YA Science Fiction/Fantasy
Date Published: Re-release July 9, 2016, the book has been out since February 2013
Publisher: Rule of Three Press
A forbidden birth. A remarkable young woman. A marauding alien society. The battle begins.
A brutal alien society invades Korin and Arranon, intent on destroying the two worlds that make up Cadet Erynn Yager’s home. Forced to expose her strange abilities and reveal her forbidden birth, a guarded web of secrets unravels.
Stranded on an unfamiliar planet of eternal winter and predatory wildlife, the mysterious living consciousness of Arranon intervenes, leading Erynn on a mystical journey.
Aware of Erynn’s potential, the alien enemy pursues her. She struggles to gain control of her growing powers while in a constant race to elude the invaders, and join the forces preparing to fight a mounting occupation.
Erynn’s secret may be her worlds’ only hope, but at the cost of her life. Swept up in a chain reaction of events, Erynn’s dedication extends far beyond service and duty. She learns the true meaning of sacrifice.
Along with courage and hope, Erynn finds something unexpected on her journey of awareness and growth.
I have always been a reader. I’d come home from grade school with stacks of books every week, and during the summer, I’d get my fix from the library. I love books. Later, while working every day outside at the ranch, I’d listen to audio books on cassette with one of those Sportswalk players I’d hook to my belt. I could go through three or four books a week.
I started writing while working as a Paramedic/Firefighter in Northern California.
Trust me, it’s not always like it appears on TV. There was plenty of time for reading.
Writing got serious for me when I moved to my ranch in Oregon. While waiting for lambs to be born in the middle of the night, I would head back to the house for an hour or two and sit down at the computer. Before I knew it, I had a manuscript. One hundred and twenty-two thousand words that desperately needed help, but it was a start.
The characters demanded their story be told, so I joined critique groups and attended writer’s conferences. I was on the fast track to learning what I needed to know to write well, and tell, show, an engaging story.
In 2013, I received an honorable mention in Writer’s Digest’s Self Published book awards for MG/YA, so I guess I had learned something! BTW, I’m still learning.
Ideas from dreams follow me into warm sunny days or the quiet of falling snow. “What ifs” feed a vivid imagination. Even mistyped phrases may lead to an “aha” moment. Brain storming sessions standing in dark, windy parking lots with fellow writers release thoughts that pry at the corners of my mind, grasping for purchase. Sometimes the ideas pursue me, with persistence.
Erynn is the daughter of a powerful general and is training to be a fighter pilot. But she learns that the man that died is not her real father. Her mother is from Korin but her biological father is from Arranon. Since Korin and Arranon are at war, Erynn is looked down on. But then she is kidnapped. It seems she has some special powers from her Arranon side and that others know of these powers and plan on using them. Jaer is part of the crew that kidnaps Erynn. Jaer helps her escape which lands Erynn on Arranon. There her father’s ghost tells her of a quest on the planet. She also feels a connection to the planet.
I really enjoyed this story. It draws you in with the promise of a biological father on a warring planet. She is bound to find out more information and get more than she planned. I loved the abilities and how she could connect with others. Of course that means someone is going to try and use her for their advantage.
Jaer is a great person. You can tell that he is interested in Erynn and does what he can to keep her safe. He would be a great romantic character yet there is so much happening that there really is not any time to explore that role yet.
I think this is a great start to the series and has a lot of potential. This is a book that I would recommend to those that like young adult fantasy/sci-fi. At the time of this review you are able to get the second book, Fire and Ice for free from Amazon Kindle.
I received Storm of Arranon for free from Reading Addiction Virtual Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.
Excerpts From Storm of Arranon – Book One
Jaer sighed. “I will get you there, Erynn.” His hand stroked her hair.
I’m Erynn again. She angled her face to see him. “Why do you do that?”
He tipped his head. His hand stopped its soft movement and dropped. “I am sorry. I will not do it again.” His arms stiffened.
“No. I mean sometimes you call me Lieutenant, or Lieutenant Yager, but rarely Erynn. Why?”
“I guess the same reason you call me, sir, and not Jaer.”
She stared at the dark outline of his face, quiet for a long moment. “So if I call you Jaer, you’ll stop calling me Lieutenant?”
He laughed quietly. “Yes, Erynn.” His hand moved back to her hair, sliding around to hold her face. His lips brushed hers, tentative at first, then with more pressure, but still gentle.
Erynn put one arm around him and the other up to his jacket, grasping the collar and pulling him, returning the kiss. Electric blue tendrils wove around, slow and graceful, encompassing them in a soft light.