The Initiate description:
Over a thousand years ago, the gods left Eloh’s people and took their magic with them. To win back their favor, her people sacrifice ten female initiates every ten years. No one has ever survived. There has never been a Chosen One.
Forced into becoming an initiate, Eloh will try to find a way to beat the odds, stay with her boyfriend, and survive the fires that threaten to consume her. But will her lack of faith in the gods and her disbelief in their magic doom her to a painful death?
BOOK 0.5: The Initiate 4 STARS
I have a great respect for short stories, because for them to be well written they have to introduce you to a world you may know anything about, then the characters have to be where you can feel for them and hope for them all in just a few pages. There are novels out there that can barely manage it, but this author did a great job drawing you in as well as leaving you craving for more. This book is supposed to tie 2 other series together. I’ve never read anything else by this author and I was still able to enjoy it so much I went and got Anathema by her. There’s not much to say, but this is a world that’s lost it’s magic and is willing to do anything to get it back.
now having read the rest of the Cloud Prophet series I can say her other books only get better and better…
Forget prophecy. Make your own destiny.
Sheltered from the outside world with no hope for escape, slave girl Reychel dreads her fifteenth birthday – when her master’s symbol is burned on the back of her bald scalp. Her best friend disappears the night before, leaving her to face the branding ceremony alone. She soon discovers nothing is as it seems when people desperate for freedom beg for Reychel’s help.
Can Reychel learn to believe in herself?
BOOK 1: Anathema 4 STARS
This book is great. It’s told from the view of Reychel, a slave girl that has been enslaved by Kendak as long as she can remember, and never once allowed to see the outside world except under the guidance of Kendak. She doesn’t understand why she’s kept within so strictly, and the other slaves think there’s something wrong with her, and don’t quite trust her because of how she is treated. However that just helps to illustrate what a good person Reychel is, and she helps really make this story come a live. All the characters are interesting, and have a real purpose in the story and the conflicts that are building as the people are trying to fight for equality. Not just the slaves, but many of the people are all in on a conspiracy and it’s really a story of deception and secret plots, that you don’t know who to trust and what everyone’s angle is. The magic of course just makes it more fantastical, but the characters are so much more than that, even as Reychel’s powers are one of the main driving forces of the story.