book review · Non ARC

Deliverers (Mud, Rocks, and Trees: Book 6) by R.A. Denny

Deliverers (Mud, Rocks, and Trees #6)

4 Stars

Publisher: 

Date of publication: February 2nd, 2018

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Christian

Series: Mud, Rock, and Trees

Refugees – Book 1 (review here)

Seekers – Book 2 (review here)

Captives – Book 3 (review here)

Warriors – Book 4 (review here)

Visionaries – Book 5 (review here)

Deliverers – Book 6

Where you can find Deliverers: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

“Our pride rules the empire now.” A new era has begun in Tzoladia! But lions are not the only things prowling the streets. The brash young ruler has inherited an empire full of divisions, intrigue, assassins, and disease. Have the last days arrived? Where are The Deliverers?

Brina matches wits with the ruthless and brutal Bladar. Amanki fights the faceless and deadly blue sickness. Moshoi battles the restless and all-consuming desires of his own heart. Three Seals. Three Deliverers. One last chance. Will anyone escape Tzoladia alive?

My review:

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I was very excited to start reading Deliverers. Knowing that this was going to be the last book in the Mud, Rocks, and Trees series, I was also a little sad. R.A. Denny has written a series that kept me captivated from the first book. Not a lot of series can do that.

Deliverers start shortly after the events of Visionaries. Metlan is now the Emperor of Tzoladia, which was his dream. Trouble soon brews as unrest and a plague decimates the city. Amanki is lying low in the Webbie quarters of the Tzoladia. After defeating the blue sickness, Amanki is dedicated to helping anyone who has contracted the sickness. He is also spreading the word of Adon, which makes him a target when Metlan outlaws the religion. Brina is still on the plains with Bladar. She wants her seal, along with the Rock seal back, and she is willing to do anything to get it. She is not ready for the surprise that Bladar unleashes. That surprise sends her back to Tzoladia. Moshoi has been forced back into the shadows when Tuka becomes fast friends with Metlan. Believing that a friendship with Metlan will get him what he wants, Moshoi starts down a road that will test him and shape him.

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The changes that Amanki, Metlan, Brina, and Moshoi go through in the series is amazing. Metlan went from a brash, brazen cat rider to an emperor who tried to do what he felt was right for his people. Amanki went from a scared Webbie boy who watched his family massacred to a young man who was willing to stand up for what was right. Brina went from a shy girl who was mourning her best friend’s death to a confident young woman who wasn’t afraid to go toe to toe with a seasoned warrior. Moshoi actually went backward in his change to go forward. He went from a brave young man ready to do Adon’s will to a young man who let greed take over his life. It wasn’t until the end of the book that I got to see what Moshoi was made of and see the change that he made. He became someone who I was proud of.

The deaths in this book almost broke me. I will admit that I was traumatized with one of the deaths. I was not expecting this character to die the way they did. I also will admit that I cried at more than one death also. I was a mess during those chapters.

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I wasn’t a fan of the wannabe love triangle between Metlan, Amanki, and Brina. I liked how it was Brina who was torn between the brothers. Of course, who Brina ended up with was a no-brainer. If you want to know who, you need to read the book.

The fantasy aspect of Deliverers was fantastic and well written. I loved how the author was able to write in griffins, behemoths, leviathans, and dragons and not make them scary. Instead, what she did with them was original. I liked how they were used as part of Adon’s plan!!

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This is a book that is 100% suitable for young adults. The violence isn’t graphic, there is no language and there is no sex. There is a brief chapter about Metlan on his wedding night. But nothing was described.

The religious part of the book, Adon, was woven into the plotline. The author was able to write about the religion without shoving it down my throat. Loved it!!!

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The end of Deliverers was a huge wow. I was not expecting what happened to happen. After reading the epilogue, I had to set the book down and just think for a minute. That is how much this book affected me.

What I liked about Deliverers:

A) The changes in all the characters throughout the series

B) The fantasy aspect of the book. Wow’d me

C) The end.

