Its with great excitement that its finally my turn on the blog tour for The Incarn Saga Series of books by Katherine E Wibell hosted by Lola’s Book Tours. I received a copy of all 4 books in return for my honest review. On this post I will be diving into the first two of the series then in a few days I will review the last two. All in all a fantastically written series and a great introduction for me to a new genre in Young Adult/Fantasy. The Incarn Saga is a 4 book series inspired by ancient myths and filled full of action and adventure. It is impossible to put down and after reading each instalment you instantly want more. I read all 4 books after each other and I loved every minute of them all.
Katharine Wibell’s lifelong interest in mythology includes epic poetry like the Odyssey, Ramayana, Beowulf, and the Nibelungenlied. In addition, she is interested in all things animal whether training dogs, apprenticing at a children’s zoo, or caring for injured animals as a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. After receiving degrees from Mercer University in both art and psychology with an emphasis in animal behavior, Wibell moved to New Orleans with her dog, Alli, to kick start her career as an artist and a writer. Her first literary works blend her knowledge of the animal world with the world of high fantasy.
Title : Issaura’s Claws Series : Book 1 Genre : Young adult/Fantasy
“According to legend, when the world was young, the goddess Issaura appeared among men. Those who treated her with kindness received the gift of the gods—the ability to transform into an animal form. This was a great honor but one that separated this race from other humans. Before Issaura departed the mortal realm, she promised to return if her people were ever at the point of destruction.
“Now a threat is rising from a land across the mists of the ocean, a threat that will push this race to the brink of extinction. Responding to the call to war, seventeen-year-old Lluava heads off to find her destiny, one that will carve her name in history.”
The Kingdom of Elysia consists of two races: the dominant race of humans and the native race of Theriomorphs who can shift into animal form. Although law dictates equal treatment, they neither like nor trust each other. Now brutal and ruthless Raiders are approaching; there is only one chance to defeat them. An army must be raised and trained. An army where each human will be paired with a Theriomorph partner. An army that must fight as one to defeat their common enemy.
Women are not warriors. However, Lluava is not like other women – human or Theriomorph. Her animal form is a magnificent beast whose power and fury she must learn to control. Although Lluava endures intense physical training and strives to overcome the doubts of the male recruits, she faces an unexpected adversary in the commanding general who seeks to break both her spirit and her body.
At the paring ceremony, Lluava is humbled when presented with a unique and ancient weapon. Yet she becomes distraught and angry when her human partner is revealed. If they fail to trust each other, the consequences will be devastating. Death and destruction are on the horizon and time is running out.
Well, well, well…. Wasn’t this fantastic. One of my goals for reading in 2020 was to look at genres out of my comfort zone and YA/Fantasy was one of them so when I saw the details of this blog tour I couldn’t wait to get my hands on these books and how often do you get the whole set might I add? I don’t want to say too much on this first book as it will give too much away but just know that this book is worth the read. And the next book and the next book and the last book. It literally has made me want to read more of this genre and honestly that’s hard to do when someone just like a good light hearted rom com now and again. And I literally picked up the 2nd book 5 mins after I had read this one so that’s a good sign as well right?
Title : Ullr’s Fangs Series : Book 2 Genre : YA/Fantasy
“According to legend, when the world was young, two gods of war — one male, one female — were destined for each other. Yet Ullr, forever unfaithful, lost the love of Issaura, his true match, and was forsworn. His violent anger and bitter rage grew and intensified, poisoning all creation and humanity.
Now that the Raiders’ long ships have faded from sight, the kingdom of Elysia is beginning to recover from the summer’s war with the brutal invaders from across the sea. Yet darker forces have taken root, forces that can alter the future of the land and its people in unthinkable ways. Seventeen-year-old Lluava must discover the means to prevent her world from collapsing. But in doing so, will she succumb to that darkness?”
As with the first book of the series I found myself reading out of my comfort zone and really quite enjoying it. I would not recommend reading this book if you haven’t read the first in the series, I could not describe this as a standalone book. That being said this book was just as good as the first and I couldn’t put it down.
Check back into my blog in a few days where I will be reviewing the 3rd & 4th book in the series and a review of all books in the series as a whole. Rest assured I loved this series and would urge you to pick it up and read if you enjoy this type of genre.