Union of Renegades: The Rys Chronicles Book I [NOOK Book]

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Have you ever looked at the facts of your life and realized your dreams won't come true? Have you ever looked into the unknown and seen opportunity? For Dreibrand Veta, a young officer in the Horde of the Atrophane Empire, these questions explode from his spirit in a fit of rage and launch him into an epic struggle. After he encounters a rare super race, the rys, he is forced to choose sides between passionate rivals and navigate his way through a foreign culture all while ...

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Union of Renegades: The Rys Chronicles Book I

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Overview

Have you ever looked at the facts of your life and realized your dreams won't come true? Have you ever looked into the unknown and seen opportunity? For Dreibrand Veta, a young officer in the Horde of the Atrophane Empire, these questions explode from his spirit in a fit of rage and launch him into an epic struggle. After he encounters a rare super race, the rys, he is forced to choose sides between passionate rivals and navigate his way through a foreign culture all while plotting to seize his own wealth and glory.

In this opening novel of The Rys Chronicles you'll meet a man scarred by bad deeds who answers the call of a heroic cause. An unconventional heroine will tug at your sympathies as she bravely faces adversity with all the strengths and vulnerabilities of her womanhood. And overarching it all are the rys. Their magic makes them superior to humans, but they are not above employing humans in their deadly schemes.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940000720509
  • Publisher: Tracy Falbe
  • Publication date: 2/27/2009
  • Series: Rys Chronicles , #1
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 27,074
  • File size: 475 KB

Meet the Author

I have been hooked on fantasy and science fiction since preschool when I watched Star Trek the Original Series with my family on TV. Then came Star Wars at the theater when I was 5, and a few years later, I discovered the joys of reading fantasy with the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings. I quickly moved up to stronger stuff like Conan, and I currently like The Song of Ice and Fire.The elements I like most about the genres are the high stakes (save the world, overthrow the empire, etc.), the diversity of characters, and how magic or extraordinary technology allows plots to expand in interesting ways. The ability of fantasy and sci fi to include analysis and criticisms of social conditions like religion and politics is especially fascinating as well. When this is done in conventional humdrum fiction, people and readers descend into arguments about whether an opinion is valid or the historical information is accurate instead of assessing the concepts themselves. These interfering issues are not present in the purely metaphorical works that occur sometimes in fantasy and science fiction.Of course, fantasy and sci fi can just be fun as well. I love a good hero or heroine and villains can be the best of all. And there is something therapeutic about picking up a sword or blaster and solving the problems of the world.My taste in genre has inevitably married itself to my love of writing. For some reason I am a person capable of writing novels. The act of creating thousands of pages of fiction does not overwhelm me. Making it a good work of fiction is the hard part that requires countless hours of editing and rewriting and lots of daydreaming too.I have written a four-novel epic fantasy series entitled The Rys Chronicles. The individual novels of the series are: Union of Renegades, The Goddess Queen, Judgment Rising, and The Borderlands of Power. I produce my novels in paperback and ebooks, and readers all over the world have been kind enough to allow me to entertain them.Currently I am in the midst of writing another fantasy series. I expect this one to be 4 novels as well, and, as of February 2009, I am closing in on completing Book II. This series is still untitled and I won't be publishing it until it is complete. This process allows me to fine tune everything throughout the novels.When I'm not writing, my other passions include cooking, growing food, reducing my consumption of fossil fuels, and reading.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted December 29, 2010

    self-published and it shows

    For $0.99 this book is easily worth the price, and my rating reflects this. I found the plot to be enjoyable and the characters generally well-rounded. However it is painfully obvious that Ms. Falbe lacked access to a professional editor. The writing feels awkwardly stiff and formal and problems with redundancy crop up with depressing regularity. These are problems that plague the entire series, and a decent editor would have made a world of difference. For the most part I was able to look past the grammatical issues and enjoy the story but there were times that I had to work at it. Any fantasy fan should at least give this a look, but make sure you like it before buying the other books.

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 7, 2011

    Immature

    The dialog and scene descriptions were very immature and poorly done. The spelling and grammar weee ok, but the character's thought dialog was not punctuated properly. Very difficult to read. I had to stop many times to reread entire paragraphs to try to figure out what the author was trying to convey.

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 25, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    A terrific debut fantasy novel

    Dreibrand Veta is a skilled warrior from an impoverished and disgraced noble family. Angered by the actions of his military leader, Dreibrand rides off into an unexplored wilderness, hoping to gain wealth and fame by his discoveries of this new world. Alone and vulnerable, he encounters Miranda, a woman with two children who have fled the beatings of a cruel and abusive slave master.

    In this secret land, Queen Onja reigns as supreme goddess of the Rys. Her powers are far reaching. She can enter the mind of her subjects and enemies, controlling them at her whim. Shan is a spellcaster with magical powers that rival those of Queen Onja's. Although he is her most respected advisor, he becomes disenchanted with her degrading cruelty. For years he has awaited to usurp her throne in order to save the kingdom.

