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A Thousand Years to Wait

(The Tarrowburn Prophecies #1)

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4.14  ·  Rating details ·  129 ratings  ·  42 reviews
Prophecies are meant to unfold on their own—they can’t be forced into fruition. Or can they? When a war-torn kingdom is on the cusp of falling to a usurping general, a young healer who doesn't believe in magic is called upon to help a prophecy transpire. She must embrace the magic...or lose everything.

At eighteen, Moreina di Bianco is a young healer who believes in medicin
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Paperback, First, 386 pages
Published April 30th 2019 by RaineStorms Press (first published March 19th 2019)
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L. Storms
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
This review isn't fair! I'm the author. ;-) Still, I'll always enjoy a journey with Reina and I hope you do, too.

(Also, why does Goodreads keep changing the date on this review? I promise you I’m the very first person who read this book.)
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Heidi
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My favorite kind of books, regardless of the genre, are those you can’t put down, those you think about when you’re not reading them and those you can’t wait to finish. This debut novel is exactly one of these!

This YA fantasy has it all: prophesy, magic, lore, love, war, adventure, suspense. Right from the start the author pulled me into her world with wonderful, characters and beautiful imagery, making it effortless for me to visualize each scenario and landscape in my head. The lore of Andra a
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Tammy Oja
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
From old-maid healer to taking on an epic quest Moreina is the kind of character you fall in love with and never want the journey to end. Prophecies and magic, healers and love, this story bursts to life from the first page and never lets go. I found myself sharing her hope, laughing at her predicaments, and cheering the spirit I knew she had. Quick paced with spellbinding characters and epic adventure this is a story not to be missed. Long live hero’s, true love, and the authors who know how to ...more
Gail Gilmore
Jan 31, 2022 rated it it was amazing
I so enjoyed reading this book! It's wonderfully imaginative, with outstanding world-building and a plot that blends quest, adventure, magic, and love. I found myself thoroughly immersed in the story, and rooting hard for Reina to figure out how to use the talisman to access her magic and fulfill her role in the prophecy. The ending is satisfying as a stand-alone book, but there's no way I'm not reading the second and third books in the series; I'm not ready to say good-bye to Reina and Quinn ju ...more
Barbara
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, cover to cover. Reina is a strong young woman who has made it on her own and is content with her life. But life has more in store for her. This is a great adventure. The author caught my attention with not only the adventure of finding the talisman and learning to use it, but also with her description of the place where this all happens-complete with an ancient prophesy and folktale about the two moons of Liron. Descriptions about places like Reina’s cottage were ...more
Caleb
Jun 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I don't generally write reviews, but damn! This book is worth it. I was on the fence about it when I checked it out from the local library, but man it quickly grew to the point I was eating lunch and couldn't put it down. Why this book doesn't have more notoriety, I couldn't say, but it was a truly fantastic read and I'm glad I heaped it into my summer reading stack. ...more
Patty
Jan 04, 2020 rated it did not like it
I can't help but wonder if many of these glowing reviews are friends and family of the author. Granted, I'm only about half way through this book and find myself ready to throw it in the trash. On the plus side, the characters are mostly likable, and it's a fast easy read so far.
On the negative side it's told in an awkward first person point of view that gets rather tedious at times with so many sentences beginning with 'I'. Also the author can't seem to remember if she wants to tell the story
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Shanah
May 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Actual rating - 4.5 stars. For this review and many others, please visit - https://bionicbookwormblog.wordpress.com

This review is a long time coming! And what a unique and amazing reading experience this was! This actually wasn’t the first time I’ve read this. I read it in the beta stages with the intent to help the author with some feedback. I failed….. miserably. Why? Because I fell in love with the book! I wanted to read it as fast as possible and didn’t stop to take down notes as I was readi
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Bethany Hoeflich
Jul 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
I was fortunate enough to snag a copy of this book at a signing event at my favorite local bookstore, and double bonus, the author is Indie.

First, can we have a moment of silence to appreciate how freakishly spectacular this cover is?

I can’t stop looking at it!

The story begins with Moreina (Reina), a young healer in a remote town who is selected to escort the ‘chosen’ to search for the long-lost Faranzine talisman (a bunch of old people believe it will awaken the new White Sorceress and they’
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Kathryn
Oct 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I had the distinct pleasure of meeting L. Ryan Storms at Cupboard Maker Books. I was immediately struck by the gorgeous covers on her books and the fascinating premise of her first book, A Thousand Years to Wait. When I finally found time to dive in (I have a serious never-ending TBR pile problem) I couldn’t have been more pleased to discover all my initial impressions of this book were spot on. From the first pages, I loved Reina, and watching her journey throughout this book was such fun. Ther ...more
Jean Grant
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The first of a new trilogy (oh, I can't wait to read the next one), this story takes us on a journey right from the beginning. 18-year-old Reina, a healer, is reluctant to believe in her magical abilities; she's pragmatic, self-reliant, a bit stubborn, likes her simple life, and has always taken care of herself since her mother's death. She heals through medicine, not some magical force. Or does she? As she slowly unlocks her potential, she quickly learns who is friend and who is foe on this jou ...more
Gina R Mitchell
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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A fantastic young adult fantasy story.

A Thousand Years to Wait is an epic adventure novel. The book carries a “Young Adult” genre title, but it will appeal to lovers of fantasy, action, and adventure no matter their age.

