Hi everyone! I’m so excited that I had the opportunity to read the Reclaimed Kingdom by Dana Claire! This is the first book in the Syphon series.
Pub. Date: February 14, 202.
Publisher: Chamberlain Publishing House
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Under the cruel ministrations of its Queen, the Kingdom of D’Land is in peril. With King Harrison away in foreign lands and neighboring Kingdoms unwilling to intervene, there is no one to protect the people from poverty, harsh punishment, and unreasonable rules of law – except for the Band of Brothers. Struggling with the death of her mother and the legendary Syphon powers she inherited, seventeen-year-old Dru wants nothing more than to escape her old life and join the motley crew of ruffians, pilfering from the rich to feed the poor and pay their taxes. She’s able to do just that disguised as a lad, and even when her nature is discovered, nothing changes – except for the way her friend Hawkin treats her. But Dru’s new world is overturned when she and the Brothers seize the treasures of a Prince who threatens to reveal her identity. Together, Dru and her chosen family must find a way to reclaim her destiny and bring balance to the Kingdom. If not, there may be no hope left for anyone.
If you like Robin Hood, Snow White and the Huntsmen, From Blood and Ash, or Graceling, this book is for for you.
If you like:
- YA Fantasy
- Robin Hood Type Stories
- Kingdoms and Royals
Then this is the book for you!
Lately I’ve been in a fantasy slump if I’m being honest. For me, it takes a while with getting into fantasy books in general because you have to establish the world, characters, and the powers.
It didn’t take long for me to fall in love with this story.
“I had three conditions for thieving: no one would be robbed unless rich, the wealth stolen would be dispersed among the villagers evenly, and no blood would be shed unless in defense.”
From the beginning, Dru’s determination was present. After she ran away from the kingdom as a young child she showed her worth by disguising herself as a boy. After some time of proving her skills with the bow and sword, she had won over the men in the group with her fighting skills, and despite her being a female, the men allowed her to stay knowing that she was a big help to them being able to do things that they couldn’t.
Dru also has the unique ability to syphon emotions from people. She can only do it when there’s a great imbalance of one or a group of emotions leaving the person with the inability to remember the exact reason of feeling that way.
“I’ve spent my whole life fighting for balance, to keep the people around me safe from emotionally poisoning themselves.”
As the story continues, Dru has to come head to head with the ruler that made her go into hiding all of those years ago to restore that balance in the kingdom where so many people are being mistreated by the person who is supposed to be taking care of them.
When her old world of the palace collided with her new life as fighter for the people, she has to be able to deal with her own emotions and thoughts of the past before it hinders her ability to keep herself and so many other people alive.
About Dana Claire:
When author Dana Claire had several poems published as an elementary school student, she was hooked and writing became her passion. A shared dream of hers and her mother’s, she promised her dying mother that she would become a published author and that dream has been realized with The Connection.
Dana believes that a good story is made through strong character development; when readers become attached to the characters’ emotional state and are invested in their objectives. She believes that the beauty of reading is that one can live a hundred lives within the stories of books. Her own stories come to her in her dreams, and she wakes up with book ideas.
Dana’s family is very supportive of her writing and the creativity and sentiment driving it. Enjoying bicoastal living between Los Angeles and New York, Dana says she “lives the best romance in the world being married to the most amazing man she could ever ask for.” The Connection was her debut YA novel, the first volume in the Blood-Light trilogy. The Reclaimed Kingdom is her second novel.
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Happy reading until next time,