Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Straight Reading from the Library: Aundes Aura by Ryan Sullivan

The Library was sent this book for review as part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. The author will be awarding a $25 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. You can see the other stops here: http://goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/2013/09/virtual-nbtm-review-tour-aundes-aura-by.html.


Since their father was taken to the dungeons of the capital city, Eoin and Saera have had to fend for themselves. If Eoin can find an apprenticeship in the capital, they can work on freeing him.

But Saera is afflicted with an evil goddess's light, and when her Aura flares up in the middle of the street, the power-hungry Church Regency are quickly on their heels, keen to eradicate the threat.

With more than the Regency after them, their only hope is to relinquish the Aura. Making alliances they would never have dreamt of, they find themselves swept up into a struggle against the kingdom they once called their own.


Saera and her older brother Eoin are trying to get to the city--their father has been captured and they need to find a way to take care of themselvs. However, Saera has been blessed (or cursed) with one of the seven Auras that are in the world..and once it's discovered, they are on the run for their lives.

Fortunately, they make some alliances along the way that serves them well. And, they come to a better understanding of themselves.

I liked this land and the concept of the Auras--and I'm glad this is the first book of a series. I also like that the books in the series are intended to be standalones--although I do hope that some of the characters cross-over into other books. I found myself really liking them.

The situations the siblings find themselves are exciting--even though there was a time or two I wanted Saera to not be as impulsive as she is. But, that's all part of being 16, no matter what world you live in, apparently!

I'm definitely looking forward to future books set in this land.

Ryan Sullivan discovered his passion for writing at the age of seven. Drawn to the limitless worlds of magic, he never stopped. Ever since writing his first collection of stories, he knew he wanted to be an author. He is currently studying music, and teaches piano. He lives east of Melbourne, Australia.

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  1. I found your review very helpful thank you. This sounds like such an interesting world.


  2. I was also glad it was the first in the series! I would totally read the next ones and can't wait to continue the story!

    andralynn7 at gmail dot com

  3. Great review!
    Sounds like a really good read!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  4. Thanks for sharing your review and the giveaway. Sounds like a good book. evamillien at gmail dot com

  5. Thank you for the review, Judith! I can't wait to release the next book for everyone. :)