by Amy Joy Lutchen

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BN ID: 2940045012829
Publisher: Amy Joy Lutchen
Publication date: 09/28/2012
Series: Renhala , #1
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,068,057
File size: 495 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

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Born in Chicago, and studied at The University of Illinois @ Champaign-Urbana. Avoids political ranter and has an aversion to eating things in multiples of three.

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Renhala 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
410-ish nook pages. Urban fantasy. A few typos, but not too bad. A decent free book. B&N doesn't offer the next book in the series yet.
ConciseReviewsByMichelleL More than 1 year ago
I was impressed with the details (not too many) and work that went into this urban fantasy book. The world building was top notch for sure. This book does start of a bit slow for me. I was actually confused as I thought for sure that there was some supernatural in it. It read like a normal non-fantasy book in the beginning. As I only read books that are paranormal/fantasy etc. I almost stopped reading, but went back and read the blurb, and made sure, so then I knew, I just had to keep going. I am glad I did. It was a bit long, but I did enjoy it. It is not a quick read at all. Takes time to get through this book, but enjoyable too. Kailey is a young, funny, lovable young women, who recently suffered an appalling physical attack. (something that kindof got to me, I am not fond of reading of that kind of stuff, but there is a personal reason for that) She is still depressed after that, which I can understand, its not something easy to come back from. Once she goes to dinner with her friend Amber the rollercoaster ride starts. She finds out about another world called Renhala were traveling to it is done with a single word. So she gets swept up into this fight for her life along with her cool dog Kioto, trying to save Renhala and its people, as well as herself. I was impressed with the many characters, though It was hard to keep track of them all, I still loved learning of each new one. Like I said, it’s a long book. I think one of the things I liked the most, is how we get to see Kailey grow from a scared young girl to a warrior, that was nice to see after what had happened to her. Overall it is a brilliant piece of work for the first book in this journey. The details of the history and the world were amazing. I really think anyone who enjoys fantasy books at all will really like this one. I give it 5 out of 5 stars. I was provided a copy of this book for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a good read...
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HsRamblingMom More than 1 year ago
I've been on a fantasy kick lately as far as reviews go. At least it seems that way, LoL. I love urban fantasy novels. However, this one, because it's so complex, could almost go right into the fantasy category losing the "urban." I understand why it's an urban fantasy though - That's not intended to be a negative comment in this situation. The world & characters are just very complex. I loved the creativity & adored the crazy characters that Amy creates in this novel. You see the female lead, Kailey, grow up in this novel - maybe grow up is the wrong term. She Matures - that's a better way to put it. She changes from a victim of a horrible attack to a strong lead female character. When you read the synopsis, you don't get insight into the fact that this novel does hold a romantic aspect along with the action & fantasy world. Definitely a hot read in parts for mature audiences. Lately, I've gotten annoyed with most love triangles. But this one, I liked. Oh the men... They're, I have to admit, swoonworthy. I want to know how this works out in the end. Definitely can't wait to see where book 2 goes. I loved the majority of the characters - except Amber >_< Ug that girl got on my nerves. She's supposed to be Kailey's best friend but she's a horrible person. She takes jabs at Kailey on occasion too - I seriously wanted to jump through the book & knock her out. Grrrr. Overall, really great novel that I think a lot of people would love so the word definitely needs to get out there about this one! Overall Rating: 4 Stars
AlikiyaKc More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this novel, overall, it was exciting, it had action, and Amy Joy Lutchen’s world-building is fantastic. However, I didn’t quite enjoy some of the writing, or the main character. Throughout the novel, I felt a disconnect between myself, the main character, and her actions, especially at the beginning ’cause I didn’t have a clue as to what was going on. I must say though that as the book went on, I grew to like Kailey, though in all honestly, I liked the supporting characters a lot better. Ladimer, oh sweet Ladimer. I am in love with him. I felt his character’s pain and joy more than I did Kailey’s. Reading about Ladimer, Gunthreon, Conner, Russell, and all the other supporting characters really brought various personalities to the table and excitement to the novel, as did the dragon and the six-hundred-pound