Reborn

Rated 5.00/5 based on 4 reviews
Seventeen-year-old Phoenix Prophetess Yssa is cursed instead of blessed. Her boring temple life screeches to a halt when visions of her parents’ murders consume her. Yssa races across an ocean to stop the future. If she can’t change Fate, she’ll refuse to be the Phoenix Prophetess any longer. Fate, however, has other plans for her and the kingdom. More

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About Cherie Reich

Cherie Reich is a speculative fiction writer and library assistant living in Virginia. When she isn't writing stories, this self-proclaimed bookworm is reading. Several of her short stories were featured in various anthologies and magazines. Her books include the horror collection Nightmare, the space fantasy collection Gravity, and the fantasy series The Foxwick Chronicles and The Fate Challenges. She is the Vice President of Valley Writers and a member of the Virginia Writers Club and Untethered Realms.

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Review by: Ben A. Bell on June 12, 2014 :
In her new book, Cherie Reich has done an excellent job combining a “Chosen One” story with a “Coming of Age” story. Teen protagonist, Yssa, is a very special girl, a Phoenix Prophetess, who can sometimes see the future. The people in her medieval society view her power with awe and fear. She doesn’t fit in, and when she travels to the capital to become the Queen’s advisor, she fits in even less.

One of the things I liked best about the story was how mysterious and suspicious the people at the Queen’s court are. Yssa never knows who’s telling the truth and who’s up to nefarious schemes. This adds a lot of tension to the novel. The book has interesting twists and turns, but it’s open ended, and you’ll have to read others in the series to find out if Yssa can figure out who to trust and save her country from a war. Highly recommended for those who enjoy epic fantasy.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Rachel Morgan on May 27, 2014 :
Cherie Reich's debut novel is wonderfully creative and beautifully written.

REBORN introduces us to Yssa, a seventeen-year-old girl about to take up her duties as the Phoenix Prophetess. We accompany her as she journeys from her ordinary island life across a dangerous sea towards the future she's always known she'll have to face. But surviving a sea serpent attack is only the beginning. Secret plots and terrifying visions await Yssa when she arrives in Amora, and I couldn't wait to get back to my Kindle each night to see where Yssa's adventure would take her next.

I thoroughly enjoyed losing myself in the fantasy world of REBORN. The descriptive prose and colourful metaphors allowed me to visualise the story as if I were really there, and clever worldbuilding introduced new mythology, customs, creatures, and slang in a way that was both intriguing and believable.

The ending brought new revelations while tying up some loose ends. Other mysteries are yet to be solved, though, and I'm eager to discover what comes next!

And for those who are romantics at heart (like me), never fear: the growing (somewhat forbidden) relationship between Yssa and a certain ferryman's son will not leave you disappointed ;-)
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Aubrie Dionne on May 15, 2014 :
Rich with Greek Mythology and Impressive Word Building, Reborn is Cherie Reich’s Debut Masterpiece

Yssa came into the world as a still-born prophetess. While the Gods argued over her fate, one in particular believed in her and brought her back to life. Now, she must face her destiny as she catches glimpses of other people’s fates along the way. For Yssa, this is more a curse than an honor, because she doesn’t want to leave her home, her family, and the boy she loves. Little does she know the challenges that she must face, and the tough decisions she has to make when her prophecies involve her own family.

Set in a magical land, this tale of adventure sings with Reich’s love of Greek mythology. I loved how thick the mythology was and that Reborn was still a breeze to read despite the rich imagery and painstaking detail. There is a solemn elegance in the prose which reminds me of the greatness of Lord of the Rings and other magical classics. Yssa is a sweet girl with a big heart raised by a kind family. I loved hearing about her journey and seeing her change from the frightened girl in the beginning to the independent, brave-hearted Prophetess she becomes. And the journey has just begun. I eagerly await book 2. So far, every word is gold.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Christine Rains on May 12, 2014 :
Yssa grew up on a small island, happy and loved, but she always knew her destiny was elsewhere. She is the Phoenix Prophetess, Apenth's chosen one. She is whisked away from home to serve the Queen, seeing great wonders and facing dangers beyond imagination. As the heavy weight of her position slowly smothers her, she has a vision of her parents' murder. She must save them at the risk of everything else. Can Yssa challenge Fate and win or will she find herself a mere cog in its ever-grinding wheel?

REBORN is the fantastic first book in The Fate Challenges and Cherie Reich's debut novel. The world building is astounding. The people, the cultures, the history, and the lore. Each layer is peeled back as we learn about the world through Yssa's eyes. The wonders and the horrors. I particularly love how the gods mingle with the mortals. The gods do walk among them and whisper in their ears.

Yssa is a strong and sympathetic heroine. I loved seeing her grow not only in her role as the Phoenix Prophetess, but from a small island girl into a young woman to be admired. Liam is the perfect complement to Yssa. He's a bit cocky and sharp at times, but he easily won me over. Their relationship is sometimes rocky and other times sweet. The cast of characters is large and wonderfully varied, but the Queen, Ariala, and the gods themselves are included in my favorites.

With great characterization and a marvelous story, this YA fantasy is not to be missed. I cannot wait to read the next installment in the series.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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