What I disliked about Deliverers:

A) The deaths

B) The wannabe love triangle

C) Metlan at the end.

I gave Deliverers a 4-star rating. I enjoyed reading this book and found it to be a fitting end for the Mud, Rock, and Trees series. I was taken aback with who died. I also wasn’t a fan of the implied love triangle between Brina, Amanki, and Metlan.

I would give Deliverers an Older Teen rating. There is no sex. There is no language. There is violence but it isn’t graphic. I would recommend that no one under the age of 16 read this book.

I would reread Deliverers. I would also recommend this book to family and friends.

I would like to thank the author for allowing me to read and review Deliverers.

All opinions stated in this review of Deliverers are mine.

**I received a free copy of this book and volunteered to review it**

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WWW Wednesday: August 8th, 2018

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted bySam at Taking on a World of Wars. So here what I have read/are reading/will be reading.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

So, I am back from vacation. It was a good time. Relaxing at times. Got to see family that we haven’t seen in a couple of years. Surprisingly, I didn’t do a lot of reading. I was too busy. Next week, BFA for WoW rolls out. Yay!!!


What I am currently reading:

Incognito

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A new adult STANDALONE college romance from USA Today bestselling author Siobhan Davis.

A troubled popstar forced into hiding… A sweet small-town girl overcoming tragedy… And the kind of love that only happens once in a lifetime.

Dakota’s dreams of attending Juilliard were shattered the night tragedy struck her family. It’s one year later, and she’s now enrolled at a local university trying to piece her life back together.

Shawn is one of the world’s most famous faces, having lived under a spotlight since his star exploded when he was fourteen. Now jaded by an industry forcing him to perform music he no longer enjoys, he craves normalcy and the opportunity to rediscover his muse. When a crazy stalker gets too close, and death threats start mounting, Shawn’s management team comes up with a plan—one which will allow him to work on his latest album while staying incognito on a college campus.

Romance is the last thing on Dakota’s mind, but after she crosses paths with a hot, prickly cutie with rock-hard abs and smoldering good looks, she can’t shake him from her thoughts.

Shawn can’t afford to bring any girl into his fucked-up life, but the gorgeous blonde with the sad blue eyes captivates him in a way no girl ever has, and he finds himself falling hard and fast. 

But outside forces are conspiring against them. 

When danger draws closer, and secrets are revealed, will their love survive?

I started this last night and am only a chapter into it. So far, it seems good but its hard to judge from one chapter. A typical NA romance. But sometimes you need typical. Be on the lookout for my review of Incognito within the next couple of weeks (maybe earlier if I can get through my backlog of reviews).


What I finished reading:

Deliverers (Mud, Rocks, and Trees #6)

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“Our pride rules the empire now.” A new era has begun in Tzoladia! But lions are not the only things prowling the streets. The brash young ruler has inherited an empire full of divisions, intrigue, assassins, and disease. Have the last days arrived? Where are The Deliverers?

Brina matches wits with the ruthless and brutal Bladar. Amanki fights the faceless and deadly blue sickness. Moshoi battles the restless and all-consuming desires of his own heart. Three Seals. Three Deliverers. One last chance. Will anyone escape Tzoladia alive?

This book blew me away. It was the last book in the Mud, Rocks, and Trees series. I can’t get over what happened in the book. Talk about mind blown. Be on the lookout for my review within the next couple of weeks.


What I am reading next (click on books for Amazon links):

The Last Straw (Pigeon-Blood Red Book 2)Foundryside (Founders, #1)Strange CircumstancesMaybe for You (Whiskey and Weddings, #3)

The Last Straw: I was intrigued by the blurb. Lately, I have been drawn to mystery/crime books. I usually read those on my own time but I decided to accept the request to review. I am hoping that I enjoy this book!! My review should be within a couple of weeks, so be on the lookout for it!!

Foundryside: I am a huge fantasy fan. A huge one. So when I read the blurb and saw the cover of this book, I needed to read it. I am hoping that it lives up to my mental hype. This book will be published on August 21st, 2018. So be on the lookout for my review on or after that date.

