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When a Royal dies, the realms elect the one to take their place. By reasons Camaria does not know, her realm elects her as the next Royal. Now that she is the new-found sixteenth Royal of the nation of Mirabelle, Cam embarks on a journey with her sisters and a young huntsman to the four realms of the nation to complete training in the four kinds of magic. Once she has comp ...more
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Lydia Redwine
Dec 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I have finally finished editing!!! And I am so excited to share this with all of you!! I did give my book five stars because no one should write a book that they wouldn't love themselves. Just sayin.'

Instead of giving a full out reveiw of a book no one has read yet (but my editors and myself) I will give a quick "parents guide" rundown. I'm not expecting parents to read this necessarily but if anyone wants to know the levels of violence, sexual content etc. it is here.


Drinking, drugs, etc:
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Siobhan
3 stars

(I was sent a copy of this book by Lydia Redwine in return for an honest review.)

Okay. First, let me interpret what '3 stars' means in my Goodreads rating language. My scale goes like this: 1 star = I hated it, 2 stars = I didn't like it, 3 stars = liked it, 4 stars = really liked it, 5 stars = loved it.

‘Spirit Followers: Instruments of Sacrifice’ was a very interesting read for me. I’m not really used to reading books of this particular genre, so it forced me to do something different,
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Gina
Oct 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*** 4.5 EMPOWERING STARS ***

"I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing."


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(I was sent a copy of this book by Lydia Redwine in return for an honest review.)

The first thing I noticed going into this book was how beautifully it was written. I mean by that, that it was written in proper formal english as you would expect royalty to speak. Posh english, so to say. (for example the use of "queried" instead of "asked
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Plumita
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I give Spirit Followers a solid 4.25! As with any book where a new world is created there will almost always be some small issues. However that doesn’t take away that Lydia Redwine did a wonderful job introducing us to Mirabelle and the realms within.

So many characters, betrayals, tests, and growth.

I will say the reason I didn’t give a 5 was because there were a bit too many characters and I got confused a bit especially towards the end when this journey was wrapping up.

Camaria the main charact
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Katie (ReadiculousGirl)
Quality of writing: 4-4 1/2 out of 5 stars.
How much I enjoyed it: 3 1/2 out of 5 stars.

This review has been long in coming, and I am grateful for Lydia’s patience with how long it took me to get to her book! College and life got the better of me, but I was finally able to read the review copy that Miss Redwine sent me, and I am excited to be reviewing it! In lieu of that, I just want to say ‘thank you’ to Lydia Redwine for sending me her book in trade for an honest review. In no way has this in
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Deekay
Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I seriously debating on whether to give this book a 4 stars or 5 stars! For a first book in a series, this one isn’t actually bad at all. I was surprised it did so well even with a slight bumpy road in the middle. It definitely isn’t like what I expected at all.

The story focused on Camaria’s journey to become the next Royal. She never thought on her sixteenth birthday that she would be selected to become the next Royal and that she had to go through heavy and intense training in order to become
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Stephan Hahn
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Redwine delivers a fresh and enchanting young adult fantasy.

When Camaria is abruptly elected as one of the leaders of Mirabelle, she begins her journey across the nation to learn the four different kinds of magic. On her travels, she begins to learn of a revolt that could have dire consequences for the entire nation. As she struggles with a hidden past, she encounters a secret group called the Spirit Followers. She must make the arduous decision about who to trust, and maybe even more paramount,
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Emily Fisher
Wow.... I am VERY impressed!! I've read many books written by my friends before and very few of them had the depth that I saw in Spirit Followers! I REALLY enjoyed reading it!!

First, the characters:
I really liked the characters! Lydia did a great job keeping them all straight and giving each one their own part in the story. I especially enjoyed the parts with Saffira and Riah! They were awesome together! One thing that bothered me, with the main characters like Cam and Peter, as a reader I reall
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Rui
Dec 21, 2019 added it
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Thank you to the author for sending me a copy of her book in exchange for an honest review.

I went into this book expecting a plot-driven "chosen one" story in an interesting fantasy world. Although it is a common trope, I enjoy these types of stories a lot. However, I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised when this book strayed from the typical YA Fantasy path.

Although the main protagonist, Camaria, is the "chosen one," she wasn't the usual YA heroine. She was not inexplicably good at figh
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Kate
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*Disclaimer: I was sent a free copy of Spirit Followers in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much Lydia! (There will be spoilers in this review, so if you haven't read Spirit Followers, don't read this!)*

First off, I loved Spirit Followers. It was a great story, and I thought I found Christian themes/allegory elements in it, which I also loved. Overall, Spirit Followers was well-written and thought out, and although I thought it contained elements that weren't entirely new, Lydia wove
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Claire
I had the privilege of copyediting this book, so I may not be entirely unbiased ;)

A wonderful example of indie fantasy! The characters are well-developed and diverse. I feel passionately about diverse characters in fiction and was delighted to find characters of all different races and countries (hailing from the fictional world, of course). Cam shows character growth throughout the book, as do her sisters. It may be difficult to keep them all straight at first, because there are quite a few of
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Manon
Jul 05, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know where to start: the writing style? The world-building? It was absolutely sublime! The writing was poetic and lyrical, and even though this made it hard for me to read at times, I really loved it, and it was a plus to the novel. The world-building was what really grabbed my attention, though: done in a subtle way, but it really transported me.
The story, however, fell a little flat for me. It was a little slow at times, and my thoughts kept straying from the page. I wished the pacing
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Lydia Redwine is a young author from Cincinnati, Ohio, who, by the age of 18, has published a fantasy novel and a poetry collection in aim to create work that is both refreshing and impactful.

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