THE SOUL AND THE SEED (Book One of The Kyrennei) by Arie Farnam
I received a free ebook version of this title from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
‘The Soul and the Seed’ is a captivating and thrilling read.
Aranka is a typical teenager. She’s not a loser, but she’s not part of the “In” crowd either. Basically, she just wants to survive high school and get on with her life.
Yanked out of school and told that she and about a dozen other teenagers from her high-school have been infected with a Ebola-like virus, Arenka is scared. They are taken to the local hospital and their cell phones are confiscated, supposedly to be disinfected.
Days pass in a medicated and pain-filled blur. When Arenka awakes, her entire body aching and weak, she realizes that she is no longer in her hospital bed. She is in some type of cage. When she assesses her surroundings, her terror reaches new heights. What the heck is going on? Who are these doctors? Where is she? And why is she in a cage?
Aranka starts to experience strange dreams. In fact, they seem more like nightmares. Over time she comes to realize that her dreams are actually a source of information.
She is being held by The Addin. They are a group that controls the entire United States, as well as many other countries. They have the ability to subvert people’s hearts and turn them against their friends and families. They have been around for centuries and the only people they were not able to control were the Kyrennei. However, the Kyrennei died out many generations ago.
As more details are revealed to the reader, an amazingly detailed alternate earth’s history is revealed. Hidden races, shadow societies, secret control of the government, strange religions, ancient prophecies and magical hand symbols are just a small part of the Meikan and Kyrennei cultures.
The Meikans have spent 1400 years awaiting the return of The Kyrennei. So much time has passed that most Meikans no longer believe the Kyrennei will return, and many doubt that they ever existed at all.
What can Aranka do? She can barely protect herself, how is she supposed to help take down the Addin? It seems a lot of hope to pin on the shoulders of one young girl. Especially since she has no idea what is happening to her or why.
This book is exceedingly well written and the history is well thought out and extremely interesting. I love that the Meikans have their own unique religion and that somehow you can be Meikan and be from any ethnic background. They are not limited to one skin color or one geographic region, but instead are found worldwide. This twist in the plot explains why the Addin have not just simply wiped out all Meikans from existence.
Dictionary.com defines the word “epic” as “noting or pertaining to a long poetic composition, usually centered upon a hero, in which a series of great achievements or events is narrated in elevated style.” This word is often overused or improperly used. However, ‘The Soul and the Seed’ is a true epic novel. Aranka has the potential to become the ‘epic’ savior of her race. She may be an unlikely hero, but she is enchanting and magnetic.
This story contains a long lost race of people who had their own language and distinctive culture. To imagine an entirely new race, complete with it’s own history and religion is a monumental task. To have this race’s existence seem entirely possible in today’s world is a rare feat which the author has fully accomplished.
THE SOUL AND THE SEED is a terrific read. In my opinion, this series will be unique and compelling. I am hooked. I can’t wait to see what happens next. There are two more books in this series currently available and I am eager to read them as soon as possible.
I give this book a rating of 5 out of 5 stars.