Reviewed by Nikyta
Author: Anyta Sunday
Series: Telluric Realm #1
Heroes: Rye & Cerdic
Genre: M/M Fantasy
Length: 331 pages
Release Date: April 26, 2016
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: A curse threatens the Winter Kingdom.
A brother is turned to ice.
A rebel uprising is on the horizon.
Marble-maker Rye Cunnings is at the center of it all—and doesn’t know it.
He doesn’t know he’s the lost summer prince. Doesn’t know his blood can unlock Winter’s curse. Doesn’t know why the marbles he makes flutter with magic. All he thinks is that he’s crazy. That he sees things others don’t, like dragons and strange markings on his skin.
But when a dark dragon snatches away Rye’s only friend Milo, he is forced to face the crazy in his life and figure out a way to bring Milo back.
Help comes in the form of Cerdic Leit, a warrior who finds Rye to take him “home” to the Telluric Realm and their kind. All Rye has to do is follow him into Gatreau, the gateway to the four Telluric kingdoms, and all his questions will be answered.
In the hopes of saving Milo, Rye steps into this new and dangerous world. A world where he learns of the Tellurics and their Hansian foes. A world that is swept up in a bitter battle of justice and hate.
And a world that won’t let Rye leave again.
I don’t want to give much detail into this story so what I will say is it’s about Rye, who just finds out from Cerdic that he’s part of this other realm where pretty much his only friend, Milo, has been taken. He’s determined to find Milo and then go home. Unfortunately, once he gets to the Telluric Realm he finds out a ton of things about not just his heritage but himself. Just when he thinks he’s finally found a home, though, he’s betrayed by the only person he thought he could trust. But now Rye can’t go home and must make a decision that may just require him to sacrifice himself.
It’s hard for me to write this review because I don’t exactly know what to say. I mean, my feelings for it are so jumbled right now. Not in a bad way but more in a “how do I describe how awesome this book is??” way. So, instead of gushing so much about it, what I will say is that this story had a fabulously built world. I adored the feel of it and the action/suspense throughout. I loved the characters and how there were differing POVs. It was really great getting to view everything from EVERYONE’S POV instead of being left guessing what others thought or why they did what they did.
What really made this story, though, was Rye and Cerdic. I couldn’t get enough of them and just wish there had been more! The emotions between them were so potent, I felt like I was feeling what they were feeling at times. Rye’s fear of dragons was so intense and Cerdic’s mixed feelings of Rye were so great, I loved them. I just loved these two! While they were my favorite potential couple, there’s also two other potential couples I really hope pan out in the end.
My only compliant about this one is that some parts of it were unnecessary and I honestly did not like Drake because he kept ‘claiming’ he was doing everything for his people when in reality he was just doing being extremely selfish and was using that as a convenient excuse to justify his actions.
In the end, this was a phenomenal story. I was drawn in right from the start and absolutely adored the pacing of the story. I loved most of the characters and really enjoy where this story is heading. I can’t wait to see what the next book has to offer and hope we don’t have to wait too long for it! If you’re looking for a story that has a gripping world and endearing characters, definitely give this a go. But beware, this book has no sex and while it has some sexual tension, no real romance develops just yet but I have hope it’ll come soon! After all, Cerdic and Rye need to get together like NOW!
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*