Ratheena's Curse

Young Adult - Fantasy - Epic
700 Pages
Reviewed on 01/12/2023
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Author Biography

So to introduce myself, my name is Jenaya Vander Stoep, I am 21 years old, I currently live in Logan, Utah but I did spend most of my growing up years in Idaho Falls. But a little about myself, I am working as a life skills aid at an elementary school for the Special Ed kids there and I plan to go to college and become either a Special Education Teacher or study archaeology. But of course one of my other big dreams I’ve had for a long time is to be a well-known author and hopefully have The Six Tribes series become prominent in the book world. For inspiration in writing my book, I was very young and had moved away so it was a difficult time for me so I began writing my book and found comfort in that and escaping into the new fantasy world I was creating. I've been writing short stories since I was in the fourth grade, so I've always had that spark to write within me, but I began writing longer books when I was twelve and that's when The Six Tribes was born and I've continued writing the series ever since.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Ratheena's Curse is a work of fiction in the epic fantasy and adventure subgenres and is the sequel to The Six Tribes. It is aimed at the young adult reading audience and was penned by author Jenaya Vander Stoep. In this thrilling continuation of the existing series, we return to the adventures of the tribes of the Woodland Forest. Fending off dark magic is something the Six Tribes have had to learn the hard way, so when a dangerous curse rears its head, young warrior Hutch and the timid but determined Mayettay must put their reservations aside and join the others in the search for harmony and hope.

Author Jenaya Vander Stoep captures the youthful spirit of bravery and battling against the world’s evils wonderfully well in this thrilling fantasy novel. I found it easy to pick up the storyline, and I feel that you could dive straight into this world and enjoy the story in its own right, whether you’ve read The Six Tribes or not, as everything is very well explained and the world is atmospherically brilliant and immediately engaging. I enjoyed seeing more dimensions forming as Hutch takes up the hero mantle fully, and Mayettay presents the other side of the coin in a very relatable, more reserved way. I also really enjoyed the plot construction around the central mystery of the Woodland Forest that developed gradually throughout the other exciting episodes, building to a thrilling conclusion that I didn’t see coming, but made perfect sense according to the well-conceived magical lore of the worldbuilding. Overall, I would certainly recommend Ratheena's Curse and the series in general to YA and adult fantasy fans alike.