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Tribute [Paperback]

Ellen Renner
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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6 Mar 2014 Tribute
What if your greatest enemy was yourself? Zara is a mage, one of the elite in a world where magic is power, and the non-magic majority live as slaves. When her Tribute child (slave) best friend is killed for the crime of literacy, Zara seeks revenge by spying for the rebel Knowledge Seekers. She finds her bravery and magical skill tested to the limit when a young Maker, Aidan, is taken hostage in a bid for supposed peace. Surprised by first love, she promises to help him. But before Zara can keep her promise, her secret is discovered. Hunted by her own, she seeks refuge with the Knowledge Seekers. But when you can kill with a thought, can you ever be trusted? Pain, romance, defiance and revenge combine in this powerfully written - and breathtakingly envisioned - YA fantasy.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Hot Key Books (6 Mar 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 147140031X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471400315
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 244,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ellen Renner's wild imagination and tender prose resemble Joan Aiken's and Tribute is a tour de force. New Statesman Thrilling and beautifully written, TRIBUTE drew me into its story from the first page -- Amanda Craig Richly imagined and beautifully written. TRIBUTE completely swept me away. -- L. A. Weatherly, author of ANGEL and MISSING BABY

About the Author

Ellen Renner was born in the USA, but came to England in her twenties, married here, and now lives in an old house in Devon with her husband and son. Ellen originally trained as a painter and surrounds herself with sketches of her characters as she writes. She spins wool as well as stories, knitting and weaving when time allows. She plays the violin, fences (badly!) and collects teapots and motorcycles.Her first book, CASTLE OF SHADOWS, won the Cornerstones Wow Factor Competition, the 2010 North East Book Award and was chosen for both THE INDEPENDENT and THE TIMES summer reading lists and, along with the sequel CITY OF THIEVES, was included on THE TIMES list of best children's books of 2010. Follow Ellen at or on Twitter: @Ellen_Renner

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars it was unusual in a good way. Steeped in fantasy 8 July 2014
Tribute’ was a really unusual read but rest assured, it was unusual in a good way. Steeped in fantasy, Ellen Renner has created a fascinating fantasy world unlike anything else I’ve come across before. It took me a little while to become accustomed to some of the words and phrases used in the book but there’s a useful glossary in the back pages which definitely helped. About a third of the way through it all started to click and come together for me and that’s when the story really started to take off.

The central character, Zara, is a Mage. She is part of a society of people who have magic and can control the elements through telekinesis. They also have the ability to will their mind into the bodies of animals and birds which they can then seize control of. Zara’s father is one of the most powerful Mage’s alive but she has never forgiven him for taking away one of the few people she’s ever loved. In spying for the Knowledge Seekers she hopes to right the wrongs done against the non-magical society, who have been enslaved and are at the will of the Mage population.

I instantly liked Zara as soon as she was introduced. She thinks differently about things to everyone else and she’s willing to stand up and fight for what she believes in. She really grew in character throughout the book and I admired her for many of the tough decisions she has to make.

I found all the different factions in the book absolutely fascinating. As well as those who have magic, there are the rebel Knowledge Seekers and the Makers who live on the other side of the Wall. They are fighting a continual war against the Mages and are determined to protect their community whatever the cost.

Ellen Renner’s writing made the characters and their world really come alive. I was immersed in the story and on tenterhooks for most of the last part of the book. ‘Tribute’ is a brilliant start to the series which is set to continue in August 2014 with ‘Outcaste’.
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Refreshingly different from the usual teen/young adult dystopia or fantasy, this portrayal of a fascist overclass who use magical powers to rule and subjugate is totally believable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Elemental magic with a great heroine 9 Mar 2014
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I have know Ellen Renner's work for a few years now. This book explores some of her hallmark themes - talented girls being underestimated by their fathers; missing mothers and a bit of class war. But it has the added benefit of being YA, so the ideas have more room to breathe. The two girl leads (sorry Aidan, I expect you'll get your chance in later books) are a fantastic odd couple. I also love that Zara comes to learn that people have more in common than they have dividing them. I read it in one sitting and can't wait for the next instalment.
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