“Look at her – she’s Hill Clan. Even the Matyrani don’t like them…”
Isaura – little is known about her race, but much is whispered. Born to refugees, she grows up enduring racism and superstition within a community that fears her. She has few friends, and those she treasures. Trapped, she longs for escape to a different life.
Escape is only the beginning of her troubles. Having fled an invading army with her friends, Isaura is faced with heinous choices in order to survive. Secrets from her past emerge to torment her and threaten to destroy all she holds dear. Her struggles forge a bond with an ancient power – a power which may transform or consume her. Old hatreds and superstitions are renewed and at her most vulnerable she learns the true nature of those around her.
Her only hope lies in a foreign land – a land rich in tradition; ruled by three powerful clans. A land with a history marked by warfare; where magic as we know it does not exist. Instead what is here, in abundance, is a more primal power.
Survival carries a high price.
Welcome to Altaica.
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Hugo and Elena was by far my least favorite characters, which I think is good, but they are written in that way, for you don't like them or trust them. Elena got on my nerves, like woman can you please listen to your husband, when he said he wanted you and not Isa. Of course I had no love for the villains, they were beautifully written and each was different than the previous one. I love Lucia and Pio, especially Pio. All the characters were different from one another, they all didn't get along, which is fine by me. The romance was awesome, it wasn't the main focus, which I like, it just added more to the story. Each relationship is different and is far from perfect, though Nic and Lucia's does come close, but I love it, I love them together. I felt bad for Daniel and I hope we get to see him and how's he coping in the next book. I wonder if Isa and Karan (I think that's how you spell) are going to like each other, it seems like it. I really don't care if Isa haves a relationship or not because she's strong by herself and is independent.
I can't wait until next year to get my hands on the second book, I can't wait to see what's in store for everyone. I wonder if this will be coming out in hardcover or paperback because I would love to have this beautiful cover on my book shelf.
About the Author
Tracy M Joyce is an Australian author of speculative fiction. Her debut novel, Altaica: Book I in The Chronicles of Altaica, is published by Odyssey Books. Tracy has long been a fan of the fantasy genre, but particularly likes novels that deal with deep characterisations and that don’t flinch from the gritty realities of life. This and her fascination with the notions of “moral greyness”, that “good people can do bad things” and that we cannot escape our past provide the inspiration for her writing. Combine that with her love of history, horses and archery and you have Altaica.
She grew up on a farm in rural Victoria, in a picturesque dot on the map known as Glenburn. She spent half of her childhood riding horses and the other half trying to stay out of trouble - the only way she did that was by reading books and writing stories. She now lives in Melbourne with her husband, two cats and two (very) lazy greyhounds.
Tracy holds a BA (Hons) from Monash University, spent many years in a variety of administrative roles and fortunately never gave up on her childhood dream to become a writer. In her spare time she tutors a select and unlucky group of students in English.
Tracy loves to hear from her readers.
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