Strange Circumstances: Fate: I am a big fan of Weston Kincade. But I am not a fan of short story anthologies. So, we’ll see. Will I like it or not? Be on the lookout for my review.

Maybe for You: I like romance novels. So when the publisher sent me the email link for this book, I jumped on it. Plus, I loved the cover!! This book won’t be published until August 28th, so be on the lookout for my review either on or after that date.


So that’s it. Be on the lookout for the reviews of all these books in the near future.

Have you read any of these books?

Let me know what you thought of them!!

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Visionaries (Mud, Rocks & Trees: Book 5) by R.A. Denny

Visionaries (Mud, Rocks and Trees, #5)

5 Stars

Publisher: Self Published

Date of publication: January 15th, 2018

Genre: Fantasy

Series: Mud, Rocks, and Trees

Refugees – Book 1 (review here)

Seekers – Book 2 (review here)

Captives – Book 3 (review here)

Warriors – Book 4 (review here)

Visionaries – Book 5

Where you can find Visionaries: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

“The only thing keeping that seal around his neck is his head. Heads are easily removed.”

Time is running out. Tzoladia is under siege. Heads will roll.

As the prophecy unfolds, young people dream and old men see visions. Emperor Zoltov’s forces move to exterminate the “Subhumans.” Risky alliances are formed as Metlan’s ambition propels him into places of mystery and murder. Brina and Amanki sail through a sea filled with enchantment and betrayal. Moshoi is dazzled by treasure as he faces the horrors of an evil empire. All forces converge on Tzoladia. Time for a showdown. Will mud, rocks, and trees come together at last?

Who will lose their heads?

My review:

The plot of Visionaries was excellent. Tzoladia is under siege. Brina and Amanki are sailing on a sea of myth. What they find while sailing will change everything. Moshoi has been pushed aside by his father so that Tuka can take credit for everything. Jealousy is consuming him. Will he let it get the better of him? Metlan is on shaky ground with several people that he wants alliances with. But, can he rise to the occasion when called upon? What will happen when Brina, Amanki, and Moshoi meet? Will they be able to recover the missing seals and fulfill the prophecy?

I don’t know where to begin with this review. So much happened in this book. I don’t want to get into too much because there are some serious spoilers. So, I will gloss over everything.

Brina came into her own in this book. If she had any doubt, she did a great job of not showing it. I do like how she was willing to follow Amanki anywhere and when his ship got taken, she did. Speaking of that, her budding romance with Amanki was adorable. But it is going to turn into a triangle because she still has feelings for Metlan.

Amanki got crapped on in this book. I felt bad for him. He ended up in situations that had me shaking my head and wondering if he would come out of them alive. Somehow he did. It was through those trials that I got a good feeling about why Baskrod chose him as the leader. I am looking forward to seeing how he fits into that role in the next book. I am also looking forward to seeing where his romance with Brina goes.

I felt awful for Moshoi. He was thrust into the background by his abusive father and forced to watch as Tuka becomes the figurehead of a revolution. His relationship with Tuka suffered because of that. On the other hand, he did become involved in a plot that changes the entire book. I was shocked when I realized what was happening. Then I did a fist pump because he was involved in ends up helping people.

I was a bit iffy with Metlan. While I understood why he was doing what he was doing, I felt that he was underhanded about things. I did admire when he took charge of the refugees from the Mesmeringa Forest. But, I was sickened at him not doing anything. He knew that Amanki was his twin and he sat there. I understand that a rescue was going to happen but still. I also couldn’t tell what he felt for Brina or if he had any feelings for her.

The Christian angle of the book was wonderfully written. It wasn’t heavy-handed. Unlike some Christian books. You knew that it was there but it wasn’t shoved in your face every other sentence. Which made it a very pleasurable read for me.

I enjoyed how the plotline unrolled. The intensity from the other books did not slow down in this one. Instead, this book kept up and added to the fast pace. I am certain that book 6 will be explosive. There are twists in the plotline that definitely took me by surprise. The Island of the Dolls and who Amanki and Brina rescued from there is a huge one. That person is going to be a big part of the next book.

