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REVIEWS FOR WHERE HOPE DARES - Rebecca Bryn

REVIEWS FOR WHERE HOPE DARES BY REBECCA BRYN

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Loved this book!

on December 14, 2015
I loved this book! It has everything: characters you want to bond with, compelling plot and of course the main theme, which treads through the narration – love conquers all. Only love can unite us, better us and helps us survive.
Probably thousands of years since the world, as we know it now, has gone, and the new civilization started a new circle of life. Too bad that not all the people adapted the peace-loving way of life of Kiya and Raphel’s village. The blood-thirsty Northmen came to their land, led by their leader Alaric, the Chosen, who is searching for a woman to fulfill his High Priest’s prophesy. Alaric rapes and kidnaps Kiya to bring her back to his land, but Kiya’s husband Raphel follows the northern giant to bring his beloved back home… Their way will not be an easy one, filled with pain and anguish along the way, but it’s their love that can turn even the most merciless killer onto their side.
This book is so engaging because it makes the readers contemplate their choices in today’s society, and many messages in the story resonate with today’s world issues. Wonderful job!
 
on December 11, 2015
Where Hope Dares is a dark, thought-provoking novel, a book that will engage the intellect as well as entertain. Although set in the future, this is a timeless novel in that it evokes great myths and legends of the past.

You sense that the author's surroundings have helped to shape this novel and although this might be fanciful I can picture her walking through the fields and over the hills drawing inspiration from the grass, the sky, the trees and stones.

Where Hope Dares is an emotional, spiritual novel weaving political, social and environmental threads. The tapestry is held together by the strongest thread of all: love. Whatever it's content, a novel relies on its characters and the characters within the pages of Where Hope Dares are its great strength: you emphasize with them and will them to succeed.
 

on December 10, 2015
I have read other works by Rebecca Bryn and I came to love her writing style.
Where Hope Dares is a gripping story of love between Kiya - a gifted healer, and Raphel - a talented storyteller. Their love is so strong and powerful, not even Kiya’s captivity and sexual sacrifice, could break the connection.
Though dark and dramatic, the story pulls you in and makes you question everything you thought you knew about the past and the future.

I recommend the book to anyone who likes dystopian novels.
 

on November 24, 2015
This is an inspiring, thought-provoking book unlike any I've read. Set far in the future, this is the story of clashing societies and their interpretations of the second coming. Some groups cover war, while others are peaceful by nature. It's very dystopian, but incorporates interesting political, social, and spiritual elements into the story . At the heart of it all is a story of love. A couple fighting against all odds who end up kidnapped. Heartbreak and loss seem eminent, but beneath it all is hope.
There are many characters in this book, but they were so well developed and I found it easy to follow along, while at the same time getting lost in the story.
Rebecca Bryn's writing style is lovely, and there were so many deep, emotionally charged issues underlying the story itself. Although the tale is futuristic, it has this old worldly feel to it, and I loved the author's ability to paint the scene and evoke powerful emotions from me as a reader. 5 stars.
 

on November 19, 2015
In a word, deep. The twenty-five-word subtitle for WHERE HOPE DARES, concludes with, “the eternal struggle for good over evil.” That indicates that this book will be on the epic scale. Author Rebecca Bryn has written a brilliant, complex, dystopian novel that does not shy away from the subjects it covers. This will be appreciated by readers of literary fiction who love a classic larger-than-life plot.

I found the non-fiction Afterword by Philip Stephen Knight BSc an incredibly interesting and easy to follow highlight of the book, but then, I have more of an interest in the environment, geology, climate and world history that I have in dystopian fiction. I’m happy to recommend this novel as a stimulating read.
 

on November 16, 2015
A futuristic novel set around 5000 A.D. in a simpler and almost pagan society. The dystopian set up has something of a post-apocalyptic feeling to it. The novel touches upon religious and societal morals and mechanisms; although it seems simpler, human beings are still the same throughout the centuries and millennia.
With its biblical references and pagan theme the novel sometimes feels like a parabel using symbolism and allegories relevant to modern or contemporary times.
Not what I had expected after the author's historical writing but profound in its meaningful messages. The epilogue is particularly powerful, as is the 'timeline' in the appendix.
Definitely recommended for fans of the genre and fans of deep and mystical stories.
 

on November 15, 2015
Where Hope Dares is volumious yet gripping from the very beginning. It takes place in the future of planet Earth, but has an ancient feel to it. It felt as though I was reading a myth or a legend. Though there are many subplots, it’s mainly a love story between Kiya, a gifted healer and Raphel, a talented storyteller. Their beautiful relationship is interrupted by Kiya’s captivity and sexual sacrifice, but the connection between them is so strong and powerful that none of the outside evil can bring them down.

