Book Reviews

Rise of the Sparrows

Author: Sarina Langer

Series: The Relics of Ar’Zac #1

Rating: 5 stars

Summary: “As a homeless orphan, shunned for having the gift, Rachael knows how to survive. The visions of people dying are only hers to see. The shadows are her safety. When Cephy comes into her life, having a friend—a friend as feared by the villagers as Rachael—seems too good to be true.

And it is. Her visions are worse since Cephy came along, and Rachael’s gut feeling urges her to walk the other way. Alone.

When Cephy burns down her old home, the villagers respond with violence: they call on the White Guard to take Rachael and Cephy away for execution. Together they flee into a world they know nothing about. In the unknown awaits a Mist Woman, a prophecy, and a young rebel who sounds sincere –

but in Rachael’s experience, no one ever is. And how can she trust him when he believes in an ancient prophecy that seems to refer to her, and asks her to commit regicide so that people with the gift can be free?

Suddenly the cold shadows of Blackrock’s winter don’t seem so bad, and Rachael is torn between finally having food and warm shelter, and surviving on her own as she always has. The Sparrows—fighters of the resistance—believe in her because the prophecy names her. But can she be the leader they need when she can’t control her own magic?

Rachael knows the struggles the gifted endure all too well. Perhaps it’s time she stopped hiding, and fought back.” -From Goodreads

Review: I always enjoy reading a book that was self-published because sometimes they are so different from what is being published traditionally. They always bring something new the genre their book is in. Rise of the Sparrows is no different.

Rise of the Sparrows brings new things to the realm of fantasy fiction. While reading it I never felt like I read this story before or felt like things from other series were being borrowed then changed.

The author’s writing was great. I was never taken out of the story. I was always brought back in whenever I picked it up.

The characters were interesting to read about. The main character Rachael was an awesome female heroine that I never got annoyed by and was rooting for through out the book. The character development was handled well. I never felt like it was too fast or characters doing a 180.

The world building had been done perfect. Yes, it didn’t have like a lot, but I enjoy when books do this instead of dumping pages upon pages of world building.

Rise of the Sparrows is defiantly worth the read if you want to read a fantasy that feels new and has interesting characters.

Have fun reading!!

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