Keeper of Reign

Keeper of Reign

by Emma Right

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ISBN-13: 9781939337696
Publisher: right house books
Publication date: 05/19/2013
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 358
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.74(d)

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Keeper of Reign 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From the opening scene the reader are launched into a world in turmoil and conflict. Throughout the story there are moments of tension that keep you on the edge of your seat. The struggle of good against evil plays out in the lives of the elfish inhabitants of Reign as they struggle against the curse on their land and the war they are involved in. But even in the midst of the struggle they remain hopeful. Jules Blaze seeks to find the answers to the questions in his mind about the cure for the curse on his people and the meanings behind the happenings to his people. Little does he know that he is the answer itself to many of the questions. Follow the adventures of the Blaze family and enjoy a tale as entertaining and as intriguing as any epic fantasy you’ve ever read. This book was given to me by Book Club in exchange for my honest review.
ShareeS More than 1 year ago
The Keeper of Reign was definitely an interesting story with many twists and turns. There was a lot going on and at times it was confusing. However, in Jules’ particular situation the busyness made sense. This was not a book I would read in one sitting because I needed time to digest what I had read. The book starts with Jules’s grandparents going on a trip to Handover and disappearing. Suddenly, things are falling apart for Jules. Soon his mother disappears, and he and his four siblings are out on a quest to find her. It took a while for the book to draw me in but did hold my interest until the end. The Keeper of Reign leaves you wanting more. I think this is a good read for students in Middle School/Junior High. I received a copy of this book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
l_manning More than 1 year ago
Jules Blaze is in Elfie, a mix of Elf and Fairy. Elfies are cursed so that they are tiny now, and this is all because of one Keeper. Keepers watch over very important books for the Elfies. Unfortunately for Jules, is seems like the evil lord Gehzurolle is out to get him. Jules, his siblings, and friends will have to venture far from home to try and find out why this is happening. Of course Jules's ultimate goal is to reverse the curse put on the Elfies. It will take a lot of cunning and smarts for Jules to survive this adventure. I love the idea of this book. The world and ideas are so creative and fun. The Elfies have an interesting past, and Jules seems like the perfect young adventurer to go decurse them. He has a host of help and friends, but he also learns quickly that the world outside his home can be a perilous place. His Grandfather disappeared after having gone to find someone to ask about the Blaze family makeup, and then his mother disappeared in an apparent attack. Jules has a lot to try and figure out, not to mention all the traps and perils he discovers out in the wide world. I felt like the writing felt a bit skippy to me at times, but overall I found this to be an enjoyable read. It manages to be cute and interesting at the same time. The chapters are sometimes very short, so I think this could help younger readers to not lose interest and have a workable goal to get to. The story is very creative, and lovers of fantasy and adventure will find things to enjoy in this book.  Book provided for review.
SharonALavy More than 1 year ago
I love this story and I am ancient. Of couse I could be entering my second childhood. Maybe I'll just forget about that thread and go on. Lately I seem to think I don't have time to read. But I need to read like I need to breath. So I normally read a chapter and then do something "useful" before I will allow myself to go to the next chapter. It didn't work this way for *Keeper of Reign*. I could not put the book down for very long periods of time because I had to know what was happening and if the characters managed to get out of the latest snag in their quest. The only complaint I have is that the second book is not published yet. But I have faith that Emma Right will correct that *error*. Also husband and I just had a good message last Sunday on being content. So ... until the next book comes out ...I wait. I can highly recommend this book.
LarryBGray More than 1 year ago
Keeper of Reign by Emma Right is a young adult fantasy novel which is full of action and adventure. I enjoyed the book and found it hard to put down. The author did a good job of developing a storyline which was easy to follow and believable. The story had a lot of similarity with human history and a lot of Judeo Christian beliefs woven within the story. Emma Right did an excellent job with the character development. I like the way she had the characters mature and grow as the story progress. I found the characters both believable and easy to identify with. I really enjoyed Keeper of the Reign by Emma Right and recommend it to all readers. [Please note: I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.]
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Keeper of Reign is one of those rare gems that you occasionally stumble upon. This book is an easy read for all ages and is perfect as one of those books to curl up with on a rainy day. This book is a "page turner" as the main characters keep falling in and out of trouble, it was just one thing after another! if you like fantasy books that are in the same vein of JRR Tolkien, you will love this book!
martinr7 More than 1 year ago
A book that begins, "Sire, you're running out of blood," is going to grab your attention, and this book is a real page-turner. It stars 16-year-old Jules Blaze, an Elfie - an elf-fairy - and the victim of a curse which has reduced him in size. Worse, he and his family are seen as enemies by the evil Lord Gehzurolle. So when Jules' mother disappears the unfortunate youth finds himself plunged into a increasingly perilous series of adventures and misadventures. I was impressed by the way the author was able to create a highly believable fantasy world filled with characters that are fully drawn and quite realistic, and very quickly I was drawn into the story. I look forward to the sequel. Highly recommended.
