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Rise (Order of the Krigers) Paperback – May 17, 2016
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Gr 9 Up-This believable fantasy/adventure has a great setting with a strong, realistic, and likable female character. Kaia is trying to get medicine for her sick father in the land of Nebelek, where Morlet rules with an iron fist. She has to avoid the soldiers, find the apothecary, and get home before curfew, when the soldats enforce strict discipline. In this land, the people have been waiting more than 100 years for a prophecy to come true-when all 12 Krigers come together to overthrow Morlet and bring peace and prosperity back to their land. Kaia soon learns that she is the final Kriger. With the help of an assassin and his friend, and the years she has spent battle-training with her father, the teen escapes the guards who chase her and flees to a forest with Vidar and Anders. She is safe for a time, but danger lurks at every moment, and she has to come to terms with her destiny. The main characters are well developed through realistic dialogue, and the action-packed pace will keep readers engaged. VERDICT Fans of Tamora Pierce's "Circle Opens" and "Song of the Lioness" books and Sharon Green's "The Blending" series will love this strong new female character and her fantastic adventures.-Cathleen Ash, Manor High School, TXα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
"This book feeds my need for dangerous assassins and powerful women." --Maria V. Snyder, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Study Series
"The world is so richly developed and I feel such a connection to so many of the characters. If you're a fan of fantasy, this book is a must read!" --Zach's YA Reviews
"The story and the world building are phenomenal. I absolutely think the characters and their complexity and depth make this one wonderful, but seriously, I'm impressed and awed with how creative this story line is!" --Happy Tails and Tales
"From the first moments there is action and intrigue, and it never relents throughout the entire book ... this is a series all YA readers can embrace and enjoy. RISE contains fast paced action, mystery, slow burning romance, and interesting magical elements." --Rebecca @ Desert Divas Book Addiction
"Fast paced, action-packed high fantasy that I devoured! With its magical setting, adorable romance and amazing characters this is sure to be a huge hit with all young adult fantasy fans!" --Dark Faerie Tales