Author: Tracy M. Joyce
Series: The Chronicles of Altaica #1
Publication Date: June 6th 2014
Publisher: Odyssey Books
Source: Publisher from NetGalley
Rating: 4 stars
“Look at her – she’s Hill Clan. Even the Matyrani don’t like them …”
Isaura – little is known about her race, but much is whispered. Born to refugees, she grows up enduring racism and superstition within a community that fears her. She has few friends, and those she treasures. Trapped, she longs for escape to a different life.
Escape is only the beginning of her troubles. Having fled an invading army with her friends, Isaura is faced with heinous choices in order to survive. Secrets from her past emerge to torment her and threaten to destroy all she holds dear. Her struggles forge a bond with an ancient power – a power which may transform or consume her. Old hatreds and superstitions are renewed and at her most vulnerable she learns the true nature of those around her.
Her only hope lies in a foreign land – a land rich in tradition; ruled by three powerful clans. A land with a history marked by warfare; where magic as we know it does not exist. Instead what is here, in abundance, is a more primal power.
Survival carries a high price.
Welcome to Altaica.
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Altaica was a beautiful story. At first it was a little hard to follow but it didn’t take long to figure out what was going on. The character of Interest, Isaura is a healer that’s supposedly from Hill Clan but living with a small village . No one seems to like her, except her two brother-like friends and her nephew, Pio. The people of the village decide to evacuate the town on a boat build by the neighborhood carpenter to escalate the Zaragaria , a group of enemies who act like savages and steal people to turn them into slaves or kill them. They find themselves instead lost at sea ,without necessities and on the brink of death while in a land not too far, Umniga’s spirit guide is attracted to Isaura and Pio’s energy. The ending was great and it makes me excited for the second book in the Chronicles of Altaica. I love it !
About the Author:Tracy M Joyce is an Australian author of speculative fiction. Her debut novel, Altaica: Book I in The Chronicles of Altaica, is published by Odyssey Books. Tracy has long been a fan of the fantasy genre, but particularly likes novels that deal with deep characterisations and that don’t flinch from the gritty realities of life. This and her fascination with the notions of “moral greyness”, that “good people can do bad things” and that we cannot escape our past provide the inspiration for her writing. Combine that with her love of history, horses and archery and you have Altaica.
She grew up on a farm in rural Victoria, in a picturesque dot on the map known as Glenburn. She spent half of her childhood riding horses and the other half trying to stay out of trouble – the only way she did that was by reading books and writing stories. She now lives in Melbourne with her husband, two cats and one (very) lazy greyhound.
Tracy holds a BA (Hons) from Monash University, spent many years in a variety of administrative roles and fortunately never gave up on her childhood dream to become a writer. In her spare time she tutors a select and unlucky group of students in English.
Tracy loves to hear from her readers.