Union of Renegades by Tracy Falbe Review

Title: The Rys Chronicles Book 1: Union of Renegades
Author: Tracy Falbe
Publisher: Brave Luck Books
Publication Date: January 21, 2006
paperback, 336 pages
ISBN: 097622352X (ISBN 13: 9780946223528)
Genre: Fantasy
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The Rys Chronicles begin with this character-rich adventure that follows the travels of Dreibrand Veta, an ambitious warrior who seeks to rebuild his noble family's fortune. He is the first to join the powerful rys spellcaster Shan, whose race possesses magical powers and whose Queen Onja rules many human kingdoms as their Goddess. The wickedness and tyranny of Onja disgust Shan and he desires to seize the rys throne from her. The third renegade is Miranda. After escaping from her abusive slave master, she becomes a crucial player in Shan's bid for power. To weaken Onja, Shan raises rebellion among her human subjects and gathers allies to his cause. Shan demonstrates his magic in battle and convinces his followers that the fearsome rys Queen can be overthrown. For over two thousand years Onja has ruled, but now, not even fear of her ability to enslave souls will stop her ambitious enemies.

Steve's Thoughts:
Union of Renegades: Book 1 of the Rys Chronicles is a wonderful debut book by Tracy Falbe. It truly has the beginnings of a masterpiece in the epic fantasy genre. The story begins with Dreibrand Veta, a lieutenant in the conquering Atrophane Horde of the Lord General Kwan. Dreibrand’s family has suffered disgrace and loss of position for past discrepancies and by joining Kwan, Dreibrand hopes to regain some of the family’s position and respect. He desires greatly to be included in the party sent to explore the unknown area called The Wilderness. He believes this to be his best chance at the fame and prestige associated with the conquering of the unknown place. He is ordered by Kwan to accompany the chattel and plunder back to Atrophane. He is angered and goaded into making several poor decisions which result in his running away. During this time he meets an unlikely companion in Miranda and her children. Miranda is basically a slave/wife to an abusive, disgusting man who has forced her into a wretched life of servicing other men for him to continue his lifestyle of drunkenness. She remedies this situation and then flees, where she meets Dreibrand. Through a series of heart wrenching situations they meet Queen Onja of the Rys and then ally themselves with Shan, a Rys who plans to challenge Onja to the throne.

The creation of the Rys culture and history is well thought out and detailed in a wonderful way. The characters are well written and you find yourself really connecting with them. There is just enough magic from the most powerful Rys (Onja and Shan) that kind of puts you in awe of them but not so much that it become mundane and common. This is a different world that is easy to find yourself lost in. You want to find out more. You want to experience more.

There are and have been many great fantasy writers and Tracy Falbe is well on her way to having her name mentioned with all of them. This is a great start to the Rys Chronicles and I can’t wait to get into the rest of the series and her newest series Rys Rising. If you are a fantasy junkie like me this one must be on your to be read list.

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*This book was provided by the author in exchange for a honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion of the novel.


  1. Thank you Steve for taking the time to read my novel. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Earning four Willies isn't easy to do.

  2. Thanks for sending it our way. If you notice I really give it a 4.5 but we don't have half Willies. It was truly enjoyable. I can't wait till my TBR pile goes down so I can continue the series.


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