Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Review Tour: Tempest by the Incredible R.K. Ryals
Tempest : The Scribes of Medeisia Book II
Drastona Cover Model: Jennifer Lowe
Photography: Audrey Welch Photography
Cover Art: LLPIX Photography
Stock Art: 123rf
We must overcome and prevail ...
King Raemon is slaughtering tattooed scribes and mages, forcing them into hiding. All marked and those associated with them are destroyed. The people are desperate. Months after challenging Raemon, the marked rebels of Medeisia must rise against their bloodthirsty king or chance being annihilated.
Sixteen year-old Drastona Consta-Mayria is the prophesied phoenix of peace, desperate to be a leader for her people despite her reservations. Following the lead of a scarred and forgotten prince, Drastona will embark on a journey with an unlikely band of rebels and a dragon across a cursed desert to bring down a king and save a kingdom.
My review for: Tempest by R.K. Ryals
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Where to start? I am seriously at a loss for words to describe what I just read. Nothing I could come up with could adequately capture the emotion Ms. Ryals has wretched from me with these words. I have said it before, but R.K. Ryals is one of the greatest storytellers I have ever read. The world she has created in the Scribes of Medeisia universe is dark, fierce and beautiful. There is nothing else like it.
Stone and Kye along with the other Rebels find themselves pushed to far this time. The insanity of one King threatens all they love and believe in. If he wants a war, they are ready to give it to him.
But if they are going to have a fighting chance and the numbers to overtake the mad King, they need allies. Powerful allies like the Sadeemians. Knowing that the King of Medeisia is targeting them next, it is the best shot they have to overthrowing the King.
Facing the cruelty of the Ardus and the possibility that even if they survive the desert, the King of Sadeemia could refuse to see them. Even still, it is the best chance to set their people free from Raemon’s tyranny. So Stone, Kye, Lochlen, Oran the wolf, and three other Rebels set off to do the impossible.
And when all hope seems lost and the catastrophes seem too great, will they still feel the price of freedom worth the loss? Will the Phoenix of prophecy rise from the ashes? Or will it all be for naught?
Ms. Ryals ability to make her readers lose themselves within her pages is unlike any other I have ever encountered. It’s breathtaking, heart-pounding and devastatingly beautiful. I would have never thought anything could beat Mark of the Mage’s intensely addictive story, but Tempest is the best yet. I adored it and if you are looking for a uniquely haunting story of survival, this series is for you. Bravo, R.K.! I am speechless at your talent and I am forever a fan.
One corner of Kye’s lips quirked upward, his hand taking mine. He turned it over, his fingers playing slowly across my palm. I should have pulled away, but I didn’t.
“You will never change, will you, Stone? You will never accept that some must be lost for much to be gained.”
I shook my head, my eyes on his fingers as they traced the lines of my hands. It was a curious sensation, and warmth unfurled in the pit of my stomach, lighting a fire that heated every corner of my body.
“Should I change?” I whispered hoarsely.
Kye’s smile grew. “No, you keep us balanced. I keep the rebels fighting for freedom, and you keep us all humble.”
I forced my eyes away from my palm. How was I supposed to think when he was drawing shapes like that on my skin? I tugged on my hand. Kye refused to let go.
“You’ve forgiven me,” he stated.
It wasn’t a question, and his boldness with my hand made me bold as well. I lifted my free hand, reaching tentatively for his face. He watched me, his eyes alert, his breathing stilled.
My finger touched the scar on his temple, and he exhaled, his eyes closing. The fingers he’d been drawing circles with on my palm froze.
“So many scars,” I breathed. “You had enough without my hatred.”
About the Author
Born in Jackson, Mississippi, R. K. Ryals is a scatterbrained mother of three whose passion is reading whatever she can get her hands on. She makes her home in Mississippi with her husband, three daughters, a Shitzsu named Tinkerbell, and a coffeepot she couldn't live without. Visit her at www.rkryals.com.