"An epic fantasy that doesn't bow down to the conventions of the genre, Chosen is set in a warring land where men in power screw things up for everybody else in their quest for yet more power. That's about the only conventional thing about Kyra Halland's book, which also involves time travel, unexpected POV switches and a truly epic scope...
"In particular, Chosen contains a number of genuinely strong female characters. While the women in the story are often considered pawns by evil men, they refuse to be pigeon-holed or ordered about. These women are headstrong and unconventional - one of the heroines is a mother, the other is a young woman who's afraid of upsetting societal balance. The commentary on gender play and the unfair balance of power in relationships makes for thoughtful reading.
"Chosen of Azara is an epic fantasy with a splash of saccharine-free romance. It's fantastic to find a book this smart and well-written, though readers might be disappointed to discover it's a stand-alone. Considering how rich the world-building is, you'll wish Chosen was the first in a series."
Joshua Winning, author of Sentinel
"Chosen of Azara is another Kyra Halland masterpiece, a fantasy full of sacrifice and tragedy, greed and magic. Sevry is the perfect hero, committed to fulfill his quest to find his aunt’s descendant and reverse the destruction of his land, even as centuries pass and hope grows thin. Lucie at first seems shallow and weak, but once she overcomes her doubts and joins up with Sevry, she loses those qualities and her likability skyrockets. With an unstoppable villain, fabulous plot, vivid scenery, touching characters, and a stellar black moment with a surprising resolution, Chosen of Azara is the full package."
C.J. Burright, author of Lured by Darkness
"I was drawn in from page one and simply couldn't put it down! And, as with all great stories, I felt a tad sad when the book was done - at least for me the reader, even though the story itself will keep growing and blossoming in the imagination from there."
Benita, a reader
"I love this book - the time levels intrigued me and I found the story line very captivating. The characters are well thought-out and feel very real to me. I don't often take the time to read, but this one I couldn't put down. I hope there will be more books by this author! Kyra, you rock!"
Upfi, a reader
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