The fantasy angle of the book was superbly written too. I couldn’t get enough of the different races that appeared in the book. The world building that the author did was superb. This world was like an onion. When one layer was peeled back, another appeared. Loved it!!!

I very rarely don’t find anything that I do not like when I am reading books. This is one such case. I could not find anything that bothered or annoyed me. So, that makes this book a keeper in my eyes.

The end of the book was a cliffhanger. Normally, I don’t like cliffhangers. I think that they ruin the book. But, in this case, it didn’t. It only pumped me up to read book 6.

What I liked about Visionaries:

A) The storylines.

B) Brina coming into her own in the book

C) The entire book

What I disliked about Visionaries:

A) Nothing!!!

I would give Visionaries an Older Teen rating. There is no sex or sexual situations. There is violence. There is also no language. I would recommend that no one under the age of 16 read this book.

There are no trigger warnings in Visionaries.

I would reread Visionaries. I would also recommend this book to family and friends.

I would like to thank the author for allowing me to read and review Visionaries.

All opinions stated in this review of Visionaries are mine.

**I received a free copy of this book and volunteered to review it**

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WWW Wednesday: June 6th, 2018

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Wars. So here what I have read/are reading/will be reading. Also, I will let y’all know what has gone on in my life this past week.

What has been going on in my life:

The short version: It’s the last week of school for my older kids and Miss R had her last day on Friday. Saturday, Miss B, and BK went to Carowinds. There her band performed for judges. Kinda like an American Idol for middle school band, I guess. Sunday, I fell off my front porch and severely sprained my ankle. Put it this way, my ankle is still swollen and it’s Wednesday. It has put a damper on my plans this week. Can’t drive, can’t walk. Fun times. Thursday, I have Mr. Z’s award ceremony. Friday is the last day of school. But, Miss B starts summer school on Monday. Same time, the same place. So more waking up at 5:30. Yay…lol.

So, here’s what I have been up to reading-wise this past week:

What I am currently reading:

 

One for the Rogue (Studies in Scandal, #4)

LOVE IS THE GREATEST DISCOVERY OF ALL

Geologist Gemma Hastings has no interest in pursuing romance—and no patience for Lord Cameron Lisle, an esteemed fossil hunter who has a way of always honing in on her territory. . .annoyingly handsome though he may be. But when a shocking attack puts Gemma in very real danger, she may have to accept Lisle’s offers of protection. Even if that means entering into a dangerous flirtation. . .

Lisle was once amused by Gemma’s dedication to her work. But now that he understands how much he’s underestimated her—a woman whose beauty is matched only by her genius—Lisle is desperate to prove his respect…and prove himself worthy of her. But is he too late? A bitter rival, desperate to steal Gemma’s scientific findings, is still at-large. Can Lisle help uncover the culprit and keep her safe—forever, in his loving arms? 

I am not too sure about this book. While I like the era its set in, I am not liking the main characters. But, I am only a couple of chapters in, so we’ll see how I end up liking it.


What I finished reading:

Mirrored Kingdoms: The Shadow’s Quest

Mirrored Kingdoms: The Shadow's Quest

When twelve-year-old orphan Matthew injured his ankle on a school trip, little did he know that taking shelter in a cave would lead him to a strange land, drawn by a blinding light, where nothing was familiar. 
Taken in by a farming family, Matthew slowly adjusted to their peculiar ways and their strange customs and he set out on a quest to discover the truth of where he was and how he’d got there. 
As he struggled to understand the mysteries of this new land, Matthew had to face his fears and strive on through a journey of hope, danger and adventure and he finds an important sense of loyalty to the family that took him in. 
This would become a journey that would ultimately change his life….forever.

I actually really enjoyed this book. When I first checked out the reviews on Goodreads and Amazon, I almost didn’t accept the author’s request for review. But, I form my own opinions of books and I accepted the request. It was actually pretty good. My review will be coming up within the next couple of weeks, so be out on the lookout for it.


