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Living during a time when children were sold as indentured servants, Ryann must find a way to buy her freedom before the bullying son of her lord and master exacts a deathly vengeance upon her. With only a tattered yellow nightdress, two dark brown dresses, and a small assortment of odds and ends, what chance does Ryann have of beating the odds? More
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Language: English
ISBN: 9781476361895
About Paul Dorset

Paul Dorset was born in Poole, Dorset in England in 1960 but has been living in America since 1995. He has been writing for many years and some of his early works were published in 'teen advice' columns. He has also had many technical articles published, mostly in the field of Computing.

Paul currently lives in the Pacific Northwest but has traveled extensively and worked many times with teens and youth groups. It is this background combined with a vivid imagination that has enabled him to weave a tapestry of magic into complete novels. His first epic fantasy series, aimed at young adults, is entitled 'The Southern Lands'. However, the storyline is more than exciting enough to keep adults turning pages as the story unfolds.

Paul is a father of five who has worked as a computer consultant for more than 30 years. His publications include fantasy novels for ages 12-plus, how-to books for adults, and dark paranormal thrillers for ages 16+. He incorporates his extensive experience in computers - and his insightful perspective on the possibilities therein - in novels that include layers of contemporary intrigue, romance and mystery. You can follow his blog at http://blog.pauldorset.com

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Review by: Victoria Zigler on Oct. 15, 2014 :
A really good story; worth the read.
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Review by: Robyn Leatherman on May 27, 2013 :
I enjoyed this story! Chapter 1 began with Megan, a young sclava (slave) girl being beaten and her friend, Ryann, hiding so she wouldn't receive the same treatment. Ryann is saving her silver coins up in order to buy her own freedom from this life - if all goes right, maybe another year and she'll be gone. The plot was very easy to follow, & I could easily place myself in the castle, could visualize the story as I read along. Chapter 3 brought me to tears as Ryann and I lost a dear friend together. It's just a story until you realize that these things have probably happened in history, and then it becomes more personal. I understand this is the first in a series: can't wait to read more!
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Review by: Janett Lee Wawrzyniak on May 02, 2013 :
Ryann a novella by Paul Dorset. Ryan’s actions and thought reflect knowing her inner strength to achieve worth and freedom as a sclavas, in her world of slavery. Historically indentured servants were generally forced with cruelty and prompts against humanity. Setting changes advanced the plot each being more profound than the last.

Bramwel “just seemed to keep accidentally killing the sclavas.” Danger increases for Ryann in the castle, it is her home. Cook is uplifting when talking with Ryann, “Now get some sleep. It’s going to be a big day tomorrow.”

Crossing the boundaries of time this book reveals some important comparisons in today’s daily life. This novella maintains exciting believable connected changes and discovered strengths.
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Review by: Mervyn Walker on Feb. 26, 2013 :
Some excellent world building, and the main character has a charm and freshness about her that lends an air of innocence that you just know will serve her well, despite her desperate circumstance. I enjoyed this story, and hope to read more from this author.
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Review by: Susan Jean Ricci on Nov. 16, 2012 :
RYANN is a novella, a mighty fine one at that, and I was drawn into Ryann's world from the first paragraph.

RYANN is the story of a young girl approaching maturity. She is an orphan...

Ryann has nowhere to go and no one to look after her. She's now a sclava, or what I'd refer to as the New World's version of a bond servant. However, Ryann is an innocent. Pit her against Lord Cala's son, and the author weaves Ryann's future into a different direction, where strife, pain, and poverty are her only friends.

Ryann has despaired of ever saving enough coin to seek her freedom. Sclava history has deemed it an impossible feat to purchase what the sclavas want most: Freedom.

However, Ryann is no ordinary urchin. Paul Dorset creates a character of substance, and one to cheer for, along with a story to make a reader want to applaud.

I read this story over the weekend and will leave you with this: Read the story, because any more of my ramblings will cause spoiler alerts, and I don't want that for this talented author. What I DO want is the sequel! I hope more of RYANN'S story will be forthcoming soon!

I'm not completely satisfied...Yet. But, I hope I will be soon.
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