Identity Revealed – The Tue-Rah Chronicles, Book 1
Themes & Genres: Epic Fantasy, Romance
What if you prepared for the wrong destiny?
Before her sixth birthday, Inale had two names. After being rescued from Naatos, a shapeshifting warlord, she is named Amelia, so that she can hide on Earth until the restoration of the interdimensional portals that join the worlds. Amelia dedicated her life to her prophetic destiny. Though called to end Naatos and his brothers’ march of terror across the thirty-six worlds, she is also a blood child, born under a devastating curse. When she finally returns home to face Naatos, she discovers that all of her training has been to no avail.
Outmatched and outflanked with a curse that’s set to destroy her life and erase her identity, Amelia must fight to save her world and what little hope of a future she has left while preparing for the destiny she must actually fulfill.
What I think of the book:
I had two issues with this novel.
The first was the names. This is one of those books where the author makes them up to give authenticity to their fantasy world so I don’t know if I’ve pronounced them correctly. Mind you, the copy of Identity Revealed that I’ve received is an ARC so there’s still the possibility that the author will add a glossary with the names and their pronunciation (a map of the world would also be nice; if you’ve read my reviews on other Fantasy novels, you’d know that a glossary and a map are what I consider a must for the genre).
The second thing was that the author had a really clear concept of their world. Too clear. To the point where they knew it so well that they forgot to explain some of it to us readers. I had a similar problem when I was reading Stephen King’s The Gunslinger (review available here), but there’s much more of this in Identity Revealed.
The way I see it, the author could either do some edits or leave the story as it is, but add another (yes, a second one) glossary, this time with terms (for example: blood child), specific to the world of Tue-Rah.
Other than that, I enjoyed Identity Revealed.
It has an interesting premise, I enjoyed reading about the shapeshifters and their different forms, and while I like strong and powerful villains, I want my heroes flawed. I want to see them grow, and change, and improve so I appreciate that we didn’t have a super powerful, unstoppable female lead. After all, it wouldn’t be much of a story, if she just snapped her fingers and all her enemies fell dead, would it?
Who would I recommend this book to? I’d recommend Identity Revealed to those who enjoy Fantasy stories with complicated plots.
My rating: (4.5 out of 5 blades)
Would I re-read this book? If I get the rest of the books in the series, I’ll probably have to re-read Identity Revealed to remind myself who is who.
Am I interested in other books by this author? I’m interested in the rest of the books in this series.
Note: Identity Revealed will come out in January 2018 and isn’t available for pre-order yet (November 2017). However, if you are interested in the book, follow J.M. Butler on Amazon where the book will be available at a later date.
Other books by this author that I’ve reviewed:
- SNOW – Stories of Forbidden Love (an anthology that contains a short story by J.M. Butler)
Want to know a little bit about J.M. Butler? Read this interview!
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