{Review+Giveaway} The Reclaimed Kingdom by Dana Claire

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{Review+Giveaway} The Reclaimed Kingdom by Dana Claire

{Review+Giveaway} The Reclaimed Kingdom by Dana ClaireThe Reclaimed Kingdom by Dana Claire
Pages: 292
Published by Chamberlain Publishing House on February 14, 2021
Series: Syphon #1
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy & Magic, Romance
Source: eARC from Author

Under the cruel ministrations of its Queen, the Kingdom of D’Land is in peril.

With King Harrison away in foreign lands and neighboring Kingdoms unwilling to intervene, there is no one to protect the people from poverty, harsh punishment, and unreasonable rules of law – except for the Band of Brothers. Struggling with the death of her mother and the legendary Syphon powers she inherited, seventeen year old Dru wants nothing more than to escape her old life and join the motley crew of ruffians, pilfering from the rich to feed the poor and pay their taxes.

She’s able to do just that disguised as a lad, and even when her nature is discovered, nothing changes – except for the way her friend Hawkin treats her. But Dru’s new world is overturned when she and the Brothers seize the treasures of a Prince who threatens to reveal her identity. Together, Dru and her chosen family must find a way to reclaim her destiny and bring balance to the Kingdom. If not, there may be no hope left for anyone.

YA Review My Thoughts

The Reclaimed Kingdom is the first book in the young adult fantasy Syphon series by Dana Claire. I enjoyed The Reclaimed Kingdom and I am certainly interested in continuing on in the series. At times, The Reclaimed Kingdom felt like a purely foundational novel. It allowed us to get to know the characters, get to know the world and it set up a love triangle romance. I have no idea which way the romance will ultimately go, but I wanted to forewarn you in case love triangles are not your thing. I don’t mind them, but mostly only when the partner I pick “wins”, so we shall see if that is the case here.

In The Reclaimed Kingdom we meet our main character Dru, who wants to help out her land by joining the Band of Brothers- a robin hood-esque gang that steals from the rich to give to the poor.  I really liked Dru. She is feisty and strong. She disguises herself as a guy to join the crew and she quickly finds herself in a high stakes adventure involving some of the Prince’s belonging. I do hope in the next book that we get to dive a little deeper into the magic system with the Syphon powers and also with the characters themselves. I found myself wanting to get into each of the characters heads a little more, so I knew more about their motivations and what compelled them as a person. I think it would help me relate to them and understand their actions a lot better as the series continues on.

If you are a fan of quest style fantasies that feature a larger gang of characters, then The Reclaimed Kingdom and the Syphon series might be a good one to check out. It does have a long triangle and I am interested to see where it is going to go. I have a feeling that Dana Claire has a few tricks up her sleeve with the romance aspect. There were quite a few twists and turns in The Reclaimed Kingdom. Some I could easily see coming, but there were a couple that took me by surprise. Overall, this was a good book. It sets up the world and overall plot and I can’t wait to see where the story will go from here.


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About Dana Claire

When author Dana Claire had several poems published as an elementary school student, she was hooked and writing became her passion. A shared dream of hers and her mother’s, she promised her dying mother that she would become a published author and that dream has been realized with The Connection.

Dana believes that a good story is made through strong character development; when readers become attached to the characters’ emotional state and are invested in their objectives. She believes that the beauty of reading is that one can live a hundred lives within the stories of books. Her own stories come to her in her dreams, and she wakes up with book ideas.

Dana’s family is very supportive of her writing and the creativity and sentiment driving it. Enjoying bicoastal living between Los Angeles and New York, Dana says she “lives the best romance in the world being married to the most amazing man she could ever ask for.” The Connection was her debut YA novel, the first volume in the Blood-Light trilogy. The Reclaimed Kingdom is her second novel.

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