt or Suri Cruise cute--minus the temper tantrums and high heels). THE RYN is the story of knights and princesses, secret destinies, and mythical bear-man creatures. It’s a beautiful cross between fantasy and fairytale with amazingly intricate world building. I was perfectly content visiting the world Serena created. There was a scene toward the beginning involving the heroine and her brother that made me laugh out loud and I thought “there’s Serena’s humor!” in the same way you might comment “your baby has your eyes.” Then something amazing happened. With a brilliant display of craft, the author flipped the script on both her main character and the readers and sucked us deeper into this fairytale. A vine of tangled ivy couldn’t have held my attention any more securely. At that point, THE RYN stopped being Serena’s baby and became my story. I took up residence, I moved in. I became Rose and oh-my-word, it was me falling in love with the handsome knight Sir Julien. Serena Chase has created a world in which any fantasy lover would gladly spend the day. It is full of allegory, adventure, mystery and just enough romance to satisfy this romance fan. Bravo my friend on your glorious debut, and bring on THE REMEDY!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Renee

    What more can I say other than the fact that I am truly impressed with this debut novel by Serena Chase? I'm not one for allegorical or fantasies but I thoroughly enjoyed The Ryn. Even if I wasn't under a deadline to get the story read and reviewed I think I would have still finished it in a day! Curses, adventure, and even the promise of a budding romance won me over. Rynnaia's journey from naive young girl to a future queen unfolds at a natural and quite believable pace. She made mistakes and What more can I say other than the fact that I am truly impressed with this debut novel by Serena Chase? I'm not one for allegorical or fantasies but I thoroughly enjoyed The Ryn. Even if I wasn't under a deadline to get the story read and reviewed I think I would have still finished it in a day! Curses, adventure, and even the promise of a budding romance won me over. Rynnaia's journey from naive young girl to a future queen unfolds at a natural and quite believable pace. She made mistakes and at one point I'll admit I thought she was going to be one of those TSTL heroines but she definitely evolved and matured by the end of the story into someone who was easy to root for. I'm very interested to see how she saves her kingdom and more importantly, the romantic in me wants to see just where she and Sir Julien are headed. I highly recommend this story to fantasy and fairy tale fans! 5 stars! I received a complimentary review copy in exchange for posting my honest opinion of the book for the tour.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Julie Graves

    I have to confess that I almost missed out on this book! But I also have to confess that I have always loved the cover! I put off getting the book because I thought for sure I wouldn't like the genre(a bit of fantasy). But after glowing reviews from other bloggers I just had to try it. I was NOT disappointed!! I loved it! I recommend it! And most of all I am so glad that I have the next one in the series THE REMEDY on my Kindle and ready to read! THE RYN is set in a kingdom with Knights(one very I have to confess that I almost missed out on this book! But I also have to confess that I have always loved the cover! I put off getting the book because I thought for sure I wouldn't like the genre(a bit of fantasy). But after glowing reviews from other bloggers I just had to try it. I was NOT disappointed!! I loved it! I recommend it! And most of all I am so glad that I have the next one in the series THE REMEDY on my Kindle and ready to read! THE RYN is set in a kingdom with Knights(one very handsome one in particular), a Princess(who at first does not know she is a Princess), and Story-Tellers(who can show their stories as they are being told). Add to those: secrets, curses, romance and magic and you have yourself the perfect story! Serena knows how to weave a perfect fairytale and keep the reader entranced by her writing and the story being told. I've already read the first page of THE REMEDY and am hooked!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Toni Shiloh

    Really enjoyed stepping into the kingdom of E'veria and learning all about The Ryn. Need book 2 now! Really enjoyed stepping into the kingdom of E'veria and learning all about The Ryn. Need book 2 now!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Miranda A. Uyeh

