What if a slave who knows only pain and evil is the only one who can restore the Sacred Balance of the mortal and divine realms?
Kyr has never even dared to think of disobeying Dauthaz, his vicious, all-powerful Master called the Soul-Drinker, yet the Star-Seer’s Prophecy foretells that he is the only one who can end the Soul-Drinker’s horrific reign. Hunted by his vengeful slave-brother, Gauday, and guided by Rajani, the Warrior Mage, Kyr begins a journey beyond anything he has ever known, painfully discovering new truths of human kindness and divine forgiveness. Ultimately, his frozen heart melts and he finds himself in love with Jolanya—only to learn that his beloved is forbidden to him by her vows as a Priestess of the Banished Goddess.
This is a story of mystery and intrigue, courage and endurance, secrets and forbidden love, set in an ancient world of blood sorcery, ritual, and healing magic. Manipulated by enemy and friend alike, Kyr struggles to recover his true essence from the darkest of ordeals, as he fulfills the dire predictions of the Star-Seer’s Prophecy.
Fantasy novels are usually a hit or miss with me. Either the world building works or it doesn't. Most of the time, the characters don't connect with the world in my opinion. but with Dark Innocence, Warren paints a vivid, intriguing world that connects on an emotional level.
Kyr is a slave who has endured tremendous physical, emotional and spiritual abuse. In the compound that he is kept, he not only takes and endures his slot in life, but he also inflicts it upon others. But all of that, and Kyr is about to change.He falls in love with Jolanya, someone forbidden to him. He also begins his journey toward finding his inner true self, a journey of healing and transformation to fulfill the prophecy and perhaps to also love himself.
Even though the first part of the book was slow going, I knew to expect that when building and creating a world. By the midway point, I was completely invested in Kyr's journey. A beautiful layered book that isn't to be missed!
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Rahima Warren is the author of Dark Innocence: Book One of the Star-Seer's Prophecy, a deep, rich novel of the healing journey. With Master's degrees in Clinical and Transpersonal Psychology, she was in private practice as a licensed psychotherapist for over 20 years. In 2006, Rahima retired to focus on her expressive painting, creative writing, and spiritual studies.
In her work with clients recovering from abuse, she was awed by the human capacity to heal, and to reach new levels of forgiveness, wholeness and happiness. She also learned to trust the psyche's own process. This enabled her to allow a dark and mysterious story to flood forth unhindered.
Rahima Warren is a third-generation native of California and resides with her husband in Northern California, where she periodically chases squirrels off the wild bird feeders, and deer away from her roses. Her life-long love of fantasy is her parents' fault: they left sci-fi & fantasy magazines with fascinating cover art lying around the house.
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