(Rhodi Saga #1)
Published by: Gryfyn Publishing
Publication date: September 4th 2016
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy, Young Adult
Flight. Hyperspeed. Clairvoyance.
These are some of the powers gifted to the Rhodi, an ancient sect of assassins who defend Crescentia, a dystopian world with a dying hope.
Dyliana Fairsson is one of them. After losing her parents to a suspicious accident, she and her twin brother, Devin, join the Rhodi to avoid starvation. Under the direction of her master, Dylan struggles to learn the strength of her magic …as well as hide the growing scars on her wrists. Can Dylan become the warrior, the hero, she’s destined to be? Or is she fated to fall from the light into the darkness?
The first installment in the epic fantasy series by bestselling author Megan Linski, Rhodi’s Light is an action-packed thrill ride that will leave readers begging for more.
The story follows Dylan and Devin, brother and sister that are on the run with their parents. They don’t know what follows them and neither of their parents will answer their questions. While they flee across the borders, tragedy strikes, leaving Dylan and Devin parentless. They spend several weeks surviving on the street, with hints as to something horrific happening to them. Something had happened to them and neither one of them seem interested in remembering the night their parents died nor their endless days on the street, starving, and stealing what they can in order to survive. One fateful day, they attempt to steal from the master Rhodi whom takes pity on them. With their bellies aching and starving beyond belief they break into the Rhodi’s home where the Rhodi welcome them. Their only condition though is that Dylan and Devin must train the ways of the Rhodi. But a darkness stirs and one of their own is taken. Left alone at home, Dylan and Devin decide to take a stand, joining in on the fight, and doing what they can to save their master.
It was a little slow in the beginning, but the characters are likable so the slow-pace was still enjoyable. Rhodi’s Light does deal with depression and self-harm. Dylan emotionally struggles and has much self doubt that she learns to overcome. And the way Megan handles this plot detail is very sensitive to the concept. I think YA novels should have more books that deal with mental illnesses or disorders and I really enjoyed the fact that Megan shed light on a situation that is not often talked about in YA books but that many teens struggle with. It also shows how Dylan works through her depression and finds something to fight for. It also shows how Dylan accepts help when it is offered to her.
One thing I really enjoyed was the twins Tavana and Talidin. They are the ones that train Dylan and Devin. I think the friendship and trust that develops and grows between the four of them is solid and beautiful. I think as main characters, Dylan and Devin have alot of potential to become truly crafted and amazing characters which I look forward to seeing their development in books 2 and 3.
Overall Rhodi’s Light was a very pleasant read, and though it may not be a read for everyone since it does deal with delicate topics, I think it should still be a highly considered read since it is an interesting story and has so much to offer.
Megan Linski is the owner of Gryfyn Publishing and has had a passion for writing ever since she completed her first (short) novel at the age of 6. Her specializations are romance, fantasy, and contemporary fiction for people aged 14-24. When not writing she enjoys ice skating, horse riding, theatre, archery, fishing, and being outdoors. She is a passionate advocate for mental health awareness and suicide prevention, and is an active fighter against common variable immune deficiency disorder. She lives in Michigan.
Megan Linski also writes under the pen name of Natalie Erin for the Creatures of the Lands Series, co-authored with Krisen Lison.
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