greble mentioned in the synopsis. In my opinion, the supporting characters made the book. Through Kailey’s eyes we see a lot more of their history than we do of hers. I wish that Lutchen had showed more of Kailey’s training, or gave a straight description of her attack. As it is though, you get an overall sense of her fear and anxiety, of her attack and the scars it left on her, both mentally and physically. Lutchen went through the motions, but I wish there had been something more gripping about all of it. Back to all the secondary/main-ish characters, I loved Lutchen’s ability to create such intricate histories, weaving all of their past and present together well. Authors who manage to do this always leave me in a state of awe, and I can’t help but admire them for their talent. In addition to this, Lutchen created characters that were all different. Not one character shared the same story, not the same personality as another. Kailey’s friends were all diverse in species, power, and personality. I find that many authors have trouble with this and tend to recreate their characters over again, sometimes within the same novel, other times within others. I liked that each character brought something new to the table, whether it was their own history, or a tale about the land, these characters are what really captivated me and pulled me into the book. Something that drew me in completely (before all the wonderful characters jumped in to save the day) was the idea of Renhala, with Neda and Velopa, as well as Lutchen’s ideas behind the creation of our society. On top of the stories told about the creation of Renhala and our world, there is the world of Renhala itself. I loved the descriptions and how this mythical world popped out of the pages. Everything, from the scenery to the odd species and creatures to the magical lakes and the magical skills, captured me and pulled me into the pages of the book. Overall, I really enjoyed Renhala, though the cliffhanging end is now taunting me. Lutchen has the ability to weave together her characters’ histories, past lives, and present actions, creating captivating characters, and new, unexplored worlds. I just can’t wait to get my hands on the sequel, Golden Dunes of Renhala, which is to be released sometime this year. Plot: 5/5 Characters: 3.5/5 World Building: 5/5 Cover: 3/5 Overall: 3.5/5 GoodReads Rating: 4.14/5
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A violent, destructive force seems to have the upper hand in the world. Bizarre creatures have been sighted. Kailey, herself the survivor of a brutal attack, learns that there is another realm, and that she has the ability to travel there. The other realm, Renhala, is home to raccoon-like creatures, big cats, killer rabbits, a dragon, and large three-footed sentient beasts. This book would have benefited from an editor. It seems to drag on. Trimming some scenes would improve the story. The special abilities of several species or individuals are effectively the same when put into practice. Almost all of the characters sound like a whiny 12-year-old girl at times. One of the major characters, who uses baby talk, describes the result of his work in technical terms, which is jarring. The tone of the narration is uneven. There is a continuity problem when Kailey does not have a cell phone, so she can't make a personal call from work, but then she makes just such a call. There are some missing words and ungrammatical sentences. Sometimes two versions of a verb are in the sentence, something such as, "He states says." Some words are used wrongly, and do not make sense. During what is presumably a battle royale, the Bad Guy takes the time to explain what has happened in the past, what his motivation is, and what he thinks of the other characters. Then there was a pronouncement which was supposed to reveal something disturbing about Kailey: I just laughed, it was so cheesy. The story does not have a satisfying conclusion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great epic tale with a variety of odd and outrageous characters and creatures. Love the main character, a young woman who is frightened and depressed and rightfully so. She evolves into a strong, witty, emphatic character. With a small group of comrades that may or maynot be trustworthy she sets out to save the world, travelling thru other dimensions. Plus l always love a story that includes animals, especially a loyal dog! Has some romance too. Very hot descriptions of the two men in her life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wasn’t sure about this story. I was skeptical because it seemed a bit long and the author is very new to me but alas it turns out I shouldn’t have been. This is a very interesting story about a parallel world that only a few, on both sides, know about.  There were a lot of things that I liked about this story and a few that I didn’t but those were minor. Kailey is a young, funny, lovable woman who recently suffered an appalling physical assault. Still in a depressed phase (because really folks that’s not easy to come back from), she decides to go out for dinner with her best friend Amber. This is the beginning of her new rollercoaster life. After meeting the masterly persuasive Gunthreon in the backroom (don’t even ask what she was doing back there), Kailey finds out that there is another place called Renhala where traveling to can be done by a single word. Along with her dog Kioto, Kailey is swept up into the fight of her life – saving Renhala and its people.  