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I Belong

Early Review: Rise by Jennifer Anne Davis

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000040_00011]Title: Rise

Author: Jennifer Anne Davis

Genre: YA Fantasy

Series: The Order of the Krigers (Book #1)

Publication Date: May 17, 2016

Format: Paperback, 300 Pages

ISBN-101942664893 (Month9Books)

ISBN-13: 978-1942664895 (Month9Books)

Reviewed by: Bridget


The people of Nelebek live in fear of persecution from the evil Morlet, who reigns with a dark and destructive magic. The kingdom’s only hope lies with the Order of the Krigers—twelve warriors with mysterious powers linked to magical weapons.

For over a century, Morlet has been annihilating the Order, picking them off one by one. Eleven Krigers have been hunted down, tortured, and imprisoned in his dungeon. Now, only one remains.

Sixteen-year-old Kaia survives by keeping her head down and minding her own business. But when she finds herself in the middle of a public execution where the mysterious Morlet is in attendance, an odd compulsion she can’t resist comes over her.

Kaia looks into Morlet’s eyes.

Soon, an ancient power awakens and Kaia can no more blend into the scenery. Will she heed the call of the Krigers or will Morlet’s dark magic destroy the last of the Order?

Quick & DirtyFast paced, action-packed high fantasy that I devoured! With its magical setting, adorable romance and amazing characters this is sure to be a huge hit with all young adult fantasy fans!

Opening Sentence: In a hut on the outskirts of a small village, the old woman tied the girl’s wrists and ankles to the table.

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The Review:

The kingdom of Nelebek is ruled but a tyrant of a King named Morley and the only hope the people have to overthrow him is the Order of the Krigers. There are twelve members of the order and each one wields a magical weapon. By combining their magic the Krigers may be strong enough to defeat the dark magic the king holds but currently the king has eleven of the Krigers locked in his prison! The hope of the whole kingdom lies on the shoulders of a sixteen-year-old girl named Kaia.

Kaia has lived a quiet life with her father. Together they barely scrap by, but they are happy. Kaia is good at being discreet and staying out of the spotlight. But one night she finds herself at the town square during an execution and when she pears into the eyes of the king a ancient magic awakens inside of her. To save her life she flees with a charming assassin who leads her to a place that has housed Krigers throughout the years. Will Kaia have the strength to fulfill her destiny and save her kingdom or will the king destroy them all?

Kaia is an awesome heroine that you really want to cheer for. She is witty, smart, kind and strong. In a lot of ways this was a coming of age story and I loved watching how much Kaia grows through out her journey! She can be very impulsive at times and she has a pretty terrible stubborn streak but her faults just added to her overall charm. I thought she was very easy to connect with and I am so intrigued to see where her story goes next!

Anders pretty much had me at hello. At first he comes across as a jerk but as you get to know him you learn that he is really an amazing man. I don’t want to give anything away, so I’m not going to talk a lot about him but trust me, you are going to fall hard for him. His relationship with Kaia is so much fun. They fight like crazy but are obviously perfect for each other. In many ways they are very similar but they also push each other to do better. I loved all their moments together and I’m really hoping to get a lot more in the next book!

Rise was a fantastic high fantasy filled with wonderful characters, cute romance and a captivating setting. When I first picked this up, I was thinking I would just read a few chapters to get a feel for it so I could put together some guest post ideas for the blog tour, I ended up not putting it down! I was instantly drawn into the story and found myself not wanting to stop. I did take breaks to do normal life stuff, but as soon as I had an extra minute I picked this back up. Suffice to say, I pretty much devoured this book and enjoyed every minute of it. There were a few times where I felt like certain moments felt a little too convenient and there were a couple of times the story felt slightly awkward. But honestly that’s only negative thing I can say about this. I can’t wait to read book two and if you are a fantasy fan you must pick this one up!

Notable Scene:

His hands slid on either side of my face. I tried pulling away, but he drew me closer. “Stop scrunching your nose as if you’re disgusted.” He moved his lips to my right ear. “And if you’re not going to play the part, then I will for the both of us. There’s no way I’m going to be taken before Morlet to be executed like a dog.” He kissed my neck.

I froze. I’d never been kissed by a man before. There wasn’t time for such trivial activities or things like courting. Work, training, and taking care of my father were all I did. Ander’s lips left a hot trail along my skin. “What are you doing?” I hissed. There was no need for him to go that far. He could pretend to woo me without actually pressing his soft, tender lips to my neck. My eyes fluttered closed as warmth spread through me.

The Order of the Krigers Series:

1. Rise

2. Burn (November 15, 2016)


FTC Advisory: Month9Books provided me with a copy of Rise.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.


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One Response to “Early Review: Rise by Jennifer Anne Davis

  1. Jennifer Anne DavisNo Gravatar

    Thank you so much for taking the time to read and review! I’m glad you liked the story!! And there is a lot more Anders coming in book 2. :-)

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