What I am reading next:

Not Her DaughterEvery Time You Go AwayVisionaries (Mud, Rocks and Trees, #5)Malevolent Sadness: A Paranormal Suspense ThrillerTo Kill an Assassin: The Priors, Part 2

Not Her DaughterI was approached by the publisher to review this book. I can’t wait to read it.

Everytime You Go Away: Another book where I was approached by the publisher to review. And another book that I can’t wait to review. Looks good!!

Visionaries: This is a series that I have been reviewing. If y’all have a chance, check it out. It is fantastic and I can’t wait to read it!!

Malevolent Sadness: This was an author request review. While I am looking forward to reading it, I am on the fence because it is book 2. So, we’ll see how it is.

To Kill an Assassin, The Priors: Part 2: I have reviewed for this author before and his books are fantastic. Part 1 of this book was a wild ride. Again, another book that I can’t wait to review.

So that’s it. Be on the lookout for the reviews of all these books in the near future.

Have you read any of these books?

book review · Non ARC · Self published

Warriors (Mud, Rocks, and Trees: Book 4) by R.A. Denny

Warriors (Mud, Rocks, and Trees, #4)

4 Stars

Publisher: self-published

Date of publication: October 18th, 2017

Genre: fantasy, young adult, Christian fiction

Series: Mud Rocks and Trees

Refugees – Book 1 (review here)

Seekers – Book 2 (review here)

Captives – Book 3 (review here)

Warriors – Book 4

Visionaries – Book 5

Where you can find Warriors: Amazon | Barnes and Nobles

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

Let the battle begin! The vast Tzoladian army clashes with the Karsonian confederation in the valley of Mt. Sarmos. But the stakes are higher than a mere fight for power between countries. As the cruel emperor intensifies his persecution of the “subhumans,” the three chosen youths make tough choices that will decide the fate of the world.

Amanki is a soldier fighting for an empire that wants him dead. After losing her freedom and her seal, Brina faces the ruthless leader of the Sparaggi tribes. Tuka is surrounded by intrigue. Plots of assassination abound. 

Thrown into circumstances they never would have chosen or even imagined, the teens must adapt or die. Have they forgotten their true mission?

My review:

When R.A. approached me to review Warriors, I was pretty stoked. I have loved every book in this series. Usually, I expect some sort of lull in a series. A book that isn’t up to par with the rest of the book. Not with this series. Each book has been fantastic and Warriors continues with the excellence.

Warriors picks up shortly after the events of Captives. Amanki is a foot soldier in the Tzoladian Army. Brina is a slave and is being used by the leader of the Sparaggi Tribe. Tuka is working for the emperor. He is also a spy for a local resistance group. Metlan is now the king of the Samalitans. He also holds Brina’s seal. Somehow, they all must meet up and bring the seals together.

Amanki is on the front lines of a war that he didn’t ask to be in. Fighting for an emperor that wants him dead. I liked that he still held on to his faith, even when events happened that made him question it. He grew in this book. He became more of a leader.

I was a little put off by Brina at the beginning of Warriors. There was a point in the book where I did question whether she was going to continue with her quest. She did redeem herself in my eyes after the battle when she aided Amanki. If she gets her seal back from Metlan, what it will do. If Amanki’s can call a leviathan, then what will hers call?? I also figured out what was going to happen between her and Metlan before it happened.

Tuka had it rough. He was spying on the emperor for a group of rebels within the palace. He was being pressured to assassinate the emperor because he was the closest to him. He also was supposed to help Burlem find out who ordered the killing of the women and children of his tribe. At one point, I didn’t know what was going to happen to him. I thought that he was going to do one thing and ended up doing another. Put it this way, I am glad that he met Samuel.

Metlan got on my nerves. I know that he had to prove that he was worthy of being a king but still. He played Brina. But, I am wondering if he did have feelings for her. And what he did was more of a political attempt to get the Karsonians to behave. Guess I’ll have to see. I am also wondering where Pergassi is and if she is still alive.

