Flora Reviews… Chosen by K.F. Breene. The first book in her completed epic fantasy series, The Warrior Chronicles.
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.”
My Overall Rating: 5/5
Plot: 5/5 – Flow: 5/5 – Character Development: 5/5 – World Building: 5/5
What’s Chosen about?
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Title: Chosen by K. F. Breene
Series: Warrior Chronicles #1
Published by Self-Published on 15 July, 2014
Narrator: Caitlin Davies
Length: 10 hours 51 minutes
No. of Pages: 412
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.
Source: Kindle Unlimited, Bought
Review Format: eBook, Audiobook
Purchase Links: Books2Read - Universal eBook Link ¦ Amazon* ¦ Audible* ¦ Book Depository*
Read: 23rd – 24th December 2018
Publication Date: July 2014
What did I like about Chosen?
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*
Was there anything I didn’t like?
Well, I rated Chosen 5 stars, so I obviously enjoyed it. However, I feel that I should mention a couple of things.
This is the first book in a six-book series. 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.
Basically, what I’m saying is…
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.
This book has sexual scenes, violence, colourful vocabulary and expletives throughout the story. Therefore, I’d only recommend it to adults who are not offended by content of this sort.
I’d recommend Chosen to adults who enjoy reading epic fantasy. Especially those who crave independent, capable heroines and strong alpha heroes. Readers who like tense often traumatic and brutal confrontations within epic fantasy adventures. It’s certainly left me wanting to read more of The Warrior Chronicles series.
Has my review of CHOSEN (THE WARRIOR CHRONICLES #1) encouraged you to find out more? I hope so! Click on any of the links to check out the book yourself. Keep reading to find out more about the Warrior Chronicles and its author.
Warrior Chronicles by K. F. Breene
The Warrior Chronicles is a completed six-book fantasy series with a prequel novella available too.
The world Ms Breene has created is populated by different clans of people with various skills. For example, some clans are skilled craftsmen or effective traders. The warrior clans fight with blade and arrow, either protecting their inhabitants or enslaving others. There are aggressive clans who are hell-bent on stealing and invading other lands. Plus despicable dictators, warlords and aggressors whose vision is to have everyone under their tyrannical rule.
Books in the Series
It’s never too late to catch up and join the adventure. Click below to read my thoughts on each book. Or buy a copy yourself using my purchase links.
- Forged in Blood (Warrior Chronicles #0.5) (2015) (available on author website)
- Chosen (Warrior Chronicles #1) (2014)
- Hunted (Warrior Chronicles #2) (2015)
- Shadow Lands (Warrior Chronicles #3) (2015)
- Invasion (Warrior Chronicles #4) (2015)
- Siege (Warrior Chronicles #5) (2016)
- Overtaken (Warrior Chronicles #6) (2016)
- Overtaken: Bonus Epilogue (Warrior Chronicles #6.1) (2016) (available on author website)
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