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Can you change fate? What would you risk in order to save the ones you love? Lovers of dark adventure, magic, and following your heart should not let this book slip away.

Can prophecy be overcome, or does striving to avoid fate merely drive you into its arms? Since the day Danny Stone's mother vanished, dreams of dark and strange places have plagued him nightly. Though yea
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Paperback, 396 pages
Published November 20th 2015 by Ravensforge Books
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Lorna Great question :) At the moment, with book four half written, I think there will be at least seven. I have plans for a spin-off series focused on the…moreGreat question :) At the moment, with book four half written, I think there will be at least seven. I have plans for a spin-off series focused on the adult characters in events prior to Rise of the Reaper, and also plan on some short stories focused on the characters from the Port George area, especially the crew of the Riana. And many other ideas for things based in that world :)(less)
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The author provided me with a copy in exchange for an honest review. Though it took me a while to get into, I think Rise of the Reaper is an adventurous and fun read, especially suitable for young(er) teens.

I’m going to be honest here and state up front that the beginning of the story did not really appeal to me. This is probably why I had bit of a hard time getting into the story. The beginning was slow-paced, the introductions too long. The rest of the bo
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Charnell (Reviews from a Bookworm)
Nov 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Rise of the Reaper is one of the first self-published books that I have ever agreed to review. I, like so many others, had been put off in the past by all the horror stories that you come across. You kind of end up thinking you might end up getting stalked or maybe bottled if you end up not enjoying it, and writing an honest negative review. But I really liked the sound of this one, and especially appreciated Lorna Reid's email asking me to review it - it was clear she'd been to my blog, seen my ...more
gem
Apr 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Fantastic world building.
An interesting cast of characters
A brilliant mix of adventure, magic and excitement...
What more could you possibly want from a ya fantasy novel?!
I look forward to book 2.
Great for fans of S.J.Maas.
Thank you to Netgalley for the chance to read this.
Helena Summers
Thank you to NetGalley and Ravensforge Books for providing me with an ARC! All opinions are my own.

DNF at 27% (hence why I'm not rating it). I really wanted to love this book because the concept sounded awesome, unfortunately, I had some problems with the writing. Overall, the descriptions and constant repetitions of some things took me out of the story and made me lose interest, but it was an original story and I hope the author continues writing and improving, because it sure had potential. Yo
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Juli
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I voluntarily read and reviewed this book and it was worth every moment of reading🙌

Lorna Reid is a masterful world building and has created a magical myriad of worlds within this book that I desperately want to visit! Their is detail into their humor, their favorite sports, their medicine, their animals, methods of travel and of course, the types of magic 💥

The broken lands sound like truly mystical and terrifying places to be and the descriptions are rich and vivid. I was totally engulfed and in
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Ella
Jun 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, 4-stars
WHY YOU NEED TO READ RISE OF THE REAPER BY LORNA REID:


I was thrown right into the story which was confusing at first but after a chapter or so I got used to the pacing of the novel and really began to enjoy myself! It's definitely one of those books that once you start reading you can't stop because the story is so addictive!


It wasn't similar to HARRY POTTER but RISE OF THE REAPER had that same comforting feeling that I always feel surrounded by when I read HARRY POTTER. I think it was due to t
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AsamiTheWitch
Nov 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: beautiful-covers
I have received a Goodreads giveaway copy of this book.


Rise of the Reaper starts off a little slow in order to introduce the main characters and distinguishes their personalities but, quickly, events pick up and there’s never a dull moment. I was a little confused in the first third of the book trying to keep all the characters straight in my head and who was whose parent (to be honest, I’m still getting Katrina and Poppy’s parents confused). Then, I wished that there was slightly better pacing
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Marissa
Nov 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: goodreads-win
Goodreads Signed Copy

Danny Stone’s mother vanished years ago and since then he has been haunted by her disappearance. One summer day, Danny and his friends’ lives will forever change when they discover their parents’ secrets.

