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(Mud, Rocks, and Trees #1)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  85 ratings  ·  58 reviews
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I love to listen to Baskrod's stories. He describes warlike men with natural armor who hibernate in rocky caves and peaceful people who soar through the air in a forest of giant trees. His tales are full of foreboding dreams and ancient prophecies; royal palaces and strange creatures. My brother laughs at me. He says that the old f
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Published April 9th 2017 by Amazon Digital Services
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Sheila G
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Christian fantasy readers
This full review can be viewed on my blog along with others at:

I was contacted by the author to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

When I first read the synopsis to Refugees, I didn't get a whole lot out of it. The vague concept seemed almost cliche with what it did offer. However, when I got into this read, I was elated by how good it was!

There is something about this book that feels so utterly foreign that it sucked me in. Perhaps it was the variety of char
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
When I first started this book I thought that this book is not something I would have normally been reading. But I am glad I read this book. This book was a fun fantasy book for me. I thought at first that the changing views of different characters would be confusing for me, some books do confuse me. I was able to follow this story much better. I think the author did a great job of world building for me. I thought is was very creative and I could see it well in my mind. * I received this book fr ...more
Steph Warren
Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
*I received a free ARC of this book. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*

Refugees is a clean fantasy adventure suitable for teen readers and older. There is some death and violence here, but it is not graphically depicted or dwelt upon. The main focus is on the plot and the journey of the three main characters (and some side characters). There is a strong thread of Christian religion running through the belief of the main characters in the ‘one god’ Adon, and their faith and praye
Ms. Just One More Book  (Kris Miller)
An ancient prophecy foretells that a tyrannical leader will be usurped from the throne when a new star appears and mud, rocks and trees become one. As the new star appears, three young persons from different lands are about to embark on a perilous journey. Each has a role and a destiny to fulfill. Success would lead to saving the people and lands that they love, while failure leads to death and destruction. Written with rich descriptive detail, REFUGEES: Mud, Rocks and Trees quickly immerses its ...more
Apr 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 *
This one is hard for me to review. I do know that it's at least a 6 books series. I don't mind small cliffhangers but this is not even it. I mean we follow the story of three groups of people. One in each is the chosen one who is supposed to meet the other two in a major city. The problem is that while we get to know the characters, we don't get anywhere. Each story ends without anything resolved.

I liked the characters: three different races with different characteristics. The writing was
Angela Cuéllar
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Refugees spins a tale dark and thrilling whilst maintaining a beating heart of friendship, loyalty, and strength. A single star in the sky acts as a catalyst for what becomes an epic line of dominoes crashing into one another with a force that none can stop. Destiny has come, but it won’t be the glamorous heroes life they expected.
Read my FULL review here:
Calvin Park
The Emperor’s Harvest by R.A. Denny is an epic fantasy set in a brilliantly imagined world. While not without flaws, this first novel in the Tales of Tzoladia paints a unique and interesting setting for the series. I love fantasy novels that are set in secondary worlds with other races, and Denny delivers on that front.

In The Emperor’s Harvest we follow three people just on the cusp of adulthood who are destined to play important roles in the coming conflict. If that seems a bit tropey, it defi
David Watson
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Refugees begins with three unique characters from different parts of the world and very different backgrounds. They’re young, inexperienced and looking to make their mark in the world. Each one wants to become their own person but they also have to deal with problems they never saw coming. A new star has been spotted in the sky and it represents the beginning of an ancient prophecy.

The prophecy states that a new kingdom will emerge built with the elements of mud, rocks and trees. Representing ea
Jessica Bronder
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In this world of Mud, Rock, and Trees, there is a prophecy about a dead king rising and reclaiming his throne. To do so, three individuals from the different corners of the land must come together. Amanki, Brina, and Moshoi all want to grow and find their own places in the world. With the new star in the sky appears, the individuals and with their mentors, gather their belongings and start their journey to fulfill the prophecy. But tragedy strikes and things go from a simple quest to one with he ...more
Crystal Collier
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

First, let me tell you that this isn’t a novel. It’s the first installation in a saga. That means we get to meet the characters, become familiar with their plights, and begin to care about what happens to them, and then the book ends. There is no set climax, no big battle, no moment we build toward. There are also at least 5 viewpoint characters—which makes it take a bit to get into the flow of the story.

