Refugees

Refugees

by R.A. Denny

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Refugees by R.A. Denny

"An epic journey of a lifetime." That's what three young individuals from three different corners of the world have dreamed about. They were destined for greatness since the moment they were born. But what if they don't want it? What if they're not ready? What if their desires no longer align with the prophecy?

The problem is, they have no choice. The star has appeared. Their destiny has already begun to unfold.

It's not the send-off that they've been dreaming of. Forced out. Banished. Raided. This wasn't how it was supposed to be. Now they must discover who they really are while embarking on the most exciting journey of their lives. One star. One impossible task. One chance to save the world they love.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940154117132
Publisher: R.A. Denny
Publication date: 04/10/2017
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 282,344
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

RA Denny is an ancient history buff with a law degree from Duke University. While working as a criminal prosecutor by day, she escaped by night to create the fantasy world of her Tzoladian Trilogy. RA Denny loves adventure, animals and history. She has travelled to the ancient rock city of Petra on horseback, flown through the jungles of Costa Rica on zip lines and visited the Great Pyramid on a camel. She lives in Delaware. As a child she had two pet flying squirrels.

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Refugees 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
BookwormforKids 9 months ago
A world with rich characters begins this first novel in a six-book journey, one with fantastical adventures, dark moments and tons of hope. There are three main characters, each from a different background, culture and race. The author does a fantastic job at introducing the three heroes with very individual characteristics, personalities and pasts, and bringing them together. Each character's story is told in first person from their point of view broken down into single chapters. This never grows confusing not only thanks to the name of the character at the beginning of each chapter, but also thanks to the very different mannerisms and personalities each character holds. The fantasy world is rich but never overly described—something which will hopefully be more closely addressed in the next books in the series. Instead, the main concentration remains on getting to know the heroes. And this works well. It's easy to learn to like each one and sympathize with their very different situations, so when they come together, each one has touched the reader in one way or another. Even the 'bad' guys carry their own stories, which makes the reasoning behind their actions more clear. At times, the chapters about them was more intriguing than those surrounding the heroes. There's a lot going on in this book, and it promises to lead to a well woven and multi-layered series. Nothing is as simple as it seems, and the heroes have to grow to achieve each and every obstacle. There are some brutal moments, but nothing which doesn't fit the situation or inappropriate for readers aged twelve and up. This is a Christian fantasy, one which is well done and brings in religious aspects without overpowering or undermining the fantasy world. The messages are clear without growing overly preachy, and it's easy to get lost in the tale. The writing flows well, remaining more in the traditional fantasy stream. While the switching of points of view between the three heroes flowed seamlessly, the chapters concerning the other characters jolted a bit. It wasn't confusing, but the switch from first person for several characters to third person at other times caused a moment's pause. Fans of fantasy who appreciate Christian values are sure to enjoy diving into this book and will get lost in this adventurous world.
Silverwood 10 months ago
In the tradition of the very best epic young adult fantasy tales, R.A. Denny's "Refugees" is a sweeping epic for all ages. I wasn't sure what to expect as I began reading, but was immediately struck by the dangerous beauty of Denny's imagination. Here is a science fiction world as dangerous as it is awe-inspiring, with creatures and landscapes just tempting the reader to explore. One of the most important aspects of any epic fantasy, is the strength of the worldbuilding. Refugees takes place in a world both distant and almost mythical, compared to our own. A warning, reader, before you dive in, this is a place you won't want to soon escape. Our story begins with a prologue and a dooming prophecy. An all-powerful Emperor, naturally paranoid because of his power, is driven to unspeakable evils. Anything, to keep the prophecy from coming true. And as is the case of most prophecies, his very resistance is what sets events in motion, indeed, his impeding doom. Meet Amanki, a "webbie" boy from a simple fishing village, who is guided and warned by an elderly wise stranger to flee. Yet they are too late to escape witnessing the tragedy Amanki's mentor feared. Now Amanki is determined to see his quest to its end, no matter what comes. Just as his wise friend unveils they are both of them much more than what and who they appear. Refugees is told from multiple perspectives, yet through shorter chapters. Rather than forgetting events happening to a character five chapters back, each overlapping story weaves together seamlessly. The attention to details and rich cultures, the relatable emotions of each character, keeps the reader easily engaged. While I felt the novel had a slower beginning, I was quickly enveloped in the story and somewhat desperate to see if my favorite characters would survive their next encounter. Refugees ends on a big cliffhanger, but never fear, the author has already released the first six books in this epic series. A solid beginning to a unique and engrossing epic series, Refugees is a novel you'll be happy to get lost in.
JBronder More than 1 year ago
