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Product Details

  • Series: Allie's War
  • Paperback: 438 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456548689
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456548681
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,855,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

Series order:

Rook: Allie's War Book One

Shield: Allie's War Book Two

Sword: Allie's War Book Three

Shadow: Allie's War Book Four

Knight: Allie's War Book Five

War: Allie's War Book Six

Bridge: Allie's War Book Seven

Prophet: Allie's War Book Eight

Coming in 2015: Book Nine

Prequel Novels:
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From the Back Cover

"...a fascinating world and an action-packed story; a version of the battle of good versus evil." ~ Diana Reed, Dreamstime Books

"[S]uch strong chemistry between Allie and her guide, Revik, that it takes your breath away." ~ Literary R&R

"[O]ne of the most memorable, astonishing and original books currently out there." ~ Majanka Verstraete, I <3 Reading

"[I]t sucked me in and sent me scampering off to get the second book the moment I was done reading." ~ Eileen Wiedbrauk, New Myths

"If you are a fan of fantasy or paranormal romance, you must read this!" ~ Chrystle Woods, The Indie Bookshelf

"The sexual tension is scorching..." ~ The Muses Circle

"The story is fast paced and exciting; leaving you wanting to keep reading." ~ The Masquerade Crew

"The end of book one was so powerful and intense I was left shaking." ~ The Cabin Goddess

More About the Author

JC Andrijeski writes new adult urban fantasy, dystopian, paranormal romance and crime fiction. Current works include the gritty, epic, urban fantasy series, Allie's War, which follows Allie Taylor and her antihero partner, Revik, in their attempts to save the world from a dark, psychic force bent on controlling Earth. She also has a new adult dystopian series, Alien Apocalypse about Jet Tetsuo, survivor and slave under alien conquerors, and the Gate Shifter series, about a shape-shifting alien and a tough-girl PI.

Her work has been featured in anthologies, online literary, art and fiction magazines as well as print venues such as NY Press and holistic health magazines. JC travels extensively and has lived abroad in Europe, Australia and Asia, and from coast to coast in the continental United States.

To learn more about JC and her writing, please visit

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Customer Reviews

The book is great overall, very exciting and it has a unique story line.
Rachel Van Dam
Oftentimes you get a book that has one or the other, a great story, not so great characters, or interesting characters but a mediocre story.
Mia N. Searles
J.C. Andrijeski weaves a modern day fantasy world that is both similar and very different from our own.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sheri Johnson on December 11, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Read. This. Book. It's Avatar to the 200th degree. Maybe better.

I rarely give 5 star reviews, but JC Andrijeski spins one hell of a stellar story. Why this book isn't sitting on a NY Times bestseller list, I have no idea. I've read The Help. I've read the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo trilogy, I've read the whole agonizing Twilight thing - and I say Rook should be right up there on the big lists with the big 6 in publishing.

It's the kind of book that's hard to put down even for a minute, and hell to have to put down to go do something like, ugh, 8 hours of a day job. I've been preoccupied with this story for days, and finding time to just immerse myself in it is like waking up on the morning of my birthday.

Allie sucked me in on page 1 - and the story just keeps building. The sexual tension between Allie and Revik is... mmmm, something else again. And the bad guys, oooh, they are bad, and there are a lot of them. Some of them even look like friends a while, until the shocking moment of betrayal.

If you buy this book during the Indie Book Blowout, Dec 12 - 24, it will be the most satisfying 99 cents you'll spend this holiday season. And if you miss the blowout, you ought to buy it anyway, at full price. You won't be sorry.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By L. Walker on July 28, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Rook: Allie's War, Book One introduces an epic fantasy world in which humanity is not alone--it shares the earth with a race of mysterious seers. An underground war that will change the face of the world and the fate of both races bursts to the surface and into the life of our heroine, Allie, who learns after a lifetime of believing herself to be human that she is a seer with a very special destiny.

With compelling characters in such a rich, fascinating re-imagining of our world, Rook: Allie's War, Book One offers a wild ride of a read.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By CabinGoddess on February 2, 2012
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One word, WOW. I realize that is pretty base, but this book was a complete surprise. Being the prolific reader that I am there is so much I want to say about how thrilled I am about this book and series! The proses are lyrical and the style adds to the story itself since it is a mystical journey of "becoming".

The novel is an epic/alternate historical/fantasy story. Yep it is definitely a mouthful alright. I thought long and hard about it, read a bunch of reviews, which some even put into the young adult category (which I completely disagree with) and could only come to this, which of course I am not even sure it works there!

On the surface it is a story about a 28-year-old woman, Allie Taylor, who after being found under a bridge in San Francisco and adopted grew leading a pretty typical San Franciscan life. Her world is tight-knit with a brother whom she adores, a great BFF who keeps her on her toes, a despondent mother whom she loves despite everything and her deceased father who she misses so hard it hurts. On her days off she sketches and draws. Her sketches are of many things, except for a particular thematic image, one she cannot shake from her mind no matter how many times she draws it. One that will become something unimaginable cataclysmic for our girl Allie. At work she is a typical waitress who struggles not to drop your order or screw up the coffee mater. Serving up Diner fare to the regulars and even a few stalkers, one who ends up becoming someone entwined in her journey of discovery of who and what she really is.

With epic car chases, hiding out with prostitutes, Nazi sympathizers (or are they?) and even a moment straight out of Titanic! The world J.C.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Masquerade Crew on January 7, 2014
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Spring H.'s Review

The first book in the Rook series, Allie's War is a good read. The world that the author has written is very creative, espeically the detailed attention paid to the race of seers, their culture and how their lives differ from humans.

The story is fast paced and exciting; leaving you wanting to keep reading. Andrijeski does a very good job of blending action with story. I also like that the supporting characters are well thought out, not stock characters at all. In fact the main character, Allie wasn't even my favorite character. I am a big fan of Revik.

I very badly wanted to give this book 5 stars, but there was one aspect of the book that kept me from it. That was the romance between the main characters. There is a common formula in romance of throwing in obstacles for the couple to overcome, which I am alright with, but this book was more about keeping them from becoming a couple to begin with.

It was almost as if the author actually made it a point to come up with cruel and unusual ways to keep the characters apart. I find this type of writing very frustrating. It ended up turning what would have been a terrific book into only a not half bad book.

I'd like to read the rest of the series, but I'm really hoping that the rest of the books don't end up becoming just as frustrating. I would recommend Rook: Allie's War because it is a very exciting read and the main story line is well crafted. There's also a great plot twist at the end, though I would have been more impressed by it if I hadn't spent a good deal of the story frustrated.

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