by Marc Secchia


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Chained to a rock and tossed off a cliff by her boyfriend, Aranya is executed for high treason against the Sylakian Empire. Falling a league into the deadly Cloudlands is not a fate she ever envisaged. But what if she did not die? What if she could spread her wings and fly?

Long ago, Dragons ruled the Island-World above the Cloudlands. But their Human slaves cast off the chains of Dragonish tyranny. Humans spread across the Islands in their flying Dragonships, colonising, building and warring. Now, the all-conquering Sylakians have defeated the last bastion of freedom-the Island-Kingdom of Immadia.

Evil has a new enemy. Aranya, Princess of Immadia. Dragon Shapeshifter.

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ISBN-13: 9781499773590
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 06/13/2014
Series: Shapeshifter Dragons , #1
Pages: 458
Sales rank: 1,174,650
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.02(d)

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Aranya 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
bluecastlewaters More than 1 year ago
Aranya is a girl, plucked by circumstances out of her control, into the machinations of a kingdom and king intent on subjugating all of the other kingdoms under one tight-fisted rule. In isolation, she meets Zip, a fiery little thing with more than a little chip on her shoulder, Nak, a lecherous, wily old man that will make you laugh, enemies aplenty, Dragonships that I pictured as the old style Zephyrs that flew the skies, adventure, intrigue, and even a little romance. Through all of the twists and turns of the story, Aranya handles herself as a girl of strength and courage. Someone that goes out and fights against the injustices that befall her and her friends and family, rather than someone that sits idly on the sidelines hoping some dashing prince will come to her rescue. Don't get me wrong, princes are great, but this girl is a take-charge, kick-butt kind of girl, and she stole my heart because of that. The actions sequences are unbelievably real, the characters so life-like they seem to spring off of every page, and the imagery and world building just phenomenal. At nearly every turn and page in the book I was astounded at the world that Mr. Secchia has created. It's a very lush, vibrant, REAL world. One that you can see, hear, and almost reach out and touch. I give Aranya a hearty and well-deserved five stars, and I can't wait to read more of this author's works.
sciencexcharm More than 1 year ago
Can you imagine having the ability to shape shift into a dragon? Would it hurt? Would you feel powerful or lonely? Embarrassingly enough, what happens to your clothes? In this story, Aranya, the Princess of Immadia has been kidnapped from her father's castle and stowed away with other princesses from far away lands. She has no idea how to escape and has nothing, but a fire in her heart. Secchia has a riveting and magical adventure that unfolds in your mind. An imaginative tale that will leave readers yearning for more of the world that he has created. At first, Aranya has a rough time at making friends among the other princesses; one princess even challenges her to a duel. Aranya is peculiar and keeps to herself so she is easily picked on and rumors spread about sorcery. One strange feat about Aranya is that she has always had dreams of dragons. A black dragon, to be exact. She becomes feverish after putting all of her strength into healing the same princess who previously ridiculed her. Becoming fast friends, Aranya cannot bare to let her die as another victim to this evil man who keeps them as prisoners. Her fury grows steadily each day until she cannot contain the fire. After being accused of treason against the Sylvakian Empire, the man that she desires most is forced to throw her off of a cliff and into the Cloudlands. Chained so that she cannot break free from her descent, her body goes into shock and she enters her dream world once again. She dreams of flying. She dreams of dragons. Then after the fall...she wakes up, but how is she not dead? The world thinks that she is dead. Secchia has a superb story-line and exceptional character development. All of his characters have such depth that will intrigue the reader and allow them to feel what the author conveys in his characters personalities and demeanor. This review is complimenting the audiobook. The pace was absolutely terrific; it was fast-paced and the narrator was highly entertaining. She changed pitch and vocalization for every character and added sounds for special effect. Arserio's accent fits the story perfectly! If you are a reader of paranormal and young adult fantasy, you may want to pick this one up. Since this is the first installment in the Shapeshifter Dragons series, the reader can jump right in. A copy of this audiobook was provided to Turning Another Page by Audiobookworm Promotions, but this in no way affects our honest opinion of the book or the review that has been written. We provide a five-star rating for Aranya by Marc Secchia, narrated by Shiromi Arserio.