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Asena Blessed

(The Chronicles of Altaica #2)

4.51  ·  Rating details ·  61 ratings  ·  37 reviews
At the whims of Gods and Men…

Isaura has emerged from the spirit realm forever altered. No longer a pariah, she embraces the future offered in Altaica, but learns that her survival has come at a price. Her transformation is the perfect weapon for Elena to use against her.

The mysterious Asena and The Lady vie for Isaura. Caught between two ancient powers, Isaura must try to
Paperback, 398 pages
Published May 1st 2016 by Odyssey Books
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Peter McLennan
Jul 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Asena Blessed follows hot on the heels of Altaica, and familiarity with that volume is highly recommended: from page one, the second volume hits the ground running in the same world and the same ensemble of characters.

At the start of the book, the hero, Isaura, and her people find themselves to be virtual refugees. As in the real world, attitudes to the refugees are mixed, and the refugees’ ways of handing their circumstances are similarly diverse. This leads to a range of tensions and complexit
Brendan Carney
May 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was provided a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. (I will be buying the paperback asap).

What can I say about Asena Blessed? Altaica (the first book in the series) was a great read, but Asena Blessed is a triumph. It improves on Altaica in so many areas. The pacing is excellent, plot is crafted and the politick is devious. World-building and character remain strong, and the story retains it's brutal edge. I loved the way in which the several strands of story weaved aroun
Dec 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This well crafted second novel in the Altaica Chronicles continues straight on from the storyline of book one. Rich characterisation, detailed world building and a twisty plot all come together in a very satisfying read that doesn’t disappoint the way sequels sometimes do. It features more of the gutsy Isaura – my favourite of the main female leads from Altaica – and more of most of the things I enjoyed in book one. What I liked best about this series was the element of surprise. Each time I tho ...more
Emily A.
Apr 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Asena Blessed is the continuation of the Young Adult fantasy novel ‘Altaica’, continuing exactly where the first book left off. I enjoy this series so much that I’ve read both books an up teeth amount of times, sending my family and friends insane over my daily praise. I only have to say this; I love fantasy books from the classic ‘Harry Potter’ to the much loved ‘Eragon’ but it has been a very long time indeed since I’ve read a book with such depth and thought paired with imagination and ingenu ...more
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Firstly, I was provided a copy of this book as part of the author's ARC team in return for an honest review.

I will say that I was in love with the first book, so I already had my signed copy of Asena before I was provided with a copy to review, and the book did not disappoint!

Tracy is up there with JK Rowling, Richelle Mead and other world famous top author's. She can make you feel with her writing, and it's an incredible experience to be pulled into her amazing world with its starkly human cha
Gillian Murrell
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
After reading Alticia I could not wait to get my hands on a copy of this book. I love a fantasy that takes you on a journey, Vikram was a stand out character for me the things he had to do in order to remain under cover were at time evil and unforgivable. Without Vikram undermining Ratilal constantly, Ratilal could have done a great deal of damage to the Bear and Horse Clans as well as his own Boar clan. I was disappointed that the people that traveled with Isaura in the boat did not feature ver ...more
Lucy Khan
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
OMG!!!!!!!! This was AMAZING, I couldn’t put the book down it was so damn good, I would definitely recommend it to anyone who loves fantasy, romance, and adventure. Loved the characters so much, the storyline was amazing. I hope to see the author again at supanova 😜
Nathan Phillips
Dec 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
With the clans at war, and Isaura now possessing powers unfamiliar even to the Altaicans, Asena Blessed not only meets the high standard set by Altaica, but far exceeds it. Not only are old tensions raised, but the division of the refugees, and the demands of assimilation raise new ones, as Isaura’s powers further ostracises her from friends. She is left wrestling with the frustrations of trying to help those responsible for her social rejection, while she tries to grasp the nature of new allies ...more
Skye Lotus
Jun 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Asena Blessed is like taking all the elements I loved about Altaica and saying "level up!". Fresh characters, scenery, tactics and action whip you away in a hurricane of emotion throughout the entire book. Whether you're vehemently hating the evil-doers or encouraging the spark of a romance, Asena Blessed captures your interest like a rare jewel amongst rocks. I have nothing but endless praise for the stark, clean way Tracy M Joyce writes her stories — everything is in sharp clarity and easy to ...more
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
A review of Asena Blessed by Tracy M Joyce

