Flora Reviews… Chosen by K.F. Breene. The first book in her completed epic fantasy series, The Warrior Chronicles.
Read: 23rd – 24th December 2018
Publication Date: July 2014
My Overall Rating: 5/5
Plot: 5/5 – Flow: 5/5 – Character Development: 5/5 – World Building: 5/5
Quote from Chosen
“Her squat turned into a tumble, shivers racking her body as the sun beat down on her bare skin. She didn’t even get a chance to open her mind before darkness consumed her.
Her last, snide thought was: Chosen my ass.”
Chosen is the first book (approx 413 pages) in K.F. Breene’s epic high fantasy series – The Warrior Chronicles. A completed six book series with a prequel novella available too. The world Ms Breene created is populated by peoples of different clans with varying skills. For example, skilled craftsmen, effective traders, and warriors who fight with blade and arrow to either protect their inhabitants or to enslave others. There are aggressive clans who are hell-bent on stealing and invading other lands and despicable dictators, warlords and aggressors who’s vision is to have everyone under their tyrannical rule.
I focus my reviews on how the story was told rather than the plot itself. I’m looking at the author’s writing style, how they paced their plots and how well they constructed their characters and setting. Therefore, my reviews don’t contain spoilers or reveal plot twists.
Here’s what the official blurb has to say about the story.
It is said that when war threatens the world, one individual will be selected by prophecy to lead the Shadow Warriors out of the Land of Mist and reclaim the freedom which has been stolen.
Shanti has grown up under the constant threat of war. Since she helped her people defeat a raiding party by using a special power, she’s been a hunted woman. Carrying rare abilities and an uncanny fighting aptitude, Shanti is the only hope of salvation for her people. The problem is, she doesn’t believe in her own divinity, and when she flounders, she nearly fails in the duty hanging so heavy on her shoulders.
It seems like any other day when Sanders and his band of misfit boys find a foreign woman clinging to life in the wastelands. Oblivious to the weapon they now have in their possession, they are content to harbor the mysterious woman until she is well enough to continue her journey.
But when the war spreads its arms and lands on her borrowed doorstep, Shanti has no choice but to reveal her secrets, plunging her saviors into danger. If they band with her, they will face certain death. But to trade her to Xandre, the warlord desperate to add her to his war machine, would be to give up their entire way of life.
War is coming. The only choice becomes: Which side do you choose?
I must confess that I bought this book back in 2015 after reading and loving K.F. Breene’s Darkness series. However it’s been waiting patiently on my Kindle since then. High/epic fantasy isn’t my first choice of reading material and the length of this book kept putting me off. I added the Audible narration recently hoping that would help me with the genre and number of pages.
It wasn’t long into this book before I was asking myself why I’d put off reading it for so long. It was amazing and I was completely engrossed. I liked the way Ms Breene introduced us to her new fantasy world, its history and our heroine, Shanti. I thought it had a great plot to start off a series with. There was a good amount of action-packed fighting scenes as well as heart-wrenching images of the horrors of war. However this was balanced beautifully with hope, love and fantastically written banter.
As a narrated book, I was impressed with Caitlin Davies’s performance. Loving the pace at which she read the story and her tonal adjustments for the dialogue. She got me involved and immersed me into this new world. I would definitely buy books narrated by her in the future.
I enjoy a story more when our lead female character is intelligent, resilient and has a good sense of humour and I wasn’t disappointed here. Shanti was all of these and more. In fact, I liked the way that Shanti, The Captain (Cayan), Commodore Sanders, the five boys of the Honour Guard – Marc, Xavier, Rachie, Leilius and Gracas – and all of the characters in this story were written, none of them were flat 2-dimensional creations, they all felt very real for me. Oh, and like most Brits I do love a bit of banter – this story has plenty of it! I found myself COL (Chuckling Out Loud) throughout, usually at the banter and quips coming out of Shanti’s mouth.
I loved the fact that the adventure aspect of this story kept me guessing what would happen next, the action kept me on the edge of my seat, the raw emotions and growing relationships, both platonic and romantic, made me go all dewy eyed as well as put a smile on my face and there was also the glimmering hope of building passion that set my tummy a-tingling in anticipation. *oooh*
Well, I rated Chosen 5 stars, so I obviously enjoyed it but I feel that I should mention a couple of things.
This is the first book in a six book series, and as such, you must expect a cliffhanger or two. However, for those of you like me who HATE huge cliff-hangers, rest assured, Ms Breene doesn’t leave us hanging with a life-or-death situation. Yes, there are background story arcs that are left unresolved, however, in my opinion, this is a good thing as it leaves enough mysteries to continue into the next book and beyond.
Didn’t want to stop reading this book! It had everything that I look for in a great book. Intelligent writing style that’s easy to read, main characters with depth of personality that I can like and believe in, depth of character in the supporting cast, believable background story and setting. I really liked the balanced mix of relationship, tension, action and mystery.
Due to the graphic nature of some of the more violent scenes, I would only recommend this book to adults who are not offended by this sort of content. However if you enjoy independent capable heroines and strong alpha heroes, tense often traumatic and brutal confrontations within epic fantasy adventures then this book is for you. It’s certainly left me wanting to read more of The Warrior Chronicles series.
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K.F. Breene is a Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Washington Post, and Amazon Charts bestselling author of paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and fantasy novels. With over two million books sold, when she’s not penning stories about magic and what goes bump in the night, she’s sipping wine and planning shenanigans. She lives in Northern California with her husband, two children and out of work treadmill.
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