World of Ryyah: Unlikely Alliance: Book Two in The Elven Age Saga
H.L. Watson has created a totally believable world and its inhabitants in "World of Ryyah: Unlikely Alliance" and fantasy fans will be left eagerly awaiting the sequel. The story begins as Akenji watches his friend Donovan being buried and swears that Donovan's unborn child (children) will have security and happiness instead of suffering and loss. Donovan's widow, Brandela, insists that a wall--to protect against Trolls and slave raiders--be built around their new settlement before Akenji, descended from humans, marries Brandela's wood elf assistant Kerala. Akenji and Kerala do marry happily and the years begin to pass. Then, slave raider Blythe and his men kidnap Elven women from Brandela's settlement. Akenji and his 13 human Rangers go after them to save the elf women. Meanwhile, Akenji and Kerala's son, Kenji, Brandela, and Donovan's son, Addlin who is the future leader, find and then save a strange man, as wide as he is tall, when he is being attacked by Trolls. The strange man is a Dwarf, Thorbjorn, The First Hammer of Clan Iron Hammer, and he vows that he and his surviving clan of dwarfs are indebted for life to Addlin and Kenji and their people. But can the Dwarves and their home under the mountain really help save Brandela's settlement from Troll attacks?
"World of Ryyah: Unlikely Alliance" is a well-written and well-conceived fantasy that will draw the reader into Ryyah and its half-human, half Elven inhabitants who constantly battle slave raiders and Trolls. The characters of Akenji, Brandela, Kerala, and their children are believable as is the storyline. "World of Ryyah" belongs on fantasy readers' list everywhere as a series not to be missed.
World of Ryyah: Birth of the Half Elves: Book One in The Elven Age Saga
When Donovan was twelve years old, his village was raided by barbarians; his father killed, his mother taken, and he and the other village boys nearly suffered the same fate. But the raiders made the mistake of taking their captives through the Elven woods. The Elves killed the slavers, but mysteriously decided to spare the boys; instead, the boys were trained in the ways of the Elven Rangers under the tutelage of the beautiful Alayna. Over the years, the boys proved to be a valuable asset to the Elven king, but never more so than when young princess Brandela is taken hostage by a different Barbarian tribe. Donovan sets out to bring back what he assumes will be a haughty princess, but he never expects to fall in love with her! Donovan & Brandela’s love, forbidden by both of their races, will change the world of Ryyah forever.
The fantasy genre is already populated with books featuring Elves of all forms, but somehow Watson has succeeded in crafting a something unique with World of Ryyah: Birth of the Half-Elves. This world is not particularly well-fleshed out yet, but readers get a sense of some of the dynamics at play here: sparsely-populated human regions, fierce barbarians, several distinct groups of Elves, and a definite distrust that exists between the races. But as this novel is only the first in a promised epic series, there is plenty of time for the author to expand on these ideas. Themes of love, loyalty, and courage are prevalent in this story, and you can’t help but be enchanted by the magic that is strongly woven throughout the world – and the story. Lovers of fantasy novels will find themselves eagerly awaiting the next in this series. Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys the genre.