I love a strong female character, and Reina fits the bill perfectly. Add in two male leads vying for her attention and the required evil antagonist and you have the basics of a good story. When author Storms reaches into her imagination and starts throwing in twists, you have a g
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Paula Dyches
Mar 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
This story was enjoyable, the characters are well defined for a book of this length. The main character seems a bit daft in terms of how blind she seems to be to things around her. However, the story has you thoroughly invested by the halfway mark. The romantic tension makes you want to roll your eyes at the main character. I enjoyed the many turns this tale took and would recommend it with stern parental guidance for those under 18 (specifically for the potential trigger scene). Sent

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Kim Daniels
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is captivating from page one! The characters are well-developed and intriguing. Reina’s character is especially relatable, as she embarks on an exhilarating expedition to find the talisman and save the kingdom. The use of imagery and descriptive text throughout the book, draws you into the story. As the plot thickens, you feel compelled to keep turning the page, so that you can find out what happens next. And the end does not disappoint either! Possible side effects include excessive s ...more
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Maggie
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
L. Ryan Storms has crafted a stellar debut! A THOUSAND YEARS TO WAIT has ALL the classics story elements a reader could hope for in a YA Fantasy: an ancient prophecy, a strong-willed but reluctant heroine, a magical talisman that won't reveal its secrets, a homeland in peril and life or death stakes for one and all. What about Romance? Oh, yes indeed. This book has that in spades - and hearts. Storms really knows her stuff when it comes to world building, as well as keeping a reader guessing unt ...more
Christie
Sep 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Such a exciting book!! I could hardly put it down!! I loved the wording in the book and the descriptions we so wonderful. I can’t wait to see if there are more books! Reina is a healer in her small village. That’s all she has known and is the best at it. She is recruited to escort some young women to find the Franzine Talisman and discover who the White Sorceress is. She accepts help from a childhood friend Quinn, who has an mysterious past. And Captain Niles Ingram who is charming and quick to ...more
Jessica Rancatore
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a well-written book! L. Ryan Storms is a perfectionist at the YA craft with excellent story-building, writing style, character development, and point of view. Moreina, the heroine, is intelligent, strong, capable, and adaptive as she is thrust into her fated role as part a prophecy. The reader learns and grows with her as she faces her journey... and the ending has a rather unexpected, refreshing twist. Looking forward to continuing with future books in this series and hoping the author wil ...more
Becca Dennis
Overall, I enjoyed this book. The pacing and story held my interest, especially in the beginning. However, the story did shift from the type of narrative as I was expecting about halfway through. There was magic, decent world building, and healing-themed elements. I was impressed with Joan Coombs' narration -- my favorite female narrator so far! She had great pacing, calming voice, and had enough diversity for the characters. I would definitely listen to books narrated by her again!

I was given t
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Katrina Ariel
May 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I stayed up waaaaay too late finishing this book. The main female character is deliciously feisty, as well as having a good head on her shoulders and a heart full of compassion, and her main love interest was everything I wanted—smart, deadly, and mysterious. The pace of the story moves along and kept me wanting more of this fascinating world.

I highly recommend this book for those who enjoy journey fantasy with a healthy dose of romance.
Michelle Shemon
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Thousand Years to Wait
The Tarrowburn Prophecies Book 1
L. Ryan Storms

This was a great book. I loved the storyline. It pulled you in right away. I felt as if I was part of the characters lives. A grand prophecy with a talisman. I loved it. The characters were wonderful. The blended well together. I loved Reina. I can't wait for the next book.
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Shweta
May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
The story line was interesting but in a lot of places i could almost predict what was going to happen.

In some places slow, the book gives an overall impression of a ballad being sung. The characters were likable but did not inspire much emotion in me.

All in all a good uncomplicated read.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Rach
Dec 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I thought A THOUSAND YEARS TO WAIT was such a cool read. I was immediately interested in the story and main character, there was a lot of action, it was super creative, and the lead embraced STRENGTH. The romance was also a nice addition to the story, and I loved how surprised I was by a few things.
Jenny Derochemont
Jul 05, 2022 rated it it was amazing
This was a great debut novel by L. Ryan Storms. I had the pleasure of meeting her and getting all three of her books signed at Cupboard Maker books. I don't usually buy a whole series at once, but I am glad I did because I am eager to read the second book.

If you like prophecies, romance, magic, and adventure, then you will enjoy this book.
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Denise
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved the characters and the plot twists that kept me turning pages. The heroine is smart, brave and has a heart of gold. Clear your calendar because you won't want to put this book down once you start. I hope book two will be available soon! ...more
Heather Possehl
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was completely taken over by this book! I found myself becoming attached to the characters quickly as I became immersed in a new world. I simply couldn’t put this down. I can’t wait for the next one!
Rachel
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
A Thousand Years to Wait is an exciting adventure story with an engaging female MC. The romance, while not the main focus, is beautifully written and the action is intense! Recommended for lovers of strong women & unique fantasy.
Heather Steward
Dec 10, 2019 rated it liked it
More of a 3.5 than a 3! This book was good, don’t get me wrong. There were some parts I personally struggled with but not many. I enjoyed that the storyline had romance, but it wasn’t overpowering. I am curious as to how this series will continue (if at all?) because all loose ends were tied up.
Leia Talon
Nov 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a lovely fantasy adventure. I especially liked the attention to detail with the natural healing element of the main character, as well as the mystery added to the backgrounds of each of her companions. I stayed up late turning the pages, needing to know what happened next!
Candy Love
Jan 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The cover of this book is amazing, the content is amazing and I fell in love with the main characters. I really felt the chemistry between them and I couldn’t wait to see (will they, won’t they)
I love story’s that incorporates romance and magical realism.
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L. Ryan Storms is a writer, photographer, traveler, and dreamer. She’s a member of the Eastern Pennsylvania chapter of SCBWI who enjoys working PR & Marketing for her local library. She has written articles featured on the front page of local newspapers, but mostly she writes novels near and dear to her heart. She holds a B.S. in Marine Science from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania and a Master ...more

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