Dare (The Blades of Acktar #1)

Dare (The Blades of Acktar #1)

by Tricia Mingerink

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ISBN-13: 9781943442003
Publisher: Sword & Cross Publishing
Publication date: 06/02/2015
Pages: 358
Sales rank: 598,205
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.74(d)

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Dare (The Blades of Acktar #1) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book can not wait for the next ones!!!
Sarah Y 25 days ago
4.5 So many of my friends have read this book (and series) and I felt like I've been missing out. Then I participated in a blog tour celebrating the release of Decree along with Bitter Winter and Lacy by Jaye L. Knight. I loved the character chats and I knew I needed to get reading this series. Then I got a Barnes and Nobel gift card for Christmas!!!! I try to slow down and read slow, but then I do things like stay up until 10 pm before I finally admit I need to go to bed and I'll have to finish another day. Since I had participated in the blog tour, I kind of already know how things end up, to a point, but I have no clue how the characters got there AND a good writer will still have you concerned for how things are going, even if you know the end result. Tricia is a good writer because I was scared for people. I have to say that the titles of these books have always intrigued me. I mean, "Dare"? But now I think it's genius!!! Will Leith dare to change his ways and beliefs? Will Renna dare to help a Blade, especially one of the ones she has most cause to hate? Will Renna and Brandi dare to be bold in their faith? Will the Resistance, Lord Alistair, Shad, and Renna dare to trust Leith? I guess you'll have to read to find out!!! Usually, when books try to put our exact faith into a fantasy world, it feels forced. Acktar's not exactly fantasy but the faith aspect does not feel forced, so good job, Tricia!!! I do feel it's hard to communicate parts of our faith clearly in one or two conversations but that's all characters have time for in books, so I think she did a good overall job of it. I would have discussions about some things, like how she talked about choosing. Maybe she's Calvinist, but I'm not and it kind of sounded like that a little, so if I were having younger or newer Christians read this, I'd just discuss the views with them. I probably wouldn't have younger kids read this because there is some graphic descriptions. Leith and the Blades are assassins after all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love love LOVE this book!!!! Honestly, it's in the Top 5 novels I've ever read in my life, and considering the amount of books I read every year, that's really saying something! I'm an author myself, and if you've ever written a book (or tried to) you'll totally get what I'm about to say. Authors can't read books like normal people. It's impossible. We might TRY to be merely readers, but that never works. Part of our brains are subconsciously analyzing every paragraph, every line, every word, silently critiquing as we go along. Better phrases pop into our heads; we scrutinize every character arc, and pick it instantly if a plot derails. Loophole? We'll find it, believe me. If the book is poorly written, we cringe more than the average person. If it's brilliantly written, our hearts soar, making us read favorite paragraphs over and over again. Afterwards we spend hours studying the author's techniques, hoping to improve our own. DARE definitely fell into the latter category for me. In fact, it went beyond. It is one of the very, very few books I lost myself in so completely that my writer brain actually shut up for once. I forgot I was reading a book. Mingerink had me living the story. DARE gave me everything I crave in a novel: an edge of the seat plot, superbly developed characters, just enough violence to make it fun but not gory, twists, turns, nail-biting suspense, friendship, treachery, a dash of romance (perfectly clean, the only kind I enjoy), and a ton of inspiration making me want to love God more. As for Leith, oh man, what an AWESOME hero (okay, anti-hero at first, but it's impossible not to fall head over heels for the guy. I absolutely love Leith!). There is only one thing that disappointed me about this book. As a Catholic, I would have loved to see the characters fighting for the Catholic faith. The author is obviously a protestant, so of course she chose her own beliefs. It wasn't really a problem for me, though, as I simply imagined the Mass instead of a protestant liturgy in the few scenes where the characters hold their service. Having said that, I still found the book tremendously inspiring and don't hesitate to recommend it to everyone who loves God and wants to serve Him better, whether they be Catholic or otherwise. I've already started reading DENY, the sequel, and am finding it equally impossible to put down. One thing is for sure: I will be buying the whole series, both for myself and as gifts for others. Miss Mingerink, my hat goes off to you. I can't tell you how much I wish I was the one who'd written these fantastic books! (And not a single dialogue tag! WOW! Talk about being blown away! Way to go, Tricia!!!)
Blogger35 More than 1 year ago
Wow, this book was an unexpected DELIGHT!! The story was definitely interesting to begin with, but it really didn't captivate my attention until a few chapters in. The chapters are short also, something I really enjoyed because I kept thinking I would stop at the next one and simply couldn't put it away :) Then when I had to put the story away, I couldn't stop thinking about what would happen next with Leith and Renna. Despite how they end up meeting and their utterly different circumstances, I loved how protective they both were and each of them are brave in their different ways. Brandi was perfectly written and hugely enhances the plot with her love and fearlessness! Truly enjoyed EVERYTHING about this story (the fighting, the faith, the double agent aspect, family, friendship, and even how the Bible is portayed in such a fresh way) and CAN'T WAIT for Book 2!!! Mingerink is an author to watch for and a storyteller that has won me over completely :)