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October 27, 2017

REFUGEES by R.A. Denny

Mud, Rock and Trees   

Book One of Four
R.A. Denny

Synopsis:  "An epic journey of a lifetime." That's what three individuals from three different corners of the world have dreamed about. They were destined for greatness since the moment they were born. But what if they don't want it? What if they're not ready? What if their desires no long align with the prophecy?

The problem is, they have no choice. The star has appeared. Their destiny has already begun to unfold.

It's not the send off that they've been dreaming of. Forced out. Banished. Raided. This wasn't how it  was supposed to be. Now they must discover who they really are while embarking on the most exciting journey of their lives. One star. One impossible task. One chance to save the world they love.   AMAZON BUY LINK

BUILD THE KINGDOM---This book is really different in others I've read.  Something new for a change.  We have a diversity of characters, different than what we normally think of.   Not only different types of characters, but different life styles, religions, ideas and more.  The tone of the book is of a troubling time, but as always the important thing in times of troubles and struggles is HOPE.  And there is HOPE.
I enjoyed the opening of the book.  It's a fore telling of a dead man returning from the grave to rule once again. A man the emperor, his brother, buried him alive.  Now if that isn't interesting and exciting, I don't know what is.  And with this prophecy the book begins.

In the last days, when the new star glows in the skies;
Out of the depths of the rocks we call. Hear our cries!
As earth's secrets unfold, he who sleeps will arise;
Three seals guard the land where the hidden treasure lies.
Rock soars out of the air; trees float over the seas;
Every man in the city buried by mud flees;
So, let the Word be spread, so let the Truth be known When the son of a duck, the heir, takes the throne.
Through the bog roll the stones,
through the log flows a breeze;
Build the Kingdom by gathering mud, rocks, and trees.
A different star in seen in the sky, so the three main characters, Amanki, Brina and Moshoi, the three elements, mud, trees and rocks begin a journey.  They don't understand why they must go but they do trust those who tell them they must.    But tragedy strikes and their departure is halted.   Now they are being sent away as refugees.  You must know that you will become invested in these characters.   The author went above  and beyond and gave such realistic characters and you felt that you knew them.   It makes you stop and think, What if?  Will their original purpose be fulfilled?   Will the foe be defeated? This is a fantasy read.  NO cursing or sex but there is violence so you may want to consider that when wondering if you wish to read or not or if it is suitable for your younger readers.  I didn't think that I would really enjoy this by the blurb but it was quite good.  Fantasy is always interesting especially when the characters are believable. I must say that it took me a while to really get into what was happening.   I also wished there had been a bit more of a back story on the different worlds that these young people came from.  Perhaps in the next book.
I received a copy of this book from the author and voluntarily decided to review it.
I would give this book  4 STARS. 

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