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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
The Chosen are people born with two gifts. Their first gift is something that they have naturally mastered without the need to learn it. Their second gift is something they have a strong natural aptitude for, but they require instruction to realize their full potential. Three Chosen are born at once, which is extraordinary and dreaded.
Aleena Kurrin has a gift of a warrior, with a minor gift of a bard. As strong as she is, Aleena fears her natural ability to kill and this leads to rejection from most people and her own internal conflict. I find her self-deprecation injudicious at times, particularly when she gave herself up to a group of slave traders willingly. I was glad when she no longer felt remorse and accepted her destiny as a warrior, and that a warrior will kill.
Anlon is also a Chosen with the gift of a warrior. Contrary to Aleena, Anlon is more accepting of his gift and the fact that killing is expected. Then there’s the Chosen Baezha, a powerful sorceress. The prophecy affirms that “one would be taken, one would be exiled, and one would be driven mad.” Aleena and Anlon's rivalry is inevitable, and Baezha's role and fate is a mystery even to herself.
Overall, Triad (Sisters of the Storm, Book 1) by Guy Estes is a fantasy fiction where the world building is complex enough to interest fantasy fans without being overwhelming. The central characters are sufficiently fleshed out. Although there’s room for improvement, the prose is clear and the plot has depth.