Journey to Aviad (Wind Rider Chronicles, #1)

Journey to Aviad (Wind Rider Chronicles, #1)

by Allison D. Reid

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Wind Rider Chronicles - Book 1

Threatening clouds and fierce storms besiege the city of Tyroc. More frequent and powerful than ordinary storms, young Elowyn, a weaver's daughter living in the outskirts of the city, senses something disturbing and unnatural about them. She soon realizes that the storms are but a warning sign of much more frightening things yet to come. Terrifying wolf-like creatures emerge from the depths of the wilderness at the bidding of a dark master. His name found only among the crumbling pages of ancient texts, the re-appearance of Alazoth and his Hounds is a dark omen for the people of Tyroc and beyond.

Only legends remain of the heroes and prophets whose blood was shed ages ago to banish him into the abyss, which should have remained his prison for all time. How he has been released is a mystery, but all the old stories agree that death and destruction are sure to follow. With the Hounds inching closer each day, the city of Tyroc caught up in religious and political turmoil, and her home life no less turbulent, Elowyn has nothing left to rely on but her meager courage and a budding faith in Aviad, the Creator. She and her sister, Morganne, set out on a remarkable journey that challenges everything they have ever known about themselves, the world, and the path that Aviad has laid out for them.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940153372709
Publisher: Allison D. Reid
Publication date: 11/11/2011
Series: Wind Rider Chronicles , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 111,749
File size: 474 KB

About the Author

Allison D. Reid was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her love for medieval fantasy was sparked by the Narnia Chronicles by C.S. Lewis, which fed both her imagination and her spiritual development. When at the age of thirteen her family moved to Germany, her passion for medieval history and legend only increased, and she found herself captivated by the ancient towns and castles of Europe.

Allison returned to the United States to study art and writing at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. She earned her B.A. under the tutelage of the well-renowned and prolific writer Andrew Salkey, a student of her other great inspiration, and the father of fantasy, J. R. R. Tolkien. After graduating from Hampshire College, Allison moved to Connecticut. There she got the opportunity to attend seminary and further explore her faith before returning to her home state of Ohio.

Allison now lives in the Miami Valley area with her husband and children. She continues to work on her first published series while taking care of her family, editing for other independent writers, and managing a home business.

