Book 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
The 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.
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REVIEW by LAWonder10:
This outstanding story triggers varying emotions within the reader of this tale. With the titch of a "wicked step-mother" theme, this is no Cinderella story.
Escaping the horrid situation that fate has dealt her, Dru, takes the drastic step of living a life of a gallant warrior boy, keeping her identity hidden from all her associates. Although she is petite, she is fast and very skilled in fighting. She is also very clever and quick-witted... This has earned her great respect among her colleagues. However, when "the Brotherhood" attacked a particular "royal coach", this was both, a blessing and a curse. There was much aid the prince freely offered, yet a painful reminder of "lost love" from the past. This is just thee beginning of a series of explosive situations, ending in a strong, yet intriguing way, which entices the reader to be anxious for the next book of the series.
In addition to generating a multitude of emotions, it is fast-moving, action-packed and totally captivating. It would make an phenomenal movie series!
The characters are all very diverse, well-developed and enables the reader to feel a connection to the story plot. The scenes are also vividly portrayed... many are very gruesomely portrayed. The Title is well-chosen and the Cover Image is simple, eye catching and very well chosen.
This book was gifted me with no pressure for a positive review. This is my honest review.
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What Inspired Me to Write My Book
The Reclaimed Kingdom was partially inspired by my navy seal brother and his group
of military friends and myself. I’ve always been one of the boys, in fact, sometimes I think they forget
I am a girl. And I have always been part of their brotherhood, hence the Band of Brothers. I’ve been their shoulder to cry on, their confident, and their sister but most of all, always by their side. The love our community has for each other is insurmountable and I’ve always wanted to write characters based on our chosen family.
The other half of my inspiration comes from my father. Growing up he exposed me to the likes of Errol Flynn’s Robin Hood and other medieval times movies. I loved the sword fights, the damsels in distress, the costumes, and the good verse evil. When King Richard the Lionheart is captured, his scheming brother Prince John plots to reach the throne. Sir Robin of Locksley (Errol Flynn) and his merry men protect the kingdom until the escaped Richard returns and joins forces with Robin to prevent Prince John from taking the crown and pilfering. Robbing the rich to feed the poor is a theme I’ll never get tired of. I thought what if I write a female heroine and she has a superpower, and her arch nemesis has one as well. And what if those powers had to do with emotions rather than tangibility. A leech draws from pain and it strengthens her but it hurts others, and a syphon draws from the pain and it weakens her but it helps others. The objective of the two and why they use the power that they have…that’s the good verse evil. I find that dichotomy to be so powerful and inspirational.
By adding fantasy elements to a retelling of Robin Hood, I was able to change the story to my own while holding onto the parts of my childhood and family that mattered to me most. It felt very special for me when finished. And that’s how The Reclaimed Kingdom was born.
About Author, Dana Claire:
Dana believes that a good story is made through strong character development. When readers become attached to the characters’ emotional state and are invested in their objectives, the readers are there for the long haul backing the characters and their emotions. How cool is it to read a book and think about the characters long after you’ve read the last page? She believes that the beauty of reading is that one can live a hundred lives within the stories of books.
If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to be a vampire, slay a dragon, or use a time machine, there’s a book for that.
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