AvidReader59IK More than 1 year ago
Great Young Adult Fantasy Adventure For All Ages Keeper of Reign is an amazing new young adult fantasy adventure that will captivate readers of all ages. Emma Right has done an extraordinary job with her debut fantasy novel full of adventure, fantasy, and Elfies, a blend of Elves and Fairies. Can't wait for the next installment. Highly Recommended!!!
RIA_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Keeper of Reign is a twisting and turning fantasy that never quite lets you catch up with it. Every time I expected one thing to happen, something else did instead. The plot is exciting, fast paced, and believable. At least if there were such a world as Reign. This is one of those books where the setting takes as much precedence as the characters for me.  The beautiful little world of Reign was told in a perfect way. I could quite easily imagine the “giant” trees that surrounded the homes, the enormous Brooke Beginning, the many huge creatures. I loved all the descriptions. It was one of my favorite things, and it is something that I think helps to make a fantasy novel good. I enjoyed reading about all the Blaze children. They were fun and exciting. The each had their own little quirks. At times I would be troubled with how some of them acted, but typically I enjoyed their interactions and getting to know them all through their personalities. Jules could be a bit spacey, but for the most part he was a good leader, and he was very brave. I liked his character, and I can’t wait to see what he will do in the next book. As much as I enjoyed the Blaze children, I think I loved the secondary characters more. On their travels the children meet so many people and connect with others they already have a past with. I liked Holden’s character a lot. By far my favorites were Hooks, Abel, and Tennesson. I think that each of these secondary characters added so much to who the children were and the story. Keeper of Reign is full of adventure. There were tons of little separate adventures that the children and other characters were taking. I loved the wildness of it all. I think lovers of fantasy books will truly enjoy reading Keeper of Reign. I am ready to read the next book, just waiting for the release date.  I received an e-copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.
kainshottie More than 1 year ago
Keeper of Reign is a young adult book that is appropriate for all ages. The story is about a family of Elfies, specifically the eldest son Jules. The world that the Elfies live in is wrought with danger. Jules discovers early that his grandparents have died leaving him to be the man of the household. His father is away guarding the borders from the Handoverans, a similar race of people that have also been tortured under the rule of their king. To make matters worse, someone attacks his home and kidnaps his mom. All signs point to the girl he has feelings for, but no evidence to support that she is  traitor the Elfies. You are probably thinking, "How would she be a traitor to the entire race from the kidnapping on one woman?" Well Jules's mom is a Keeper, hence the name of the book. She has hidden in her possession a book that was written by their previous king in his own blood. From what I understand, it's a book of prophecy as well as codes, maps, history, and perhaps more. One book can give the reader a lot of information on the Elfies, but if you have all five, you could rule over everyone. It was a very interesting story. Jules and his four siblings along with two friends have many crazy adventures. They certainly get hurt along the way, but it's all very realistic for what they go through without being something that you don't want your kid to read. My only complaint about the book is the length of the chapters. There were chapters that were only two kindle pages in length. This is done when it changes perspective between the main character and typically bad guys. It makes sense why it happens, but it drives me nuts. It makes me feel like the book is a lot longer than it is when it really is a reasonable length. You should know that not a single book, but it is not a cliffhanger either. It's definitely a great book for your preteens and teenagers. Read more reviews at Identity Discovery Blog.
