As a dark flame consumes the world, a larger threat looms over the refugees of Solpate.
WINNER: Pinnacle Book Achievement Award, Winter 2020 -- Best Young Adult Fantasy
WINNER: Readers' Favorite Book Awards 2020 - Bronze Medal - Young Adult Fiction-Epic Fantasy
“The world-building is intricate, strange but compelling, drawing fantasy elements into its own cohesive and engaging lore... The moving trees, or the ramblers, and the gods of the realm known as the Souls add a mythical and fantastical charm to the story. ...full of dark thrills, adrenaline-pumping moments, and heavy emotions... With twists, loss, revenge, and a quest for peace and freedom, Warden’s Reign hits all the right notes not just for YA readers but older fantasy fans as well.” ~ Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews, Lit Amri (5 STARS)
Orphans are snagged from their beds and used in the Warden’s dark experiments. Those who seek asylum in the forest must survive the dangers of the night, when the forest trees uproot and roam free.
Fifteen-year-old Kole, with the help of his mentor, Russé, has adapted. He’s learned to tame the rampant trees and protect the orphans. But when one of the Warden’s mutated creatures discovers the camp and sets it aflame, Kole’s life is upturned and the refugees’ haven is lost.
Kole must convince the others to make a stand to save themselves—and all their people—from the anguish of becoming the next subjects of brutal experiments. Yet what chance does a rag-tag band of refugees have against the malevolent power and magic of the Warden and his vile creations?
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Perfect Bound / Softcover:
6.14 x 9.21 x 0.6056 (0.920 Lbs)
268 Pages (28/Carton)
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“The world-building is intricate, strange but compelling, drawing fantasy elements into its own cohesive and engaging lore. Secrets of the past become the key to the tyranny of the enemies. The moving trees, or the ramblers, and the gods of the realm known as the Souls add a mythical and fantastical charm to the story. The plot is well-developed, full of dark thrills, adrenaline-pumping moments, and heavy emotions of the characters who have been through so much but courageously strive to survive and win. Kole doesn’t remember his family or his past, giving the young protagonist a fascinating sense of mystery. A flawed, sometimes impatient but determined fighter, it’s easy to empathize with Kole as his guilt is a great burden to him. The antagonist, the Kayetan called Idris, is a frightening and manipulating creature. His dialogue alone is enough to project his malicious nature and the dark desire of his masters. With twists, loss, revenge, and a quest for peace and freedom, Warden’s Reign hits all the right notes not just for YA readers but older fantasy fans as well.”
“Parris Sheets’ YA epic fantasy, Warden’s Reign, kicks off the ‘Essence of Ohr’ series by drawing readers into a richly imagined world of walking trees, imprisoned gods, and the corruption of dark magic. Kole has a complicated relationship with his mentor, Russé, and camp leader, Goren, which is further aggravated by the discovery that they’ve been keeping secrets from him. These frictions add intrigue while Kole’s proud determination to prove himself introduces an element of excitement as the kayetan stalks the refugees through Solpate Forest. A layered world mythology folds into the gripping plot, and disaster forces the refugees to make a decision that will decide their future. Unique, imaginative, and well-crafted world-building and a plot rife with danger and startling discoveries make for addictive reading.”
“Warden’s Reign is an exciting beginning to what promises to be an action-packed fantasy series. I was reminded a little of The Lord of the Rings story with the forces of good trying to hold back the forces of evil, even though the good guys seem to be greatly outmatched. It’s also set in a world that reminded me of Middle-Earth. There are no hobbits or elves in Parris Sheets’s story, but there are peace-loving humans with vast cultural differences joining together to do battle. On the other side is an evil human playing with the powers of the gods and using them for destructive purposes. Despite my comparison to LOTR, Warden’s Reign is actually very original and extremely imaginative. My favorite element of the story was the giant walking trees called Ramblers. Fans of fast-paced fantasy adventures will enjoy reading Warden’s Reign and the rest of the ‘Essence of Ohr’ series.”
"LOL, this was a 'cover buy.' I loved it. Finally, something super fresh and exciting in the fantasy genre. I was hooked by the first paragraph, and quickly became committed to the story and the main characters. By the end of Chapter 1, the author had effortlessly built an enthralling world with multi-faceted characters (AND a menacing threat). I read it straight through and can’t wait for books two and three. Hard to believe this is the author’s first book!"
"Warden’s Reign sweeps you way right from the beginning on an adventure you don’t want to end. Parris Sheets‘ writing style makes you feel like you are actually a part of the world and right there alongside the main characters when they go through both loss and triumph. The quality of her writing very much matches the likes of Patrick Rothfuss, Brandon Sanderson, and more but stands alone as a compelling and enticing entrance to the world of Ohr."
"Ohr is a spectacular illustration of fantasy worldbuilding. I rooted for the characters, got tangled up in the battles, yet I got hooked on the flora, fauna, civics, and physics of the world itself. Made me think of Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern. Once the audio edition is out, I’ll visit Ohr again as a refresher before the next book."