I thought the culture building of the different races was fabulously done. In most
Anne Campbell
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a great young adult/coming of age fantasy, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to grown-ups too. Or maybe it's just me--I've never outgrown my love of fantasy! This is the first book in the Mud, Rocks, and Trees series.

You've got the mud people--they have flipper feet, perfect for walking in the muddy areas they like to live in, perfect for swimming. Trouble is, the small-footed people don't like them and are trying to eradicate them.

And then there are the rock people--for defense an
Jodi Woody
I picked this one up as a free read on Amazon and I am sure glad I did. I love fantasy and this one is wonderful. There are many different species of "humans" in this book and it is looking like it's going to be an epic. There is some underlying Christian themes in the story which I loved, but there is nothing preachy or cheesy. Great writing style. I liked it so much that I am moving on to book two right away. I give it five stars. There is no swearing or sexual content, there is some violence. ...more
Melissa Wallace
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Note: I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. However, the book is periodically available as a free Kindle download.
Note: There are no sexual scenes or swearing, but there is descriptive violence including cutting off feet and one race being used as kitty treats. Parents, please decide accordingly on the suitability for certain reader ages.

The series title of Mud, Rocks and Trees represents three distinctive geographical areas found in R.A. Denny’s new fantasy world. Th
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
It has been prophesied that once a new star begins to shine brightly in the sky, a voyage must begin. For three adolescents, this means the adventure of a lifetime and the hope of growth and prosperity for their families; a chance to bring honor upon their houses. But it also means leaving everything they have ever known behind, and in some cases, the terrifying prospect of having the lives of the ones they love held precariously on their tender shoulders.

Three travelers will begin to come toget
Mrs. Y
When fate has you by the hair, it’s vital that people work together to see if they can fix it. There have been many stories that take a group of friends on a journey or quest to something more significant. Wouldn’t you like to know more? Sure you do! Listen to Baskrod, make sure your webbed toes are cozy in the mud and whatever you do, do not trust that cat rider. He’s lying. Let’s go on a journey! It’s time for a review of “The Emperor’s Harvest” by R.A Denny.

R.A Denny was so sweet and a
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
About Refugees. I got a message from the author through the contact us form of this blog. Apparently, she had come upon my review on Moxie's Decision by Hank Quense and she asked me if I would want to review her book. I read the blurb and I was immediately taken by it because it was about clueless heroes. I love that stuff.

Yes, this is a story of three clueless young heroes. The title of the series- Muds, Rocks and Trees is where these three came from. Each one is from each tribe. Amanki is a W
Ashley Martinez (ilovebooksandstuffblog)

A fun adventure! We meet characters of all different kinds and walks of life. Their journey is tied together by a foreboding prophecy that is starting to unfold.
I enjoyed learning about all the different characters and what their culture is like.
I look forward to discovering more of this world and what happens next.
Leah Harter
Jan 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Trust in Adon with all your heart. He will sustain you.

I have been so impressed by the attention to detail in the work of the Author's I have read lately. R.A. Denny is no different. In Refugees, the first book in the (Mud, Rocks and Trees Series), three heroes from three very different cultures are coming together to save their world. Refugees revolves mainly around setting the stage with each of the characters to understand their lives and giving the readers an understanding of the fantasy wor
Paul Brandt
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Refugees: Mud, Rocks, and Trees is an interesting tale which brings to mind "Lord of the Rings" because of the seals which "bring power and prosperity." Although the story does not hinge on these seals, I found myself wondering at what these seals really were for. For example, one of the characters had a thought on the seals and another character gave a different separate thought on the purpose of the seals. What are the cylinder seals really for?

The Good
I liked the hidden Christian themes about
Lora Shouse
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The only real problem I found with this book was that it ended before the characters met up or got to their real adventure.

There is the obligatory crazed Emperor, of course. And he has buried his brother alive to claim his throne. But he receives a prophecy that his brother will rise again and that he will “gather mud, rocks, and trees” to regain his kingdom. Or, at least, that is what the Emperor thinks.

In the Tzoladian Empire, there are many different kinds of people. Some of them have webbed
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Refugees is the first book in the Mud, Rocks and Trees series and it's a really strong start!  Refugees felt to me like a true fantasy adventure, I loved how the 3 young people are very different in their ways, customs and languages but are all threaded together by one man, Baskrod, a simple fisherman highly bound by his faith with more to him that meets the eye i'm sure.   The mud, rocks and trees relate to the culture each of the 3 hail from, usually I would try and pick a favourite but I foun ...more
Valicity Elaine
The brief description for this book begins with the sentence, “An epic journey of a lifetime.” I can honestly say there isn’t a truer statement to describe Refugees.

