Monday, January 2, 2017

The Reward of Anavrea: A Review

We all like a reward, don't we? But, not all rewards are what they appear. That's the case in the latest installment of Rachel Rossano's Theodoric Saga. Rachel created an intriguing Historical-like Christian Fantasy as she tells the tale of Jayne and Liam. Find out more and be sure to check out the giveaway and my review!

About the Book

She couldn’t hide forever.

A hard life taught Jayne to avoid men, powerful men most of all. When a new nobleman arrives to take over the vargar, she takes her family and hides. But the new baron seeks her out and makes her an offer she can’t refuse: protection. However, once they were sheltered behind the dark stone walls of the vargar, who would protect her from the new master?

His reward isn’t what it seems.

King Ireic of Anavrea charges Liam, a former bodyguard, with the task of retaking and taming a corner of the northern wilds. Upon arrival at Ashwyn Vargar, Liam finds challenges beyond his military experience. The keys to the vargar are missing and so are the field hands who should be harvesting the fields. Once he finds the keeper of the keys, she raises more questions than answers.


About the Author

Rachel Rossano is a happily married mother of three children. She spends her days teaching, mothering, and keeping the chaos at bay. After the little ones are in bed, she immerses herself in the fantasy worlds of her books. Tales of romance, adventure, and virtue set in a medieval fantasy world are her preference, but she also writes speculative fantasy and a bit of science fiction.


Rachel is giving away one of her favorite CDs to listen to while she writes. If you’ve ever wondered what kind of music she likes to listen to, you can check out the CD on Amazon and then come back here and enter the giveaway.

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This was the third book I have read by the author, but the first in this series. I loved it! And now I want to read the other two! I'm not much of a fantasy reader, but to me this seemed more Historical Fiction than Fantasy. There were a few Fantasy elements such as the name for God, the country it was set in, and others.

Character: 1/1

I'm beginning to think all authors who have a character named Liam conspire together to make his temperament very similar. Whatever it is, I loved Liam's character. He is so gentle, sweet, and caring, also fierce and daring when needed. Jayne and her charges are also well-built and I loved getting to know them.

Dialogue: 1/1

All the dialogue was easy to read, believe, and follow.

Plot/Storyline: .75/1

I thought the plot and storyline were believeable and well-developed. The only thing that confused me was a small part where Liam seems to leave some people behind (intentionally vague to avoid spoilers).

Overall Writing Quality: 1/1

The book was easy to read, fun, serious, humorous, romantic without being mushy, and well done.

Un-put-down-ability: 1/1

I read it in two sittings. The only reason it wasn't only one is because I had already told my family I would play a game with them. After the game, I then stayed up a little later than I originally intended so I could finish the book.

Conclusion: 4.75/5

If you like Historical Fiction, Fantasy, a little realistic romance, intrigue, and/or adventure, try this book. I think you'll like it.

Tour Schedule

January 2
Bookish Orchestrations-Tour Intro and Book Review
Bokerah-Guest Post

January 3
Queen of Random-Book Spotlight
Rachel Rossano's Words-Book Spotlight

January 4
Stephany Tullis-Book Spotlight
Ember's Reviews-Author Interview and Review

January 5
Frances Hoelsema-Book Spotlight
Laurel's Leaves-Author Interview

January 6
Shout outs-Guest Post
Rebekah Lyn Book-Character Spotlight

January 7
Bookish Orchestrations-Giveaway Winner


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