Renia by Karl Forshaw

The Halls of Venn are the seat of both knowledge and power in the great continent of Luna Ruinam. Renia, a scribe with a tragic past, spends her days expertly copying books that do little to satiate her desire for knowledge. When a fateful commission lands on her desk, she finds herself tasked with transcribing a book coveted by assassins from the southern continent. Its theft throws the scribing halls into chaos and threatens to destroy the fragile peace that exists between their nations. Haunted by dreams of her past, Renia must learn to master her impulses and awaken her long dormant magical abilities if she is to prevent war. Fate, it would seem, is eager to grant her wishes. Yet she must risk everything to pursue it, and pay the bloody price it demands.


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JonathanP avatar JonathanP book blogger

Worldbuilding: Aided the story
Plot: Mostly clear
Characters: Some more thought out than others
Storytelling: Balanced
Immersion: Satisfying, fulfilling experience
Emotional Response: Engaging
Thought Provoking: New ideas came up
Cover: Adequately represents the story
Content Warnings: Domestic violence, Forced medical intervention, Unexpected pregnancy and miscarriage, Torture and dismemberment, Suicidal Ideation/Depression

Then, lastly in terms of characters I'd like to introduce in order to get you, the reader of this review, to get the book is... Jeff. [..] In a way, he is us, the reader... trying to piece together the clustered mess of both past and present mysteries within the Halls of Vrenn.

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