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Reviewed by Melissa Tanaka for Readers' Favorite
Chronicles of Drenyon: The Golden Sword by NLJ is the first book in the Drenyon Series and details the journey of a young woman named Anya as she evolves from a relatively well-off and beautiful village girl into a true heroine. Like any good character, Anya tests the limitations that are set by society, seeking something more than just marriage to a wealthy man. With an ailing mother, impending poverty, and the pressure to choose a suitor, Anya finds comfort in the form of an enchanted tree, who tells her grand tales of another lifetime that end up being more useful than she could have ever imagined.
I am a huge fan of fantasy and this book did not disappoint! Chronicles of Drenyon: The Golden Sword is a wonderful read for preteen girls and boys alike, with plenty of action, adventure, and other worldly events to keep them enthralled from the very beginning. NLJ’s detailed depictions of both the setting and characters allow readers to quickly fall into the story, and you can’t help but want to hear more of the legendary tales that act as a history of Drenyon as the story continues to unfold. You’re taken on a whirlwind adventure as Anya sets out to save her village and ultimately the kingdom of Drenyon, facing bloodthirsty villagers, rabid prisoners, and depraved elves with nothing more than the tree’s stories as a guide. Together, she and the tree seek out the players from the stories as they attempt to piece together the reality and the prophecies in order to reach the golden sword that promises to save them all.