Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Sedich (Review & Giveaway!)

Hi there!

Title: Sedich
Author: R. Ann Humphries
Publisher: 29 Palms Publishing
Published Date: 23rd May 2014
Rating: 3.5 stars

Synopsis: Rilan Crendu is a slave. Laboring alongside the rest of his conquered race, he lives his life at the whims of his Regiment overlords. But when a secret society captures him and leads him to touch the Sedich – a centuries-old stone imbued with the power of the Creator – Rilan becomes not only a rebel, but the rebel leader.

Able to control fire with his hands, Rilan attracts the attention of the Sovereign - the bloodthirsty leader of the Regiment - whose sole focus is bringing Rilan down. Joined by soldiers, civilians, and slaves from across Lusiartha, Rilan must learn how to command and lead those he once had to obey, and he must do so quickly. For if the Sovereign succeeds and Rilan falls, Lusiartha’s last chance for freedom falls with him.

Review: I have to say this was a fairly good read! What I liked so much about the plot was that it was a dystopian that I haven’t quite seen before. This seems like something people would like if they enjoyed the Hunger Games, but this time we have a male voice in the lead role and the group of people are brought into the city to go to school – yet are treated horribly.

I thought the characters were believable and realistic, and Humphries doesn’t spare you emotions. When it comes to stories like this there will be characters you like who have to die or sacrifice themselves for the team, which made this book incredibly sad at some points. I thought it was also a way to show that I had connected with these characters as well. I would think that Aobren is my favourite character, because she’s someone who thinks about her choices and decisions, and weighs the consequences carefully beforehand. I would like think I was someone like that too.

The setting was described perfectly, especially at the beginning when we are on a certain island and there is a celebration going on. It was lovely to hear the descriptions of the tin whistle, so well  done that I could imagine being there.

The one thing that this book lacked for me was the pacing. It seemed slow in some parts, intense in others, and the ending seemed to whizz by too quickly. I think if the author had managed to smoothen things out a bit more than the book would’ve been more face paced the entire way through.

I would recommend this to all dystopian lovers! 


 
Author Bio: R. Ann Humphries is a lifelong science fiction and fantasy addict. Unable to find a portal to Narnia in her closet, she started inventing her own fantasy worlds and storylines. She graduated from Gardner-Webb University with a BA in Creative Writing. She lives in western North Carolina with her two weenie dogs, Smith and Wesson.

Humphries was introduced to the world of science fiction and fantasy by her father, who made her sit down and watch every episode of the original Star Trek series at a young, impressionable age. Hopelessly hooked from that point on, she moved through dozens of sci-fi/fantasy television shows, books, movies, and video games like a true addict. While the entertaining, escapist side of such stories is obvious, Humphries believes there's a truly valuable side to far fetched and whimsical stories, one that allows readers to examine themselves and humanity through nontraditional and unfamiliar lenses.

Giveaway: Open internationally, must be able to accept Amazon Kindle gift.

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/f2a15e3119/" rel="nofollow">a Rafflecopter giveaway

 
Olivia’s Question: If you could have any super power, which would it be?

Olivia-Savannah x

28 comments:

  1. this looks absolutely brilliant - fingers crossed I win!!

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    1. It really does - isn't that an awesome cover?

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  2. Hi there Olivia - Sounds like a good book overall. To answer your question, I think our super power wishes change with time. At this time in my life, I'd like to be a super reader; need to read super fast to be able to finish all the books on my TBR! :)

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    1. Haha I didn't think of a power like this! But you know what? I think I need such a power too.

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  3. Looks good, fingers crossed too haha =D

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  4. I never heard of this book before, it sounds interesting although it seems a bit weird that it's a dystopia and then I read that sentence about him beign able to control fire. I wonder how the author meshes that together. I always like characters who are believable and realistic, it sounds like the characters are well done at least.

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    1. Yes, the characters were one of the things I loved most about reading this. I do see the book as mostly dystopian, but then there some elements of fantasy in it too, I guess.

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  5. I think that's one of the things that I appreciate about the authors is that they can kill off a character and wouldn't even know what happened. Great review!

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    1. Yes, sometimes it is incredibly difficult to cut off a character! But this author does it well :)

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  6. Hi! I loved the review, and I entered the giveaway even though I NEVER win these things. Lol

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    1. Well, I hope you get a good chance this time round!

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  7. I really like the mix of your blog. Some fashion, your thoughts, and great book reviews. keep up the good work!

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    1. Thanks so much Toya <3 Mostly reviews but I do try and throw other things in there.

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  8. Hi Olivia, thanks for visiting my blog. Loved your review. :) <3

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  9. Great review, Olivia!!! :) I hadn't heard of this book before but it sounds really good. I love a good dystopian and I am always trying to find new ones to read. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Dystopian is a great genre and when I first got it I overread, so this was the first dystopian I have read in a while and I enjoyed it!

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  10. I see you are really into science fiction. Is it your favorite genre or just what you are feeling right now?

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    1. I like that genre right now! I read a little of everything, but it is always alternating.

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  11. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  12. If I could have any super power, it would definitely be wind. You could control it around you to make you fly or you could create strong blasts of winds towards your enemies and ride wind currents. I liked this review and you certainly did make the book very likeable and I would be interested to read it. It was a short review so I haven't got much to say.

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    1. When you put it like that it does make the power of wind sound pretty appealing.

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