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Union of Renegades (The Rys Chronicles #1)

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  134 ratings  ·  26 reviews
The Rys Chronicles begin with this character-rich adventure that follows the travels of Dreibrand Veta, an ambitious warrior who seeks to rebuild his noble family's fortune. He is the first to join the powerful rys spellcaster Shan, whose race possesses magical powers and whose Queen Onja rules many human kingdoms as their Goddess. The wickedness and tyranny of Onja disgus ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published January 21st 2006 by Brave Luck Books (first published January 2nd 2006)
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    Red Haircrow
    "Union of Renegades", Book One of The Rys Chronicles, has details that are admirable: maps and background information on locations and kingdoms which can be great additions to help readers visualize a work. They evidenced the careful thought and planning which went into the novel, and the seriousness with which the author considered the genre.

    My problematic issue was that the execution seemed somewhat uneven. The author displayed great world building skills, yet the dialogue seemed rather abrupt
    Grace Krispy
    Tracy Falbe has created a magical landscape that comes to life. The hierarchical structure is fascinating, and I find the dynamics between the people who populate this world quite interesting. There are several different races of people in this book, and I felt like I had a good feel for the spoken (and unspoken) rules of each culture. I didn’t feel I knew each of the individual characters quite as well, however. I think this author did a great job with description and creation of this world, bu ...more
    Robert Wilson
    I have read all four of Tracy Falbe's "The Rys Chronicals" novels and found them to each be captivating and compelling -- to the point that I neglected my own novel writing, so that I could finish reading hers. From Falbe's fertile imagination springs a graphically depicted magical world that draws the reader in and refuses to let them go! Most of all, I enjoyed her fantastic characters: as a published author I read a lot of fiction and find that most characters are soon forgotten in the jumble. ...more
    Storyline: Union of Renegades by Tracey Falbe is an epic fantasy of ancient empires clashing with new and the desire to discover new worlds and overcome the past.

    Dreibrand is an officer in the elite military of the Atrophane army. He is trying to overcome his family’s fall from grace and make a new name for himself by forging into the vast Wilderness. His dreams are shattered by his general’s decision to send him back to Atrophane with their winnings and chattel. Dreibrand decides to take contro
    I really wanted to like this book as I was searching for a good fantasy/science fiction series to begin. As it happens, this isn't it for me.

    Now this isn't a "bad" book. It has a lot of good qualities. The world is fairly interesting, if simple (humans in the east meet non-humans in the west who are ruled by their ancient and evil queen who has subjugated her own non-human people plus the human tribes on that side of the world). The story is fairly interesting, if a bit slow developing in place
    Steven Turner
    Union of Renegades: Book 1 of the Rys Chronicles is a wonderful debut book by Tracy Falbe. It truly has the beginnings of a masterpiece in the epic fantasy genre. The story begins with Dreibrand Veta, a lieutenant in the conquering Atrophane Horde of the Lord General Kwan. Dreibrand’s family has suffered disgrace and loss of position for past discrepancies and by joining Kwan, Dreibrand hopes to regain some of the family’s position and respect. He desires greatly to be included in the party sent ...more
    Alex James
    Union of Renegades by Tracy Falbe - 5/5 stars

    This story is a beast - 180,000 words of pure epic fantasy. I read all of it. It took me a month. Every word was worth it!

    The story starts off with an interesting premise; that of warrior-general Dreibrand, of the conquering Atrophane army. He yearns to explore the Wilderness, an exotic and unknown land to the West. But he is of a family cast into disrepute, and has to work hard to win the favour of Hordemaster Kwan, his superior.

    The other main charac
    The first installment of a epic tale. It is told through various people of exciting backgrounds. You have the deserter Dreibrand Veta, Miranda the run-away slave, and Shan the all powerful Rys along with the evil Queen Onja. Through many hardships Veta and Miranda travel the unknown Wilderness to escape past lives only to find that people already live there. Tracy Fable does not use fancy words or languages but only hopes that her creative mind and her simple use of literary skills will be enoug ...more
    Fantastic piece of modern fantasy. Solid writing, good plot, interesting characters and world.

    Definitely picking up the next one
    Weston Kincade
    Union of Renegades was a very entertaining story that kept me wondering about the future of Dreibrand Veta, Shan, Miranda and her children. The potential of the Western tribes and the upcoming conflict between Dreibrand's old leader and the Atrophane should prove interesting. I am sure Queen Onja has more in store for them in future novels, and I was dissapointed that the story ended before getting to this foreseen heated climax. But such is the way of series such as this. I'll be sure to pick u ...more
    This is a book that just makes you forget the world you are living in and grabs all your senses and refuses to let go until the last page. I was completely immersed into the world the author painted and my imagination was filled with the taste and sounds of this world. I did not ever want to stop reading it and was a little lost when I was finished. I can not wait to finish the series. This is a must have for everyone.
    Aditya /
    Not a spectacular book, but a GREAT book. With many, many, gems of poetic writing scattered throughout the book that will not be appreciated by anyone except the readers who loves such gems - as I do. Thrilling. I ardently applaud the poetic work! The book itself is also good and probably merits this series being in the top 100 fantasy series ever written or something like that (probably top 50).
    Catherine Vickers
    I can always rely on this author to give me a good adventure. Truly wonderfully talented fantasy author. I've read all the Rys series and was left wanting more so now I'm reading the future of the rys, and I hope the Queen gets her come uppance, but I'll have to get the other books to find out. Thank you Tracy Falbe for your great imagination and putting it into words for us all to share.
    This book started out a little slow and I almost lost interest. But then the action started and it has kept me interested the entire rest of the book. I can't wait to read the second installment. I would definitely recommend this book to science fiction/fantasy fans.

    This was a very enjoyable book; well worth the hours spent reading it.

    An example of mercy versus conquest, and how something very bad, may become the best overall decision.

    I highly recommend this book.
    while this was a creative and at times, engaging story, it was long and by the end had no resolution to main parts of the story.
    i would undertake it with the knowledge that you will need to read (or listen) to all books in the series in order to appreciate it.
    Oliver Crown
    I found this book to be entertaining. There is a solid cast of characters - but I found the male MC to be the most stiff. It's not groundbreaking, but I found it a fun read . . . and should start the next book in a few days. I'd really give it 3.75 stars if I could.
    Aug 01, 2014 Jimmy rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
    Recommended to Jimmy by: Barnes &
    2 1/2 Stars - It Was Okay/So-So
    The dry & mundane writing style is in no way comparable to the exciting, dangerous adventures, & creative fantasy world Tracy has developed. Hopefully, Tracy's writing grows as The Rys Chronicles continues, too.
    Dec 08, 2010 Lauren rated it 4 of 5 stars
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    I found this book hard to put down. Fast paced most of the time. I enjoyed the narrative. Giving views from different characters and sides of the story. Can't wait to see what happens since the story wasn't even remotely resolved.
    Feb 14, 2009 Chuck rated it 1 of 5 stars
    Recommends it for: noone
    Shelves: ebooks
    Managed to make it through the first several chapters. Although the story is not bad, the editing is sub-standard and seriously detracts from the book. I doubt if I will return to this, and I won't be purchasing the rest of the series.
    Amy Aelleah
    DNF - at 2%

    Maybe I'll try again later, but the writing style just doesn't work for me.
    Awesome book!! Not much more I can say!!
    Dec 31, 2013 Rachel marked it as owned-to-read  ·  review of another edition
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    Great fantasy read.
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