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The Ranger of Marzanna

(The Rime War #1)

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When their father is murdered by imperial soldiers, two siblings set out on opposite paths—one will destroy the Empire forever and the other will save it—in this thrilling new Russian inspired epic fantasy from Jon Skovron.

Sonya is training to be a Ranger of Marzanna, an ancient sect of warriors who have protected the land for generations. But the old ways are dying, and
Paperback, 528 pages
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by Orbit
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Rating: 3.5 stars

The Ranger of Marzanna is the first in The Goddess War series by Jon Skovron. This is a character driven epic fantasy with heavy Slavic influences. The story focuses on a pair of siblings that end up on separate paths after their father is murdered by Imperial soldiers.

The nation of Izmoroz has been conquered by the Aureumian Empire for many years. Sonya Turgenev Portinari - a Ranger and devotee of Marazanna, the goddess of winter and death - has vowed to remove the Empire's
DNF @ 10% in.

This was an ARC I had gotten from the publisher.

I didn't finish this book. I think the problem I had was that the characters are very, VERY modern. Which didn't really make sense since it was a fantasy-esque setting. Not only that, it had a very juvenile way of storytelling.

I had tried reading a book by this author a few years ago and I thought that with a change of location and or plot themes this would be a better fit. Now I know that I truly cannot connect with this author's
Jan 11, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I'm so excited for this!!!!

I hope I like it as much as Hope & Red! :D
Marie -The Reading Otter

I received this book from NetGalley for review.

I really enjoyed the setting and the plot, based on Russian folklore. I liked the dynamic of siblings on opposite sides of the same war. I like that the brother seems to not really know at that he is being manipulated, that his decision isn't because he's "evil", but because he's told what he's doing is for the good of the people.

Sonya's path is to serve a goddess and along the way, she starts to lose some of her humanity. Where her
Ria the Reader
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Review to come!!!
Sheila Goicea
THIS BOOK. WITH THAT COVER. I think I've found one of my most anticipated reads for 2020?

It's a new Epic fantasy trilogy, set in eastern Europe (in the Winter, OK). It focuses around squabbling siblings, magic, and LOYAL HORSES!? Please, someone, give this to me.


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Jan 18, 2020 rated it liked it
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3.5 stars

This was an interesting and enjoyable read. I wish that the author had injected a bit more culture into this book. I quite enjoyed that facet but found it lacking. I wanted to see the outfits, smell the food, feel as if I was living it.

The magic system was interesting if limited. I am hoping that it is expanded upon further in the coming books.

I didn't like Sonya. She isn't very likeable. She is meant to be crass and uncultured, but it just comes across as
Kenzie The Dragon Queen
Three things:

#1. This cover is absolutely STUNNING! It’s so beautiful, I want to show fantasy books everywhere this is the kind of thing they should be slapping onto the front of their novels!

#2. I was kindly given an ARC of this book by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I’m super pumped to be one of the first to read this! I’ll be reading it very soon, so stay posted!

#3. I’ve been politely asked by the publisher not to post my review until two weeks prior of the book’s release, and I
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a free arc in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 4.75

I absolutely loved this book. It exceeded my expectations in every way. The Ranger of Marzanna sucked me in for the beginning and never let go. I was kind of apprehensive about starting this story since it was so large. I love to read, but most books 400+ pages seem to drag on after a while. I’m tired of the useless descriptions and politics. I decided to start this on my breaks at work while I
Dec 18, 2019 marked it as to-read
I received an ARC on NetGalley from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I'm so excited for this one! I couldn't believe I was approved for an ARC. Fantasy novels about siblings are some of my favorite books to read so this sounds right up my alley.
Kelly McCord
I was very excited to have won a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway, because I enjoyed the Empire of Storms series by this author. This ended up being a 3 1/2 star book for me, but since Goodreads can't be bothered with 1/2 stars, I ended up rounding down because I couldn't put it at the same level as my 4 star reads.

The world building was well done, as was the action of the story. I enjoyed the Eastern European (Russian) feel to the lore of the world. The ways that magic worked, if not
I enjoyed the book and its rich world building. People had russian names which made me think the author must have done some research to interwine russian/ukrainian culture/history in this book. The character, Sonya was likeable enough but at times, I winced at her brashness and gung ho personality that made her not fear anything, or the repercussions her actions would have on other people which did make sense given her role in this book. Her brother, Sebastian was likeable at first, and he tried ...more
Devyn Lynn Cullipher
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Note: I received a free Kindle copy of this novel via the Goodreads Giveaways tab. The following review is my honest opinion.

True Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5 stars

Honestly, I had to DNF this book. I hated to do it. I really, really did. It was well written. The characters were interesting, and I could tell that the plot was going to ramp up into something epic and amazing. For some reason, though, I was just not able to focus and connect to the story.

In this case, it truly was not the book's
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really good!
Jon Adams
Feb 04, 2020 rated it liked it
2.5. There just wasn't much to like about this book. I couldn't connect with any of the characters, the pace was meandering, and I just wanted it to be over. I did finish it though.
Jan 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very well done fantasy, I enjoyed it right from the start. The story was very well paced, I liked the characters and particularly the dialogue, it was genuine and stood out for some reason as a very well done. I also enjoyed the mix of world building, adventure and family drama, none were too overdone and all unfolded at a steady pleasant pace.
Sara Jo
Jan 17, 2020 rated it liked it
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I enjoy folklore from any culture, but this particular novel was a struggle for me. A very slow-paced, long-winded book with plenty of detail but not a lot of action. With more editing and better flow, it could have been a 4 or 5 star. First in a series but I don’t think I’ll follow it.

I was provided with an ARC of this book by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Filled with rich Russian Folklore , The Ranger of Marzanna is the sweeping fantasy tale of two siblings. One with too much magic and one with no magic at all, trying to find their way in this world and back to where they belong.

I was given the opportunity to read this ARC in exchange for my review from Netgalley. All opinions are mine and mine only.

I really enjoyed this! You know how sometimes you just need a super dramatic fantasy book? This is definitely that. Everyone is very dramatic and
Helen Wawrejko
Dec 31, 2019 rated it liked it
A sweeping tale of siblings that takes the reader in 2 directions. Sonya, without magic but tied to a goddess and fights for the people and hates the imperial army. The younger brother with immense elemental power that their father tried to hide and keep him from the vagaries of war. While he thinks he will use his power for the good of the people, he finds that the commander that strokes his ego is making him kill people. While well written, it was too long for me. Over abundance of descriptive ...more
Dec 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Two siblings choose different paths, one is a Ranger of Marzanna, the other, serves the empire as a wizard. The death of their father set them each on different courses. Sebastian believed his father underestimated his talents and is easily manipulated the by General, believing he is protecting the people. However, when he begins to kill people in the name of the empire, he loses much of himself. Sebastian believes he is right, yet cannot see the damage that is being done to the one he claims to ...more
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Jon Skovron is the author of several Young Adult fantasy novels, including Misfit, Man Made Boy and This Broken Wondrous World. His first adult fantasy series, The Empire of Storms, began last June with the release of Hope and Red, published by Orbit Books. The Barnes and Noble SF&F blog said "Skovron’s briskly-paced story doesn’t skimp on the world-building—and thank goodness, because it’s ...more