We are given a book that takes us through the lives and travels of characters who are called into a destiny they didn’t ask for. The theme of the book stands out strongly as ‘mud, rocks, and trees’ are woven into many aspects of the writing from the culture to the settings; Denny does a wonderful job at keeping the theme alive from p
Gayle Pace
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it

BUILD THE KINGDOM---This book is really different in others I've read. Something new for a change. We have a diversity of characters, different than what we normally think of. Not only different types of characters, but different life styles, religions, ideas and more. The tone of the book is of a troubling time, but as always the important thing in times of troubles and struggles is HOPE. And there is HOPE.

I enjoyed the opening of the book. It's a fore telling of a dead man returning
Tonja Drecker
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
A world with rich characters begins this first novel in a six-book journey, one with fantastical adventures, dark moments and tons of hope.

There are three main characters, each from a different background, culture and race. The author does a fantastic job at introducing the three heroes with very individual characteristics, personalities and pasts, and bringing them together. Each character's story is told in first person from their point of view broken down into single chapters. This never grow
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads-arcs
Interesting and Immursive

At first I was a bit confused as the people in the story have different attributes like webbed feet, glider wings, and an armored shell like a pangolin. I wasn’t confused by their looks but how they wore their clothes because they all had them, of course, but they weren’t completely described at our first meeting. Then I was curious about the different customs and mannerisms of these people. While not fully explained in the first book I’m sure I will learn more about the
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Denny’s inspirational fantasy is quite intriguing. Four unique sentient species, one of them predator, make up Denny’s world, which is full of rumor and suspicion. One special cult of wise men who worship one true God must draw these clans together when the prophetic star of destiny appears.

Working for generations behind the scenes, non-webbed humanoids and others of varying species, the webbed-footed, armor-plated, and extraneous-skinned gliders, have been secretly teaching them each other’s la
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Robert Jordan and Terry Goodkind
Recommended to Jennifer by: R.A. Denny
In the tradition of the very best epic young adult fantasy tales, R.A. Denny's "Refugees" is a sweeping epic for all ages.
I wasn't sure what to expect as I began reading, but was immediately struck by the dangerous beauty of Denny's imagination. Here is a science fiction world as dangerous as it is awe-inspiring, with creatures and landscapes just tempting the reader to explore. One of the most important aspects of any epic fantasy, is the strength of the worldbuilding. Refugees takes place in
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a reasonably well-written start of what is planned as a 6-book series (Amazon is wrong to say it's the first of 3). As that, it's pretty successful, although I missed any sort of story arc that was complete in this volume. It doesn't end as much as it just STOPS in the middle of things. While this is often the problem with middle books in a series, it is unusual to find one that begins that way.

Our 3 POV protagonists- and 1 POV antagonist- are all roughly mid-teens as best I can figure i
Sunshine Somerville
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love good world-building in Fantasy, and this book is packed with it. Many elements of the scenery, races, politics, and religions feel familiar but not directly copied from anything in particular, and it was a nice balance between originality and common elements of the genre. I enjoyed how each of the main characters showed their different peoples and parts of the world (Mud, Rocks, and Trees), and we got deeper into each through their POVs.
The main characters are kids, but they are quickly
Judi Easley
My Disclaimer:

I was provided a complimentary copy of this book. I am voluntarily providing an honest review in which all opinions are fully my own. I am not being compensated in any way.

~ Judi E. Easley for Blue Cat Review

My Review: ✰✰

This is a debut novel. I was very impressed with the author’s ability to create a setting that I could see so clearly in my mind’s eye. Ms. Denny’s ability to make you see what is going on is quite amazing. She has created a world that is a piece of art. Each area
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R.A. Denny is a history buff with a law degree from Duke University. After many years of practicing criminal law, she retired to do what she loves.

She is the author of Pirates and Puritans, a historical fiction series, and Tales of Tzoladia, an epic fantasy series. She enjoys spending time with her family and looking for adventure.

She has traveled to the ancient rock city of Petra on horseback, f

Other books in the series

Mud, Rocks, and Trees (6 books)
  • Seekers (Mud, Rocks, and Trees #2)
  • The Emperor's Trap (Tales of Tzoladia #2)
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  • The Emperor's Visions (Tales of Tzoladia #4)
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