Welcome Anyta Sunday – and Book Review – Locked

I’m reviewing Locked by Anyta Sunday today as part of her blog tour with Creative Minds Promotions. For more information about the tour and the rafflecopter giveaway, check out my LJ post.

TITLE: Locked
SERIES: Telluric Realm #1
AUTHOR: Anyta Sunday
COVER ARTIST: Natasha Snow
LENGTH: 98,000 words
RELEASE DATE: April 26, 2016
BLURB: A curse threatens the Winter Kingdom.

A brother is turned to ice.

A rebel uprising is on the horizon.

Marble-maker Rye Cunnings is at the center of it all—and doesn’t know it.

He doesn’t know he’s the lost summer prince. Doesn’t know his blood can unlock Winter’s curse. Doesn’t know why the marbles he makes flutter with magic. All he thinks is that he’s crazy. That he sees things others don’t, like dragons and strange markings on his skin.

But when a dark dragon snatches away Rye’s only friend Milo, he is forced to face the crazy in his life and figure out a way to bring Milo back.

Help comes in the form of Cerdic Leit, a warrior who finds Rye to take him “home” to the Telluric Realm and their kind. All Rye has to do is follow him into Gatreau, the gateway to the four Telluric kingdoms, and all his questions will be answered.

In the hopes of saving Milo, Rye steps into this new and dangerous world. A world where he learns of the Tellurics and their Hansian foes. A world that is swept up in a bitter battle of justice and hate.

And a world that won’t let Rye leave again.

This is the first book I’ve read by Anyta Sunday and it definitely won’t be the last. I want more of this series—having reading Locked I’m hooked.

Locked has many of the elements I love when I read fantasy—alternative universes, magic, and dragons. Did I mention dragons?

Although these are elements common to the fantasy genre, I love the twist the author has given them. At the beginning of the story Rye Cummings finds himself out of his depth and in a world he didn’t know existed. However, Rye is not the only point of view character in the story, and I think the multiple perspectives enriches the world building in the story. Several characters in this world are not who they appear to be and don’t always make the right decisions. Hero or villain? For many characters this isn’t clear cut, which is something I really liked about the story.

The world building is very well thought out, and has a depth that made me feel as though I was stepping into a world which has both a history and a future to explore. I loved the magic system with its runes, locks, keys and curses, the consequences of which are felt throughout the kingdom. The Telluric kingdom with its four seasons and checks and balances is an intriguing idea and I’m looking to read more about it. Our world features as well, and the keys to the gateway that is used to travel between worlds must be earned. Although several of the characters can turn into dragons, there are checks in place for that as well.

This story is mainly Rye and Cerdic’s but the friendship between them is not instant, and it has to be earned. I suspect the other books will focus on other characters who also had a big part to play in this story. I hope so as their stories are only beginning, just as Rye and Cerdic’s is far from over.

I’d recommend Locked to readers who love fantasy with detailed world building, interesting characters, mixed with an intriguing plot and a good dollop of action and drama. 5 out of 5 stars.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at https://annebarwell.wordpress.com
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