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
STARS This is a fantasy action book. Lots of drama, action, danger and mystery. It keeps your attention you are not sure who to trust or not to trust. Who died or did not die. It is a clean entertaining book that I want to read the next book in the series. The plot had lots of twists and turns I did not expect. Lots of interesting characters like giant bugs some good some bad. The races of different people all were cursed at the same time and became really short. With the Elfies the shortest. They live in trees and hide under mushrooms for safety because they are so small. The Keeper families are hidden from each other to protect them7 The keepers have to keep their book safe, if they lose their book it is easier to lose their lives. Their are 5 keeper families and their books needed to end the curse. Jules Blaze is one of the main characters in the book. He is sixteen. His family is one of the Keeper families. Each keeper family as part of the curse has only one child. But Jules has four siblings. He is the oldest. His Grandparents are missing. Someone came and told them that they died. Jules wants to go search for them. But his little sister follows him so he takes her back home. The next day all 5 children are out playing and they don't make it back home before dark. When they get their they run into their neighbor 16 year old Miranda. Their house is all broken up. Their mom is missing. So is their book. Their father is away at war he is a General in the army. They are not sure what to do next. They decide to go to a neighbor's house and right after they get close it burns up and they fall down in a gopher tunnel deep underground. In the next kingdom over they go to see if they can find their family. In that kingdom the ruler Gehzurolle wants all the elfies dead and the keepers and their books brought to him. He wants to end the curse too. armies of Scorpents can smell elfies. They like to torture their captives. But the Elfies have Lanterns that can hide them. Their are traitors to be found that causes some keepers to be caught. Their are 7 kids trying to find their missing families and they get separated a few times and reunited back and forth. Trying to rescue different members of their families and their books. They meet friends and enemies along the way with interesting creatures like giant butterfly. I liked where the book ended with a little cliffhanger. I was given this ebook to read and asked to give honest review of it by NetGalley , Telemachus Press (PB). Also asked to be part of its book tour too. May 18, 2013 PUB Telemachus Press Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) Members' Titles ISBN 9781939337696
NikiMattes More than 1 year ago
Keeper of the Reign is a fantasy book for all ages, it is a fast paced story and from page one you are drawn into it, get to know the character of the family Blaze, Jules and his 5 siblings, they are Elfies a mix of Elf's and fairies. They got cursed a long time ago and are very tiny. Jules sets out to look for his family and answers, to safe his race and try to lift the curse.    Gehzurolle and his Scorpents are determine to destroy Jules and his family, they hunt after him while he looks for a cure and his family, he badly need answers and find the books that will help him. If he will be successful? and find what he is looking for , plus lift the curse? You read that for yourself it is worth it. Great first book of these series.  I  received a copy of this book for a honest review.
Cuanam More than 1 year ago
This was such a unique and exciting read. It seemed those poor children had trouble and disaster waiting for them at every turn! Keeper of Reign will excite and entice readers of all ages to join the Blaze children and the other keeper heirs as they try to save their home from the the forces of evil. The evil doers in this book are unlike anything I've ever read before. From beings made of fire, to ones made of mist, even insect like ones, they're all intimidating. This story will surprise lovers of the genre since it's supposed to be a YA novel. I assure you while it has all the makings of being just for younger readers, the writing style will draw in anyone that reads it. I did notice a handful of errors here and there. All toward the back of the story (60-80% is when they start) They aren't anything major and they don't impede reading speed or flow. I look forward to the next book in this series to be released eagerly so I can find out what Jules, Ralston, Bitha, Tst Tst, Tippy, Holdon, and Miranda's next adventure will be. I give this book 4 of 5 paws.
lizasarusrex More than 1 year ago
I greatly enjoyed reading the prologue, but was disappointed when the backstory was finally introduced, I guess I assumed it would be in the prologue, or after it. Keeper of Reign is an extremely fast paced written book about discovering ones self and extreme adventure.  Friendship is greatly stressed throughout this book as it is the baseline to where strength and courage comes from. Leaning on friends, and holding dear to them is one of the key elements that I saw in this book.  This book is listed as Young Adult but I think it would work for even younger children as well since it has key values and morals that are important for everyone to learn. The dialogue is easy to read, and could be read by a younger crowd.  Jules was my favorite character since he seemed like a humble and strong leader. I really felt for him as he was constantly betrayed by those around him. They take advantage of his trusting and naive side which I found to be an indicator to evaluate the friendships you have. I'm sure we can all relate in some sense. Throughout the book I was constantly waiting for the traitor to be revealed in their small group of friends.  My only complaint about this book is the names that were chosen for the characters. Some were hard to pronounce, so I make up my own name in my head to be able to read it through. It's not really even a complaint as it is something I am pointing out.  I would rate this book a 5/5 for it's appeal to literally anyone. There is definitely something in this book for the whole family with lessons that can be applied to your own personal life. I absolutely loved it, and I cannot wait to start reading it with my family. 
