March 4, 2022

BOOK TOUR: The Rise of the Raidin (The Human-Born Era Book 1) by Susan L. Markloff

The Rise of the Raidin (The Human-Born Era Book 1) by Susan L. Markloff
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Release Date: November 1, 2021
Format: ARC (From Author and R&R Book Tours)
Publisher: Susan L. Markloff (Self-Published)

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The Rise of the Raidin by Susan L. Markloff is an amazing new urban fantasy book complete with lots of fantastical creatures and unique powers for our heroine. Readers who pick up The Rise of the Raidin can expect an action-packed entertaining read. On the surface, Jen has a fairly average life for a high schooler. In reality, she has to balance the regular teenager things with the other side of her double life and her new abilities. Will she able to help defend her school and determine what’s really be happening before it's too late?

The worldbuilding was the shining star of this book. I loved all the different species of creatures that made an appearance in this book. I enjoyed how the setting was split between various places on Earth and other locations. And I will reiterate something I’ve said in many other reviews - dragons make every story better, no matter what. 

The pace of this book was also well executed. Undoubtedly a page-turner, there was never a moment when the story was in danger of losing my attention and/or interest. The fight scenes were AMAZING. And that ending was a total cliffhanger - I can’t not read the second book now, because I need to know what happens next. 

Overall, a fantastic young adult fantasy read. I would recommend this book to those who would enjoy an urban fantasy story with great worldbuilding and hilarious banter between characters. I look forward to reading the next installment in The Human-Born Era series in the future! As a side note from my review, I want to express my appreciation for the glossary and pronunciation guide that were provided with the book. I always appreciate when an author provides references like this in a fantasy book, and I like to acknowledge when it happens. 

Thank you to the author and Shannon at Reads and Reels Book Tours for providing me with a complimentary review copy of The Rise of the Raidin. I appreciate the opportunity to read and review the book immensely! Please note - I voluntarily read and reviewed The Rise of the Raidin. All opinions expressed in the review are my own and not influenced in any way.

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