    Simply put, I loved this book! Serena did a good job of creating a world that was every bit as fantasy as it was Christian. The story speaks of truth just as Christianity tells it. Although a fantasy story, Serena used the word ‘magic’ sparingly. I loved how she managed that. Rose was a beautiful, simple and soft character—absolutely different from what most stories make out redheads to be, *chuckling* which was refreshing. It was a pleasure watching her grow from Rose the country girl, to Ryn Nai Simply put, I loved this book! Serena did a good job of creating a world that was every bit as fantasy as it was Christian. The story speaks of truth just as Christianity tells it. Although a fantasy story, Serena used the word ‘magic’ sparingly. I loved how she managed that. Rose was a beautiful, simple and soft character—absolutely different from what most stories make out redheads to be, *chuckling* which was refreshing. It was a pleasure watching her grow from Rose the country girl, to Ryn Naia, the princess. Rose handled well the sudden thrust of her true identity upon her and matured quickly. I loved that even when she learnt she was a princess, she didn’t lose her sweetness and simplicity. And that didn’t deter her from being the strong (and eventually confident) woman that she needed to be. Even though Ryn Naia’s story progressed much in years in the story, other characters that were part of her past life as Rose were not left behind. Serena filtered in updates on their lives every now and then without crowding the story. It was impressive. And because I grew to love these characters, I welcomed their stay. These words describe Julien de Gladiel: Prince-in-shining armor. His loyalty and manners sparkled his already sweet and adorable personality. Any girl would fall in love with this guy. Seriously. *winking* He carried an air of gentleness and friendliness that was well matched with the superiority of his title. Drinius and Gladiel make quite an interesting pair. I’m looking forward to seeing more of them in the book 2, ‘The Remedy’. I also can’t wait to meet King Jarryn. He was talked about by the other characters often enough and Serena allowed a little glimpse of his reality. He’s is a character I’m looking forward to reading first hand. ‘The Ryn’ is a marvelous read. It is sweet, subtle and full of delightful encounters (like the Andoven and the Tirandov Isle *winking*). I have absolutely no complaints about this book. I put my pen down here because as a principle, I’m no fan of spoilers, though I love to drop hints.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Altman

    The Ryn is a phenomenal debut. Serena Chase’s version of Snow White and Rose Red is so much more than a retelling of a much-loved fable—it’s a shimmering, celebratory, poignant and triumphant mingling of the fairy tale world, Christian allegory and a vibrant, insightful mythology created by the author herself. Well-crafted and well-paced; featuring captivating characters, delightful humor, and surprises both entertaining and emotive; The Ryn is the mesmerizing story of a young woman’s physical a The Ryn is a phenomenal debut. Serena Chase’s version of Snow White and Rose Red is so much more than a retelling of a much-loved fable—it’s a shimmering, celebratory, poignant and triumphant mingling of the fairy tale world, Christian allegory and a vibrant, insightful mythology created by the author herself. Well-crafted and well-paced; featuring captivating characters, delightful humor, and surprises both entertaining and emotive; The Ryn is the mesmerizing story of a young woman’s physical and spiritual journey toward truth...and love. Adventure, fantasy, suspense and romance starring kings, queens, knights and pirates—what more could a reader want? Well, this reader wants more of Serena Chase. I absolutely cannot wait for the release of The Remedy!

  23. 4 out of 5

    M.H. Elrich

    Serena Chase is a gifted writer, and her main character "Rose" is fascinating. She writes with attention to every detail, and if you are a fan of fairy tales, you will certainly love this book. However, this book isn't just a fairy tale-it's a fantasy romance that captures your heart over the course of the pages. This isn't an action packed book, but there is enough danger or emotional journey to keep you intrigued until the very end. If I could afford it, I would immediately buy the next in the Serena Chase is a gifted writer, and her main character "Rose" is fascinating. She writes with attention to every detail, and if you are a fan of fairy tales, you will certainly love this book. However, this book isn't just a fairy tale-it's a fantasy romance that captures your heart over the course of the pages. This isn't an action packed book, but there is enough danger or emotional journey to keep you intrigued until the very end. If I could afford it, I would immediately buy the next in the series, (hoping to get extra funds to do so soon). In the meantime, I recommend all who love fantasy/fairytales/romances to read this book.

  24. 5 out of 5

    TinaB

    So Ill be honest I was a bit scared to read this, and more so to review it. Serena is one of my favorite bloggers and I knew I didn't want to not like this. At first during the prologue I didn't know if I was going to jive with this one, the wording is very eloquent and has a mind of its own, and while lovely, at times distracted me and seemed to take over the story as a whole. However, once I was able to feel Serena's style and jump into the story I found myself lost in The Ryn and the world cr So Ill be honest I was a bit scared to read this, and more so to review it. Serena is one of my favorite bloggers and I knew I didn't want to not like this. At first during the prologue I didn't know if I was going to jive with this one, the wording is very eloquent and has a mind of its own, and while lovely, at times distracted me and seemed to take over the story as a whole. However, once I was able to feel Serena's style and jump into the story I found myself lost in The Ryn and the world created around the characters. A great, brave and fantastic debut! Full RCS~

