Friday, July 11, 2014

Review: Chosen

Title - Chosen
Author - K.F. Breene
Series - The Warrior Chronicles #1
Genre - Fantasy
Published - July 2014

It is said that when war threatens the world, one individual will be selected by prophecy to lead the Shadow out of the Land of Mist and reclaim the freedom which has been stolen. 
Shanti has grown up under the constant threat of war. Since she helped her people defeat a raiding party by using a special power, she’s been a hunted woman. Carrying rare abilities and an uncanny fighting aptitude, Shanti is the only hope of salvation for her people. The problem is, she doesn’t believe in her own divinity, and when she flounders, she nearly fails in the duty hanging so heavy on her shoulders.

It seems like any other day when Sanders and his band of misfit boys find a foreign woman clinging to life in the wastelands. Oblivious to the weapon they now have in their possession, they are content to harbor the mysterious woman until she is well enough to continue her journey. 

But when the war spreads its arms and lands on her borrowed doorstep, Shanti has no choice but to reveal her secrets, plunging her saviors into danger. If they band with her, they will face certain death. But to trade her to Xandre, the warlord desperate to add her to his war machine, would be to make themselves a target.

War is coming. The only choice becomes: Which side do you choose.

I received Chosen in return for an honest review from the author. Shanti is the last of her kind, running for her life when hunted by the people who took her family. For the last year she’s been fleeing for her life but the life on the road isn’t easy and Shanti is almost dead rescued by a group of boys. They bring her back to their city where their leader is willing to let her get better so she can leave. Only he knows she has a secret and won’t let her go till he knows what she’s hiding.

The Captain’s job is to protect his people just like his family has for generation. Shanti wants to flee the city to avoid the hunters who are looking for her worried that they will end up in the city. When the Captain refuses to let her go but lets her stay in the city she starts training the boys that found her in fighting quickly turning them into better fighter than the current candidates. With the looming threat of war arrives at the cities door Shanti joins the fight forever changing her fate.

I like Shanti she’s stubborn, smart and willing to risk it all for what she believes is right which I like in a hero. At first I wasn’t sure but as the story progressed she stole my heart, her life has been anything but easy it’s tragic but she deals with it well. I liked the Captain Cayan he’s a good guy who looks out for his people and even a stranger. Some of the supporting characters are great and I hope to see them in future books.

Chosen is an epic fantasy in my opinion which isn’t my typical genre but who can say no to that cover or synopsis? The book is action packed loaded with a kick ass heroine, sexy men and bad guys around every corner. The characters are well written they are easy to connect with and you can’t help getting drawn into Shanti’s world. I like that the author has created a unique world loaded with fascinating characters that capture the heart as well as the imagination. Chosen is truly a fantastic story that I emensly enjoyed staying up super late just to finish because I was dying to know what would happen to Shanti. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book. I highly recommend if you like epic fantasy and kick ass heroine’s that you check Chosen out. 
4 out of 5 Stars

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