Asena Blessed. To those of us who have read the first book, Altacia, this title speaks of the the long awaited answers to questions about the mystical Asena and their connection with our protagonist character, Isaura.
The story, as a whole, is so much better than Altacia and you start to really be able to connect with the plot line and characters. All the separate parts come together in a thrilling climax at the end, leaving readers speechless and wantin
David Cruz
Nov 29, 2017 added it
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to David by: The first book
I enjoyed the first book, 'Altaica' and was looking forward to reading the 2nd book 'Asena Blessed'. Most series start of great and by the 2nd or 3rd book, it usually ends up being boring or frustratingly predictable. Not so with 'Asena Blessed'. I was riveted to it and had to finish reading it in one sitting! Nothing irritates me more when the heroine of a story 1) can't make up her mind between guy no 1 or guy no 2 and have conflicting feelings and 2) when she does stupid and irrational things ...more
Celeste Mcmurray
May 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As the first book the second has again given me the ability to be there live this book along side the characters. This book is a world you want to live in. When you can write as tracey dose and make me hate a character as if it where alive you know your doing something right but also make me love them and feel their worries and heart break is truely a talent. I for one am glad this is chronicles. I have cleared a whole shelf on one my massive book cases just for this series so i can fill it with ...more
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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I loved it I'm not surprised once again Tracy has an excellent writing voice that grabs you and entrances you into the story I had been looking forward to this book for along time and it's even better than book 1. Lots of issues come to a close in this book and our characters grow and learn more about their new lives and powers. I predicted Elena's demise in my review of book 1 and it came faster than I expected but we also got closure with background on just what did happen with Curro and Isaur ...more
Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the first book from the series I have read and can't help but feel that I have missed out and didn't enjoy it as much as I could have. So firstly, I recommend that anyone start at the beginning - some series' you can drop into at any stage, but this isn't one of them. Having said that, it is a brilliantly written fantasy book which doesn't drag you down in complexity making it an excellent starting point for young fantasy fans. Featuring such a strong female character is always a win als ...more
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Isaura comes back changed. This is one intriguing fantasy book that doesn’t let you go until you’re finished. Impossible to not read all of them.
May 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Book I of the Chronicles of Altaica, introduced a story-topic that is all too familiar in today’s world – the harrowing experiences of refugees fleeing invading armies. There, we were introduced to a diverse group of vulnerable individuals desperate to survive and find a safe haven. In Book Two, Asena Blessed, the refugees have been rescued, brought to the island kingdom of Altaica, and are now tasked with the challenges of adapting to their new home and with winning the right to remain and be a ...more
Nov 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-reads, unhauled
This is the second novel in The Chronicles of Altaica series. I gave it 3 stars. I enjoyed this book much more than the first in the series. It felt less chaotic and better structured.

The story carries on exactly where the first book left off. Isaura is finally pulled from her ‘coma’. Upon awakening, she realises she is a completely different person and she now must learn to control her newly acquired powers and strengths. Relationships blossom and the war continues.

I particularly loved how the
Aug 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
**I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review**

Asena Blessed is the first fantasy novel I've read in a while, so I had high expectations. Fortunately, it met all of them.

As in the last book, I loved the characterization. Isaura was one of my favourites - like many characters these days, she was fiery and impulsive, but she was also very smart and there were real consequences to her actions (such as the rift between her and her old friends). She was sort of a special snowflake, b
M. C. (MagsTheBookWorm)
Jun 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Asena Blessed is the second installment of the Chronicles of Altaica fantasy/adventure series. In this fast-paced sequel, we get to see the main character of Isaura come into her own. War, bloody, and cruel is now upon the people of Altaica. Isaura and her companions must assimilate quickly if they are to survive in this harsh new world. They train, long and hard for the enemy is fast approaching and will show them no mercy. Isaura's newfound powers grow with every passing day but she fears embr ...more
Jun 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
I recieved a copy of this review in exchange for an honest review.

