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Reviewed by Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite
Isaura, the female main character of Altaica (The Chronicles of Altaica Book 1) by Tracy M. Joyce, is a character you will most likely find quite interesting and likeable in her own unique way. Isaura is different from the people she lives with, and they let her know about it often enough. But as she is a talented healer, and helps the people of her village escape from an invading army, they can't simply get rid of her (though some would like to). The escape on the ship is dangerous, and takes Isaura and her people to a different continent with different people. But will those people with their own conflicts help them? And what plans does that old woman with her bird guardian have for Isaura?
Altaica (The Chronicles of Altaica Book 1) by Tracy M. Joyce is a magical story with interesting characters. I found that the animal guardians were one of the most interesting aspects of the stories. It reminded me a bit of a mix of Shaman and Indian animal spirit guides. I liked Isaura right from the start - maybe because I can identify with her being different and some sort of outsider in her village. Her story is also a story of hope because she turns out to be a rather special individual, and has her own solutions to the problems she faces. She does make decisions that might not be right, which makes it easy to relate to her as a reader. She's not a perfect hero. Another interesting character is Asha. She deserves a whole book dedicated to her! Tracy M. Joyce managed to create characters that stick with you and about whom you would like to learn even more.