Keeper of Reign by Emma Right
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Source: Netgalley for Review
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy/Adventure
Book Description: Books written in blood. Most are lost, their Keepers with them. A curse that befell a people. A Kingdom with no King. Life couldn’t get more harrowing for the Elfies, a blend of Elves and Fairies. Or for sixteen-year-old Jules Blaze. Or could it? For Jules, the heir of a Keeper, no less, suspects his family hides a forgotten secret. It was bad enough that his people, the Elfies of Reign, triggered a curse which reduced the entire inhabitants to a mere inch centuries ago. All because of one Keeper who failed his purpose. Even the King’s Ancient Books, did not help ward off that anathema. Now, Gehzurolle, the evil lord, and his armies of Scorpents, seem bent on destroying Jules and his family. Why? Gehzurolle’s agents hunt for Jules as he journeys into enemy land to find the truth. Truth that could save him and his family, and possibly even reverse the age-long curse. Provided Jules doesn't get himself killed first.
My thoughts: Keeper of Reign is a unique story. It begins as a King is bleeding himself to complete books. There is some kind of conflict happening and not many details are given to begin with.
The story jumps several years, Jules is an elfie. Elfies were cursed and shrunk in size due to the failure of someone to fulfill the King's wishes after his death. They were once normal size, and now an acorn is large to them. They are half elf and half fairy.
The king made five books. Each of these books was left with a family for safe keeping. This is how the keepers came to be. The identity of the keepers must remain secret to protect them from enemies who would love to see the end of the elfies.
A traitor has brought enemies into Reign, and now Jules and his siblings with the help of one of his friends< Holden< embark upon a quest to save their home, people, and hopefully end the curse. Along the way they find friends who help them to stay alive and avoid enemy capture.
The story is one that would appeal to middle grade and tween readers who love fantasy and adventure. For me the story seemed to drag in places and rush in others. The pacing was not as smooth as I like it, but it wasn't enough to keep me from enjoying the book.
Author Emma Right Emma Right is a happy wife and homeschool mother of five living in the Pacific West Coast of the USA. Besides running a busy home, and looking after their five pets, which includes two cats, two bunnies and a Long-haired dachshund, she also writes stories for her children. She loves the Lord and His Word deeply, and when she doesn't have her nose in a book, she is telling her kids to get theirs in one. Right worked as a copywriter for two major advertising agencies and won several awards, including the prestigious Clio Award for her ads, before she settled down to have children.
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