Author: Rebecca Ryals Russell
Genre: Teen Adventure Fiction, Fantasy
Publication Date: April 2011
Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing
Format: Ebook sold by SMASHWORDS - EBKS
Source: Received copy from the author for my review. This is my honest review!
Odessa by Rebecca Ryals Russell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
When recent high school graduate, Myrna is suddenly swept out of her ordinary life in Florida and finds herself on a dangerous and backward planet where evil abounds and is told that she is to lead a team of children in accordance with an ancient prophecy, Myrna is skeptical. As she spends more time on Dracwald, Myrna begins to believe the prophecy and sets off on an adventure filled with danger and possible romance.Odessa is the first book in the Seraphim Wars Series and it takes a little time to get used to. You are plopped into Dracwald with no explanations and very little introduction, and find yourself struggling to figure out what is going on and where the book is going. As to figuring out where the book is going, don’t try it is impossible. Just sit back and enjoy the ride, because this book is utterly unpredictable.
In the beginning you are told that Myrna was specially trained for this task in the past, and though she doesn’t remember it right away, bits and pieces of her training comes back to her. She was selected to fulfill the prophecy and lead six other special children, Vigorios on the quest. As I said above, the beginning is a little disorienting, but since most of the story is told from Myrna’s point of view that is appropriate, she herself is disoriented to find herself on Dracwald.
Odessa is an ambitious tale set in a foreign and mysterious world. There are definitely Christian fantasy elements in the plot that will attract readers who enjoy Christian fiction, but can’t seem to find Christian fantasy—definitely a genre we need to hear more from. In Dracwald, Ryal has created a dark and disturbing world where the worst of humanity is visible around every turn. Horrors are present in every town and everyone wants to harm or kill Myrna and her friends.
Overall, this book is an imaginative and creative adventure story that is wonderful for those readers looking for Christian fantasy. It may be a little hard to figure out at the beginning, but those who stick with it will find an unpredictable adventure like no other.
I LOVE THE COVER ART!!!
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