Monday, October 13, 2014

Aranya by Marc Secchia

22428704Synopsis: Chained to a rock and tossed off a cliff by her boyfriend, Aranya is executed for high treason against the Sylakian Empire. Falling a league into the deadly Cloudlands is not a fate she ever envisaged. But what if she did not die? What if she could spread her wings and fly?

Long ago, Dragons ruled the Island-World above the Cloudlands. But their Human slaves cast off the chains of Dragonish tyranny. Humans spread across the Islands in their flying Dragonships, colonising, building and warring. Now, the all-conquering Sylakians have defeated the last bastion of freedom–the Island-Kingdom of Immadia.

Evil has a new enemy. Aranya, Princess of Immadia. Dragon Shapeshifter.

My Take: Aranya by Marc Secchia, a young adult fantasy full of magic, fun and excitement is the first book in the series, Shapeshifter Dragons. It is the story of a young princess, Aranya, who must face great hardship in the hands of the hostage-taking Sylakian ruler. After her father surrendered the kingdom of Immadia instead of being slaughtered, Aranya faces the grim prospect of being locked away in a tower.

But will Princess Aranya allow herself to be enslaved forever?  Author Marc Secchia crafted an epic fantasy with endearing characters populating the story. There are surprises galore all over the book, and lovers of fantasy will easily devour every of this deftly written book.

About the Author: Marc is a South African-born author who lives and works in Ethiopia with his wife and 4 children, 2 dogs, a rabbit, and a variable number of marabou storks that roost on the acacia trees out back. On a good night there are also hyenas patrolling the back fence.

When he's not writing about Africa Marc can be found travelling to remote locations. He thinks there's nothing better than standing on a mountaintop wondering what lies over the next horizon.

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