Book Review: Reflection Harbinger of the Phoenix (Records of the Ohanzee, #2) by Rachel R. Smith
Harbinger of the Phoenix
(Records of the Ohanzee, #2)
Pub September 28th 2015
ARC for Review
The masquerade is over and the masks have been removed. But not everyone’s true face has been revealed…
King Casimer of Marise has assassinated the Royal Family of Chiyo and usurped the throne. He doesn’t know that the Heiress of Chiyo, Nerissa, is still alive and has joined the Ohanzee, a group of guardians who have secretly protected the country for generations. Disguising herself as a young man, Nerissa seeks a way to depose Casimer and restore her country’s independence. An uncanny stroke of luck leads her to the mysterious seer Shae, who has discovered a fragment of an ancient prophecy warning of events that will bring about the end of civilization. And Casimer has already set some of those events into motion.
With the future of not only Chiyo, but all of Renatus at stake, Nerissa and her six Ohanzee companions set out on a journey in search of the remaining fragments, where they will find unlikely allies and uncover new enemies.
Reflection: Harbinger of the Phoenix is Book 2 in the Records of the Ohanzee series, which is written in a serialized style with a story line that flows continuously between books.
There is Something Special in the Heir
Well as you know from my last post regarding the first book in this series. I had already jumped on to the next. Smith stars to really lay out the story in this installment. The characters connect with a very important person that will set everything into motion. The journey is up the cards are dealt and the reader is taken through a wonderful read where we learn more about the pieces of the puzzle. There are more snip-its of a possible romance but nothing concrete. I feel committed to this story and these characters. I look forward to following what happens next yo! This series has played out like a movie in my head and I can’t wait for the next episode.
The Story, Nerissa is still hiding her identity from everyone for the benefit of the kingdom. Although the leaders of her guard want her to be safe in hiding everyone understands the importance of her direct involvement. She is the one the prophecy is speaking of and she is the only one who can discern the authenticity of the clues acquiring all of the books. There are six in total and carefully hidden all throughout the kingdom. Several portions of the prophecy have come to fruition. Some inspire perseverance while others foretell terrible events. One thing is absolutely certain this prophecy is true and Nerissa must do everything she can to ensure the safety of her people. In order to do this she will have to fulfill the prophecy.
The Characters, Nerissa is definitely a girl. Though she dresses like a man and speaks with a man’s voice all of her mannerisms point to her femininity. As I mentioned before there isn’t any romance but there are two candidates that would absolutely be a good choice and one of them has shown a spark of interest. I hope this isn’t spoilery but, Nerissa doesn’t remember the night of the attack but there are hints of the evening at the edges of her memory. She and the crew of guardians that travel together have become great friends. As I said I have an idea of who she is going to end up with but wouldn't be upset if it was someone else.
The End, everything is underway Nerissa and her motley crew are much closer to their goal. They have faced betrayal and close calls together they will find all of the missing pieces and save the kingdom. This didn’t end in a cliffhanger but it does set the next book up quite nicely. Nerissa has always been very special and I look forward to seeing what her full potential holds. Come on NEXT INSTALLMENT!!
4.0 This quest is fully underway and soon all the pieces will fall together full Stars!
Rachel R. Smith lives near Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband and the cutest dog in the world, Sumo. When not writing, she plots to fill the interior of their home with books and mineral specimens and to cover the exterior with roses. Her latest book, Reflection: Harbinger of the Phoenix (Records of the Ohanzee Book 2) is now available. You can stay up to date on the series and learn more about Rachel by visiting her blog at http://www.recordsoftheohanzee.com or by following Records of the Ohanzee on Facebook.