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Raybearer: The epic and phenomenal New York…

Raybearer: The epic and phenomenal New York Times bestselling YA fantasy (udgave 2020)

af Jordan Ifueko (Forfatter)

Serier: Raybearer (1)

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Titel:Raybearer: The epic and phenomenal New York Times bestselling YA fantasy
Forfattere:Jordan Ifueko (Forfatter)
Info:Hot Key Books (2020), Edition: 01, 496 pages
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Viser 1-5 af 18 (næste | vis alle)
I think I would have liked Raybearer more had I sat down and read it all at once or over a few days. I took several weeks because I was just busy and, therefore, missed some things, I believe.

Tarisai exists to execute vengeance, but she doesn't know this fact. Raised in an invisible home, she longs for companionship. Tutors don't last long, but she is whip smart and learns everything. Her mother, The Lady, seems pleased overall, but has very high standards, yet offers no love or compassion. In fact, she's rarely there. Tarisai is always told that she's not ready yet. Finally, the time comes; she's ready. She finds herself competing to be on the Council 11. The future leader of Aritsar, the Crown Prince, has reached the age where he will pick his Council of 11. Lots of children from the kingdoms come and eventually eleven will discover that they have a bond with the Crown Prince and can accept the Ray. The Ray allows them to speak to one another via their minds. The eleven will be bound together and, if removed from one another, will become ill. They are sworn to the Crown Prince--to keep him safe and rule the country together.

As Tarisai grows up in the palace, she actually makes friends with and truly loves Dayo. He wants her to accept the Ray. She knows what he doesn't. She is there is kill him--it's the vengeance her mother desires. Eventually you find out why. Tarisai saw a picture before she left home that her mother showed her. The Lady commanded her to kill the boy in the picture. Tarisai didn't know who the boy was, but when she sees him, she feels compelled to kill him. She refuses to accept the Ray. Eventually, she finds a way around the command, accepting the Ray.

As Tarisai and her friends grow, they discover the government may not be as altruistic as they would hope. There are unethical and immoral actions that shadow their futures as leaders of the lands. Tarisai must fight her compellings, accept the love offered her from friendship and more, as well as save the country.

As the novel progresses, you slowly learn what has brought them to the place they are. The second book will continue the journey to right all the wrongs from the past. ( )
  acargile | Oct 19, 2021 |
Enjoyed it every bit as much on the reread. Great in print or on audio.

Tarisai has been raised in isolation with only tutors and servants to guide her. She spent her childhood learning the arts required to be a candidate for the Crown Prince's Council of Eleven and longing for her often absent, aloof, and enigmatic mother, the Lady. Craving the warmth of family that she has never known, she is excited and afraid to try for the Council; however, she is horrified to learn that she has been implanted with an inescapable command to kill the Prince.

Raybearer is absolutely magnificent young-adult, high fantasy. The worldbuilding is incredible, and the novel weaves themes of found family, complex mother-daughter relationships, and the dangers of power around a compelling plot. Jordan Ifueko's wonderful storytelling is seasoned and complemented by Joniece Abbot-Pratt's brilliant narration. I was completely enthralled and cannot wait for the sequel.

I received a complimentary copy of this book via a NetGalley giveaway. Many thanks to all involved in providing me with this opportunity. ( )
  Zoes_Human | Oct 15, 2021 |
When The Novel Neighbor announced that they were doing a virtual event with Jordan Ifeuko and Chloe Gong, I immediately had to read Raybearer, which has been on my TBR since it came out! I don’t normally buy books before reading them, but after finishing Raybearer and watching Jordan Ifeuko speak at the event, I had to buy Redemptor! If you enjoy fantasy, this is a duology you do not want to miss!

Essentially, Raybearer is about Tarisai, a girl who is half demon, and was basically created to fulfill her mother’s wish of killing the rulers of the empire they live in. The rulers of the empire become immune to different forms of death as they choose 11 members of their council, and by the time they have a full council, they can only die from old age, or by the hand of their council members. Tarisai’s mother was granted 3 wishes by Tarisai’s father, and she uses that wish to demand that Tarisai kill the crown prince when she is anointed to his council. Tarisai is torn between wanting to connect with other people, and wanting to avoid her destiny of killing the crown prince, but ignoring a binding wish is not as easy as it may seem.

This book is so complex and has so many moving parts! I’m highly impressed by Ifeuko’s world-building abilities, and I can’t wait to see how she further develops Tarisai’s world in Redemptor. In the virtual event I attended, Ifeuko said that she spent 12 years writing Raybearer, and I am honestly not surprised. This book has been very clearly thought through, and has so much novelty, it is astonishing.

There is truly nothing missing from this wonderful novel. Diverse and 3 dimensional characters, enchanting myth and lore, a creative magical system, and a vast and multi-cultural world are some of the many aspects you can look forward to in this book. After reading Raybearer, I sincerely don’t know how Ifeuko fit so much high quality ingenuity into one book!

I’ve found with some novels I have a hard time writing a review because I simply don’t have a lot to say, but with Raybearer I have the opposite problem: I’m having difficulty writing the review because there is so much to say! Trust me when I say, this is not a book you want to pass up on! Jordan Ifeuko has received a lot of praise for Raybearer, and after reading it myself, it is clearly well-deserved. This book is perhaps one of the best debut books I’ve ever read! ( )
  TheBiasedBibliophile | Sep 3, 2021 |

Deeply imagined world with clear roots in West Africa; our protagonist is an unwilling part of a dynastic magical plot by her (frankly awful) mother, set up to kill the young ruler who she is also advising, and struggles to escape her destiny. All nicely put together but I wasn't totally convinced by some elements of the world-building - is there a means of replacement if one of the ruling magical Council dies or resigns, for instance? And the magic seemed (as so often) to be just sufficiently strong for the plot point it was supporting. ( )
  nwhyte | Aug 27, 2021 |
I will be very honest, I was mesmerized by the cover of this book and the premise seemed very fascinating, but it wasn’t really at the top of my tbr or anything. I just thought I’ll keep it on the list and read someday. But when I got the opportunity to listen to the audiobook in advance, I thought why not and now I can’t believe that I wanted to put this book on a back burner. Because this book... it’s just wow ( )
  ksahitya1987 | Aug 20, 2021 |
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A fresh, phenomenal fantasy that begs readers to revel in its brilliant world.

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