- File Size: 911 KB
- Print Length: 279 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: March 29, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004UCDNEE
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,884,414 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Odessa (The Seraphym Wars Series) Kindle Edition
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Told in third person, and mostly from Myrna's point of view, Odessa is a rollicking adventure and fantasy novel that has a little bit of something for everyone. Complete with Christian undertones, you'll notice that the battle between Seraphym here doesn't disappoint. Mentions of Tartarus, evil shape-shifting dragons, snippets of Fey and other mythical creatures, it's all there in lovely detail. I'll admit that there were times when the third person point of view threw me off slightly, since sometimes I wasn't entirely sure at first who was talking. Once I got to know the characters better however, I was able to distinguish them much easier.
Lovers of fantasy are generally big on whether or not the world that is built in a new story is vivid and sticks to its own rules. Rebecca Ryals Russell definitely fills those two requirements! Dracwald has an amazing back story that emerges as you read on, and the landscape that is shared with the reader is written in gorgeous detail. As the entourage make their way across thick, dark jungles and bleak, desolate plains, the world of Dracwald opens up beautifully. The darkness that has surrounded the land oozes off the page. I was so happy! A new fictional place to fall in love with.
Story wise, the plot moves along at a rather nice pace. Since there is a lot of travelling going on in this first book, there are points in which things may seem a little slow. The banter between the characters eases this somewhat, and Russell seems to know just when to throw in a new twist, or a terrifying chase scene to keep the reader on their toes. As beautifully written as the world of Dracwald is, I must warn you that it is also a rather violent place. Readers who have an issue with that may find themselves a little squeamish. It isn't anything garish or gory, but rather Russell uses it as an opportunity to show, in sharp contrast, what the world once was compared to what it has become. Dracwald is mirrored with our world, and if you read carefully you may see a deeper message there.
This is all I can really share without giving too much away. Dracwald is a place that you need to experience for yourself to truly appreciate it. I'd love to delve more into the characters too, but that would take eons and by then you might disappear! I'd rather leave you to meet them on your own.
If you are a lover of fantasy, or even looking for more Christian fiction in your life, this is a great place to start! Be warned, the ending is a bit of a slight cliffhanger. I cannot wait for the next installment to see what happens with Myrna and her friends.
Rebecca Ryals Russell's descriptions of the swamps, forests, mountains, cities, demon-dragons and other majikal creatures of Dracwald are rich and vivid. It is easy to get caught up in Myrna's travels as she and the Vigorios travel across Dracwald. It's easy to get immersed in the culture Dracwald due to the author's attention to detail. The story moves at a good pace with a few twists along the way.
My favorite aspect of this book is the character development. The reader goes on a journey with Myrna as she discovers her inner strength and courage. I enjoyed discovering the back-story of each Vigorio. The relationship between Myrna, Tien, and Brigid is precious. The bond between them grows as the story develops which really touched my heart. The tension created between the three young men that are vying for Myrna's attention is perfection.
Odessa is the classic tale of good versus evil with Christian elements. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and getting wrapped up in Dracwald. Odessa ended with a bit of a cliffhanger. I can only imagine the twists and turns for Myrna and her potential love interests in the next Seraphym War series.
Quote: "Blackness that felt alive as it wove around me like an anaconda, squeezing out my breath, was filled with screeches and banshee wails of pain and suffering."
Eighteen-year-old Myrna has just recently graduated and is dealing with her own demons when she is mysteriously transported to another world haunted with real demon-dragons. A homesick Myrna discovers she cannot return home until she has completed the mission she was transported to Dracwald for - to join with the other Vigorios (teens with special talents) and destroy the demon-dragons, bringing peace to Dracwald. But it's not going to be easy.
Myrna is thrust into adventure upon adventure, meeting strange and unique people, animals and other magical creatures along the way. One cannot get bored with the ample amount of tension, excitement and adventure. In fact I found myself losing many hours of sleep at night because I could not put the book down.
Congratulations to Rebecca Ryals Russell for a fabulous tale. I give it 4 ½ stars out of 5. Now I have to wait (impatiently I might add) for the next installment to see what happens with Myrna and her slew of gifted friends. Great Job.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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