Review: Odessa by Rebecca Ryals Russell

Odessa by Rebecca Ryals Russell

Series: The Seraphym Wars (#1)
Publisher: MuseItUp
Page Count: 272
Source: eBook provided by author for review
Myrna Ashlin Watts graduated from High School in Jacksonville, Fl just in time to find herself transported to a bizarre and primal planet corrupted by demon-dragons. And they want her DEAD. Her problem is she has been recruited to kill them, too.
18-year-old Myrna is drawn into the middle of an epic battle between Seraphym and Demons. An average High School student from Florida, struggling with inner demons resulting from a rape two years earlier, she wakes one morning on the Steampunk planet of Dracwald, home of the demon-dragons responsible for her brother’s recent murder as well as many other atrocities in the news. She meets Michael, who becomes her guide and explains that according to prophecy, Myrna must gather the remaining six Vigorios (teen warriors with special talents) then train with the Majikals on an enchanted island.

Reluctantly, and knowing it is her only way to get back home, she agrees to lead, battling dragons and monsters while crossing swamps and mountains, forests and seas. She wrangles with the old inner demons when three very different men join her quest—a seasoned demon/dragon-slayer who irritates but beguiles her, a tender and sweet mentor in whom she trusts completely and a roguishly handsome Scientist who sets her senses aflame. How is she expected to lead the others and keep everyone safe with so much inner turmoil?

Will love and lust, jealousy, greed, deceit and distrust break the delicate tie that binds these teen warriors called The Vigorios? Can a troupe of teens help the Seraphym finally defeat the massive empire of evil dominated for eons by the demon-dragons of Dracwald?

Review: Grab a seat and hold on tight, you are about to enter Dracwald. Confused and alone, Myrna Watts finds herself on the Steampunk planet of Dracwald. Myrna must gather six other teens called Vigorios to assist the Seraphym in defeating the dragon-demons.

Rebecca Ryals Russell’s descriptions of the swamps, forests, mountains, cities, demon-dragons and other majikal creatures of Dracwald are rich and vivid. It is easy to get caught up in Myrna’s travels as she and the Vigorios travel across Dracwald. It’s easy to get immersed in the culture Dracwald due to the author’s attention to detail. The story moves at a good pace with a few twists along the way.

My favorite aspect of this book is the character development. The reader goes on a journey with Myrna as she discovers her inner strength and courage. I enjoyed discovering the back-story of each Vigorio. The relationship between Myrna, Tien, and Brigid is precious. The bond between them grows as the story develops which really touched my heart. The tension created between the three young men that are vying for Myrna’s attention is perfection.

Odessa is the classic tale of good versus evil with Christian elements. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and getting wrapped up in Dracwald. Odessa ended with a bit of a cliffhanger. I can only imagine the twists and turns for Myrna and her potential love interests in the next Seraphym War series.

Quote: “Blackness that felt alive as it wove around me like an anaconda, squeezing out my breath, was filled with screeches and banshee wails of pain and suffering.”
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