Book Talk: Rise of the Reaper (The Broken Lands #1) by Lorna Reid

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Book Talk: Rise of the Reaper (The Broken Lands #1) by Lorna ReidRise of the Reaper by Lorna Reid
Series: The Broken Lands #1
Published by Ravensforge Books
Published On: November 20, 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Magic
Maturity Level: Young Adult - some violence
4 Stars
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I received this book for free from the Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Can you change fate? What would you risk in order to save the ones you love? Lovers of dark adventure, magic, and following your heart should not let this book slip away.

Can prophecy be overcome, or does striving to avoid fate merely drive you into its arms? Since the day Danny Stone's mother vanished, dreams of dark and strange places have plagued him nightly. Though years have passed, the burning pain of her disappearance still consumes him - as does his need for answers. Then one lazy summer day, Danny and his friends Katrina, Poppy, and Russell discover their parents' long-hidden secret - and their lives change forever.

They enter a fragmented, broken world of magic, blades, and blood in a quest for answers, but the mystery of what happened to Danny's mother only becomes more terrifying - and yet there is hope. But there are other, bigger threats at hand, too, as evil begins to stir and the Oracle's prophesies herald a coming darkness.

It seems that Danny's dreams were only the beginning...

Rise of the Reaper is the first book in an exciting new YA fantasy series by British author Lorna Reid. A perilous quest, filled with magic, blades, and blood. This adventure will make your pulse quicken, even as the shadows begin to stir.


I think the best part of this book was easily the world building and creation. This world is intense and full of terrifying creatures and crazy places. I even loved how the author created her own sport and incorporated that in the book because it made the world feel just a little more realistic. I loved the idea of several worlds but not all of them being accessible since it only made the idea of it that much more interesting.

I also really enjoyed our four main characters. I loved that they each had such different personalities but they still worked well together. I’m really excited because they only really started using magic in this book and I want to know how that’s going to turn out for them. I want to see more of how it’s used!

One thing that I’m really impressed with is that the parents were actually a part of the story! Imagine that! These kids have actually parents who don’t disappear during the book. Well, besides the parent they’re looking for. The parents play an active role in this whole book even though our main focus is on the kids. I loved that! It made the world feel so much more realistic than most YA stories where the parents mysterious vanish. I was really impressed with how that was working and I’m looking forward to seeing more of this.


I think I only had 2 issues with this book. 1. The beginning was a little slow but the author was trying to give you as much detail as she could about the world and what was going on. It seemed like a good thing to explain to us but I was a little bored in the beginning and found it hard to push myself to really get into this book.

The other thing that bothered me was that there were so many characters! I seriously could not keep track of them all! I did ok with our group of four main characters, but their parents were really important as well so they were all mentioned. I honestly still have no idea after finishing the book who’s children belonged to who. Some of the parents were dead, others missing (since that’s what the main plot of this book was) and others were there but had to go of on missions. So we didn’t really see the parents except for the beginning and ending of this story (though they do play a role during the whole book, they just aren’t seen as much). I do want to give props to the author though for not leaving out the parents. That happens way too often in YA.


I’d recommend this to any serious fantasy lover. This isn’t an easy book to get into or read because there’s lots of characters and detail, which is typical for any high fantasy book. You should be dedicated to get into this book but don’t stress because you’ll be rewarded with a fun adventure story that promises a great series to come!


This is a serious fantasy book that will draw you in with the incredible world the author has created. Be prepared for a crazy adventure and lots of detail because that’s what this author is best at!



About Lorna Reid

Lorna Reid is an ex-daydreamer, geek, and writer, who currently lives in the sunny climes of Scotland, having escaped from Kent many years ago. She is editor and writer for UK videogame site GamingLives, where she talks about and reviews games.

Videogames and an incurable Columbo habit tend to dominate much of her free time, but she manages to maintain a blog in a dark corner of the internet, where she talks about writing, publishing, games, and TV. Although her love for the Xbox 360 has waned, she has and always will be a PC gamer.

She has written several books, the first of which - The Septic Circle - was published over a year ago, and now Rise of the Reaper - the first in a new YA fantasy series - will be released October 2015. More to come 🙂

Find her online at on Twitter @SketchStone or Just One More Writer – where you can sign up for the newsletter and get updates on her other projects, special offers, bonus content for The Septic Circle, Rise of the Reaper, and more.

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