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ronie

    A truly beautiful and brilliant allegory! The adventures Rose is sped along grips the reader by the throat and doesn't let go! I absolutely loved the incredible world Chase created, along with the varying races and their histories. The prophecy, the heroine, and--hello!--the hero are to die for! A must-read novel! A truly beautiful and brilliant allegory! The adventures Rose is sped along grips the reader by the throat and doesn't let go! I absolutely loved the incredible world Chase created, along with the varying races and their histories. The prophecy, the heroine, and--hello!--the hero are to die for! A must-read novel!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Hannah White

    I really, really wanted to like this, but I just couldn't get into it. I really, really wanted to like this, but I just couldn't get into it.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Monzon

    This is the best fantasy book I have read In a long time!! Absolutely loved it! Loved the bits of allegory on the isle too. Can't wait to dive into book 2! This is the best fantasy book I have read In a long time!! Absolutely loved it! Loved the bits of allegory on the isle too. Can't wait to dive into book 2!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    This retelling of Snow White and Rose Red is basically a collision of Ever After with the Lord of the Rings. The basic twist on the plot is that the main girl is both Snow White and Rose Red. It was a gentle, magical reading experience and I am looking forward to the next book. Especially anything with Cazien in it. Cazien is the best thing in the book--and, I suspect, in the entire series. The number one thing that you will notice about the book is the prominent theme of hair color and hair gen This retelling of Snow White and Rose Red is basically a collision of Ever After with the Lord of the Rings. The basic twist on the plot is that the main girl is both Snow White and Rose Red. It was a gentle, magical reading experience and I am looking forward to the next book. Especially anything with Cazien in it. Cazien is the best thing in the book--and, I suspect, in the entire series. The number one thing that you will notice about the book is the prominent theme of hair color and hair generally. The main villains are weird evil forest guys with Duck Dynasty beards--a crime against fashion and presumably against the forces of good. ;) The three main strong points: 1: Rose/Rynnaia was an attractive heroine, lacking in self pity. In fact, the whole book was amazingly lacking in angst. Rose was capable of being spunky but never failed to be ladylike. The section where she was accused of witchcraft by a jealous old servant woman was surprisingly well handled---largely because the heroine seemed genuinely astonished that her beauty could inspire so much hostility in other women. She viewed herself as ordinary and continued to think of herself that way.( Which helps to convince us that she really is remarkably pretty) Also the description of Rose's physical appearance was a relief after decades of short, skinny heroines. You have to admire an author who would depart from convention and make the leading lady tall and heavy. Oh, and the way the Story people can create movies with their words to entertain an audience---very cool! :) 2: Cazien! He is awful, smarty, conceited, and delightful. The more of him the better. The more detestable he is, the more interesting the story. The best chapters in the book always involved parties and dancing--Rose's gorgeous blue dress in the first party episode was fun to imagine--and the best chapter of all the best chapters was the one where we got introduced to Cazien. Julien was a nice guy, but Cazien...he's all the better for not being entirely nice. ;) The two main weak points: 1: The beginning and ending sections are both slightly slow. The story warms up by the time Rose has her first party--where she wears the aforementioned blue dress---and it never becomes a really boring read, but the author is keeping most of the action for the second book. This isn't really a fault, just something you might notice. 2: Erielle is kind of annoying. It helps that Julien and Rose both seemed to tolerate her showing off the way you would tolerate a slightly obnoxious little kid. She isn't mean or disagreeable, exactly---just insincere and trying to get attention. I found the part where she got suddenly sensitive about Rose mistaking her for a boy very significant. It shows she's mostly doing this noisy tomboy stuff because she's worried about being overlooked. Personally, I find the girl warrior concept to be very overrated, but that might not irritate all readers the way it irritated me. In conclusion, Julien and Rose are a cute couple--he doesn't have any cringingly unbelievable lines--and the world depicted makes for a beautiful escapism experience. Very enjoyable read.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    Let me just get right out there and say it: I LOVED THIS BOOK! OK, I’ll shout it! Yes, I absolutely loved it. Frankly, I loved it so much that I’m not sure how to write a review about it. I can’t think of one thing I didn’t like. Not even any characters I didn’t like. I didn’t love all of the characters, but I didn’t find any of them loathsome, either. It’s kinda nice to be able to say that! No negative feelings – outside those that fit the plot – while reading! I love Rose/Rynnaia! From start to Let me just get right out there and say it: I LOVED THIS BOOK! OK, I’ll shout it! Yes, I absolutely loved it. Frankly, I loved it so much that I’m not sure how to write a review about it. I can’t think of one thing I didn’t like. Not even any characters I didn’t like. I didn’t love all of the characters, but I didn’t find any of them loathsome, either. It’s kinda nice to be able to say that! No negative feelings – outside those that fit the plot – while reading! I love Rose/Rynnaia! From start to finish, she is an amazing character. She’s stubborn, but not excessively so. She’s conflicted when she learns the truth of her parentage. But she’s so mature and so quick to accept that this is her life. So many characters in similar situations allow their new reality to send them into a tailspin. Not Rynnaia! She’s amazing, strong, and so sweet. Loved her! Julien – um, wow! Book boyfriend for sure! He’s kind, sweet, caring, devoted, and noble – truly a noble knight. He has integrity, and he is strong in his convictions. He treats Rose/Rynnaia with the utmost care and love. Watching the two of them grow to love each other was so much fun. Their pairing might be considered by some as somewhat predictable, but I’m OK with that. They’re such great characters, and so perfect together – I say who cares! I am very much looking forward to their courtship and – I hope – marriage. And let me just say this, if he gets fatally wounded or killed off, I’ll never forgive Serena Chase for that! So, the faith side of this. It’s pretty strong, but I think it works really well. As a lifelong Christian, I can see the parallels to Christianity very easily. I’m not sure how easy it would be for someone with a different life experience. It’s not preachy, but the Christian basis is undeniable. It works very well for this story. And as a Christian, I appreciate having an awesome fantasy steeped in my faith! My one complaint: It ended too soon! Of course, that’s just because I was so in love with this book! If I take a step back, I can see that it’s actually a perfect ending. Cliffhanger? Little bit, but it’s made clear from the very beginning that this is a long – epic – tale. You can’t cover it in one book. Plus, it’s been clearly marketed as the first in a series. There’s no surprise it ends with the reader eager for the next installment, which in this case is The Remedy. I absolutely loved The Ryn by Serena Chase! It’s full of suspense, action, danger, enlightenment, love, and some surprising revelations along the way! If you’re a fan of epic fantasy, I highly encourage you to read it. I cannot wait to continue with the series. Look for my review of The Remedy soon!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ralene Burke

