ORENDA by Ruth Silver
a Young Adult Fantasy Adventure series
published by Patchwork Press
Join forces with a parallel universe.
Dark forces, magical creatures, and the world Lil thought she knew collide when a dream transports her to the strange world of Orenda. Stunned and terrified, Lil comes face to face with her doppelganger, Willow, who possesses the ability to travel between the two worlds. Everything Lil knows logically says that Orenda can’t exist, but a small clue may be proof that it was more than an ordinary dream. With the threat of her younger sister in danger, Lil crosses dimensions but it may cost her even more than she bargained for.
A sword wielding girl, the eternal suit, and a parallel universe come together in this action-packed Young Adult fantasy adventure that will keep readers of all ages turning the pages. Orenda is the first novel in the Orenda series.
Lil stood firm, sword-in-hand, staring at the beast as it flew directly at her. “How do I kill it?” She raised the sword above her head with two hands.
Hudson glanced at her. “With what we taught you. The dragon is no different than a man.”
“It has wings and is flying at me. I’d say it’s different!”
About the Author: Ruth Silver is the best-selling author of ABERRANT, a young adult dystopian adventure series published by Patchwork Press and Lazy Day Publishing, in 2013. Silver attended Northern Illinois University and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Communication in the spring of 2005. While in college, she spent much of her free time writing with friends she met online and penning her first novel, Deuces are Wild, which she self-published in 2004. Her favorite class was Creative Writing senior year where she often handed in assignments longer than the professor required, because she loved to write and always wanted to finish her stories. Her love of writing led her on an adventure in 2007 to Melbourne, Australia. Silver enjoys reading, photography, traveling and most of all writing. She loves dystopian and fantasy young adult stories. Ruth has been actively writing since she was a teenager. Upcoming works include Royal Reaper, a young adult series about grim reapers, due for release June 3rd, 2014. She currently resides in Plainfield, Illinois.
Conceptually, Orenda was interesting with it’s parallel worlds-meets-magic premise. Lil and Willow are doppelgangers living in alternate worlds, one normal as ours and the other filled with magic. When Lil mistakenly travels to Orenda, it causes her best friend Bray to follow her there, cascading into a set of events that enable a powerful sorceress to get access to the magic of travelling between realms. The feel of the book was mostly fantasy, with fae, dragons and evil sorceresses strewn across the plot. The story had mettle, and I was surprised by this refreshing take on the genre by the author. The characters feel better defined and I enjoyed the mulitple POVs – it gave dimension to the story. The writing, too, is quite better than her previous Aberrant series. Plot inconsistencies were also nearly non-existent, which made me breathe a sigh of relief. I wish more effort would have been taken to set up the world of Orenda, though, as the book is too short to explain it. The world is nearly technologically competent as ours but has no communication or broadcast devices like TV or phones; however, it has cars and planes (don’t planes need to communicate, by the way?). I was also a little stumped as far the love triangle was concerned – was it there or not or did I imagine it? Pacing was a bit too fast for my liking too, and I hope more effort is given to properly develop the plot in the next book. This had a strong start and I look forward to the next.
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