They find themselves in a time portal where blood, magic and blades prevail. While Danny seeks answers to his mother’s disappearance, they are drawn into Oracle's prophesies herald a coming darkness.

As they venture for knowledge, they are swept into a dark world. Will they b
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Reviews of  A Shameless Fangirl
Jan 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
*3.5

This series has good potential for patient readers.

Full Review: http://www.yafangirlreviews.com/2017/...
Amanda
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This review was made possible by #netgalley

Oh. My. Heck. I loved this book.

Now, I'm usually pretty lenient in rating books, because I realize that something I don't care for might be another person's cup of tea. This book, however, needed no leniency; It was brilliant from page one. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes Harry Potter, The Chronicles of Narnia, or Garth Nix's work. Lorna Reid did a great job blending fantasy and being a teen. I'm really excited to read the next b
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Jessica Wilhelmsson
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2018
This is an adventure filled with action and great character!
There is one thing I wished the author had included, an index over the different families and who was where because they are mentioned in the beginning and then the story accelerate quick with action. I really liked the book and want to read more about the kids that are the main character. There is a lot of things I want to learn more about and get answers to. If you like Harry Potter you are going to like this book because they are si
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JP Harris
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book! It has a great cast of characters with a lot of adventure and even some magic. First book by this author but she did a great job drawing me into the storyline and kept me there till the very end.

Looking forward to reading book 2.
Lisa Elizabeth
This is a well-written fantasy but it’s just not my cup of tea.
Jessica Traver cashen
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Awesome book. Well written with a great plot and characters. The world building is phenomenal! Lorna Reid is also creative making up a new sport called Aquattrox. We follow 4 teenagers who learn that their parents are warriors that can wield magic. Which in turn thrusts these 4 teens into coping with this info plus starting to dabble in magic themselves. I like what the book is hinting at where it may go, and I can't wait to read the next book! I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader ...more
Kenna-Lee Fudge
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Rise of the Reaper was .. more than I expected it to be. I went into this book with almost a sense of dread, the first few chapters really weren't catching my attention and I was struggling. I almost quit, but my inner book-nerd wouldn't let me. Boy am I glad I kept going. This book is captivating, with beautiful world building and relatable, 3 dimensional characters. This book is perfect for fans of SJM and LB.
Mikayla Gray
Rise Of The Reaper is one of those books where the sum of the parts is greater than the whole. It has all the magic ingredients for a perfect read. Magic, world building, friendship, peril, high stakes and a rich cast of characters. But while I liked it, I didn't love it.

Clocking in at 386 pages, Rise Of The Reaper isn't a quick read, and it's a book I feel would have benefited from a more ruthless edit. There's a lot of information to take in, a lot of worlds and history to get across and a lot
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Natalie panda eyes
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Received from Netgalley. First thoughts Danny needs a slap. Straight away the quartet’s mischievousness is shown and then the parents’ reactions made me laugh. From there it’s a new world and magic. The game lost me a bit but the rest of it was good, dropping hints and raising more questions. I thoroughly enjoyed the first book.
Roxana
Nov 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
This is the first volume of an interesting fantasy saga for young adult readers. It's the story of Danny and his friends Katrina, Poppy, and Russell, who discover that their families hide a magic secret: a series a magical worlds, the existence of practical magic, and prophetic oracles... After a series of strange dreams, Danny Stone and his friends start the quest for his missing mother and the adventures of living the worlds of magic.
I found this book very entertaining and suitable for teenage
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Dhiraj Bharude
Nov 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Rise of the Reaper: The Broken Lands: Book 1:
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Rise of the Reaper starts off a little slow in order to introduce the main characters and distinguishes their personalities but, quickly, events pick up and there’s never a dull moment. I was a little confused in the first third of the book trying to keep all the characters straight in my head and who was whose parent (to be honest, I’m still getting Katrina and Poppy’s parents confused). Then, I wished that there was
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Jenni
Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed Rise of the Reaper it was a face-paced and fun fantasy read, with an interesting magic system, some great world building and a host of unique characters. Rise of the Reaper starts on the last day of term for four teenagers Danny, Katrina, Poppy and Russell and after escaping from detention they accidentally follow their parents into a magical world.