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Journey to Aviad 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Angel Cross More than 1 year ago
In these dark days we are living in, finding a book that helps not just take one away from the real-life nightmares but to instill a sense of hope that, perhaps, not all is lost, is more than refreshing. It's soul cleansing. A much needed breath of actual freedom in these not-so-free days we are experiencing right now. There really is nothing wrong at all about believing there is something more out there than simply living...existing...suffering...and dying. Perhaps, just perhaps, there really IS a loving Creator guiding us on our journey called life.
thicks More than 1 year ago
First of all love me some fantasy and now with grandchildren coming of age I find myself reading more of them to see if I can pass them on. This is most definitely one I will be passing on. There is amazing imagery provided by this author that puts you smack dab in the middle of it all. You can see, feel and smell it all as it is described and that makes the story all the better. There are times when I feel like someone is relaying the story, telling instead of being apart of it and well while not really a bad thing it kinda takes me out of the flow. That doesn't make it bad it just is what it is. So yes this is a new to me author and one I will be exploring further. I do enjoy her characters and their quest and can't wait to enjoy this and more journey's. Great read can't wait to see what the grands think of it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A story of Elowyn, a young, willful child, who enjoys sleeping in the woods, away from her family. Her journey begins shortly after a messenger of some sort is killed the previous night. She finds a strange coin, stumbles across the messenger's prints, and fearing for her safety, returns home to find her sister weaving. Later that night, as another storm comes in, she wakes to find the ghost of the man who was killed. Fearing a curse, or worse, (ha! I made a rhyme!) Elowyn returns to the woods to dispose of the coin. Along the way, Alazoth's Hounds, the beasts that killed the man in the woods, accost her, but she is saved by a young man, Einar, who turns out to be part of some rebel group. This is all taking place during a sort of regime change. The sovereign has died suddenly, and though he left two sons, one seems unfit to lead, and the other is not yet old enough, so there is some political turmoil, which ties into the oncoming blackness--the coming of Alazoth, Master of Destruction. I do have some complaints, the usual complaints. There was too much explaining (sometimes, but not all the time), which made it feel like someone was recounting events that yet someone else had experienced. This kept me from feeling directly connected to the tale on occasion. It was almost like I was a third party to whom the tale was being related, also, as is the case with a ton of books meow-a-days, and that includes indie and mainstream, too much would and could, which also kept me at arm's length, and, of course, too many sentences beginning with conjunctions--if a sentence has to begin with a conjunction, the previous sentence probably shouldn't have ended, right? Overall, it really felt like a friend was recounting their DnD adventures to me, which isn't terrible, of course. On the plus side, none of my personal complaints ruin the story. It just wasn't a 5 star book for me. It is a wonderful tale, and I think, young adults especially will enjoy sinking their claws into the adventure of Elowyn. This is perhaps the best possible compliment I can give: I do recommend reading this tale.
Jane_V_Blanchard More than 1 year ago
A great allegorical tale set in medieval times. I was quickly drawn into Journey to Aviad (Wind Rider Chronicles Book 1). Even though the book is written in the third person, the author skillfully lets the reader into the mind of the main characters, Elowyn and her sister Morganne. Elowyn is a free spirit who loves to spend her time in the forest near Tyroc and ride the wind on the branches of the tallest trees. But something unnatural is happening in Tyroc and the girls flee putting their faith in Aviad, the Creator. Morganne uses a book given to her by her monk tutor to read about the Prophets and the rise of Alazoth. Though there are religious overtones, this book is not preachy. It is a tale of adventure with strong female protagonists who try to find their way to Minhaven and struggle against the rising evil. Both girls feel a calling from Aviad but do not understand what His purpose is for them. The pace is steady drawing the reader into the story with many characters, subplots, and underlying themes. I so enjoyed the book, that I quickly purchase the sequel, wanting to know what happens next to the young girls. I highly recommend Journey to Aviad to those who enjoy allegorical tales set in medieval times.
DavidWiley More than 1 year ago
The writing in this book is beautiful, elegant, and masterful. It was enchanting and kept me riveted to the tale. The story came alive as I was reading the words, filling my mind and my soul with the poetical prose laced with Christian themes. This is everything I have always sought for in a Christian fantasy book, and something I have rarely seen pulled off with such excellence. The main character, a young girl name Elowyn, is one of the best young female protagonists that I have read in quite some time, and I thoroughly enjoyed following her on these early adventures in the book. She is at home among the beauty of nature, marveling at the hand of Aviad in shaping all of the things around her and blessing her with beautiful scenes. She has an awe and reverence that is both child-like and mature, something that places well with the Christian themes. Her inner struggles with not being worthy of being in Aviad’s presence is something we all, as Christians, can relate to. The Christian themes were excellent and really enhanced the story. They were seeped into the heart and soul of the tale, rather than inserted to bludgeon upon a point or deliver a moral message. It is obvious that the author tried to use her talents to give the glory to God in her work, telling a version of His story through her own story. This masterful pairing is something rarely done well in fantasy and made me think of Lewis’ Narnia series as one of the few I could think of which successfully delivered upon that experience. There were scenes in the book that I could envision the set of Scriptures that had provided the source of inspiration, and my own spiritual self felt enriched from the experience. With all of this deservedly glowing praise, the book still had a flaw or two that I do not doubt will be resolved in future installments in the series. The action within the book itself is minimal, with most of the danger taking place either outside of the walls of their house or being fended off by someone, or something, else while the girls were able to escape. Being the first book in a series, this is forgivable because much of the time is spent delving into character development and giving a vivid impression of the world around them. Overall this was an outstanding read and an absolute steal because it is free. This one is good for all ages, Middle Grade on up, and I have a feeling that the sequel will be just as great and suitable. While having an understanding of the Christian faith will enhance your experience with parts of the story, it certainly is not a requirement to being able to read and enjoy the story. This is one that I will highly, highly recommend to everyone to read.
EntertainmentReview More than 1 year ago
Journey to Aviad takes us on a magical medieval adventure. We follow our young heroine Elowyn along with her older sister Morganne as they get swept away into the politics and religion of the village after Elowyn’s discovery of a mysterious item in a nearby stream. Elowyn’s encounter with a mysterious Einar who saves her from the lurking hell hounds entices Elowyn on her destined path. Allison D. Reid writes crisp, clear, with a hint eloquence making Elowyn’s world is easy to create in you minds eye. This also helps sets the tone for the whole book. Reid’s writing takes your hand gently leading you on a journey of self discovery and faith.Being Christian fantasy I was not sure how that would work. I had no worries though. The subtle religious undertone message in this fantasy tale is beautifully blend in hardly noticeable. It is just an enjoyable read.