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Epic, thought-provoking, post apocalyptic adventure. When Kiya, a young mother and healer, is kidnapped to fulfil an ancient prophecy, Abe must choose between his friends and mankind’s immortal souls. Two very different, isolated cultures clash and Kiya is raped and taken north across the High Atlas Mountains to a brutal, pagan High Priest intent on war at any cost. Raphel, Kiya’s storyteller husband, must leave his baby daughter and set out on a thousand-mile journey to rescue Kiya with only hope and a headful of stories to aid him. They look to Abe for help, but he is is torn by his secret agendum decreed by a long-dead pope, and it is Raphel who has to find the courage to uncover an uncomfortable truth about the prophecy upon which the High Priest pins his hopes. Raphel and Kiya find help where they least expect it, but who can they trust – friend or foe? A tale of hope, courage, and faith against greed, brutality, and evil. Fascinating afterword for those interested in the science behind the story.
Five Stars from Sharon Brownlie – An Epic Read!
Where Hope Dares is an epic book that delves into the lives of the characters, their cultures and the lands they come from. Abe and Kiya are central and indispensable to the story as it unfolds. Secondary characters, like Raphel and Alaric are well drawn, believable, some likable and some brutish. I rooted for Kiya throughout the story.
As I read I tried to visualise how the novel would end, needless to say my prediction was wrong but the author brought this fabulous story to a great conclusion. Rebecca Bryn doesn’t just tell a tale, with Where Hope Dares she makes the reader a part of it. This has to be said of the proverbs used in a clever fashion to bring out the best in the chapters they pertained to, they were also thought provoking.
Kiya is forced to take a journey, not just physically but emotionally and spiritually, the author leads you tentatively along the same path as her. I don’t like overly descriptive novels and I surmised that I may find it in this book because of the journey they had to undertake. Again I was wrong. Bryn is descriptive but not overly, she is concise and imaginative. I immersed myself in it.
I found the ‘Meet the Characters’ unnecessary, for me that is. It was my choice to ignore this as I wanted to meet the characters as I read. I wanted to ‘know’ them naturally by letting the author introduce them to me, again she didn’t disappoint.
The Afterword by Philip Stephen Knight BSc was an added bonus for me. It is interesting and delves into climatic changes and geographic details of the journey and lands inhabited before and after Abe.
I read Where Hope Dares with Kindle Unlimited, but this is one epic read to keep on your ereader or better still, on your bookshelf.