Series: Raybearer #1
Author: Jordan Ifueko
Genre: YA fantasy
Nothing is more important than loyalty.
But what if you’ve sworn to protect the one you were born to destroy?
Tarisai has always longed for the warmth of a family. She was raised in isolation by a mysterious, often absent mother known only as The Lady. The Lady sends her to the capital of the global empire of Aritsar to compete with other children to be chosen as one of the Crown Prince’s Council of 11. If she’s picked, she’ll be joined with the other Council members through the Ray, a bond deeper than blood. That closeness is irresistible to Tarisai, who has always wanted to belong somewhere. But The Lady has other ideas, including a magical wish that Tarisai is compelled to obey: Kill the Crown Prince once she gains his trust. Tarisai won’t stand by and become someone’s pawn—but is she strong enough to choose a different path for herself?
My Rating: 5 STARS
From the very first chapter of this book I was enraptured by the story. The way it was written made me instantly intrigued and craving more of the story.
The first chapter opens up on Tarisai (the mc) as a young child. We see her life through her young eyes as she’s told she is not human and not allowed to interact with other people. This made me intrigued by the story and it also made me sympathise with Tarisai straight away as you really feel how lonely she is in the first few chapters. I liked how we get introduced to the mythology of the world straight away as Tarisai meets up with an Ehru in the first chapter.
I loved Raybearer and I thought it was written so well, I think the author is a brilliant storyteller. I loved how the author wove the story of Tarisai, this young girl who wants companionship and love into such a complexly detailed plot that really affects the world of this book. The world and story are both so enriched in detail. The history of the Raybearer and how they came to be was very interesting and I loved the flashbacks and how they were told, they were so immersive and you really start to see the full story with every flashback.
I liked the characters and friendships between Tarisai, Sanjeet, Dayo and Kirah. I also liked the closeness of the council and thought how the rays worked was very interesting. I loved the themes of this book, how it discussed the lack of equality in the world of Raybearer. We see throughout how the world and society of this book expects different things from Tarisai than it does the men of the world. I liked how justice was a big part of this book.
Overall I loved Raybearer and think it was such a uniquely crafted book. I loved the writing and there were so many beautiful quotes in this book. The history and mythology of the world were interestingly described and the intrigue of the plot kept me hooked. I can’t wait to read the next book.