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A Ring Realms Novel: Savant's Blood Saga Book 1: Shadow of the Avatar

Score: 5.00 (votes: 8)

A young girl is stolen from her mother by agents of a jealous goddess, escapes and becomes a street waif known as 'Wren' who, decades later, is an elder member of the Brethren Guild, a thieves guild in the ancient city of Corwin.

A battle with a rival Brethren Guild forces Wren to seek refuge in a temple where she receives the first clues that will lead her toward the truth of who and what she is. From a dream, an amulet in the shape of a phoenix appears around her neck. Engraved on the back of the magic device is one simple word--Liandra.

Wren must not only learn her identity but how she fits into the universe she lives in. As she later discovers, a savant's sense of self is far more than a name or even a body but a spiritual destiny tied to the very origins of the Ring Realms themselves.

Hecate, goddess of the moon and dark magic, wants a new body and eight-summer-old savant Liandra Kergatha has the one she covets. Torn from her mother's arms, the young girl is spirited away to another world to undergo the ritual of succorunding--the creation of an avatar. Before the procedure can be completed, the temple is attacked and Liandra escapes into the city with the bindings half completed and her name and memories of her former life wiped clean.

Possessing great natural skill and many hidden powers, the young girl becomes known as Wren and perseveres on her own. A decade later Wren is one of the greatest master thieves in Corwin. Unfortunately for Wren after her ordeal as a child, lost is not forgotten. Following a bloody encounter with an avatar, Hecate's baneful attention is drawn to her once again.

What started with a kidnapping becomes a conflict that escalates into a war involving powerful immortals, wizards, and otherworldly creatures as Wren seeks help and wins favor with the legendary clan of the Felspars. 

To survive the ordeal stretched in front of her, Wren must learn her origins, befriend amazing allies, and tap into the secret powers of her birthright. Even as she rises to the challenge, she discovers Hecate isn't the only foe gunning for her...

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  • Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite (
    Jan 8, 2018, 04:57
    Shadow of the Avatar by Will Greenway is a brilliant introduction to the epic fantasy series, Savant’s Blood, a compelling work that will thrill fans of fantasy. Hecate, the goddess of the moon and dark magic, wants a new incarnation and she’s chosen the savant Liandra Kergatha. While undergoing the ritual to be transformed into an avatar, something happens and the ritual isn’t completed. The temple is attacked, but savant Liandra Kergatha escapes. The problem is, she has no memories of her former life. Her loss of memory and identity keeps her away from Hecate’s radar for a while, but how long will it be before her skills are discovered and the goddess is drawn to her again? But there is so much more at stake in this story than the will of a goddess to incarnate a human body.

    Shadow of the Avatar by Will Greenway features compelling characters and a conflict that involves powerful immortal and mortal characters. It’s interesting to watch the transformation taking place within the main character and the journey she makes through her development over ten years. Liandra Kergatha (Wren) is a very symbolic character and her life could communicate the message that we are all on a journey towards ourselves, towards our origins. As one reads this epic story, one wants to know if the protagonist will discover her birthright and if she can take full control of her destiny. The writing is magical and the author succeeds in creating the kind of world that will draw readers in irresistibly.
  • Happy Yeah (Amazon customer)
    Aug 16, 2017, 04:26
    lots of action

    I picked this book randomly and was immediately hooked about 20-30 pages in. This is a long book. The main character Wren is a no non-sense, fast-thinking girl who is incredibly agile. She is very likable as a character with a strong will without being made out to be overly feminine or masculine. Will Greenway created a universe that is very different from your usual fantasy or pure science fiction novels. There is a mixture of mythology, magic, and science. I think it's refreshing. Towards the end of the book there is this big game with lots of chasing, fighting, and generally jolly good fun. I have also read the "Reality's Plaything" series by the same author. I think this (Savant's Blood) series is easier to get involved with early on. There are quite a bit of typos in all of them, but they don't detract from the books much. One does not read these books for their literary values. That is not the main point. If you like action-packed novels but cannot help but be repulsed by excessive violence and gore, or if you like to let your imagination run free, this is a fun series you might enjoy.
  • Lisa Caskey (Amazon customer)
    Aug 16, 2017, 04:25
    Even without a terrific plot, with characters like that

    When I first started reading Shadow of the Phoenix, I wasn't sure what I was expecting. Turns out, it was so much more than I could ever have imagined.

    To say the characters are interesting would be an understatement. Will Greenway has done an incredible job of creating colorful, complex characters that are both gifted and flawed at the same time. And he has created A TON of these unique characters, each one crazier than the last. Even without a terrific plot, with characters like that, any reader is sure to be entertained.

    And of course the plot is also terrific. It's intricate, engaging, and a real page-turner.

    If you like high-fantasy, I definitely recommend this book!
  • J. Stewart (Amazon customer)
    Aug 16, 2017, 04:24
    Maybe a little over the top, but damn good fun.

    The book is a little over the top in some regards, perhaps, but sometimes I think everyone needs a dash of superhero in their fantasy. I can think of nothing better to say than that the book is good fun, and is currently priced excellently as well.
  • Mrs. B. (Amazon customer)
    Aug 16, 2017, 04:23
    Great series

    Wonderful beginning to the series. It keeps your attention and makes you want the next book right away.
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