- Series: Reign Fantasy
- Paperback: 356 pages
- Publisher: Emma Right (December 18, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0989267237
- ISBN-13: 978-0989267236
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 86 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,975,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Paperback – December 18, 2013
|New from||Used from|
Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features:
Read reviews that mention
Showing 1-4 of 86 reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
This was a story about Elfies, a race of tiny creatures that were a combination of elves and fairies. While the Elfies used to be normal sized, a curse on the Kingdom of Reign has left them tiny. And without a ruler.
In Reign there are family Keepers -- a person who keeps the family's book safe -- a book written in blood. Many of the ancient books are lost, including the one written by the King that holds all the answers to save Reign.
We begin with Jules Blaze, a sixteen year old Elfie who has four siblings and a mother to care for as his father is off protecting the kingdom. He is told that his grandparents died in an accident, but is not quick to believe the news. He begins to set off to find them, only to be brought back by his little sister. The following day, he and his siblings are out together when they learn that their home was broken into -- and their mother and family book are missing.
Thus sets the stage for the quest Jules finds himself on.
This story reminded me of The Secret of NIMH or The Borrowers. There was definitely an air of mystery and a lot of suspense. All in all, there were some great lessons to be learned by the characters (and the reader). I have to say reading "books wrote in blood" definitely caught my attention! I love the excerpt I chose to share, because it shows that there is so many lost secrets -- including that they are smaller than they should be.
While the book had some technical issues, the story was compelling enough to keep me reading. I do wish we would have gotten more of the back story earlier in the book and more questions answered. I think these questions most readers have about the back story will help fill in the vast world that is the Kingdom of Reign.
The cover is brilliant and the story is something I know my children will be interested in when they are old enough to read it. It is fast-paced and full of action. For a younger kids book, there are a lot of hard names, so your kids may ask a lot of questions on how to say that. Never fear, Emma does have a list of characters that come with pronunciations. This was definitely helpful. Overall, I enjoyed this story and think your middle grade kids will too.
*I received this book in exchange for an honest review*
Author: Emma Right
Reviewer: George Shadow
Sixteen year old Jules Blaze, heir of a Keeper, suspects his family hides a forgotten secret. It's bad enough that his people, the Elfies of Reign, triggered a curse which reduced the entire inhabitants to a mere inch centuries ago. All because of one Keeper who failed his purpose. Even the King's Books, penned with the Majesty's own blood, did not help ward off this anathema. Now, Gehzurolle, the evil lord, and his armies of Scorpents, seem bent on destroying Jules and his family. Why? Gehzurolle's agents hunt for Jules as he journeys into enemy land to find the truth. Truth that could save him and his family, and possibly even reverse the age-long curse. Provided Jules doesn't get himself killed first.
The Fantasy genre continues to be developed in books and films across the globe. KEEPER OF REIGN further explores this genre with an action-packed adventure suitable for kids and adults alike. The author's depiction of Gehzurolle is quite remarkable, just as the younger siblings of the book's hero are very lively characters as well. Ralston, Bitha, Tst Tst (pronounced Sit Sit) and Tippy. This four are really a handful, and Jules did learn about this the hard way!
Written in the third person, the book has fully developed characters and an interesting plot, which swings forward impressively. Gehzurolle's army of Scorpents is a villainous bunch, and our hero is a very forward thinking individual. Emma also does a good job of painting the landscape of her fantasyland.
Wild adventure, witty characters and confusion-filled scenarios all rolled into one.
George Shadow is the author of THE BLACK BOOK.
This story jumped around a lot to me at first and I had a hard time keeping up with what was happening and who was going where. So, there is plenty of non-stop action but I wish it had been a tad bit slower. It didn't take too long, though, for me to really enjoy the story and want to know what was coming next. I enjoyed learning about the Keepers and their Books, why they were important and some of what they had been warned about.
It was hard for Jules to know who to trust and he learned that sometimes there are things he's not aware of that can make people behave a certain way but they might be trustworthy after all and it's okay to give them a second chance. He shows a lot of courage and willingness to do what he needs to save those he loves. I look forward to getting to know the characters better as the series progresses. I enjoyed the ending when more answers were given but there are still questions so I'm excited to read book 2! This is a series I will definitely share with my children, and recommend it if you enjoy reading about elves and fairies!