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite Aranya is a 16-year-old Princess of Immadia who was born with a gift of an enchantress. Her kingdom is about to suffer a full-scale invasion from the barbarous Sylakians. In order to save her people and her family, she offered herself to be exiled to Sylakian to spare Immadia from annihilation. Her life in exile brings unexpected friendships, romance and a journey of self-discovery. It is easy to root for the courageous Aranya, who fights a windroc (a massive predator-like bird) to save an enemy. Her complexity about her late mother and her power of an enchantress make Aranya as enigmatic as they come. When a retribution plan for her dear friend goes awry, Aranya finds herself tossed off a cliff for treason against the Sylakian Empire. However, it’s only the beginning for Aranya as she finds herself among new friends, Oyda and her husband Nak, who are also my favorite characters. Under their care, Aranya discovers and learns more about her shapeshifting ability. Aranya (Shapeshifter Dragons, Book 1) by Marc Secchia is a fantasy novel that has plenty to offer fans of the genre, especially if they like dragons. The dialogue is well-balanced with tones that suited each emotion and scene in this epic fantasy tale. It could be light-hearted and funny in some parts, but dark and menacing in others. Secchia does enough to develop side characters which make the story more engaging. The solid premise and plot kept me happily occupied until the end. Overall, Shapeshifter Dragons isn’t just a series for fantasy avid fans; other readers with different preferred genres might find it enjoyable as well.
JSReview More than 1 year ago
Aranya by Marc Secchia is an epic adventure that begins with an exquisite map, matching the realistic detail in this unique world of islands with two suns and three moons. Aranya is a fantasy to get lost in with a beautifully imagined world, compelling characters, and a riveting story. It’s the type of story where you have to turn the page to learn what happens next. Princess Aranya of Immadia watches her people surrender to the overwhelming Sylakian army, knowing she will be offered to Sylakia as the ritual royal hostage of war. Her island is the last to succumb, and now Sylakia rules the world with a cruel fist. Aranya is a fearless fighter, gifted artist, and secret enchantress. Her forbidden powers grow and she struggles to control them, trying to hide the spontaneous fires and use her healing magic to save the people she loves. Aranya is immensely likable as she matures, finding friends amidst terrible adversity while adapting to her constantly-changing self and environment.   Princess Zuziana, or Zip, is a fellow hostage in the Sylakian tower. Zip is equally fearless but more spontaneous, living in the moment; a deep friendship develops between these dynamic women, with wonderful banter. Yolathion is a Sylakian warrior who begins to question duty versus honor. This is a world of ancient legends, different cultures, deadly creatures, and many kinds of dragons. Rebellion against the Sylakians is inevitable, and the adventure soars on dragon wings. Highly recommended!  
CarrieFulkVaughn More than 1 year ago
Aranya is Princess of a land overtaken by another nation. To spare her family, Aranya is taken prisoner and put into exile. And that's just where the story begins.  The writing doesn't disappoint. My only complaint is the passive voice in certain sentences. I was drawn into the story pretty well right away. The action begins right off when Aranya, who is still in shackles, mind you, slays a windroc bird that happens to fly into the cabin of the air ship. She's not your average girl running away from danger. She saves the First Hammer, a warrior of renown. And all of this before she's dropped in exile. The middle of the story does drag a little. The ending makes up for it, however. The terms of the world and the realms were explained well, so I never felt overwhelmed by a barrage of information. I could follow the story without having to go back and read over what the terms meant. I'm looking forward to another book in the series.
meghanrye600 More than 1 year ago
Marc Sechhia’s ‘Aranya’ is a rare fantasy treat. If you’re like me who constantly scoured the virtual bookshelves of Amazon just to find that one great book that will haunt me for days—and they come so far and few between—then you understand why I’m completely bawled over by a book like this. Fantasy fans will sink their teeth in March Secchia’s book—and I mean that in the most possible way. If you end up wildly recommending this book to like-minded friends after reading it, then don’t say I didn’t “warn” you. Even the first few pages are starkly beautiful and haunting—there is something so profound about the opening scene, for example, where Aranya watches the oncoming onslaught of Dragonships—dirigibles from another kingdom whose ruler has one goal in life: to be the boss of everyone else. Aranya’s world—the Kingdom of Immadia, for starters—is so sinuously woven, so culturally authentic (it’s like these people actually exist!) that the suspension of disbelief happens so smoothly—give the first ten pages a chance to drop your jaws, and they will. Secchia’s writing bears the mark of a seasoned wordsmith—his phraseology, his prosody has none of the occasional awkward turns or the face-palm-inducing verbosity that plague so many other books by new authors. In fact, you feel like you’re reading, say, the work of the offspring of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett (if such a hypothetical copulation could make sense)—only this one’s actually better. Let me suffice it to say that Secchia has created in Aranya a bracingly sturdy character, amid an intriguing gallery of fantastic beings and incredibly nefarious villains. ‘Aranya’ should be winning a literary award somewhere—or optioned by Hollywood. And thank God this is only the first book in a series—if the next one comes out, I will buy it in a heartbeat. Get a copy—see the first few sample chapters and see what I’m talking about. Also makes a great gift to fantasy fans. This book fully deserves all the five-star ratings it gets.