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Strayborn

(Draev Guardians #1)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  9 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Elemental Manipulation is a tricky business. Only those with the power can train to become a Draev Guardian.

Cyrus Sole hates life. She’s only half-human, with weak wrists, and not a day goes by when someone doesn’t say something mean about it—especially her step-mom. But when the forbidden power to manipulate metal awakens inside her, she finds herself on the r
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Paperback, 402 pages
Published October 14th 2019 by Storyteller Wings Press
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Deborah O'Carroll
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That was delightful! A unique and thrilling MG adventure, which I enjoyed very much despite being older than the target audience. I think readers of all ages will find this Christian Fantasy story a delight, especially if you like academy stories! (Think Harry Potter, Knightly Academy, Ewan Pendle, etc.) It’s exciting and not without its bouts of tragedy, but it’s also full of heart and fun and it makes me happy. I keep smiling just thinking about it! :)

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Kyle
“Fresh and original” aren't words I often use in connection with a story that revolves primarily around vampires, but they absolutely apply to Strayborn. Thankfully, Strayborn steers well away from all the usual tropes that afflict YA vampire novels…so much so that I wouldn't actually saddle it with that category. The vampires of this story (called “vempar”) are a clever and richly-detailed new take on the mythological creature that's a far cry from the stock blood-drinker archetype you'll find ...more
Jenelle
Oct 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
7 Reasons You Should Drop Everything and Read This Book:

1. Cyrus Sole. I completely fell in love with young Cyrus within the first chapter, and when the story deviated from her storyline to briefly introduce a new character, I didn't want to leave. I wanted to know more about her, about how she was going to handle all the things, and where her story would take her, and what would happen next. She starts out as a sort of Cinderella-meets-Harry-Potter, but there are plenty of unique tw
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Rachael Ritchey
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great beginning to new ya fantasy series

Strayborn has all the boxes checked for a great series starter. This is definitely ya fantasy that is appropriate for young ya readers, too, and I get the impression the whole series will grow with the readers.

Full of mystery, the story mainly follows Cyrus, a half-human half-vempar carrying a secret inside herself not even she knows, and Aken-Shou, a pureblood vempar boy hated by his own kind and determined to prove he is not the scourge they all beli
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