Anyia, Dream of a Warrior

Anyia, Dream of a Warrior

by Jacquitta A. McManus, Toujour Byrd
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Anyia - Dream of a Warrior 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite Labyrinth’s Door – Anyia: Dream of a Warrior is a story of change. We all resist change and Anyia’s father, the Chief, was no different. In the tradition of the Nagoran Village, women were expected to learn the art of cooking and cleaning. But Anyia had a dream and it had nothing to do with cooking and cleaning; she wanted to be a warrior like Amoonda, a famous female warrior. Anyia disobeyed her village’s rules and ventured out of the set boundaries in hopes of seeing Amoonda for herself. She observed a group of Thor warriors. The Empress Zarina and the Nagoran Village lived under a war treaty. The people of her village lived in fear of the Thor warriors and the Empress Zarina. When her father discovered that she had wandered outside the boundaries, he assigned Dek, a young warrior to stay with her. Anyia’s impulsiveness caused her to be captured by the Empress’ warriors. Her hero Amonnda rescued her and offered her words of wisdom -- this time Anyia listened.  It is for the young to learn the value of tradition and the not so young to learn the value of change. Author Jacquitt A. McManus has written a lovely book complete with a message. The illustrations are beautiful and add much to the text. The colors are bright and pleasing.  I love the character of Anyia; she is bold and brave, but she also lacks discretion. I would like to have seen more of Dek. I think he and Anyia should be featured in the next book in this series. Children will love this book and will be quick to ask questions. This book will open a dialogue between here and book fairs.
HomeSchoolBookReview More than 1 year ago
Have you ever had a dream of becoming one thing when everyone expected you to become something else? In the lands of Ethonia, Anyia lives in Nagoran Village, where her father is Chief over several neighboring villages. However, the Empress Zarina wishes to break the treaty and bring war to Ethonia. Anyia wants to become a great warrior like the legendary female warrior Amoonda and bring honor to her village. She even disobeys her father’s orders to stay in the village because she wants to go see Amoonda. However, she is expected to become a Yora like her mother to lead the ladies of the village in the crafts of cooking and cleaning, and she chafes under what she sees as the restrictions of the village. Her father says that her disobedience dishonors him and appoints a youth named Dekka to watch her. However, Anyia runs off and is captured by some of Zarina’s Thor warriors for Zarina to use as a means of breaking the treaty. Will Anyia escape? And will she ever learn that her first responsibility is to her family and her village? Author Jacquitta A. McManus says that it was daydreaming which led to the idea of “Labyrinth’s Door” to provide the background for stories in faraway lands where magic was real and anything could happen. Anyia: “Dream of a Warrior” is a fantasy adventure MagBook that is the first installment of Anyia’s journey. It certainly is an exciting tale in which Anyia, and the readers, come to understand some important lessons about the need for showing proper respect in their treatment of others. Yet, Anyia also shows a great deal of spirit and determination. Included in the book are a section on learning to draw Anyia, a maze, and some word puzzles that will appeal to youngsters. I look forward to reading further episodes in the life and times of Anyia.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago