Rise of the Retics (Rosehaven: the Hidden City)

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Tyranna has spent her life believing that she is nothing more than a simple orphan girl, but when three armed men drag her out of her room in the middle of the night all that changes. Soon she is eluding kidnappers, dodging cannonballs on a pegasus, making friends with demons, and taking on a criminal organization run by fairies: all while dealing with the news that she's not entirely human.

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Words: 82,130
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301248643
About T.J. Lantz

Though new to the world of professional writing, T.J. Lantz has been a world class storyteller (A.K.A. liar) for many years. Originally forging his craft by creating backstories for each of the lawn gnomes he managed to liberate from the prisons his neighbors called their front yards, lately he has answered to a much higher calling. Namely, making up stories to entertain the small children that people refer to as his "students". Encouraged by his ability to trick ten-year-olds into believing everything he says is true, Mr Lantz has now decided to offer his amazing manipulative abilities to the rest of the world. He plans on world domination within three months.

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Review by: Alysa H on April 01, 2013 :
I won a copy of this book in Elle Casey's January Anniversary Indie Book Giveaway.

Then, as the author had subsequently put it up for sale on Smashwords, I also bought a copy here because I liked the book so much! (and I love Smashwords :)

I was concerned at first that this would be more "high fantasy" than what I'm usually into, but it wasn't. It tied in really nicely and plausibly with our own recorded European history, while at the same time creating a rich fantasy world more or less alongside our own.

I loved the structure of the book, with Tyranna's story and Jaxon's story alternating until halfway through when they dovetail (although POV continues to shift as needed, while never becoming confusing). Young Tyranna is as new to the world to the retics as we are as readers, and Young Jaxon is the best kind of unreliable narrator. There are also plenty of little details shining through everything - you never know who or what will become important later.

And the footnotes! The hilarious, glorious footnotes!

I am looking forward to Book 2.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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