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Reborn by Cherie Reich

To save her kingdom, a prophetess must challenge Fate.

On her seventeenth birthday, Phoenix Prophetess Yssa must leave her home to serve the God of Prophecy. Sea serpents and other gods endanger her travels and sour the omens. Her duties at the Temple of Apenth prove Yssa is cursed instead of blessed. Not yet permitted to give prophecies to temple goers, Yssa spends her days reading dusty scrolls, which does nothing to help her forget Tym, the boy back home. Then, there is Liam, the annoying yet gorgeous ferryman's son. He proves to be a distraction not even a psychic can predict.

Her boring temple life screeches to a halt when premonitions of her parents' murders consume her. Yssa races to her home an ocean away to stop their deaths. After all, Apenth's rare Phoenix Prophetesses are gifted with the ability to alter the future. Fate, however, won't be changed as easily as Yssa assumes. Worse, it has plans for her and the kingdom.

Yssa must either accept her destiny or fight Fate.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940149496655
Publisher: Surrounded by Books Publishing
Publication date: 05/10/2014
Series: The Fate Challenges , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 340
Sales rank: 732,424
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Cherie Reich has more books than she can ever read and more ideas than she can ever write, but that doesn't stop this bookworm from trying, even if it means trying to curb her TV addiction. She is a speculative fiction writer and library assistant living in Virginia. Her short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies, and her books include the paranormal horror collection Once upon a Nightmare and the fantasy series The Foxwick Chronicles and The Fate Challenges. Reborn is her debut novel. She is a member of the Virginia Writers Club, Valley Writers, and Untethered Realms.

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ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Chris Fischer for Readers' Favorite The fantasy genre is truly one of my favorites. And I’ve recently found that books written with a targeted audience of young adults are some of the best on the market right now. Add in a strong female protagonist, and you’ve got me hooked. And I certainly found all of these things to be true when I read Reborn, the first book in the Fate Challenges Series by author Cherie Reich. The story follows Yssa, the young woman destined to be the Phoenix Prophetess, who is sent at age seventeen to begin her training. Unable to forget a boy from home, Tym, and highly uninspired by the dusty tomes she must study every day, Yssa begins to believe that her fate is a curse instead of a blessing. When her parents die, she runs away until her true destiny calls her back, both for her own salvation and for the salvation of her entire world. I thoroughly enjoyed Reborn, right from the start. The backstory of Yssa’s start as a stillborn baby, brought back to life by the god Apenth to fulfill her destiny to become the prophetess, was certainly an auspicious beginning. The story grabbed me from the beginning and kept a hold over me until the very end. Author Cherie Reich’s descriptive world crafting was superb, and I found myself completely absorbed in the world of Amora. I am very pleased to highly recommend Reborn, Book One of the Fate Challenges Series to any reader who loves fantasy, sci-fi, a little bit of romance, young adult fiction, or just good fiction in general. This book was a fantastic start to a new series, and I, for one, can’t wait to read the next installment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't tell readers enough how much Reborn will capture their attentions. From the beginning to end, I was hooked by the characters, plot and fantastically unique world the author created. It reminded me of the fantasy books I read as a child while I literally got lost in the words written on the pages. Incredible. The Phoenix Prophetess Yssa was easy to relate to and I loved seeing her relationships with both Tym, her childhood friend, and Liam, the dark and mysterious boy she met once her travels began to the City of Amora. Between both the City of Amora and Island of Guntas, I was intrigued by the author's ability to captivate my attention. The writing is quite descriptive and stunning. For example, "The sun transformed from yellow to a deep orange before slipping into Hypogaia's realm. Pinks, purples, and golden hues danced across the sky until an inky blackness spread from horizon to horizon." I could totally see the world Reich had created through Yssa's eyes here in these two beautiful sentences. Reborn is a page turner and could be read in one day. Anyone who is a fan of fantasy and YA should order a copy not only for themselves but relatives and friends who enjoy a great book. I loved it and can't wait for the next installment in this series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cherie Reich's debut novel is wonderfully creative and beautifully written. REBORN introduces us to Yssa, a seventeen-year-old girl about to take up her duties as the Phoenix Prophetess. We accompany her as she journeys from her ordinary island life across a dangerous sea towards the future she's always known she'll have to face. But surviving a sea serpent attack is only the beginning. Secret plots and terrifying visions await Yssa when she arrives in Amora, and I couldn't wait to get back to my Kindle each night to see where Yssa's adventure would take her next. I thoroughly enjoyed losing myself in the fantasy world of REBORN. The descriptive prose and colourful metaphors allowed me to visualise the story as if I were really there, and clever worldbuilding introduced new mythology, customs, creatures, and slang in a way that was both intriguing and believable.  The ending brought new revelations while tying up some loose ends. Other mysteries are yet to be solved, though, and I'm eager to discover what comes next! And for those who are romantics at heart (like me), never fear: the growing (somewhat forbidden) relationship between Yssa and a certain ferryman's son will not leave you disappointed ;-)
AubrieNH More than 1 year ago
Rich with Greek Mythology and Impressive Word Building, Reborn is Cherie Reich’s Debut Masterpiece Yssa came into the world as a still-born prophetess. While the Gods argued over her fate, one in particular believed in her and brought her back to life. Now, she must face her destiny as she catches glimpses of other people’s fates along the way. For Yssa, this is more a curse than an honor, because she doesn’t want to leave her home, her family, and the boy she loves. Little does she know the challenges that she must face, and the tough decisions she has to make when her prophecies involve her own family. Set in a magical land, this tale of adventure sings with Reich’s love of Greek mythology. I loved how thick the mythology was and that Reborn was still a breeze to read despite the rich imagery and painstaking detail. There is a solemn elegance in the prose which reminds me of the greatness of Lord of the Rings and other magical classics. Yssa is a sweet girl with a big heart raised by a kind family. I loved hearing about her journey and seeing her change from the frightened girl in the beginning to the independent, brave hearted Prophetess she becomes. And the journey has just begun. I eagerly await book 2. So far, every word is gold.
ChristineRains More than 1 year ago
Yssa grew up on a small island, happy and loved, but she always knew her destiny was elsewhere. She is the Phoenix Prophetess, Apenth's chosen one. She is whisked away from home to serve the Queen, seeing great wonders and facing dangers beyond imagination. As the heavy weight of her position slowly smothers her, she has a vision of her parents' murder. She must save them at the risk of everything else. Can Yssa challenge Fate and win or will she find herself a mere cog in its ever-grinding wheel? REBORN is the fantastic first book in The Fate Challenges and Cherie Reich's debut novel. The world building is astounding. The people, the cultures, the history, and the lore. Each layer is peeled back as we learn about the world through Yssa's eyes. The wonders and the horrors. I particularly love how the gods mingle with the mortals. The gods do walk among them and whisper in their ears. Yssa is a strong and sympathetic heroine. I loved seeing her grow not only in her role as the Phoenix Prophetess, but from a small island girl into a young woman to be admired. Liam is the perfect complement to Yssa. He's a bit cocky and sharp at times, but he easily won me over. Their relationship is sometimes rocky and other times sweet. The cast of characters is large and wonderfully varied, but the Queen, Ariala, and the gods themselves are included in my favorites. With great characterization and a marvelous story, this YA fantasy is not to be missed. I cannot wait to read the next installment in the series.