A Kingdom cursed. A People in fear. A Keeper boy.
Sixteen-year-old Jules Blaze, an heir of a Keeper, awakes one night to news of death. His beloved grandparents have drowned. His father is at war. And his mother has been kidnapped. When ravens attack him and his siblings, Jules suspect it is the beginning of the end of the normal life his people, the Elfies, have been used to. It is one thing to be cursed, reduced to be an inch tall, but when the Lord of Shadows, Gehzurolle, with his powerful agents, Whisperer and Rage, are out to destroy his loved ones, and ultimately his people, the Elfies of Reign, Jules must find a way to save his Kingdom. But at what cost?
©2013 Emma Right (P)2016 Emma Right/ Right House Books
I received a free audiobook from the author for an honest review.
Keeper of Reign is a fantasy for middle school age readers. It is full of action and kept my interest throughout.
There is not much getting to know the characters before things start to happen. Jules, the main character, is the oldest of five children and is suddenly responsible for the safety of all of his siblings when his mother disappears. It is too dangerous to stay at home so they set out to find their parents or their grandparents, who have also disappeared.
This story is definitely geared toward younger readers. As an adult, I wanted more character development. I still don’t know exactly what the role of the Keepers is, just that they’re very important in this world and they have to have their books.
The narrator, Will Jenkyns, did a good job of pacing and pronunciation. I was able to tell who was speaking when and that is sometimes difficult in an audiobook. His voice also goes hand in hand with a fantasy.
There are a lot of twists and nonstop action in Keeper of Reign and I definitely recommend it for middle school age readers.
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