Altaica

Altaica

by Tracy M. Joyce

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ISBN-13: 9781922200310
Publisher: Odyssey Books
Publication date: 07/28/2014
Series: Chronicles of Altaica , #1
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.68(d)

About the Author

Tracy M Joyce is an Australian author of speculative fiction. Her debut novel, Altaica: Book I in The Chronicles of Altaica, is published by Odyssey Books. Tracy has long been a fan of the fantasy genre, but particularly likes novels that deal with deep characterisations and that don't flinch from the gritty realities of life. This and her fascination with the notions of "moral greyness", that "good people can do bad things" and that we cannot escape our past provide the inspiration for her writing. Combine that with her love of history, horses and archery and you have Altaica.

She grew up on a farm in rural Victoria, in a picturesque dot on the map known as Glenburn. She spent half of her childhood riding horses and the other half trying to stay out of trouble - the only way she did that was by reading books and writing stories. She now lives in Melbourne with her husband, two cats and two (very) lazy greyhounds.

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Altaica (Book One in the Chronicles of Altaica) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
MarkODwyer34 More than 1 year ago
Your reviewer made a classic blunder when buying Book One of the Chronicles of Altaica: not getting Book Two at the same time. And made another blunder on opening it for 'just a quick look' at lunchtime. I was embroiled in desperate situations on page 38 before realising I was late for work. Quick peeks are not going to work for you with this pacy story. Fortunately 'Asena Blessed' is now to hand and I will be soon immersed once more in this world created by Tracy M. Joyce. 'Her stories are gritty, a little dark and morality is like quicksand. You won’t find any unicorns or fairies here.' (Tracymjoyce.com.) From the first lines we are on the run with Isaura fleeing a huge army devastating her home. She and some of her community flee down river in a barge which the wind and currents take out into the ocean despite all they can do. The desperate group endures storms and scorching sun and, as the food runs out, they begin squabbling. As the long days pass hope ebbs away, and they become suspicious of one another, particularly of Isaura who, we learn, is not considered 'one of them.' 'Two things your race is known for -magic and murder. Hill clan witch!' .... No one would look at Isaura, no one would speak to her. Much of the engrossing first part of the book takes place in the cramped confines of the barge. Tensions and fears are exacerbated by the harsh conditions. We readers are plunged into a time of starvation, death and grief, complicated by the corrosive power of envy and a mire of moral complexity. We even get a little romance when Isaura finds herself awkwardly playing cupid to Gabriela and Jamie, who are among her few friends. 'My kingdom for a good looking man who has a fully working brain'. Isaura. As the refugees drift on helplessly toward apparent death, the action shifts to the peoples and complexities of Altaica, 'a land rich in tradition; ruled by three powerful clans. A land with a history marked by warfare; where magic as we know it does not exist. Instead what is here, in abundance, is a more primal power. (Back cover.)' 'By the gods, how long have they been on this boat? How much longer can they last?' Umniga the Kenati of Bear Clan. Umniga, a wise woman who discovers the strangers has her reasons for wanting to rescue them, altruism not being the first. She and her acolyte Asha can't do it alone but must persuade the clan chiefs to help. The chiefs mistrust one another and see no reason to trouble themselves over strangers. They want to know what is in it for them. A canny play of brutal politics between factions now begins, breaking out inevitably into conflict. When we pick up again with Isaura's particular fate we are hurtling at a hard gallop toward the second book, Asena Blessed. You can obtain signed copies of the books at Tracy Joyce's website. The beautiful covers of Altaica and Asena Blessed are designed by Karri Klawitter.
SkyeLotus More than 1 year ago
Altaica is rich in both dialogue and description - each page has detailed accounts of the world Tracy M. Joyce is conveying to the reader. Characters realistically flawed, you find yourself waiting to see which ones will cause turmoil and others who will solve it. My thoughts on Isaura are slightly limited - I find in her a little of what the people around her in the book are exposed to; brutal conclusiveness, cruel decisions, but in hindsight we know she simply does what she does to keep people alive, or make death less painful. Seeing from other character's perspectives is refreshing and a new approach you don't find often in other books. Perspective is taken on a broader scale in this book, not uniformly switched to and fro the classic love triangle, but spread across the community of characters. I came reading this book believing I would become closely attached to Isaura and ended up walking a journey I treasured with Asha, who was more prominent in action but a little less in morale decision. Overall I look forward to the next book, as the story has sunken a hook under my skin and I feel as if I will be unfulfilled if I do not finish the series. Cover alluring, cliffhanger mysterious, characters livid and real, I find myself waiting on the second.
MDBookworm1 More than 1 year ago
This book starts off with a bang! And doesn’t stop. It follows Isaura as an adopted daughter to a healer in the village. She is different and faces racism from the village people minus the few people that care for her. She is a strong heroine and she is not perfect and has flaws that are realistic. My other issue with this book are the multiple POVs. I was not expecting to be reading so many different POVs and it sometimes got confusing and I just wanted to read about Isaura. This is a good start to a hopefully good series and I will wait patiently for the next book to come out.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite Isaura, the female main character of Altaica (The Chronicles of Altaica Book 1) by Tracy M. Joyce, is a character you will most likely find quite interesting and likeable in her own unique way. Isaura is different from the people she lives with, and they let her know about it often enough. But as she is a talented healer, and helps the people of her village escape from an invading army, they can't simply get rid of her (though some would like to). The escape on the ship is dangerous, and takes Isaura and her people to a different continent with different people. But will those people with their own conflicts help them? And what plans does that old woman with her bird guardian have for Isaura? Altaica (The Chronicles of Altaica Book 1) by Tracy M. Joyce is a magical story with interesting characters. I found that the animal guardians were one of the most interesting aspects of the stories. It reminded me a bit of a mix of Shaman and Indian animal spirit guides. I liked Isaura right from the start - maybe because I can identify with her being different and some sort of outsider in her village. Her story is also a story of hope because she turns out to be a rather special individual, and has her own solutions to the problems she faces. She does make decisions that might not be right, which makes it easy to relate to her as a reader. She's not a perfect hero. Another interesting character is Asha. She deserves a whole book dedicated to her! Tracy M. Joyce managed to create characters that stick with you and about whom you would like to learn even more.