Reader_Views More than 1 year ago
Adventure, Fantasy, eBook Reviewed by Ben Weldon (age 16) for Reader Views (6/13) “Keeper of Reign: Book 1,” by Emma Right, is the story of sixteen-year-old Jules Blaze, an Elfie (an elf-fairy hybrid), and his adventures as a Keeper of Reign. After going out with his siblings, Jules returned to his home only to find his mother missing and his house ransacked. With meager supplies and his siblings in tow, Jules set out to find his mother. Will Jules be able to reunite his family? Followed by agents of the Dark Lord Gehzurolle, Jules and his siblings adventured into the dangerous realm of Handover to free their mother. Separated by an accident on the river and hunted by the Dark Lord’s minions, Jules and his siblings took two separate paths on the quest to free their mother. Both paths were riddled with danger. Will Jules and his siblings survive? The book was a fun read, but there were some rough edges. Sometimes the story introduced a story or character that was dependent on some piece of un-introduced lore or lacked a lot of setup. Some parts of the story also seemed inconsistent with each other. The characters traveled a given distance very quickly, yet later traveled that same distance disproportionately quickly. The author was very imaginative with the characters as well as the story elements. Overall, I enjoyed this book and consider it an excellent book for a first-time author. I would recommend Emma Right’s “Keeper of Reign: Book 1” to people who like adventure and fantasy books. This book would be best suited for eight to twelve-year-olds. The book, though it seemed long, was actually a very quick read. This was the first in the “Reign Fantasy” series. I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the next one.
ReadersFavorite4 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite Jules Blaze and his siblings were chased down by ravens which were under the control of Whisperer while venturing out of their home. Ralston, Jules's younger brother was almost hurt during the attack. On top of all that, their home had been broken into and their mother was gone while they were out. His grandfather had warned him about the dangers that they, the family of Keepers, would face one day. The Ancient Book that was under his family care must be protected at all cost for the sake of their kingdom. Would the young Elfie succeed? "Keeper of Reign" (Book 1) started with a good pace that lasted until the end, and humor, suspense, as well as sad and happy moments were in the right places. The shorter length of each chapter was a welcome feature. I never did realize that I preferred shorter chapters until I started reading this book. The characters were well-developed and dynamic. Whenever Jules was annoyed with his siblings’ antics I was annoyed as well, so Emma Right did create characters that readers can easily connect to emotionally. Jules Blaze was a lovable hero with flaws that made him believable, especially his role as a big brother and man of the house. Don’t be fooled by its young adult genre, fantasy fans of all ages will find this book an entertaining and pleasant read. The ending created curiosity and promised more adventures to come. I look forward to Book 2.  
ReadersFavorite3 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Kathryn Bennett for Readers' Favorite Keeper of Reign: A Young Adult Adventure Fantasy, Book 1 by Emma Right is a book full of elves and faeries and everything that readers love about a fantasy realm. When books that have been written in blood and the people who keep them disappear a curse falls over the people. The Kingdom has no King, and life over all for the people of the land is a harrowing experience, Jules in particular finds things difficult. Jules is the Heir of a Keeper and he believes that his family is hiding a secret. Along with that belief and the troubles of the whole Kingdom there is Gehzurolle a dark lord who wants nothing more then to destroy Jules. Our hero however will not bend down in the face of these troubles, and will take on his journey to find the truth. Emma Right has created an adventure story that is good for all ages. I read this one along with my Step Son for a fun family night of books and reading. The Fantasy setting along with the magic, curses and everything else within the Kingdom really brings the reader into a rich world that they can picture before their eyes as they read. The story is complex and well written without being to much at once to take in. It is an adventure that keeps on giving and no matter what your age you will enjoy the tale it has to tell. I am glad that it is Book 1 I can not wait for the next book in this series.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Samantha Rivera for Readers' Favorite Jules is not your normal teenage boy. He’s the oldest of five children and he’s also an Elfie, a small half elf and half fairy. The entire race of Elfie’s as well as their enemies have been shrunk to a miniature size as a result of an ancient curse and a broken promise to a king. Ever since, they have sought to reverse the curse and return to their normal size. The task has always been beyond what Jules needed to concern himself with until the day ravens attack his family and his mother vanishes. That is the day that his entire world changes and he sets off on a journey with his family that will change the fate of the world as he knows it. Keeper of Reign by Emma Right is about this journey into the unknown. I truly enjoyed reading all about Jules and his siblings as they raced against a fast moving clock to save the people they loved most. Jules’ parents as well as his friend’s parents have been taken and it’s hard for them to understand who to trust. There are a large number of characters but each one is developed amazingly well so it always feels like you know them and understand their motivation. It’s also easy to follow the plotline. Even though a lot is happening all the time and there is very little downtime it never feels like its rushing. The end will leave you excited to find the second book and see what’s going to happen to Jules, Tst Tst, Tippy, Ralston, Bitha, Holden, Miranda and all the others who make Emma Right's Keeper of Reign an interesting read.