In this world of Mud, Rock, and Trees, there is a prophecy about a dead king rising and reclaiming his throne. To do so, three individuals from the different corners of the land must come together. Amanki, Brina, and Moshoi all want to grow and find their own places in the world. With the new star in the sky appears, the individuals and with their mentors, gather their belongings and start their journey to fulfill the prophecy. But tragedy strikes and things go from a simple quest to one with heartbreaking consequences. This is a great start to a new, YA epic fantasy series. This is a wonderful and huge world that R.A. Denny has created. The story seems slow at first but you have to have this world explained or you would be lost. I loved each individuals, they are so intricate and unique. I felt for them just wanting to find their place them being thrown into this prophecy. Of course you have an emperor that doesn’t want to give up his throne. Mix that with chaos and other events to leave the individuals off balance and not wanting to follow through with the prophecy. But I loved watching each one grow and see them all come together. This is the first in a six part series. Although that seems like a lot, once you start reading the books you will understand how you will fly through them. I can’t wait for the next books to see what could possibly happen to these individuals. I received Refugees from the author for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.
JBronder More than 1 year ago
In this world of Mud, Rock, and Trees, there is a prophecy about a dead king rising and reclaiming his throne. To do so, three individuals from the different corners of the land must come together. Amanki, Brina, and Moshoi all want to grow and find their own places in the world. With the new star in the sky appears, the individuals and with their mentors, gather their belongings and start their journey to fulfill the prophecy. But tragedy strikes and things go from a simple quest to one with heartbreaking consequences. This is a great start to a new, YA epic fantasy series. This is a wonderful and huge world that R.A. Denny has created. The story seems slow at first but you have to have this world explained or you would be lost. I loved each individuals, they are so intricate and unique. I felt for them just wanting to find their place them being thrown into this prophecy. Of course you have an emperor that doesn’t want to give up his throne. Mix that with chaos and other events to leave the individuals off balance and not wanting to follow through with the prophecy. But I loved watching each one grow and see them all come together. This is the first in a six part series. Although that seems like a lot, once you start reading the books you will understand how you will fly through them. I can’t wait for the next books to see what could possibly happen to these individuals. I received Refugees from the author for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.
pooled_ink More than 1 year ago
pooled ink Reviews: 3.5 Stars a dark fantasy at war with its prophecy REFUGEES spins a tale dark and thrilling whilst maintaining a beating heart of friendship, loyalty, and strength. A single star in the sky acts as a catalyst for what becomes an epic line of dominoes crashing into one another with a force that none can stop. Destiny has come, but it won’t be the glamorous heroes life they expected. **Read my FULL review on my Wordpress site: Pooled Ink
dwatson More than 1 year ago
Refugees begins with three unique characters from different parts of the world and very different backgrounds. They’re young, inexperienced and looking to make their mark in the world. Each one wants to become their own person but they also have to deal with problems they never saw coming. A new star has been spotted in the sky and it represents the beginning of an ancient prophecy. The prophecy states that a new kingdom will emerge built with the elements of mud, rocks and trees. Representing each element is one of the main characters: Amanki, Brina and Moshoi, the future leaders of the new kingdom. They all have a mentor named Baskrod that will help them but they are also being hunted by an evil emperor who wishes to put a stop to the prophecy. Refugees (Mud, Rocks, and Trees #1) by R.A. Denny is a coming of age story in a world that is very different from ours. I love how the author does a slow build letting us learn about each character before they all experience an event that turns their world upside down. You care about them because you see them as they deal with the end of their old lives and watch them create a new life. There is one great scene where Amanki looses his faith after the death of his mother and the destruction of his village. You also see him regain his faith through relationships with other characters. Faith seems to be a main theme in this book as well as learning to accept those who are different than yourself. I admit I’m not a huge fan of epic fantasy but I have to admire this book and the scope of the story that is being told. R.A. Denny is creating a whole new mythology that is based on old mythologies. The attention to detail is astonishing, the author takes her time describing the characters, their lives, the societies they live in and the gods they worship. The amount of work that must have gone into creating the world of Mud, Rock and Trees is impressive. Refugees is the beginning of a six book fantasy adventure and lays a good foundation for what’s to come in the series. It’s also a good book to help kids learn the joys of reading. My only complaint was in the beginning I felt the book was taking too much time describing the people and the world they live in. Though I guess with a story that has so much depth to it you have to spend a lot of time setting the stage. If you love fantasy then this is a book that you will want to pick up. Be prepared to buy the next five books in the series because your going to get hooked on these characters.
KrisMiller More than 1 year ago
An ancient prophecy foretells that a tyrannical leader will be usurped from the throne when a new star appears and mud, rocks and trees become one. As the new star appears, three young persons from different lands are about to embark on a perilous journey. Each has a role and a destiny to fulfill. Success would lead to saving the people and lands that they love, while failure leads to death and destruction. Written with rich descriptive detail, REFUGEES: Mud, Rocks and Trees quickly immerses its audience into its fantastical world. Innovative world's and creatures line the pages while endearing characters entice you to read more. A stunning debut that begs for the next in the series to be read.
Jane_V_Blanchard More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this FREE ebook by R.A. Denny. Refugees is the story of three young people from different parts of the world: Mud, Rocks, and Trees. Their commonality includes their faith and a prophecy for greatness if they follow the new star when it appears. In the first book of the series, we are introduced to the characters and the start of their venture. As with most coming of age novels, the characters are tested and must discover who they really are. What I liked about the book is that it is not a cliffhanger but a compelling story. I just had to purchase Seekers, book two in the series, to find out happens next. I recommend this book to those who enjoy reading about evolving characters, adventure, and fantasy.