The Muses Read: Renhala

Posted by on May 16, 2013 in Reading, Science Fiction / Fantasy | 1 comment

The Muses Read: Renhala

When I read good fantasy novels, I always wonder why I don’t read the genre more often.

Because seriously, how many fantasy novels have I read this year? Enough to count on one hand if I’m recalling them all correctly.

Am I the only one who forgets to read particular genres even if you enjoy them?



by Amy Joy Lutchen

Series: Renhala #1
Publication: September 27th 2012
Genre: Adult Fantasy
Kailey Rooke, timid accountant, dedicated to philanthropic work, finds herself spiraling into a deep depression after she suffers a horrifyingly odd and humiliating assault, to only discover more of these freakish assaults occurring across the globe.A chance discovery leads Kailey to a meeting with elderly Gunthreon, actual master of persuasion. Gunthreon, who seems to know too much of Kailey’s history for her liking, opens Kailey’s eyes to a coexisting realm she never knew existed: Renhala, while entrusting her with the knowledge of her newfound power as karmelean, serving as a beacon to the Higher Ones. Kailey slowly starts revealing new talents, and Gunthreon is fascinated with what she starts achieving.

She soon discovers that Renhala is in danger, and this danger has been leaking into her own realm. As she uncovers secrets within herself, and attempts to toughen up, she fuses with an unlikely band of fellow travelers (including a dragon, woodsprite, six-hundred-pound greble, her faithful female canine companion, and a “giver”), falls into an unexpected love triangle, deals with her sexy and flirtatious best friend’s “issues,” and finds the courage to master a new deadly weapon.

On her mission to save Renhala, Kailey will find herself running from life-threatening disasters, such as greble Tartarin, who likes to remind Kailey that when he catches her, he plans on eating her brains with ice cream; she’ll run from the deadly meeples: small cute bunnies with talons and an undeniable thirst for imposing self-destruction on others. Kailey will also run into the possibility that a centuries-old Renhalan rumor is true, that advanced technology existing in Kailey’s realm shortens all life spans.

As blood is shed and puzzles near completion, Kailey pulls from deep within herself, conjuring up mystical qualities that enable her to astonish as once predicted at her birth, but despite the newfound strength, Kailey will discover that monsters not only come in ugly packages, but can be easily disguised as those she has come to love and trust.

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Muse Kristen’s Thoughts

Oh, yes! Now I remember why I love urban fantasy. Renhala pretty much sums why entirely. Honestly, I wasn’t sure what I was getting into when I started reading this. I couldn’t remember what had drawn me to the book, and a reread of the blurb didn’t remind me (possibly because I’ve been reading SO MUCH contemporary lately). So I dove in…and barely came up for air.

If you follow me on Goodreads, you might have noticed that I literally jaw dropped on this book. I couldn’t put the book down so naturally it traveled around the house with me on my iPhone – I walked by a mirror, read a plot twist, and watched my jaw drop and eyes nearly bulge out of my head. Not even kidding guys.

Books that have a physical reaction on me = good.

What happens when the worst night of your life leaves behind a gift? Kailey’s struggling to return to life after being viciously attacked – and soon discovers that her attack woke up dormant powers inside of her. Naturally  this gift comes with great responsibility, a quest, and maybe even the potential to save her terminal mother. She sets off on her quest…and has to decide if everyone she knows is who they say they are.

This was a fast and fun read. The light style keeps the pace quick and the reader on their toes.  What I’d say stood out the most for me was the characters and the world building. Every single character felt distinct and had a different reaction. Kiota made me give my own pup extra treats. I wanted to hug Bu. I wanted to adopt Jenna. There were enough new elements that I did feel as if I was in another realm, but not so many that I was left confused in the dark. Also…WHO KNEW BUNNIES COULD BE SCARY?


I will note that because it is fantasy, there were times that I wouldn’t have minded extra description. It’s easy to get swept up in the quick pace, but there were a few images I’d like to have pictured more clearly. This is probably just a me thing though – I tend to like description.


Did I figure out all the plot twists?
Would I read this again?
Did I add the sequel to my goodreads list?
You can bet your cheesecake I did.

Also, I’ll take a Connor please. Swoon, swoon, and swoon some more.

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Amy-JoyBorn in Chicago, Illinois, a few days prior to watching her first movie, at a drive-in theater. Yes, drive-in theater. And yes, her mother believed she was possessed by the devil after said first movie.Grew up in the Chicagoland area and graduated from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, where she simply became a number, but decided it was a good number.Loves cooking (mostly candy-cooking), gardening (putting holes in the ground for perennials, DONE!), designing and constructing jewelry (everything from silversmithing to lampworking), and living with her wonderful husband, two children, black Labrador, and frog—and maybe even the chipmunk family that likes to destroy her aforementioned perennials.

Also hopes that you enjoy her writings, and won’t criticize her for her aversion of eating things in multiples of three.

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One Comment

  1. So happy you enjoyed it! Sounds like a great UF read. I love the genre but I don’t read them enough I have to rectify that! >.<


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