Waking Ursa Minor
Riverda Rising Book One
by Helen Rygh-Pedersen
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 22 Feb 2022 | Archive Date 13 Feb 2022
Waking Ursa Minor is the first book in the debut epic fantasy series, Riverda Rising by Helen Rygh-Pedersen. Spanning different countries and cultures it will take you on a journey of love and loss, the search for identity and a thrilling fight for survival.
As Gesland swelters in extreme heat, Serakela watches the nomadic clans make their way across the plains on their annual pilgrimage and resigns herself to the monotonous life of servitude at the institution which raised her. But Serakela is not the orphan she always believed herself to be. On the night a crazed assassin tries to kill her, her heritage is revealed catapulting her into an island-hopping fight for survival, and the search for the fabled Stone of Riverda.
The sundered islands of Riverda are dying. The earth magics that protected and sustained them before the Rivening are unbalanced; dwindling in some areas whilst stifling others. As time runs out and tensions rise, countries teeter on the brink of war, starvation and extinction. A way to save them has just arisen from the realm of rumour but Brother Okrafkus of the Separamus cannot allow this to happen.
Not only will Serakela’s quest lead her to her long-lost family, rumour has it that she who wields the Stone will restore the islands of Riverda to their former glory. Rumour also has it that in doing so, she will unleash the evil that split them.
A Note From the Publisher
This is an ARC copy of the book for reviewing purposes. Final proofreading and edits are ongoing until the publication date.
S.W. Millar rated it it was amazing
"I received an advanced copy of this book from the author. Here is my honest review.
Serakela is about to embark on a journey that will reveal the truth of her heritage, the lies of an ancient order, and the immense power inside her.
Helen Rygh-Pedersen’s Waking Ursa Minor is a fantastic read. The characters are rich and well developed. The world is beautifully imagined. The plot is well constructed and full of high stakes conflict.
I highly recommend Waking Ursa Minor if you’re looking for an epic fantasy tale full of twists, turns, and intrigue."
Tawny G rated it it was amazing
"I received an ARC copy of this book and am just overwhelmed with how good it was. Helen draws you into a world rich with detail. Characters are brought to life and you can feel yourself cheering them on. The depth of the story is impressive with twists and turns keeping you intrigued. I laughed, I cried, I about threw my kindle across the room at one point. The book hasn’t even been released and I already need the next one. If you’re going to read one fantasy book this year let it be this one!"