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Birth: Allie’s War Early Years, JC Andrijeski
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
***A Revik prequel in the Allie’s War series***
I’m up to Bridge in the reading list, having just finished War, and this has just been released. It’s no secret by now that I Love Revik…he’s just so…I don’t know, there’s just something special about him. He’s not in any way perfect, he’s got flaws, make mistakes, gets things wrong and yet I can’t help feeling that he’s at heart moral, honest, has true integrity and his love for Allie transcends life and death. 🙂 I need an I heart Revik T shirt!!
This picks up just after he’s left the Rooks, after he met Kali and she told him he needed to leave. What she said just resonated with him, and he managed to escape the Rooks, something almost unheard and now he’s been in Pamir with the monks while they try to untangle the mess the Rooks made of him. Five years, seems a long time to me, but to a Seer with their long lives it’s very different. Then the Adipan appear. It was great to meet Balidor, and get to see how he and Revik interact in the early stages.
Revik, ah even now, confused and lost he’s still trying to do the right thing, afraid to help in case he hurts someone, and desperate to avoid the Rooks clutches again. He was so high in their structure – almost at the top, so they all know that he’s a prime target, and will need protection of the strongest sort, yet he’s needed on this mission deep in the jungle. I loved seeing this early Revik, we’ve seen bits over the books and this ties up another gap. He’s been through so much from each different group, and I’m amazed he’s not as cracked as Terian. We see the meeting with the two groups again, where Kali is rescued and Terian goes a bit crazy on seeing Revik…in a way though I started hating Terian at first in the early books, and still hate what he does, learning more about what’s shaped him I understand some of what he does and why…and I’m surprised that Revik, having had similar machinations applied to him, hasn’t gone just as crazy. They both are brilliant, have untold potential, and in a way have been used by each side in the attempt to prevent or help succeed that Prophecy. Sometimes I think about books which feature Prophecies – if it’s going to happen why do they need to do anything? Can one be prevented? Is it all some strange plan where the attempts to stop or make it succeed are part of the actual stuff needed anyway?? You could go mad thinking about it 🙂
So much of this book shows just how each group differ, how what’s happened to Revik puts him on a different emotional level with the others, its as if they’re speaking a different language to him at times, when he just doesn’t understand what they want of him, what they are telling him, and here it led to a really embarrassing awful scene for him, which had some dramatic consequences. Then just as he seems to be on a keel, things get thrown out of balance for him yet again. It’s a good job he can have such a long life!
Once again another riveting read, full of info that adds to the overall series. Poor Revik feels so isolated in this book, hated by the Rooks for leaving, hated by the others for having been a Rook. At least that’s his take on it and TBH he doesn’t really trust himself, so he doesn’t see why anyone should trust him. It’s a great read but a sad one. At some point I want to go back to book One, to where Allie and Revik first meet, ( well, to where she first meets him, he’s been watching her for years) and see if I have a greater understanding of events now I know so much more about them. I’ve reached a better feeling about the whole Seer/longlife/light and construct thing now – in the early books I really struggled, but now when I read I just seem to have an inbuilt acceptance and understanding of how it applies, of how so much odd stuff is just part of Seer nature, instead of always comparing it to what I know – ie human stuff.
Stars: five – of course!
ARC supplied by author.
Rook: Allie’s War Episodes 1-4
Shield: Allie’s War Episodes 5-8
Sword: Allie’s War Episodes 9-12
Shadow: Allie’s War Episosdes 13-17
Knight: Allie’s War Episodes 18-23
War: Allie’s War Episodes 24-27
Bridge: Allie’s War Episodes 28-31
Prequel Books ~
New York: Allie’s War Early Years
Revik: Allie’s War Early Years
Terian: Allie’s War Early Years
Birth: Allie’s War Early Years