The Long Road Home – Rukis

Synopsis: Shivah’s journey continues, taking her not only across a country she never truly knew, but soon the oceans, as well.  She finds herself journeying to a distant land, but even so far from home, she can’t hide from her grief, or the anger eating away at her heart.

New allies and new dangers emerge, but in a foreign land, forced to choose sides in a foreign war, she is surprised to find kinship with many of the strange new people around her.  Their lives may have been far apart from hers, but their struggles, she can understand.

Her revenge may be close at hand, but will it give her the peace she’s been seeking?  Or will it consume her, as the Crow spirit has always promised?

Written and illustrated by Rukis

Oh. My. God.

A lot of things happen in this book that really came as a huge, and very welcome, surprise. For one, we finally get to see what the Dark Continent is actually all about. If you don’t know what I’m talking about here, then you obviously haven’t read Rukis’s story “Heretic“, which I reviewed some time ago.

The book takes us across the ocean, which was a very refreshing way of travelling after having spent two books on the road. It also helps that I quite enjoy reading stories that take place on ships like this one for some reason. We meet amazing new and OLD characters! A lovely new character would be Grayson, the admiral of his small fleet. Reading about the interactions between the wolf and Shivah was definitely quite enjoyable. Old characters that make an appearance in this book are Johannes and Luther! I’d never expected to see these men here, but it was actually to be expected, seeing how Heretic ended. I asked Rukis not to keep us waiting too long for a continuation on that, and, even though I’m fairly sure she didn’t see that, didn’t keep us waiting for long anyway! So, in a way, The Long Road Home is actually the continuation of two seperate stories.

And what a continuation it is! This book is the perfect final installment of this beautiful trilogy. It’s astonishing how much character development and plot twists Rukis has managed to squeeze in just three books. The events that take place in this book are just so mindblowingly awesome, that it was impossible to put down the book for long. The ending was breathtakingly beautiful and I actually had to swallow hard a few times, which is not something that happens to me a lot. It does leave a few questions though. I’m not going to spoil anything, so you’ll just have to pick up the book yourself if you’re curious.

All I can say about this book and the two books before it, is that this was hands down one of the best trilogies I’ve ever read in my entire life, and I would highly recommend that you pick it up as well, as it’s really worth it. I hope that, one day, I’ll be able to reach this level or writing as well.

Rukis, thank you.

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The Long Road Home – Rukis

Lost on Dark Trails – Rukis

Synopsis: Following her journey in “Off the Beaten Path”, Shivah continues her hunt for the vicious raiders who destroyed her village and have since continued their reign of terror across the country. They are joined by the men of her village who turned on their own people, including her husband.

Continuously haunted by a spirit bent on pushing her down a path of vengeance, Shivah has begun to question whether chasing revenge is worth throwing her life away, or if there’s a better future ahead of her, and a chance at real peace… the most elusive quarry of all for a woman whose heart is consumed by grief and anger.

Written and illustrated by Rukis

Lost on Dark Trails continues where Off the Beaten Path left off, with the same amazing characters, following the same effective storyline. Bit by bit, Rukis lifts the veil of the reasons behind the happenings in the first book, which continue in the second, and she does so in a masterful way. Something of importance happens in every single chapter of this book. It is simply unputdownable.

There really isn’t much I can say about this book without spoiling way too much, and I’d rather not do that, as it would at least partially ruin the fun and thrill you’d experience from reading this book for the first time. All I can say is that many things will happen that you wouldn’t expect, there will be various interesting and well-executed plot twists, as well as amazing character development, and that it sets the perfect stage for the third and final installment of this wonderful trilogy.

If you haven’t picked up this book yet, I would really recommend that you do. It’s high time that Rukis gets as much recognition for her writing as she does for her amazing artwork.

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Lost on Dark Trails – Rukis