RELEASE DATE: August 11th 2015
AUTHOR: Rachel E.Carter
PUBLISHER: Astraea Press
SUMMARY: Before the age of seventeen, the young men and women of Jerar are given a choice-follow tradition, or pursue a trial year in one of the realm’s three war schools to study as a soldier, knight or mage…
For 15-year-old Ryiah, the choice has always been easy. Become a warrior and leave the boring confines of her lowborn life behind. Set to enroll in the School of Knighthood on the eve of her next birthday, plans suddenly shift when her twin brother discovers powers. Hoping that hers will soon follow, she enrolls with Alex at the Academy instead -the realm’s most notorious war school for those with magic. Yet when she arrives, Ry finds herself competing against friend and foe for one of the exalted apprenticeships. Every “first-year” is given a trial year to prove their worth -and no amount of hard work and drive will guarantee them a spot. It seems like everyone is rooting for her to fail -and first and foremost among them Prince Darren, the school prodigy who has done nothing but make life miserable since she arrived.
When an accidental encounter leads Ryiah and Darren to an unlikely friendship, she is convinced nothing good will come of it. But the lines become blurred when she begins to improve -and soon she is a key competitor for the faction of Combat… Still, nothing is ever as it seems -and when the world comes crashing down around her, Ry is forced to place faith in the one thing she can believe in -herself. Will it be enough?
MY REVIEW: what can I say a really great start for the debut author Rachel E.carter and I was like “what it was published last year and I didn’t noticed it”. It was such a wonderful plot, after reading the synopsis I just couldn’t help myself and instantly got myself in it.On hearing the word Faction I just thought about Divergent but after finishing it now I know it was quite different from it and I just loved it.
The Author done a great job in character building and also the plot.The academy is divided into factions where Ryiah was competing for combat faction and Alex forRestoration.The character “Prince Darren” who was also competing for the entry in Combat faction reminded me a lot of William Darcy because of the way he behaved in this and always looked down on the low born or any one who isn’t belonged to the noble family. Loved the female protagonist “Ryiah” and her sense of humor and all the characters in it.I liked Ryiah and Darren’s secret rendezvous in the nights because I’ve always looked forward to their playful banter towards each other.
I liked how the author portrayed the relationship between the twins Ryiah and Alex and how they always helped each other when in need. Ryiah is a kickass girl with lots of sense of humor in her that you wouldn’t get bored of her.She is really a strong girl who keeps on trying and trying and wouldn’t even give up even if the odds aren’t in her favor.
It started a bit slow for me but afterwards I couldn’t take my eyes out of it.The battles for the selection in the academy is truly incredible and the ending was truly epic.The whole journey is pretty intense and you wouldn’t get bored anywhere.The world Jerar wasn’t explained in depth and the whole book is more focused on the Academy, and it’s trails for the entry in the academy.
At the conclusion part I was really freaked out when I thought that it’s gonna end with a cliffhanger but thank god it wasn’t, and I’m really happy with the end.Now I’m so excited to know what’s gonna happen next because the real adventure begins now.If I do have to recommend this book then yes I highly recommend this.