Tempest Black is nobody special. Orphaned as a baby, the only thing she has from her past is her unusual name. Now, at seventeen, she's willing to give it up if it means she can disappear. What she doesn't know is that, in the West, eleven have been sent to find her, and when they do, her whole world will change.
They are the Star Riders, those chosen by Adonai to protect the worlds from the forces of darkness. All alone, they search for the one prophesied to be at their side at the end of days. A special child with unknown powers who will change everything.
4 out of 5 (very good)
This is the story of Tempest and Bram. It starts off with Tempest basically removing herself from 'the grid' and making herself disappear, as she doesn't want to go back into juvie for the next few months until she is eighteen. There are reasons for juvie, but none of it that bad, especially as you learn what she has had to deal with. It's a wonder she is still alive and sane! Bram has always been the odd one out. All on the Qaanis are bonded pairs, apart from him. So when Tempest shows up and he becomes aware of who she is to him, well, they're in for a bumpy ride, let's just say that.
This is extremely well-written and smoothly paced. Being a book nerd means that I absolutely adored the literary references dotted throughout, and I loved the alternative history of William Shakespeare, Poe, Frost etc. There is a lot of religion and faith mentioned, but it is not crammed into every sentence.
The first in the series starts with a bang and I am looking forward to reading more! Definitely recommended.
* I received this book from Once Upon An Alpha in return for a fair and honest review. *
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Victoria Perkins began writing at a young age and story-telling even younger. Starting in third grade, she wrote stories, some of which became the basis of her published works. After graduating from Kent State University with a BA in English, Perkins held numerous jobs, including working customer service and teaching at a private school before, in 2012, she began to work full-time as a writer.
She has had six young adult novels published: Reeves' Island, The Last Summer, Three, Two, One, My Immortal, 'm Cara, The Dragon Three, and Star Riders: The Twelve, as well as a short story collection titled This Weak and Idle Theme.
Perkins is currently employed as a freelance writer and ghostwriter, contributing to hundreds of short stories, novellas and full-length novels for clients all over the world, including ones that have made Amazon's top 100 Kindle list as well as USA Today's Best-Seller list. She makes her home in northeastern Ohio near her family.