Raybearer

“With extraordinary world-building and breathtaking prose, Raybearer is the story of loyalty, fate, and the lengths we’re willing to go for the ones we love.”
 

Uniformity is not unity. Silence is not peace.

— Jordan Ifueko

 

Synopsis:

“Nothing is more important than loyalty.
But what if you’ve sworn to protect the one you were born to destroy?

Tarisai has always longed for the warmth of a family. She was raised in isolation by a mysterious, often absent mother known only as The Lady. The Lady sends her to the capital of the global empire of Aritsar to compete with other children to be chosen as one of the Crown Prince’s Council of 11. If she’s picked, she’ll be joined with the other Council members through the Ray, a bond deeper than blood. That closeness is irresistible to Tarisai, who has always wanted to belong somewhere. But The Lady has other ideas, including a magical wish that Tarisai is compelled to obey: Kill the Crown Prince once she gains his trust. Tarisai won’t stand by and become someone’s pawn—but is she strong enough to choose a different path for herself?” – Abrams Books
 

Review:

Ifueko’s debut is a fresh, mesmerizing fantasy that captivated me from the beginning. I was completely swept away, and love the diverse characters and powerful story. The best part? THIS IS THE FIRST BOOK IN A SERIES! I’m definitely nerding out and hoping that this series is 14 books long.

LibroFM Audiobook note: The narrator for Raybearer is Joniece Abbott-Pratt, and she was phenomenal! I actually started reading this book while listening at the same time, which really helped with visualizing the spelling of their unique names and cities. And where there were songs, the narration gave them life and a rich cultural reference. It created a visceral world, much more magical and exciting than if I had read this with only my eyes.
 

Thank you to LibroFM, Blackstone Publishing, NetGalley, and Amulet Books for a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest opinion.
 

Book Details

Raybearer (Raybearer #1)
by Jordan Ifueko
Expected Publication: August 18th 2020 by Blackstone Publishing

Summary

"With extraordinary world-building and breathtaking prose, Raybearer is the story of loyalty, fate, and the lengths we’re willing to go for the ones we love." This fresh, mesmerizing fantasy captivated me from the beginning. I was completely swept away by the audiobook, and love the diverse characters and powerful story.

— Cassie
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