    When Onja steals Miranda's children and leaves her to freeze to death on a glacier, Shan rises to action. Together with Dreibrand, they rescue Miranda. Shan plans his rebellion and the three set out to convince the leaders of other Rys tribes to join them in rebellion against Onja.

    This book was a very pleasant surprise, gripping me from its first few chapters. The three dimensional characters were intriguing and believable. Thrust into impossible situations, their personalities developed as the story evolved, soliciting sympathy from the reader for their individual plights.

    Tracy Falbe has created a credible fantasy world filled with conflict and danger. The story was easy to follow and most enjoyable. The author's lovely writing style allowed the story to unfold seamlessly and at a good pace. As I got further into the story, I could not help but feel as if I was deeply involved with the characters and their plight.

    Union of Renegades is the first book in the Rys Chronicles.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2010

    Quite Riveting

    I found this book simply riveting and I have not been provided such an escape to another place in a while. What a way for an unwilling harlot and an AWOL military man to find each other through desperation, only to end up in the company of greatness.

    I will pursue the next book in the series when I get home this evening, as well as a nice cup of hot cocoa.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 8, 2011

    Fascinating new world to explore!

    Tracy Falbe has created a magical landscape that comes to life. The hierarchical structure is fascinating, and I find the dynamics between the people who populate this world quite interesting. There are several different races of people in this book, and I felt like I had a good feel for the spoken (and unspoken) rules of each culture. I didn't feel I knew each of the individual characters quite as well, however. I think this author did a great job with description and creation of this world, but the dialogue between the individual characters felt flat.

    The book is a touch lengthy and builds slowly. It was an interesting read the entire way through, but, by the end, I could hardly remember where we had started. This first book in the Rys Chronicles establishes the world and the battle to be fought, and it sets up expectations for the following book. There is plenty of action and some romance interspersed throughout the tale, and the book prepares the reader for the next adventure in the series.

    There were a noticeable number of minor typos in my copy of the book. Some sentences and phrases flowed beautifully while others were a little awkward and somewhat ambiguous. Add in the wonderfully crafted world in contrast to the flat dialogue, and the writing style feels somewhat inconsistent.

    Overall, the story is very engaging and, typos aside, makes for a very good start to what's sure to be an intriguing fantasy series. If you're a fan of epic fantasy, this book will offer you a glimpse into a riveting world and provide you with the start to what's sure to be an adventure of a lifetime.

    3.5 stars Full review at GraceKrispy's MotherLode blog

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 4, 2012

    A solid book! This book is great for those just getting into fa

    A solid book!

    This book is great for those just getting into fantasy!

    Spoiler: this book started out so well. The charaters were well developed & it was going at a good pace. Then once they meet the Rys it becomes too predictable. The characters who at first were so robust become one dimensional. I read a lot of fantasy so this was an okay book for me!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2012

    STOP !!!!

    Start with RYS RISING, this will give you a running history. If nor this is excellent book and seris. I have read them all and recomend it!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 29, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    A little on the simple side

    I found the book to be just ok. Lots of excitement but not a lot of character developement. just not up there with Robert Jordan or maybe Elizabeth Hayden. I like much more depth to characters. I probably will read rest of series because I like to series to the end.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 13, 2011

    Amazing Read!

    This story is absolutely amazing. The author really pulls you into this alternate world where these characters live and how they interact. I can hardly wait to read the rest of the series. The author turely is gifted, and I was so glad that I took the time to read this book. It is rather long (over 1000 pages) and I was weary of the book in the begining, but I soon warmed up to the characters and the sotry that the author expertly unravels.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 29, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    RECOMENDED

    I didnt expect a good book, but was plesantly surprised after reading it because it was a really good book. it was easy to ignore errors in most places and was very injoyable.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2010

    really enjoyed this tale

    ready to get the rest of the series

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 22, 2010

    Really like it!

    I have to admit it was kind of a slow start, but kept me interested & now couldn't wait to see what happens & get to the 2nd book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2012

    Read This Series!

    I started with Union of Renegades in late August. It's now mid September and I'm gone through both of Tracy Falbe's series and am waiting for the next one. Could not put the books down!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2012

    Avidfantasyreader

    Exciting first book in what i hope will be a fantastic new series. I only give it fout stars for the spellling and gramatical errors. I highly recommend this book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2012

    Twists and turns

    Approx 1100 pages of good reading. Hope you enjoy also.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2012

    A very good start to a series. Can't wait to read the next book.

    The book was free and did a good job of hooking me into getting the next book in the series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2014

    Well doen

    A very enjoable book. It is well writen and fliws well. I look forwad to book 2.
    Paul Quibn
    Author of
    Cchild of Promise

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2014

    I was a ppretty great book

    I loved it but it should be alittle more kidish

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    Posted April 9, 2011

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    Posted January 8, 2010

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