Journey to Aviad

Rated 4.57/5 based on 7 reviews
Elowyn lifts a strange silvery object from a woodland stream. Is it a medallion? A coin? Looking about curiously, she also finds a helm, a bow, broken arrows…and blood drenched soil. Something terrible has happened in this usually peaceful wood. Her world—the whole world—is about to change forever… More
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About Allison D. Reid

Allison D. Reid was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her love for medieval fantasy was sparked by the Narnia Chronicles by C.S. Lewis, which fed both her imagination and her spiritual development. When at the age of thirteen her family moved to Germany, her passion for medieval history and legend only increased, and she found herself captivated by the ancient towns and castles of Europe.

Allison returned to the United States to study art and writing at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. She earned her B.A. under the tutelage of the well-renowned and prolific writer Andrew Salkey, a student of her other great inspiration, and the father of fantasy, J. R. R. Tolkien. After graduating from Hampshire College, Allison moved to Connecticut. There she got the opportunity to attend seminary and further explore her faith before returning to her home state of Ohio.

Allison now lives in the Miami Valley area with her husband and children. She continues to work on her first published series while taking care of her family, editing for other independent writers, and managing a home business.

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About the Series: Wind Rider Chronicles
The Wind Rider Chronicles is an uplifting Christian fantasy series that blends traditional fantasy elements with spiritual themes. These compelling adventure stories include quests, journeys, heroes, villains, fantastical creatures, and the eternal struggle between good and evil. What they don't have is graphic violence, foul language, or any other explicit material. Every book in the Wind Rider Chronicles is a clean read that can be enjoyed by fantasy lovers of all ages.

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Reviews

Angel Cross reviewed on on March 28, 2019

What an inspiring book! With so much darkness around us all on a daily basis, it's easy to get swallowed up in it and become too overwhelmed. This book has allowed me to reach beyond my own darkness and rise above it! To bring hope back to the forefront where it belongs! Thank you, Allison!
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Clinton A. Seeber reviewed on on March 17, 2019

OMG! This was so good, man! I think that I have finally found the female equivalent to Stephen R. Donaldson in Allison D. Reid. Now, don't get me wrong - this is written from a far different perspective and with a far different mindset than Mr. Donaldson's fantasies, but it is rather the writing style (minus the many obscure words that the former writer likes to employ) and the flawless and ineffable wordsmithing that brings Mr. Donaldson to mind when I read Ms. Reid. I will most certainly be reading the rest of this series!
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WabbitSeason reviewed on on March 12, 2019

A perfect book to curl up with and escape for a while. Long descriptions bring the world to life, and the perspective of the main character is well fleshed out. The book also strengthened me in faith, especially near the end of the story. There is power in looking at biblical truths through a different lens, so to speak. It allows them to strike home again where familiar stories sometimes fail to do so. Or at least that's how I experience it :). Great book, I'm ready to start reading the sequel!
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believe7 reviewed on on Sep. 7, 2017

Loved it! I'm not good at reviews, so I'm just going to say why I enjoyed Journey to Aviad so much.
I love the genres of fantasy and sci-fi, so right away I was at least interested enough to check it out. The blurb sounded very interesting and got me to download the book, but it was the author's imagination, strong main characters, and world-building that kept me reading!
This is reminiscent of Lord of the Rings and The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe with its allegorical whimsy and subtle, yet clear spiritual inferences. All the same, Journey to Aviad doesn't copy and stands refreshingly by its own merit! I highly recommend this to all who enjoy profanity-free, adventurous fantasy tales. Well-done, Ms. Reid!
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Chris The Story Reading Ape reviewed on on June 3, 2017

A journey of discovery for the reader and the main characters.
For the main characters with regards to breaking free from their normal lives and finding themselves fleeing from evil, being summoned by the new Young King's Advisor/ Tutor.
For the reader with regards the 'Who' and/or 'What' Aviad is.
The few violent scenes included are carefully worded to avoid upsetting young readers.
The story is continued in the next book - Ancient Voices: Into the Depths
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niki nyan reviewed on on April 2, 2017

A story of Elowyn, a young, willful child, who enjoys sleeping in the woods, away from her family. Her journey begins shortly after a messenger of some sort is killed the previous night. She finds a strange coin, stumbles across the messenger's prints, and fearing for her safety, returns home to find her sister weaving. Later that night, as another storm comes in, she wakes to find the ghost of the man who was killed.

Fearing a curse, or worse, (ha! I made a rhyme!) Elowyn returns to the woods to dispose of the coin. Along the way, Alazoth's Hounds, the beasts that killed the man in the woods, accost her, but she is saved by a young man, Einar, who turns out to be part of some rebel group.

This is all taking place during a sort of regime change. The sovereign has died suddenly, and though he left two sons, one seems unfit to lead, and the other is not yet old enough, so there is some political turmoil, which ties into the oncoming blackness--the coming of Alazoth, Master of Destruction.

I do have some complaints, the usual complaints. There was too much explaining (sometimes, but not all the time), which made it feel like someone was recounting events that yet someone else had experienced. This kept me from feeling directly connected to the tale on occasion. It was almost like I was a third party to whom the tale was being related, also, as is the case with a ton of books meow-a-days, and that includes indie and mainstream, too much would and could, which also kept me at arm's length, and, of course, too many sentences beginning with conjunctions--if a sentence has to begin with a conjunction, the previous sentence probably shouldn't have ended, right? Overall, it really felt like a friend was recounting their DnD adventures to me, which isn't terrible, of course.

On the plus side, none of my personal complaints ruin the story. It just wasn't a 5 star book for me. It is a wonderful tale, and I think, young adults especially will enjoy sinking their claws into the adventure of Elowyn. This is perhaps the best possible compliment I can give: I do recommend reading this tale.
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Jane V. Blanchard reviewed on on Dec. 27, 2016

I was quickly drawn into Journey to Aviad (Wind Rider Chronicles Book 1). Even though the book is written in the third person, the author skillfully lets the reader into the mind of the main characters, Elowyn and her sister Morganne. Elowyn is a free spirit who loves to spend her time in the forest near Tyroc and ride the wind on the branches of the tallest trees. But something unnatural is happening in Tyroc and the girls flee putting their faith in Aviad, the Creator. Morganne uses a book given to her by her monk tutor to read about the Prophets and the rise of Alazoth.

Though there are religious overtones, this book is not preachy. It is a tale of adventure with strong female protagonists who try to find their way to Minhaven and struggle against the rising evil. Both girls feel a calling from Aviad but do not understand what His purpose is for them.

The pace is steady drawing the reader into the story with many characters, subplots, and underlying themes. I so enjoyed the book, that I quickly purchase the sequel, wanting to know what happens next to the young girls. I highly recommend Journey to Aviad to those who enjoy allegorical tales set in medieval times.
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