What I really liked about this story was getting to know Kailey and the people she met along the way. The character development was done really well and other world building (lots of imagery) was absolutely wonderful. Relatively early it’s revealed to Kailey that she’s not human and is in fact one of the people of Renhala.  She takes this news pretty well and just keeps on trucking. As a karmelean, with slowly developing powers she soon comes into her own. I thought there’s a plausible back story of Renhala existence and how they’ve maintained their invisibility from the human world; even more important to me was that the story line was really well plotted out.  Kailey’s mom was one of my favorite characters, talk about a fighter! There are many other characters, Russell, Gunthreon’s grandson who had a thing going on with Amber. Speaking of Amber, I don’t know what best friend school she came from but I would have thrown her back a long long long time ago. Bu, a chocolate tasting, rotten egg smelling, lovable greble, Greer the blue eyed cantankerous dragon. Philip, the sometimes seven year old neighbor boy who can transform into Ladimer the healer – with his looking like a blond Norse god hottie – le sigh.  What I did didn’t enjoy so much was the slow pacing of the story. This is told in first person and while I agree that Lutchen did a wonderful job, it was just too much inner monologue that I can take for this length of a story.  Overall, I enjoyed this story and I would definitely recommend it if you’re in the mood for a something a little different but good. Oh yeah, by the way, xnay on the horizontal bambo. Happy Reading Folks! Rating: B- ***Provided by author for review
Bookworm_Babblings More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. Kailey is a shy sweet young woman suffering from depression caused by a terrifyingly assault by an unknown creature. A chance encounter leads her to meet Gunthereon, he knows all about her past and sets the stage for an epic adventure in Renhala. I love fantasy novels. Each book draws you into a unique world beyond your imagination. This book, however, takes you into several realms and a fantastic journey as Kailey fights to save Renhala. This was one of the best fantasy novels I’ve read in a long time. As you get deeper into the book, Kailey learns more and more about herself and her gift. She begins to toughen up and has a great cast of fellow traveling companions. My favorite character has to be the main character, Kailey. She was just a mild mannered accountant is a charitable organization that had to become strong and confident, showing no fear. This is a book that quickly draws you in and keeps you engaged until the very last page. There is lots of action and adventure, as you learn friends from foes. A must read and definitely in my top ten fantasy novels!
KristenJ More than 1 year ago
Oh, yes! Now I remember why I love urban fantasy. Renhala pretty much sums why entirely. Honestly, I wasn’t sure what I was getting into when I started reading this. I couldn’t remember what had drawn me to the book, and a reread of the blurb didn’t remind me (possibly because I’ve been reading SO MUCH contemporary lately). So I dove in…and barely came up for air. I literally jaw dropped on this book. I couldn’t put the book down so naturally it traveled around the house with me on my iPhone – I walked by a mirror, read a plot twist, and watched my jaw drop and eyes nearly bulge out of my head. Not even kidding guys. Books that have a physical reaction on me = good. What happens when the worst night of your life leaves behind a gift? Kailey’s struggling to return to life after being viciously attacked – and soon discovers that her attack woke up dormant powers inside of her. Naturally  this gift comes with great responsibility, a quest, and maybe even the potential to save her terminal mother. She sets off on her quest…and has to decide if everyone she knows is who they say they are. This was a fast and fun read. The light style keeps the pace quick and the reader on their toes.  What I’d say stood out the most for me was the characters and the world building. Every single character felt distinct and had a different reaction. Kiota made me give my own pup extra treats. I wanted to hug Bu. I wanted to adopt Jenna. There were enough new elements that I did feel as if I was in another realm, but not so many that I was left confused in the dark. Also…WHO KNEW BUNNIES COULD BE SCARY? I will note that because it is fantasy, there were times that I wouldn’t have minded extra description. It’s easy to get swept up in the quick pace, but there were a few images I’d like to have pictured more clearly. This is probably just a me thing though – I tend to like description.   Did I figure out all the plot twists?  No. Would I read this again? Yes. Did I add the sequel to my goodreads list? You can bet your cheesecake I did. Also, I’ll take a Connor please. Swoon, swoon, and swoon some more.
