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  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (10 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1497581265
  • ISBN-13: 978-1497581265
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,205,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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A self-proclaimed bookworm, Cherie Reich 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 horror collection Nightmare, a space fantasy novella collection titled Gravity, and the fantasy series The Foxwick Chronicles and The Fate Challenges. Reborn is her debut novel. She is Vice President of Valley Writers and a member of the Virginia Writers Club and Untethered Realms.

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Reborn is a brilliant, absorbing fantasy novel that really gripped me and didn't let go. It has many classic fantasy elements, as well as some that may not be so familiar, but what really made it work was coupling these with the story of a young girl that is easy to relate to. Yssa is a typical teenage girl in many ways - growing up on a small island, she is slightly gauche and unsure of herself. She has a crush on her childhood friend. But she has been marked out as special from the day she was born (or reborn) as the Phoenix Prophetess, a child chosen by a god to serve her kingdom by foreseeing events. She doesn't always appreciate this gift, and longs to be normal. There is a heartbreaking moment that makes her feel her blessing is more of a curse. But she is also a brave character, and rises to the challenges that come her way. I feel Yssa was a really well-drawn character, and that also goes for the other main players in this book, especially Queen Samarra, who I never entirely trusted.

Another main point that made me love this book was the worldbuilding. It is clear that Reich has spent a lot of time and effort painstakingly creating a universe with its own races, laws, customs and gods. Sparkling descriptions made me feel fully involved in the scenes. There were even maps provided, which you don't get in every book. There were many interesting creatures, such as the karshiptas, perytons and woodwoses.

The pacing, I feel, was spot on. It is a fairly slow start, but this allows the scene to be set and the reader to become familiar with the characters' world. After the heartbreaking moment alluded to above, it just builds and builds until it becomes unputdownable. And you don't get much higher stakes than the destruction of an entire kingdom.
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By Roses are Amber on 12 May 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Reborn is the first book in The Fate Challenges series, a YA fantasy. A short story prequel is available for the series called Magna's Plea. Reborn opens with a prophecy about a baby girl who will be brought back to life to fulfil a role of Phoenix Prophetess to the people of Amora.

We meet the young girl Yssa just about to set off for her training as she turns seventeen years old. She's been living quietly on an island with her parents until it is her time to have full training as a Prophetess.

Yssa has visions about her future and the future of the people, but there are plenty who want to see her fail. The Gods argue over her, and Fate must be left to find its way. Yssa has a guard whom she must learn to trust. After the death of her parents Yssa's grief makes her run away. She finds peace in the forest of Waldbaum with the Woodwose, strange simple folk who make time irrelevant.

Although staying in the forest helps heal Yssa, ultimately she knows she must return to help save the land from the Great Beyonders, a race of fearsome Northerners who wish to plunder and kill. Dangled as a piece of bait, the Queen sends Yssa as an envoy to stop the Beyonders, but her mission fails and so the vision of a burning city looks like it will come true.

This book features magic and wonderful creatures in a well thought out land. The visions work really well and the relationships between Yssa and those that vie for her affection and attention tantalise just enough to keep the reader wanting more, without taking away too much from the main theme of the book. I look forward to reading the second book in the series and a continuation of Yssa's journey.

This review is based on a free copy of the book given to me by the author.
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YA Fantasy 12 May 2014
By Roses are Amber - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Reborn is the first book in The Fate Challenges series, a YA fantasy. A short story prequel is available for the series called Magna's Plea. Reborn opens with a prophecy about a baby girl who will be brought back to life to fulfil a role of Phoenix Prophetess to the people of Amora.

We meet the young girl Yssa just about to set off for her training as she turns seventeen years old. She's been living quietly on an island with her parents until it is her time to have full training as a Prophetess.

Yssa has visions about her future and the future of the people, but there are plenty who want to see her fail. The Gods argue over her, and Fate must be left to find its way. Yssa has a guard whom she must learn to trust. After the death of her parents Yssa's grief makes her run away. She finds peace in the forest of Waldbaum with the Woodwose, strange simple folk who make time irrelevant.

Although staying in the forest helps heal Yssa, ultimately she knows she must return to help save the land from the Great Beyonders, a race of fearsome Northerners who wish to plunder and kill. Dangled as a piece of bait, the Queen sends Yssa as an envoy to stop the Beyonders, but her mission fails and so the vision of a burning city looks like it will come true.

This book features magic and wonderful creatures in a well thought out land. The visions work really well and the relationships between Yssa and those that vie for her affection and attention tantalise just enough to keep the reader wanting more, without taking away too much from the main theme of the book. I look forward to reading the second book in the series and a continuation of Yssa's journey.

This review is based on a free copy of the book given to me by the author.
The Phoenix Prophetess Yssa was easy to relate to and I loved seeing her relationships ... 5 Nov. 2014
By Gina DiCaprio - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
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!
The Chosen One Who Doesn't Want to be Chosen 25 Aug. 2014
By Staci Hudson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I had a rare opportunity to beta read Reborn, and I must say, it was exciting to see the changes implemented in the finalized version. More details were added, and the story was enhanced in little ways that made a big difference. The world building is fantastic and makes the reader want to be a part of this world. Readers can appreciate the different cultures of The Island of Guntas and the City of Amora.

This is a great book for anyone who loves mythology and magic. The book encompasses the "chosen one" trope, but Yssa, the Phoenix Prophetess, doesn't want to be the chosen one. It was refreshing to see a different take on a common stigma. Watching Yssa curse and hate her gift was interesting to see, and it gave her flaws, which made her a character we could sympathize with and root for.

There were many supporting characters whom I wanted to know more about, but perhaps I will get that opportunity in the next books to come. I look forward to reading about Yssa and Liam's continuing struggle against Fate and what adventures await them in the next installment.
a fantasy novel not to be missed 1 Aug. 2014
By Sharif - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Yssa is a Phoenix Prophetess. She was a stillborn baby brought back to life by the god Apenth and she has the phoenix mark on her chest. Her unusual purple eyes also give her away and she gets unwanted attention, with people scrambling towards her to get their fortunes told, while others want to hurt her and her family.

With different factions at war and strange creatures popping up, Yssa is in danger. She is surprised by who her guard is, what secrets cling to the Queen and her court (I believe more of this will be featured in a follow-up book), and the romantic interests that come and go.

I am not a big fantasy reader, but the author pulled me into this world. Yssa is an amazing character who is strong and sensitive as she leaves home, goes to live in a temple, and travels through treacherous areas. I enjoyed seeing her interact with the boy next door, Tym, and the darker, more passionate Liam. I also loved the magical lands and beings that added a lot of charm to the novel.
An Enthralling Epic Fantasy 12 Jun. 2014
By Laura_6 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In her new book, Cherie Reich has done an excellent job combining a “Chosen One” story with a “Coming of Age” story. Teen protagonist, Yssa, is a very special girl, a Phoenix Prophetess, who can sometimes see the future. The people in her medieval society view her power with awe and fear. She doesn’t fit in, and when she travels to the capital to become the Queen’s advisor, she fits in even less.

One of the things I liked best about the story was how mysterious and suspicious the people at the Queen’s court are. Yssa never knows who’s telling the truth and who’s up to nefarious schemes. This adds a lot of tension to the novel. The book has interesting twists and turns, but it’s open ended, and you’ll have to read others in the series to find out if Yssa can figure out who to trust and save her country from a war. Highly recommended for those who enjoy epic fantasy.
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