The Reclaimed Kingdom + Giveaway
The Reclaimed Kingdom by Dana Claire Publisher: Chamberlain Publishing House (February 14, 2021) Category: Young Adult, Fantasy/Romance Tour dates: April 9-May 31, 2021 ISBN: 978-1792361357 Available in Print and ebook, 310 pages
Description Reclaimed Kingdom by Dana ClaireThe Legend is true. The Fear is real.
Under the cruel ministrations of its Queen, the Kingdom of D’Land is in peril. With King Harrison away in foreign lands and neighboring Kingdoms unwilling to intervene, there is no one to protect the people from poverty, harsh punishment, and unreasonable rules of law – except for the Band of Brothers. Struggling with the death of her mother and the legendary Syphon powers she inherited, seventeen year old Dru wants nothing more than to escape her old life and join the motley crew of ruffians, pilfering from the rich to feed the poor and pay their taxes.
She’s able to do just that disguised as a lad, and even when her nature is discovered, nothing changes – except for the way her friend Hawkin treats her. But Dru’s new world is overturned when she and the Brothers seize the treasures of a Prince who threatens to reveal her identity. Together, Dru and her chosen family must find a way to reclaim her destiny and bring balance to the Kingdom. If not, there may be no hope left for anyone.
Dru is a female but she has been living under the disguise of a boy for years with her band of brothers including Hawkin.
She, Hawkin, and the rest of the men are like Robin Hood and the merry men. During one of their raids; they come across Dodge. He is the prince. Dodge knows Dru's identity and threatens to reveal it if Dru does not help him to stop the evil Queen.
Instantly, I was drawn into this story. This is because I felt the emotional and character connection with Dru, Hawkin, Dodge and the rest of the characters. There is a bit of some romance happening but it is minor and not a major focal point of this story. Which I enjoyed as I did not really feel like the romance was required.
The last third of this story is where all of the action happens. It is where I the reader learns more about Dru and just who she really is. Fantasy readers like me will really enjoy this book. I look forward to continuing this journey with Dru, Hawkin, and Dodge.
Charles’s body jolted as the pain escaped me and returned to him. I grabbed onto him with both hands, which sent hot and cold pricks into my palms, sharp as sword tips. A thick current of torture and anguish tore at my core as I drank in the last of Charles’s pain.
Very slowly, the panic and aching started to ebb. It was gradual at first, but then it unraveled faster and faster, like a ball of yarn rolling downward. Eventually, nothing remained. I released my grip, and Charles’s face returned to its natural state, his eyes wide and filled with confusion and shock. Although the wound still existed on his chest, he felt no pain. I had done it. I had saved him.
I looked up to see Dodge. His face held the same muddled expression everyone’s did the first time they saw me syphon, but his lacked something else: shock. I attempted to speak, but my throat was so hoarse from the clawing of Charles’s cries that nothing could be forced through.
I stood with Hawkin’s help.
“You’re a syphon,” Dodge said. Before I could answer, my legs buckled underneath me. Haze clouded my vision, and then everything was still.
Advance Praise Reclaimed Kingdom by Dana Claire"Ms. Claire has such a talent for imaginative magic systems. The Syphon in this series has abilities I have not encountered before. The ability to take emotions and how she deals with them are quite intriguing. In this story, Dru makes an interesting heroine with her contrasts of her life as a brigand and thief with her previous life. She is very much a Robin Hood character without falling into the tired tropes that can come with that. The male main characters are so different. Hawkin is intense and unrefined. Dodge is softer and somewhat of a dreamer. They are both fiercely loyal and capable. The progression of their relationships with each other and Dru has made this a fabulous and compelling story."- Aizlynne, Goodreads
Praise Connection by Dana Claire“To begin with The Connection is an interesting book to wrap your head around, the opening chapter leaves patches and mystery which I find a good thing, it dragged me in and made me want to figure out why this dystopian time was like what it was. The main characters name is Beatrice Walker and the story, though not followed from her perspective, is based all around her. After the next couple of chapters, you get the concept of the whole new world and its so bitter sweet and beautifully unusual that you just want to discover more and more about this story. The made-up memories that are written have so much meaning and you get to experience these moments all over again. Then ending is so amazing, Dana Claire really knows how to leave a reader wanting more.”-John Kerry, Let’s Talk Knowledge
“After the first chapter, I could tell that this book was going to resemble The Lux Series. The lux series is one of my all-time favorites, so I was genuinely interested in seeing where the author takes this story. I’m happy to say that I was not disappointed. I honestly couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. One thing I was not anticipating was the never-ending action. I loved how there was never a dull moment, as our main characters seemed to never catch a break. Dana Claire has a way of getting under your skin because Beatrice and Cash have made it to my favourite characters list. I can’t wait to see what the author does next! I really hope it’s the sequel to this novel. That cliff-hanger at the end makes me want to read book two as soon as possible.”- Jessica Marie, The Mermaid Reader
“Enthralling and well- crafted story. The author’s descriptions are so vivid you feel as though you are in the book. The plot of the story is suspenseful and hard to predict the next move because right when you think you know what is going to happen the story goes into a different direction. Dana Claire took me on a roller coaster of emotions all the way from the first page. I found myself not being able to stop until I completed the book. The Connection is indeed an outstanding and ingenious read. I eagerly look forward to reading more of her books.”- Chinnie N., Amazon
“Sci-fi fantasy can be challenging, but Author Dana Claire did a fabulous job with this novel. The characters are great. They develop throughout the book in such a powerful way. I love Bea, AND I love her with Cash. The Connection is a book I could not wait to read every day. I loved falling into this story because I thought about the plot even when I wasn’t reading it. A telling sign it’s a great novel!”-Hey It’s Carly Rae