Book Review: Lightning Rider by: Jen Greyson

Rating: 4/5

Publisher: The Writer's Coffee Shop Publishing House

Publish Date: May 30, 2013

Origins:  From Publisher for Review

Format: E-book

Synopsis: For Evy Rivera, thunderstorms have always caused her physical pain, but she's never known why. When a record-setting storm arrives on the same night her father finds ancient ancestral documents, Evy is set aglow with mysterious tiny lightnings she can command.

Even worse, she alerts some people in the universe who've been looking for her family for a very long time.

Thrown back into ancient Spain and tasked with killing a Spanish legend, she must train alongside Constantine, a sexy yet obstinate Roman warrior. He teaches her how to wield her lightning as a weapon, through more errors than trials. With a relationship as explosive as their late-night training sessions, Evy and Constantine battle their push-pull relationship while trying to ignore the two-thousand-year difference in their birthdates.

Ilif Rotiart, her quasi-mentor, is appalled at Evy's skill. He would prefer to train her father and keep Evy on the sidelines—where women belong. Evy has a feeling Ilif is keeping something from them, but she must play nice until she uncovers the truth. And if he's lying, it will be the worst day of his four-hundred-year life.

Penya Sepadas claims she's Evy's rightful trainer, and she has the prophecy to prove it. Penya doesn't share Ilif's misogynistic attitude, but she does have her own agenda...and her own secrets.

Evy must sort through the lies and find the truth behind her family's time-traveling past before the wrong history obliterates the future. She’s spent her whole life fighting for her place. Now, as the first female lightning rider, she'll dedicate her existence to fighting to save the world.

But will Evy learn to manage her lightning and find the truth before it's too late?

Review: Evy Rivera has always been sensitive to lightning – it hurts her badly, but she doesn’t know why. During a huge thunderstorm on her way to her place, she’s affected by the lightning more than ever before. The same night her father finds documents from his father and grandfather referencing a ‘Lightning Rider’ along with talismans he’d only seen when he was a boy. Evy and her father are both affected by the lightning and Evy’s traveled somewhere and brought attention to her family. When a strange man named Ilif appears and tells them he’s her father’s mentor, her father’s not sure about what’s going on and is pretty frightened. Evy’s angry at Ilif as he has stated unequivocally Evy cannot be a Rider since she’s female and as such, treats her badly. So Evy’s off to make her own discoveries and learn what is really going on. But has she entered into an ancient power struggle in which she had no intention of participating?

Who hasn’t felt the awesome power of lightning? I loved the premise of ‘Lightning Rider’ as we learned along with Evy how she is able to harness lightning to travel through time and perhaps alter the future. She’s also the first female Rider and as such plays an important role in an ancient prophecy. It was exciting to see Evy grow up and learn more about herself, her power, and her legacy as the story progressed. ‘Lightning Rider’ also put into perspective how history is written by the victors and what may seem “evil” today was what it took to survive in the past. As I read, I was actually happy there wasn’t a large info dump and instead we learned along with Evy. I’m looking forward to learning more about this amazing world Ms. Greyson has created in the next book, ‘Shadow Boxer’, as Evy faces the remaining challenges and many new ones.

Lightning Rider Alterations series: Lightning Rider (1), Shadow Boxer (2)

1 comment:

  1. Great review! I'm so glad you liked it and thanks so much for hosting a stop on the tour!


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