Altaica (The Chronicles of Altaica, #1)Altaica by Tracy M. Joyce
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Altaica is the fantasy adventure of a group of villagers fleeing their homeland and the murderous invaders descending upon them. The main character, Isaura, was a healer from the village but was never made to feel like anything but an outcast. We get to see her bravery as she valiantly defends the others from scouts sent by the invading force as they push off into the main channel of the river. Before long, however, they reach the ocean. But instead of following the coastline as planned, the current relentlessly tugs them farther and farther out to sea. Across the endless waves they travel. Will their wandering feet ever again touch land?

I would first like to state that I received this free through NetGalley for an honest review. This book was well written with an engaging storyline – full of plot twists and written in such a way as to garner genuine empathy for the characters through their myriad of tribulations. The author is quite skilled at portraying the vast range of human emotions, even at their ugliest. I did truly enjoy this action-packed adventure and would definitely like to read the next book in the series to see how Isaura grows through her experiences.

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