5, 4.5 and 4 stars for Banshee’s Honor (Tales of Y’Myran #1) by Shaylynn Rose #FF #Fantasy

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Title: Banshee’s Honor (Tales of Y’Myran #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Shaylynn Rose (Ylva)
Publication Date & Length: August 26, 2015 — 379 pages

Synopsis

Warleader. This is what the people of Y’Dan used to call the proud warrior Azhani Rhu’len.
Banshee. Oath breaker. Murderer. These are words that slip off their tongues now.
Azhani Rhu’len, once one of the greatest of Y’Dan’s warriors, is now just a common criminal, escaping the justice of the kingdom she swore to serve.
Kyrian Stardancer. Goddess’ Own. A healer and priestess, she is inviolate until one day, when her world is turned upside down and tossed over the back of a horse—literally.
Torn from all she knows, Kyrian finds her fate now rests squarely on the shoulders of the oath breaker, Azhani Rhu’len.
When signs of ancient evil appear, Azhani and Kyrian must choose whether to ignore the warnings or stand and face the terrifying menace.
(revised edition)

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Review

FourandHalfStars

I started this book a bit on the confused side. The prologue left me a feeling a little like I didn’t know what was going on and had a lot of information to process in a short space of pages. However, I pressed on and into the meat of the book. I have to say, I’m very glad I did. The story I found within was driven, well told and kept me turning pages. The story line does jump from character to character point of view wise every so often but it is done in a way which lets you know which POV you are following.

The characters carry depth and are well thought out, well put together and exhibit growth through the book while staying true to personalities. There is a definite connection between two of the characters while another pair shows the hints of impending romance which I can’t wait to follow in future books in the series. The plot carried well, moving forward without much ‘fluff’ I would think to trim away. The dialog is well written and ranges from serious battle strategy to fun jabs and ribbing at each other.

For characters, I give the following:

Azhani is a wonderfully complex and emotionally ragged character. She is constantly at odds with herself in a very real and touching way. She was easy to love right from the start while still maintaining the desire to slap her upside the head frequently! A strong warrior with a driving need to protect everyone and everything around her she proves again and again that she is a character to be watched closely, and adored. You feel her pain, heartache and rage through every memory, story and detail.

Kyrian comes across as that friend/sibling everyone seems to have: almost annoyingly perfect but so sweet you love her anyway. Her inner battles and demons rear their nasty little heads but she manages to handle them with a silent grace which tells a lot about her. She is more than she appears and the inner struggle, the debate she has with herself throughout the chapters can often lend a little laughter to tense scenarios.

Elisiria and Padreg are supporting characters with their own quirks. They grab the attention of the reader and make you forget the aggravation you’re feeling at the main pair in the story! Their heart-warming romance is a little too perfect but so sweet it leaves you not caring (not to mention it balances out the other not-quite-there romance in the storyline!)

The other characters, from Aden to Devon and even right down to Arun the horse are beautifully written and add a richness to the story that keeps it deep and moving forward. I’m very excited for the next book in this series and will be waiting (impatiently!) for it. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a detailed, in depth fantasy with a rising romantic element. Great read and two thumbs way up.

Rhayne

FourStars

The world this author created in this book was really amazing.
You get Azhani and Kyrian who were so good together.. You get the action, angst and of course the bad guy with this book. This story had everything I love in a fantasy book. Azhani is a warleader who is labeled a oathbreaker and Kyrian is a healer. The first time they meet Azhani saves Kryrian, Kyrian then heals Azhani’s hurt leg. You could feel how deeply these two characters feel for each other from the start. So I do not want to say anymore and give away any spoilers because this book was just so good you really need to read it for yourself.
I really loved the characters this author created with this book also you will meet so many different characters in this book too.
So this is were I say there were some parts of this book did drag for me unfortunately and I did have a hard time getting into this book at first but once I did I really did like this story. All together this author created a really amazing world were you have characters you will like that were good and some bad people too. I really liked this book! I would recommend this book!

~Kara

FiveStars

This book was reminiscent of those epic fantasy adventures from names like Eddings, Weis and Hickman, even Tolkien (whose writing I actually don’t like as much as others). This is only book one, but it gave the readers so much. We met many of the good guys, struggling to escape the reach of those who would do evil, to serve and protect the innocent, and right the wrongs done in their world. And we met many of the agents of evil, who succeeded in making us cringe at the depth of their nefarious plans, and the ways in which their greed and hubris have already damaged the world around them, even as they move toward fulfilling greater plans of destruction and cruelty. Yes, this is a book that is so grand in scope, that it needs hyperbole to describe it. And I mean that in the best way.

The world-building is magnificent, the conflict far-reaching and insidious. And complicated in the way that real life truly is. The heroines are well-crafted, with not only admirable qualities but also those insecurities and characteristics that make them three dimensional. The problems they are struggling with seem overwhelming, yet even in the midst of crushing despair, they find hope. The evil characters are led by their weaknesses, and yet, even in the midst of their most vile actions, the reader can feel sorry for them within their limitations even while hoping they die a hideous death.

This book sets up the players, the conflict, and the obstacles. It ends, not in a cliff-hanger, but right before the characters move to the next stage of their plans. And I want to know how those plans play out. This was an excellent book. I heartily recommend it to anyone who loves fantasy. And I can’t wait for the next book in the series.

~AmyP

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AuthorBio

Shaylynn Rose has never wanted to do anything other than create. From an early age, she was writing stories and poems, painting pictures, making jewelry, and exercising her imagination in every way she could. A fascination with mythology grew into a full-on love for fantasy and science fiction, and through this, she discovered the world of role-playing games, where she developed and honed her storytelling chops. Eventually these loves merged when she began writing the first of many stories, most of which aren’t fit to print but nonetheless allowed her to stretch her muscles little by little.
The late nineties brought the advent of television shows such as Xena: Warrior Princess and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and through these mediums, she discovered the world of fan fiction, beta readers, and feedback. This was, for her, a perfect storm for nurturing her creativity. Through the Xena fandom, she met Ciegra, who pushed and shoved and generally encouraged her to stretch beyond the comfort zone of fan fiction and back to the place where stories first began — the world of original tales.
With Ciegra (and, once the secret was out, her family and numerous other friends) constantly cheering her on, Shaylynn found the courage to write and eventually publish her first novel, Banshee’s Honor. Sadly, Ciegra passed away in 2011, but her spirit lives on, always pushing Shaylynn to keep writing, to share the characters that live inside her head, and to stay away from writing laundry lists instead of stories.

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