There are a couple of twists in the plot. One that I saw coming. One came out of left field. With the one I saw coming, the author dropped enough hints in the earlier books. So when Baskrod revealed it to Metlan, I wasn’t surprised. The other one, though, took me completely by surprise. I kick myself because I should have seen it coming.

The Christian element of the book was well written. Adon was discussed, praised and it was mentioned but it didn’t take over the book. Which is great for someone who wants to read a religious-themed but doesn’t want to feel it being forced down your throat.

I thought that the fantasy aspect of the book was very well written also. I love to read fantasy but I have found some of the books can be dull and repetitive. Warriors was a refreshing change from that.

The character and world building in this book were over the top. The author took an already great world/characters and added more depth to them. I am looking forward to seeing how much more she adds to the world/characters in the next book. I enjoy reading a book where I can picture the characters and the world. It makes it so much more interesting to read.

The end of Warriors was a mess. I won’t go into it other than to say it was sort of cliffhanger. But, things look to going in the right direction (finally!!) for Brina, Tuka, Amanki, and Metlan.

What I liked about Warriors:

A) Amazing world/character building

B) Fast paced original storyline

C) The plot twists

What I disliked about Warriors:

A) Metlan. Player going to play (cue in Taylor Swift here)

B) Pressure on Tuka.

C) The battle scene with Amanki and Kishar. And then the one with Amanki and Jacob

I was a bit torn on what rating to give Warriors. I couldn’t decide if I wanted to give it a Tween or a Young Teen rating. For the sake of the review, I would say Young Teen rating. There is violence. There is no sex but there is a couple of scenes where Metlan and Brina kiss. Again, nothing graphic. No language.

There are no trigger warnings in the book.

I would recommend this book to family and friends. I would reread this book.

I would like to thank R.A. Denny for allowing me to read and review Warriors.

All opinions stated in this review of Warriors are mine.

**I received a free copy of this book and volunteered to review it**

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Captives (Mud, Rock, and Trees: Book 3) by R.A. Denny

Captives (Mud, Rocks, and Trees Book 3)

4 Stars

Publisher: 

Date of Publication: April 11th, 2017

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Series: Mud, Rocks, and Trees

Refugees – Book 1 (review here)

Seekers – Book 2 (review here)

Captives – Book 3

Warriors – Book 4

Where you can find Captives: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

“Welcome to Tzoladia!” The city on a hill in the center of the empire dazzles in the sunlight. The rich and powerful citizens live luxurious lives. But for those who arrive as slaves, refugees, or spies, it is a foreboding place. And it is on the verge of war.

“Beware the Gates of Hell!” the wise man warned. Gates will open. Some lead to the depths of the underworld. Some to the bottom of the sea. Some to the heights of power.

Caught up in forces beyond their control, can the three young deliverers break free to find each other? Or will they lose their way?

Trigger Warning: None

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Seekers (Mud, Rocks, and Trees: Book 2) by R.A. Denny

Seekers (Mud, Rocks, and Trees Book 2)

4 Stars

Publisher: 

Date of publication: April 11th, 2017

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Number of pages: 238

POV: Alternating 1st person

Series: Mud, Rocks, and Trees

Refugees – Book 1 (review here)

Seekers – Book 2

Captives – Book 3

Warriors – Book 4

Where you can find Seekers: Barnes and Noble | Amazon

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

“Bring the seals together in Tzoladia and you will learn their secrets.” An intriguing, yet simple quest. But nothing is ever that easy. 

Killer monkeys lurk in the woods. Treacherous watchers skulk the underground tunnels. An evil emperor’s minions control the archipelago city. 

Brina is proficient in archery. Moshoi skillfully wields the swords he crafts. Amanki has mastered sailing. But those skills aren’t enough. The three young adventurers must make choices. Choices that mean life or death. Choices with no safe answer. 

The Society of the Word has given them tools: wise sayings, moral stories, mysterious prophecies. But their faith will be tested. Will the star guide them to their destiny or lead them to their doom? Who will survive?

Trigger Warning: None

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