Series: Souls of Aredyrah, Book #1
In the world of Aredyrah, things are not what they seem. An ancient Purge has plunged the island into darkness, isolating its cultures by superstition and fear. Dayn lives in the northernmost region of Kirador and knows nothing of the great city-state of Tearia far to the south.
All he knows is the Kiradyns are the only survivors of a god’s fiery wrath, and he looks nothing like them. Meanwhile Ruairi, a prince destined for greatness, resents his Tearian obligations, longing for a life he can never hope to have.
But when tragedy takes his beauty as well as his name, he finds himself exiled by the very beliefs he once held dear.
Both boys long for acceptance in societies that cling to religious ideals, but when fate throws them together, Dayn and Ruairi discover some unwelcome truths: not only are they bound by blood and prophecy, but the teachings they have been raised on are nothing more than lies. Will they reveal what they have learned, risking their lives and the security of those they love? Or will they keep silent, denying their destinies and the future enlightenment of their world.
Alicine and Dayn are who you are introduced to first and they are brother and sister, or are they? Dayn has always felt different and he even looks different from all the other people in their village. It's a main contention with everyone and he gets beat up quite a bit over it. The town thinks he was born to a demon and nothing anyone says seems to convince them otherwise.
Alicine is his biggest supporter and she constantly runs interference for him. He wishes she wouldn't because it's down right embarrassing seeing as how she is his younger sister. But, that is the least of their problems. Soon, their whole world will be turned upside down and everything that they thought they knew will come to question.
Reiv is the third boy in the book who is from a different part of the country and although he is a prince in the beginning of the book, he gets into a lot of trouble and frankly, I thought he was an awful person in the beginning. It takes some major events to knock him off of his high horse but when he finally lands, he begins his journey.
A former language arts teacher and an award-winning author. She grew up in Arlington, Texas, but currently lives in Florida with her husband, three naughty pugs, and a feisty chihuahua. She graduated with honors from the University of South Florida with a degree in Education, and has taught in both public and private schools. She currently divides her time between writing, lecturing, spending time with her family, and costuming at fantasy and science fiction conventions.
Ms. Akers has won numerous awards for her Souls of Aredyrah fantasy series for young adults. As a Florida Book Awards winner, she was acknowledged for her contribution to YA literature by the Governor of Florida during the 2008 Florida Heritage Month Awards Ceremony. Books One and Two of the Aredyrah Series are included in the Florida Department of Education’s 2008 Just Read Families Recommended Summer Reading List. In addition, Ms. Akers has been an invited guest author at major book events and writers’ conferences, a panelist at fantasy and science fiction conventions, and was on the steering committee for Celebration of the Story, a literary event held at Saint Leo University.
The Souls of Aredyrah Series is Ms. Akers’ first series of novels for young adults.
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