Although this was the week I had chosen to take off from writing, I decided to write a usual Saturday blog anyway…especially because I wanted to write a review for the novel Rider’s Revenge :)
Rider’s Revenge by Alessandra Clarke
Rider’s Revenge is a novel about K’lrsa (pronounced killrisa), a young woman in the desert tribe known as the White Horse Tribe. She is a rider, one of the best up-and-coming riders of her tribe, who is torn between her responsibilities to her tribe as a First Daughter and her desire to be a full-fledged rider.
However, when she is struck by tragedy, she vows an oath to seek vengeance on those responsible, and leaves her tribe, her family, everything she knew and loved behind to fulfill her oath. Along the way, she will make startling discoveries about the world outside of the desert, find something she never thought she could, and will be faced with the most difficult decisions of her life.
…Is love worth sacrificing your oath to vengeance?
K’lrsa was a great character to read! She is a very strong, independent woman who suddenly finds herself in a world where those very traits that define her are forbidden. Imagine a strong, independent woman today being thrust back into Victorian England, the struggles she might go through as everyone around her, men and women alike, cast her down and try to restrain her from exercising basic freedom.
There were also several surprises along the way that I rather enjoyed, some I figured out just ahead of their revelation, and some I never saw coming. I enjoy both kinds, because I get excited for the ones I figure out, and I love the surprise of the ones I didn’t :)
I also like how so much of K’lrsa’s struggle became mired in grays, rather than it being a black and white struggle. It made for an engaging story, and helped me learn more about just what kind of woman K’lrsa really is.
While considered a fantasy, the fantastical elements in Rider’s isn’t overt in most cases. You won’t find Wizard’s casting magic like you would in Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings. Yet it exists just underneath the surface everywhere you look, and if you keep your eyes open and your mind open, you’ll see it everywhere :)
Recommendation – yay or nay?
I’d definitely give this one a thumbs up. Anyone who enjoys a strong female protagonist, fun adventures, and exploring the differences between two polar cultures (with a touch of magic thrown in), check it out! The writing style is strong and enjoyable, too, so that makes it an even more enjoyable read :)
Also, the continuation, Rider’s Rescue, just came out!! :D
Where to Find It
All over the place!! Ms. Clarke has made it available through so many mediums. The easiest would be on Amazon.com for either print or Kindle…
Also, for anyone local to the Denver, CO area, you can find Rider’s Revenge on the shelves of Tattered Cover! :D
That’s all for today. Thanks for reading, everyone!