Sunday, June 15, 2014

Altaica By Tracy M Joyce

“Look at her – she’s Hill Clan. Even the Matyrani don’t like them…”

Isaura – little is known about her race, but much is whispered. Born to refugees, she grows up enduring racism and superstition within a community that fears her. She has few friends, and those she treasures. Trapped, she longs for escape to a different life.

Escape is only the beginning of her troubles. Having fled an invading army with her friends, Isaura is faced with heinous choices in order to survive. Secrets from her past emerge to torment her and threaten to destroy all she holds dear. Her struggles forge a bond with an ancient power – a power which may transform or consume her. Old hatreds and superstitions are renewed and at her most vulnerable she learns the true nature of those around her.

Her only hope lies in a foreign land – a land rich in tradition; ruled by three powerful clans. A land with a history marked by warfare; where magic as we know it does not exist. Instead what is here, in abundance, is a more primal power.

Survival carries a high price.

Welcome to Altaica




My Review

I Wasn't too sure what to think about this to start off with. But after the first couple of chapters the storyline started to get more involved and it became hard to put the book down. This story followed a group of villagers as they fled there home country to get rid of war. They travel out on a barge and struggle at sea until they are rescued by fishermen from another county. The story line really picks up once this happens. it has a lot of strong points to this story . if you ready enjoy fantasy reads. you will enjoy this one. This book is not a story you can hope to read in one sitting you really do need to read this one is peace and quiet. I loved how the author put different parts into this story . And the different struggles for love , loss and friendship I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves to escape from reality.



About the Author

Tracy M Joyce is an Australian author of speculative fiction. Her debut novel, Altaica: Book I in The Chronicles of Altaica, is published by Odyssey Books. Tracy has long been a fan of the fantasy genre, but particularly likes novels that deal with deep characterisations and that don’t flinch from the gritty realities of life. This and her fascination with the notions of “moral greyness”, that “good people can do bad things” and that we cannot escape our past provide the inspiration for her writing. Combine that with her love of history, horses and archery and you have Altaica.

She grew up on a farm in rural Victoria, in a picturesque dot on the map known as Glenburn. She spent half of her childhood riding horses and the other half trying to stay out of trouble - the only way she did that was by reading books and writing stories. She now lives in Melbourne with her husband, two cats and two (very) lazy greyhounds.

Tracy holds a BA (Hons) from Monash University, spent many years in a variety of administrative roles and fortunately never gave up on her childhood dream to become a writer. In her spare time she tutors a select and unlucky group of students in English.

Tracy loves to hear from her readers. 



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