Myra-PiecesofWhimsy More than 1 year ago
Renhala is a big book, at least compared to most things I've been reading lately, and it took me a while to get caught up in the story. A lot of things interested me in the beginning, but nothing was quite gripping enough to trap me.  Renhala is set in two realms: ours, where Kailey's story begins, and Renhala, the magical fantasy realm that is intertwined with our own world. Both worlds full of magic and wonder. There were a lot of fantastic elements in this book, an done that I immediately loved was Kailey's flashbacks to her attack. When small reminders set of her memories and you caught a glimpse of what transpired - I was utterly intrigued! Another great thing was Bu, a creature from Renhala who is completely adorable and lovable. He's so cute, you can't help but love him! This book felt like it dragged on a bit in the beginning, it's a long book so I didn't expect to jump straight into the action/adventure, but it needed a bit more pizzazz in the beginning to make me yearn for the rest of the book, as it was I just felt a wondering curiosity which I'm glad I acted on. If you're a lover of urban fantasies I'd definitely recommend this book. I don't love the genre as much as I love classic/epic/whatever-it's-called fantasy, but it's still fantasy and I still enjoyed it.
TeenBlurb More than 1 year ago
Renhala is a story about discovery. The main character Kailey discovers that her world is not the only world, and that there is more to her lineage then her mother told her. Kailey embarks on a quest to Renhala, to figure out what or who is behind the danger that is not only affecting Renhala, but her world as well. A huge part of this story is the characters. Kailey meets some fantastic characters along the way that add more depth to the story by relating their viewpoints of the happenings between the realms. Renhala itself is a complex world that is similar to our own, but is the home of characters that we have only heard about in fairy tales. Renhala is the fist in a new fantasy series by author, Amy Joy Lutchen. The attention to detail, the many different back story's of the variety of characters, the history of the realms, and the magic abilities that Kailey learns, is definitely setting up an epic series that will span over many books. Fans of Tolkien, George R.R. Martin, Anne MaCaffrey, and Robert Jordan will feel at home with this new series! Be ready to get transported into a magical realm where anything is possible! I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
twocoulters More than 1 year ago
I have had this book on TBR list a while. It’s been recommended to me on multiple occasions. However, I use Urban Fantasy as a reward – or as a pick me up after a reading slump. I often find it difficult to immerse myself completely in Urban Fantasy. That was never an issue with Renhala, each time I ventured into the world that Amy created I felt completely submerged. Her creativity is only surpassed by her ability to maintain all the intricate details.  Disclosure: This ebook was provided to me free of charge for the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments, and ratings are my own.
RavenaierKP More than 1 year ago
I'd like to thank the author for giving me a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. The beginning of the book I will admit was confusing as all heck and a little slow. I think maybe opening the book with a flashback to the attack would have drawn the reader in immediately. Overall, the writing was excellent. The story line was a little long. In fact, with a little more detail and a good cliff hanger, this could have easily been broken down into two books. With the story line being so long, there were times when it felt slow and draggy. The love triangle, did it ever really get resolved? At the very end it did, but I didn't like how Kailey couldn't decide till the very end, she was so wishy-washy about the two guys. I wanted to slap her a few times. On the other hand, I did like how there was no insta-love. So basically: great writing style, the storyline was long and draggy at times, but, ultimately, a great read.