I found this to be a breathtaking adventure. Some part were tough for me to read, and the overall mood is dark and dramatic, but very captivating. I liked the idea of the future / past synchronicity, and how the author depicts the future of humanity as a reference to the ancient times. It makes you think whether history cyclically repeats itself. I also enjoyed the spiritual tone to it, and the nicely weaved in ecological messages.
I could feel the expertise and diligent work of the author, and sensed how much she worked on developing the story’s world and the characters. Hats off to her work!

I think this book will please readers who like epic, dramatic dystopian novels with a strong message.
 

on November 13, 2015
Rebecca Bryn is just one of those writers. You cannot help but love what she does. I read her Touching The Wire and loved it so I expected more of the same. One thing initially made me stutter, I picked up this book without reading the blurb, simply based on the fact that I had enjoyed the first so much. As I opened the book I was greeted by meet the characters - never mad on that idea - then I read the first chapter and had to go back to read the blurb., The penny dropped. This was not going to be more of the same. I carried on regardless having made the mistake of presumption and I was glad I did. Everything went against me liking the book in a way as I am not a huge fan of Dystopian tales and I had been expecting something else. Guess what, I still loved this book. I say it is different to Touching the Wire and yes it is in genre but not in Style. Rebecca Bryn is such a skilled writer and has a marvelous way of handling a story that far from being disappointed I was quite engaged. Once again ability, voice and an understanding of what a reader wants triumphed. I suspect she could write in any genre and I would go back for more, a cross over talent not many can achieve. I didn't speculate (too much) on some of the analogies and references, I am sure they are what they are, but it is all rather clever, never too clever for its own good and importantly, in this book we have characters that are likable,engaging and ones you want to triumph. All books are about love of course and this is no exception with relationship and love at the heart of the tension. I like the title, it gives a great sense of what to expect and I know that in giving this book a five star recommendation it is based on all of they key things a book needs to be to get that from me. Technically on the money, dialogue that is comfortable in the head as in the mouth, a strong narrative but most importantly an engaging well told story that I suspect all will enjoy ,
 

on November 11, 2015
This book delves into what happens in the world far in the future after mankind has destroyed the earth or much of it. It entwines political, social, and religious issues as people await the second coming--or The Gift. The various people have different interpretations of its meaning, but do any truly have it right?

The people of the north are worshipers of a war god. The ruling priest sends his followers to the south to bring back a woman who will bear the Gift. Alaric the Chosen kidnaps and rapes Kiya. Her husband Raphel tries to get her back, but gets captured himself. He, too, is included in the prophecy--as the blood for the sacrifice. Will their friend, the old man Abe, be able to save them from the Northerners' fate? Will God--any of their gods--intervene?

The story is engaging and makes you rethink what you know about the second coming. A nice twist on the as-yet-to-happen event, and a twist at the end that's sure to please.

What I loved most about the books is the proverbs and sayings at the beginning of each chapter. Some are quite hilarious; others thought-provoking.
 
on November 6, 2015
I recommend this book to anyone looking for an intelligent dystopia novel and people interested in environmental and social issues.
I bought this book because I so enjoyed the author's previous two novels Touching the Wire and The Silence of the Stones but I confess I'm not a fan of dystopia type novels. This is partly reflected in my rating but I was pleased to discover the author's intelligence, understanding and faith in human nature and love of the natural world was a constant. The writing was to a high standard, the subject was interesting and the characters well-defined.
The story is set well into the future and the story's internal logic works well. Knowledge from previous years has been lost, some communities are simple and peaceful whereas others are brutal and barbaric. When the two clash the existence of ancient scrolls are discovered. The wisdom they contain is not as expected.
I thought the most powerful part of the book was the reading of the scrolls towards the end of the book. A sobering thought for all of us.
Another thought-provoking read from this versatile author.

 

A powerful story of the eternal battle between good and evil, October 28, 2015

By 

Sarah Stuart

This review is from: WHERE HOPE DARES: Two young lovers' courage, faith and hope facing the turmoil between the Great Flood and the Second Coming: the eternal struggle for good over evil. (Kindle Edition)

Abe is a pedlar, travelling hundreds of miles a year, his wares loaded on a mule, or is that a cover for something more? A brutal parody of Christ’s crucifixion makes him fear for the villagers he left hours earlier, but why is he so sure he knows the culprits, and why does he blame himself for a little girl’s cruel, painful, death? Abe’s words “My God, why? Strike me! The fault is mine not theirs” echo Christ’s own words “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” with a clarity that jumps from the page.

This is a story of love, as opposed to a love story, though the love between Kiya, herbalist, and her husband, Raphel, musician and storyteller, is the central theme. Love, or worship, of various gods, and love of family and friends, battle with the evil of pure lust, for flesh and for power. Almost every aspect of human feelings is covered during the couple’s journey together against seemingly impossible odds. Will they ever see their daughter, Jalene, again? Will Kiya survive the birth of a child of rape? Will Raphel’s stories sway Velik, the antichrist, into taking self-seeking action, which offers so many others hope of survival on planet Earth three thousand years in the future?


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