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The Sign of the Symean

(Kaira Renn #1)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  19 ratings  ·  9 reviews
"If you like the Harry Potter series, you should definitely give this book a try." - Amazon customer Join the adventure. The magic awaits...

When twelve-year-old Kaira Renn discovers she is part of a magical family, she leaves the comfort of childhood and enters a place like no other: The Society for the Preservation of Magical Artefacts. Here, Kaira meets Guppy Grayling a
Paperback, 294 pages
Published July 14th 2018 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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I received this book as a part of Member Giveaway on Library Thing in exchange for my honest opinion.

Note: The entirety of this review exceeds the character limit for GoodReads reviews, so I have left out a bit. To read it in full, see my review of this on Library Thing.

This book, like so many young adult books that are pumped out these days, lacks balance. I feel like it had potential, but it was doomed by three issues that I grow weary of encountering in 80% of the young adult books I have rea
Judi Easley
The Sign Of The Symean

A Kaira Renn Novel

R.A. Lindo

Jul 2018

292 pages, Kindle, paperback

Fantasy, Young Adult



The cover has a spookiness to it, as it should since it’s a picture representing another world or reality. The art very much reminds me of a much older style, 1950s-ish. I hope on the paperback version it looks a bit more lively.

This is the beginning of a set of adventures for a young girl, Kaira Renn, who lives with her father, Casper Renn, and her Aunt Phee . She knows there’s
Alex (Briennai)
I was really looking forward to reading a new urban fantasy novel with a middle-grade protagonist. By the time I got to the end, I had rather mixed feelings about the book.

Let me start with the things that I really liked about this book. Lindo creates an entirely unique world from scratch, and I didn't feel that this was a repeat of some other mainstream middle-grade fantasy novel. Almost everything had its own unique name, so I was able to differentiate which items were from the "real" world an
Lora Shouse
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. A lot of books claim to be similar to the Harry Potter books, but I found that this one did have something of the same feel. The Society for the Preservation of Magical Artefacts, with its spells, charms, and magical objects, is reminiscent of the Wizarding World. And so is the increasingly strong hint of danger surrounding it.

Kaira Renn had no inkling of what her father and her aunt were involved in until one day one of their closest family friends shows up with a stra
Shivani McFarland
I received this book in exchange for an for an honest review. I definitely recommend reading the prequel The Rise of Ameedis because it really sets the stage. A widower father, Casper Renn, and his sister, Philomeena Renn, helping to raise his daughter, Kaira, in our everyday magicless world. Unbeknownst to Kaira her father and Aunt are members of Society for the Preservation of Magical Artifacts where real magic and magical beings abound. The magical environment the author has created may be si ...more
Oct 18, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
I wanted to like this book.  No, scratch that.  I wanted to love this book.  I mean, Harry Potter was one of my favourite series, and the top line on the Amazon description is "if you like ... Harry Potter ... give this book a try". High praise indeed.

And, whilst I can see what that reviewer meant, I'm afraid that for me, that comparison didn't work.

I had a few issues with this book.  Not, I will say, with the main protagonists - they were shaping up nicely, even if their behaviour wasn't age ap
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this story. Saying that you will like it if you like Harry Potter doesn’t do it justice as it is so totally different. A young girl, Kaira, is finally allowed into a world she didn’t know existed—magical. We learn that there are all kinds of parallel words and many ways to get to them. Floating floors you can sink thru, a lightyou decide where you want to be—walk thru and there you are. Adventure/danger/heroics are all present and this is just the first of a trilogy(?). Lucky ...more
Pat Eroh
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a new author to me and since I love to discover authors who provide excellent reads, I am happy to report this is so with this book. This is a magically strange experience that will keep you reading and turning the pages. I'm new to the fantasy reading as well although I have some favorites that are fantasy/sci fi mix that I love and this is why I decided to try this book. I'm so glad I did. Great job and hope for more!

I received this book as an ARC and am voluntarily giving my honest re
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
an interesting read. 2 young females Kaira and Guppy show initiative and curiosity in this book of magic and how it will influence their lives as both parents are high in the order of the Society.Although their developement in learning various traits is provided by Jacob teh brother from Guppy, both sometimes have their own Agenda which makes for inteesting reading.
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I'm the creator of the Kaira Renn fantasy series - a new urban fantasy packed with mystery, action, adventure and, above all, magic.

Set in The Society for the Preservation of Magical Artefacts, it follows the adventures of a young girl who has to learn magic and a lot of other things along the way! The series will contain five books.

I also write short thrillers under the pen name E.G. Ellory.