Wendy Hoffman More than 1 year ago
Where to start... Well, I was in one of my rare book funks where nothing held my attention, so I decided I would attempt something different and I started Renhala. Wow! I could not stop reading it! Amy Joy Lutchen just pulled me into the world she created. This was more to the Fantasy side and I just loved it! It was exactly what I needed to get me reading. I really felt for the characters too. Kailey went through something very traumatic and I was able to feel for her through the story. The same with Connor and some of his reactions. (I would've been the same way!) I also loved Bu, I just wanted to hug him! Renhala has lots of action and drama, a bit of a romance triangle and finally followed by betrayal. It has a perfect blend to hold readers attention and keep them captivated! I would definitely recommend it and I will be following Amy Joy Lutchen's work from here on. * I recieved this ebook for review but that has in no way effected my opinion.*
The-Book-Diaries More than 1 year ago
I completely enjoyed the story of Renhala. The creativity it took Amy to create her world is amazing. All of the characters were intriguing and well developed, making you want to know more about them. She took the mother daughter relationship to a whole new level showing such love and devotion between the two. I liked the love triangle that was created between characters, too bad it wasn’t resolved, I am anxious to see who will be the winner. If you’ve read Amy’s blog and saw her inspiration for writing Renhala, you will see how much she has put into this story. It was actually very moving for me to see how Amy used her experiences. I only had two negatives with this story which are minor and maybe my own personal preference. It was long. I am all about a good read even if it’s lengthy and able to hold my attention. There were also few parts where the story slowed for me and I found myself wanting to skip ahead. All in all I would definitely recommend this to other readers who enjoy fantasy fiction. So here’s a little bit about the story, without giving anything away. We meet Kailey, who has just survived a horrible attack. This attack is just the beginning of a chain of events that will uncover the world of Renhala, Kailey’s world. Kailey will befriend a group of people who are pivotal in her survival from someone who wants to keep her from uncovering a plot to takeover Renhala. Along the way, Kailey gets put into the middle of a love triangle between two men, two very different men. Her mixed feelings put strenuous tension within the group, making things difficult for the group. Kailey is fighting to save a world like no other, against creatures only thought up in dreams and fairy tales. In the end Kailey will need to choose to follow the powers of good or give in to the power of evil.
manda-rae More than 1 year ago
This book is all about a journey.  A journey to save the world, a journey towards self-discovery, and a journey to new love.  And with Kailey's humor and zero experience in the dating world, it's quite a fun journey to follow.  It's pure fantasy that makes me question how on earth Amy Joy Lutchen came up with these quirky ideas. Kailey, a timid girl, that doesn't really want to get involved with anything difficult is a fun character to follow.  On her journey, she meets some interesting fellows.  Gunthreon, an experienced teacher of sorts; Ladimer, a healer who can change his appearance; and Connor, a hunky man who can calm you with the truth.  There are various other characters including a nymph with attitude.  But I do have to say that I grew to really like Ladimer over all the other guys. While I really enjoyed this book and felt it flowed really well, I feel like some questions were a bit too nagging for me.  For example, what's so important about the ring on the cover?  We see it in the book, but I don't think it ever really gets the spotlight.  And I felt like Kailey's powers weren't fully explained to my satisfaction.  But then again, even in the end, she was still coming to realize her full potential in regards to her power.  So, I'm fairly certain these are questions that will be answered at a later time since it looks like a series. I'd recommend this book for someone who wants some fun laughs, a completely imaginative and new fantasy world, and a good ride for the read...
KikiD870 More than 1 year ago
Renhala is an adventure of the epic sort!!  It is the kind of sweeping story that is filled with mystery and intrigue, danger and lighthearted moments, and even a bit of romance. Kailey Rooke, as the lead of the story, is hard not to love.  She has been through hell and back after a brutal attack that nearly killed her.  You could really feel her fear and her pain as she struggles to take her life back, move out of her mother's home and make a life for herself once again. The characters in this book are not all human, but together they form a group dynamic that makes for an intense, and fun, read.  Bu is a lovable character, an immense creature who, unlike the rest of his species, is sweet and loving and fiercely loyal.  Connor and Ladimer make for great love interests and, for most of the book, I couldn't decide which I loved more!   This is a well-paced book with all kinds of quirks and unexpected twists and turns that kept me turning the pages.  At times the story was intense and serious, but other times there was a sweet touch of whimsy!   Things to love about Renhala...    --The characters.  Human or not, there was something about these characters that the reader is truly able to connect to, something I wasn't expecting but that I truly enjoyed.    --The story world.  The author created a world that aligned so well with our own that, even though it is fantasy, it felt real.  I love fantasy that can feel possible! My recommendation:  Definitely a recommended read!