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Fiona Ingram for Readers' Favorite The ancient books were written in blood. Most are lost, their Keepers with them. A curse that befell a people; a Kingdom with no King. Life couldn’t get more harrowing for the Elfies, a blend of Elves and Fairies. Or for sixteen-year-old Jules Blaze. Or could it? For Jules, the heir of a Keeper, no less, suspects his family hides a forgotten secret. It was bad enough that his people, the Elfies of Reign, triggered a curse which reduced the entire inhabitants to a mere inch centuries before. All because of one Keeper who failed in his purpose. Even the King’s Ancient Books did not help ward off that anathema. Now, Gehzurolle, the evil lord, and his armies of Scorpents, seem bent on destroying Jules and his family. Why? When Jules’s family home is ransacked to find his mother’s Ancient Book and his mother is kidnapped, he realizes the threat is real. Gehzurolle’s agents hunt for Jules as he journeys into enemy land to find the truth, truth that could save him and his family, and possibly even reverse the age-long curse, provided Jules realizes who are friends and who otherwise, and doesn’t get himself killed first.  Although the book is listed as YA, this is a wonderful read for kids aged 10 and upward. Central to the plot and the family is Jules Blaze. There is a nice feel to his relationships with his four younger siblings, each of whom has a clearly defined character. Jules is responsible, a little over-anxious at times, but eminently likeable, with a noble heart. His strength and courage mark him as a strong leader in this quest. He faces dangers, disappointments, and betrayal with maturity. An important aspect of fantasy and sci-fi is world-building: it must be real and credible. Author Emma Right does a great job here, incorporating the magical with the mundane, and blending the mysterious with the dangerous in expert fashion. The Elfies are extremely small; hence their hazards are myriad: from aggressive birds, insects, and animals, to falling acorns, to natural elements, to the evil Lord Gehzurolle’s agents. The author weaves back history and Elfie information deftly into the plot enabling the action to race onward. There is a helpful cast list for younger readers, as well as a map to help adventurers share this epic quest. I found the ending a little abrupt, but it hints at more action to come. Highly recommended.  
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers' Favorite Sixteen-year-old Jules Blaze belongs to a race called the Elfies – a mix of Elves and Fairies – who live in the cursed kingdom of Reign. The curse has shrunk the people in size, leaving them to live in trees or under rocks. The evil lord of the neighboring tribe in Euruliaf, Gehzurolle, eventually begins to zero in on Jules’ family, and when the family members disappear one by one, Jules must keep his remaining younger siblings safe. Jules travels to the enemy’s land called Handover to search for the ancient Books that were written in blood by the King many centuries before to look for answers. Will Jules find the truth he seeks to save his family, and in turn, his people? Readers twelve years old and up will absolutely enjoy this amusing and fascinating tale of courage. From one adventure to another, they will surely be enthralled at how well the main protagonist, Jules, develops as a character. The youngster faces challenges one never thought he would, given his tender age. And one cannot help but hope that he will come out of these challenges with flying colors. The other protagonists are easily likeable with their courage too. This is an exciting read with the events happening fast-paced and the story action-packed. The book leaves you hankering for more but not to worry, there still may be a sequel coming from this fantastic author. This is a book that can appeal to both kids and adults alike because there is absolutely no shortage of imagination in author Emma Right.  
Shadowplay4u More than 1 year ago
Keeper of Reign is a fast-paced journey of self-discovery and great adventure. We watch with bated breath as a long forgotten legacy is slowly unraveled before our eyes. Legend is finally brought to light and destiny is slowing being fulfilled. The despised and neglected are standing up to claim their heritage and their birthright, and the plans of evil are being undone. Keeper of the Reign is a brilliant start to a very promising story. The strong relationships that are forged throughout this story really spoke to my heart about the strength and courage that we draw from our friends and family whether we realize it or not. Throughout the good times and the bad times, we tend to glean the best from each other. This speaks volumes about how important it is that we do our best to cherish the time that we have with each other. We are not guaranteed a long life. We are not even guaranteed tomorrow or even the next second, so we need to never waste our words fussing or fighting. Instead, we should concentrate on loving each other. We need to see past the bad and forgive the pain brought upon us by those we love, so that we can continue to grow and become all that we are meant to be. Emma Right has penned a beautiful story of devastating loss, unwavering faith, and promising hope. I am anxious to see how this story unfolds and find out what Right has in store for us. This story will warm your heart and keep you guessing. I would heartily recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good fantasy story with solid, well-developed characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This young adult fantasy novel is wonderful for the entire family with many short chapters using cliffhangers at the end to keep up interest.