    The Ryn is a fantasy retelling of Snow White and Rose Red, but with so many more twists and turns and fun stuff. With a depth of character and incredible detailing, Serena brings her fantasy world to life. But first, maybe I say, how gorgeous is that cover? I know, right? DESTINED by prophecy. GUARDED by deception. PURSUED by Love. With a tagline like that, who wouldn’t want to read the book? The main character, Rose, is a woman brought up in the homes of family friends, without even knowing who he The Ryn is a fantasy retelling of Snow White and Rose Red, but with so many more twists and turns and fun stuff. With a depth of character and incredible detailing, Serena brings her fantasy world to life. But first, maybe I say, how gorgeous is that cover? I know, right? DESTINED by prophecy. GUARDED by deception. PURSUED by Love. With a tagline like that, who wouldn’t want to read the book? The main character, Rose, is a woman brought up in the homes of family friends, without even knowing who her family is. From the loving home of her aunt and uncle to the vibrant home of the story tellers, their heritages add to her own life. But what will happen when she finds out who she truly is? I just love the characters in The Ryn. They are all so very different. From the loud and lively story tellers to the calm and rational personalities of Rose’s aunt and cousin. The love interest–it still gives me chills. Rose eventually discovers she posses some ancient bloodline powers from her real family, and must travel to another part of the kingdom to learn the extent of those powers and how to use them. It’s very exciting and intense to watch her grown and change throughout the book. I have to say one of the most intriguing part of both novels is the way that Serena weaves in the spiritual aspect of her story realm. It’s a lovely portrayal of the God who seeks us, and the God who calls us. And when we answer that call with all hearts–oh, the things he will accomplish through us! So, you’ve got great characters surrounding a fun plot with a dash of the spiritual realm–this is definitely the recipe for a great book and time well spent. Serena follows up The Ryn with the exciting conclusion to Rose’s story in The Remedy. I won’t put in any spoilers, but I will say that she ties up the story in an exciting way, but leaves enough for us to be chomping at the bit for the next in the series.

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