Addicted_Readers More than 1 year ago
I was given a copy of this book from the author exchange For my honest opinion. Everything your about to read is my full and honest opinion about the book. First and foremost I have to give the amazing author praise for this book. She has done a remarkable job with creating a amazing book! This book sucked me in from the beginning to the very end! Then when it was over I wanted more, so much more! She has created something new and fresh to urban fantasy books. So here's the plot: This book starts off in the aftermath of a girl named Kailey being attacked by someone, or as Kailey calls it "Something"! She swears whatever attacked her was not "all" human! But that can't be right there's only humans on earth, Right??? After the attack Kailey was not taking it well. She spiraled into a deep and dark depression. So after months of countless, sleepless nights, Kailey finally pulls herself together and decides it's time to face the world. So with the help of her best friend Amber they go out one night and that's when Kailey's world changes forever! She is approached by mysterious elderly man that waves Kailey to follow him. She reluctantly does what she's told. But what she's finds when she gets back there is something she never would have imagined, she finds a whole new world, a realm called "Renhala! That's when Kailey's fun and adventure starts. She's introduced to a world of magic, love, betrayals, and adventure! She discovery's that she has a special gift that she has never known about. A power called Karma. And on top of the new gift she's discovered, she is told that she is the only one that can save "Renhala"! So with the help of new friends that she meets in "Renhala" she sets out on her quest to save the realm. But things are not easy for Kailey. She not only has to come to terms with her magical powers that she's never known existed, but she also has the stress of having to save "Renhala" from it demise! And if that's not enough she also has to decided which man her heart lies with. Overall I definitely enjoyed this book and am eager to read the next installment in the series! I gives this magical book an easy 5 stars!
Sarah_UK1 More than 1 year ago
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Amy Joy Lutchen.) Kailey is having a hard time coming to terms with an assault that has left her traumatised and afraid to leave the house. Finally deciding to try and get back to normal she goes out with her best friend Amber, and due to a bad cab driver, finds herself at a Chinese restaurant. After finding herself in a strange room at the back of a restaurant, Kailey meets an elderly man called Gunthreon, who draws her into a world she didn’t know existed – Renhala. Soon Kailey finds that all is not as she thought she knew – crazy people are just people who can see through the veil to Renhala, and something as simple as a pendulum can give answers to things she never even imagined. All is not well in Renhala though, a special urn is cracking, which means that a magical being called Neda is in danger, and it’s up to Kailey to help put things to rights. Can Kailey save Renhala? What magical powers does Kailey possess? And who can Kailey trust? This novel is unique, I can’t say I have ever read anything like this before, and it was good! I wasn’t sure where this book was going at first. It started off reading a little like an adult/women’s/contemporary/drama sort of story, and then developed into a fantasy, and the best of it was how flawless this transition was! I have read books before which start off reading like a contemporary novel and then seem to switch to fantasy, and some have had real problems where the transition is just unbelievable and awkward, but Renhala did not have any of those problems. I liked Kailey, she was in a difficult place to start with, but she overcame her fears, and found her confidence again, which was so nice to see. She was compassionate, and showed how much she cared for others, even taking pity on strays. There were two sort-of love interests, and therefore I suppose this could be described as a love triangle, although there wasn’t much in the way of romance in this book, and so this wasn’t really a major issue. I liked both of the love interests although I think Conner was my favourite. I didn’t quite get why Kailey liked Ladimer. His introduction to the story was a little unusual, and I just didn’t warm to him. Kailey’s best friend Amber seemed to be a little hot and cold, and Kailey’s mother was ill and needed Kailey to help her at times. Kailey coped with these demands well though, and never resented her mother or Amber for needing her attention at times. The world of Renhala was an interesting one, and I liked the world building. The creatures were also imaginatively created, and the world of Renhala was certainly different compared to ours. I liked the storyline, and although this book seemed long (400+pages, but more like 600+ on my kindle fire), it didn’t seem to drag, which was good. I have to admit to getting the characters a little confused when I came back to the book after a day, although I think that this was in part because of the number of different characters and their place in the story – not all of them were human either, so there was also lots of different races and their different attributes too. I was a little confused by the end of the book, although going searching back through the book helped this a little. I can only assume from the ending though that there will be a sequel to Renhala, as in my opinion the ending is a bit of a cliff-hanger! Overall; a well thought out fantasy story, which is not your average fantasy, and would appeal to people who are not necessarily big fantasy fans. 8 out of 10.