Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Chosen by Sheenah Freitas

Title: The Chosen
Author: Sheenah Freitas
Publisher: Self-published
Paperback, 225 pages
Date Published: November 28, 2010
Description (Taken from Goodreads):
Kaia's entire life has erupted in flames after an assassin appears and burns her village down. She's rescued by a god from another planet who requests her help because she's the descendant of their last savior. Together with Reeze -- the only other survivor from her village and her appointed guardian -- they set off on a quest to find the treasures of the gods in hopes of preventing a dire prophesy.

Kaia and Reeze quickly meet the Tueors, a group of people many thought extinct, who are searching specifically for Kaia. Their intention: to protect the truth. As Kaia discovers more about the truth and her family's past, she also learns of the Tueors' bloody secret. Will Kaia be the savior the gods have been waiting for? Or will she let the prophesy come true?

Kaia’s entire village is decimated in a matter of moments and she, along with the allusive and mysterious Reeze, is the only survivor. An encounter with some priestesses leads Kaia and Reeze on a journey to seek out legendary trinkets that will help Kaia fulfill a prophecy that she is at the center of.  Meetings with mermaids, vampires, and a strange voice in her head puts a strain on the tenuous trust she has with Reeze. All the while, she must contend with her life as the Chosen and the constant threat on her life.

The Chosen is very high fantasy and has so many different aspects to it that it will easily catch a reader’s attention. The inclusion of gods, mermaids, vampires, and a prophecy would seem to be too much in one book, but it’s not. Sheenah has really worked some magic with this story.

Kaia is the main character and while I found her to be a bit too meek and shy for my liking – often looking down when spoken to and always needing protection – she is only 14 years old. The secondary characters, Catrina and Derek, were very entertaining though. Their bickering and enigmatic natures help to bring out Kaia’s more outgoing side. Reeze’s intense, quiet nature frustrated me, as it did for Kaia and like her, I found myself not quite trusting him.

Sheenah’s storytelling is complex and full of misleading facts. I was never able to guess exactly what was going to happen, but I had fun trying. I will say that there were some grammatical errors, but they didn’t take away from the story. My biggest complaint is that much of the first few chapters were an information overload for me. I had trouble keeping all characters straight and understanding some of the mythology that Sheenah created.

The Chosen is a fantasy adventure that is complicated, but fun-filled. Fans of high fantasy, sprawling worlds, filled with castles and princesses, prophecies, and fighting, will get a kick out of the world of Zinc and the characters that Sheenah has created.

Opening line: From behind the bar counter a young woman looked about and sighed. ~ pg. 1

Favorite lines: She cried for Meredith. For her mother. For her village. And she cried for the death of innocence. ~ pg. 130
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.

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Khadija said...

Great review, it sounds interesting even though you had some problems with it. I might look into reading this one :)

I'm doing a series on my blog for debut authors and the first post went up today, come check it out?

Brandileigh2003 (Blkosiner's Book Blog) said...

Thanks for review-- I haven't seen much about this one!
Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

Bere said...

Fantastic review, Nikki! I have to say that I have not heard much about this one but it does sound quite interesting. I will definitely be on the lookout for it though. Thanks so much, Nikki =).

~The Book Pixie said...

This is the first time I've heard of this one and it sounds like a worthwhile read. May have to give this one a try. :)


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