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Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite
Hex Breaker by Taryn Noelle Kloeden is the first book in The Fenearen Chronicles. Rayna's kingdom of Fenear is a stunning kingdom with people that can transform into wolves. Fenear has lived in constant war with the kingdom of Maenor. The chance of peace arises when Rhael, the ruler of Maenor, arrives with motives Rayna doesn't quite understand. When he proposes to her as a form of alliance between the two kingdoms, Rayna accepts willingly and makes the sacrifice for the sake of her people and her kingdom. She forsakes all that she holds dear, including her growing connection with her closest friend Channon, who chooses to accompany her on the journey to Maenor. As Rayna gets closer to the vicious ruler, she uncovers his true intentions but before she can plot against him, she becomes hexed and flees to another realm for help in taking down Rhael before he can destroy everything she loves.
Taryn Noelle Kloeden weaves a world that is vivid and surreal with amazing details and compelling characters. This is an epic fantasy that takes you running with the wolves, with people that can shapeshift, and puts a twist on the perception of wolves in fiction, creating heroic and strong characters. Kloeden delivers a fantasy adventure that will take your breath away and keep you on the edge of your seat, waiting to see where Rayna's journey will take her. The romance at the center is charming as Rayna and Channon are longtime friends who are progressing to more when this alliance comes between them. The dynamic creates an intense conflict for them as they each put their people first in the fight against Rhael, but the hope of a potential future drives them. Rhael's kingdom and customs are explored when Rayna goes into Maenor. She makes new allies and forms her own team to fight against Rhael, which is not only good for her kingdom but for Maenor as well. The hex placed upon her is another obstacle as she finds herself in a position of vulnerability when trying to escape and turns to her new allies for help. The story is filled with action and adventure, magic and wolves, romance and war, with each aspect making up the epic tale that Kloeden brings to life in Hex Breaker.