And honestly, I enjoyed it. Getting back into this story was a little tricky for me since it had been a while since I read Altaica, and this is proper hard fantasy, and it took me a little while to remember the style and language of the world. But in the end I settled back into the rhythm of things and everything just got better from there.

Like with Altaica, the characters of Asena Blessed are incredibly detailed and just sweep me
Jelilat Adesiyan
Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was really excited to read the next chapter in Isaura’s life. The first book was a tapestry of lives moving together but never really intersecting. This book finally pits all the lives together and we see the waves come together. In this book, we really see Isaura coming into her own. It's bloody, wicked and exciting. I'm sure just like me you were waiting for Karan’s people to meet Isaura’s people. And yes, I think we were all expecting the chemistry that ensued between Karan and Isaura. I do ...more
Arec Rain
May 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, fantasy
It’s taken me longer than I would like to admit to write this review, but that is only because I feel that I cannot properly express what I truly want to say.

In reality, I feel there is little I can say that I didn’t say about Altaica. The characters are well written, the world interesting, reminiscent of Tolkien and the like, and the storyline engaging. However, while I loved Altaica , Asena Blessed completely blew it out of the water. After reading Asena Blessed, I realize that Altaica is jus
May 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Netgalley and to Tracy Joyce and her publishing house

In this one the main character is not asleep for half of the book and there happen a lot of things. It's a really fast paced book and I liked it! I liked the Asena, the Guardians and all the new things that we learn about the world that the author creates. I liked a lot of characters and despised some of them (Ratilal and his friend, for example) but I'm happ
Apr 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Apr 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
After reading Altaica I was eager and excited to start the second of the series, Asena Blessed. This novel exceeded my expectations! I was instantly engaged with the thrilling plot, which focused on themes including power, justice and conflict.
Some of my favourite characters include Isuara, Gabriela and Umniga, all of whom share strong characteristics such as courage, independence and all have a unique sense humour.
Asena Blessed is a book I would highly recommend, and I am excited to read the
Carolyn Denman
May 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a great follow up to Altaica! Isa really comes into her own here, assimilating into a new culture without compromising her strong character. This story is well thought out and neatly structured. It has everything you could want: psychic connections with wolves, tricksy ghost ladies, an old wise woman, manly clan lords, a stubborn mule hero, ancient mysterious documents, magic crystals, bloody battles - the list goes on. Well worth a read.
Helen Wawrejko
Jul 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Received a copy from Netgalley for an honest review. Isaura arises from her coma like state as powerful magic engulfs her. The legendary Asena bless her with the ability to know the foreign language. Her village refugees now fear her and Isa receives her guardian. Political machinations abound from the death of Ratilals father, the high lord. Intrigue, wolves, magic, WAR. Medieval setting, great worldbuilding, nice romance addition, lots of sexual tension, Exceptional book.
Vonia Adams
Aug 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Tracy Joyce did it again with yet another enthralling novel. I absolutely loved it. I couldn't stop reading it and finished it in less than 24 hours. I just love her characters and how strong they are. The men are strong and like their partners to be just as strong. Joyce so well that you feel as if you were there fighting the battle or sitting under the trees. I cannot wait for book number 3!
Andre Jones
May 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, 'Asena Blessed' as much as I loved 'Altaica'.
Tracy has given all of her characters great depth, and one can 'feel' the relationships (both good and bad) between each character. I'm also delighted with her world-building ability and depth of history, giving it a sense of realism.
Looking forward to book 3…
Tina Reynolds
May 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
I found this better and worse than the previous book. I wished that there was more Pio. It being an ensemble piece is good and I enjoyed much of it but at times I felt that a slightly smaller cast might have been more manageable. Great setting up for next time e.g. Gabi and Daniel getting together (blatantly). I liked the book a lot and would definitely recommend it.
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Tracy writes epic fantasy for teens through to adults. Her stories are gritty, a little dark and morality is like quicksand. You won’t find any unicorns or fairies here…

Although her stories include romantic elements, they are not romance driven novels. Do not buy these books if you’re after a fairytale….

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