I lived vicariously through their adventure, because as a child I am pretty sure this would have been my perfect dream come true
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Graham
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Can you change fate? What would you risk in order to save the ones you love? Lovers of dark adventure, magic, and following your heart should not let this book slip away.

Can prophecy be overcome, or does striving to avoid fate merely drive you into its arms? Since the day Danny Stone's mother vanished, dreams of dark and strange places have plagued him nightly. Though years have passed, the burning pain of her disappearance still consumes him - as does his need for answers. Then one lazy summer
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Amanda
Jul 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2018
*Thank you to the author for a copy for review*

I enjoyed this book for the most part. I thought the world building was very strong. I liked the idea of the Lands having a whole bunch of worlds connected to each other. I also enjoyed the Aquatroxx! Not many authors include sports or games into their worlds anymore, and I liked that it was fleshed out and made the world seem more real. There was also a solid base for the magic system, I'm interested to see how it builds in future books because I r
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Francesca
Mar 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
*Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a free copy for an honest review*

This book is more of a 3.5.

Rise of the Reaper starts a bit confusing and, to be honest, a little bland, certainly for the smuttering of casual misogyny and the uncertain setting (where are they? I'm thinking the UK, but who knows?).
However, as the story progresses and you're transported in other realities along with the characters, you get more and more enthralled by the plot and twists and you yearn to
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Amanda
Jul 31, 2017 rated it liked it
I won this book in a giveaway and not only did the author sign the book but she also included a personal thank you card, which is pretty cool, and asked me to do a review. So here goes...
3.5 stars, I found it kind of hard to get into this book. I liked the idea for the story but I didn't like the fact that I never really did figure out how old the kids are. Sometimes they act like little grade schoolers and other times they act like they are in high school. Props to the author for even writing a
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Emmy
May 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
Warning: Language

Not impressed with the delivery. It felt disjointed and obsessive over the missing parent. Like it’s continuously brought up and talked about.
Maybe my perception is different, but how many times can you have a ‘fresh’ conversation about something five years ago without anything new developing?
The world building is interesting but weak. Mostly due to character interaction/thoughts/actions.
It’s better than a lot of other Indie books, but not my cup of tea.
Emilio
May 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
The world building and lore are good, and the series has potential. However, the characters never really interested me, never made me feel for them. Bsides, the book is...slow. Extremely slow. It becomes better on the second half, but it still never goes past the point of "being OK"
Veronica
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating

A newly discovered author and series has been a joy. The story was very involving and kept me thoroughly absorbed. I'm looking forward to reading more of the series. Definitely worth reading.
Jackie
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a story. If one believes in prophecy, can fate be changed. Fast paced, intriguing fantasy story to keep your interest.
Chelsea
Feb 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
*I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

What I Loved:

I think the best part of this book was easily the world building and creation. This world is intense and full of terrifying creatures and crazy places. I even loved how the author created her own sport and incorporated that in the book because it made the world feel just a little more realistic. I loved the idea of several worlds but not all of them being accessible since it only made the idea of it that much mor
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Stacey
Sep 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-giveaways
I was really excited about this book but I found it really hard to get into. I kept thinking it would hook me but unfortunately it never did.
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Lorna Reid is a certified geek and writer, who currently lives in the sunny climes of Scotland, surrounded by books, retro consoles, collectors’-edition game nonsense, and an Alan Wake cut-out.

She is the former Editor-In-Chief for UK videogame site GamingLives, where she wrote and edited features, reviews, and previews, and she occasionally makes freelance contributions to videogame publications,
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