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A great first novel from this author. Craig

Great read, bring on the next one!

Medar by SR Manssen is a young adult fantasy novel in which fourteen-year-old Freya finds a mysterious tablet as she hides from brutal guards. It tells her about a beautiful land beyond the Wall, but when she mentions it to the others no one will believe her especially when she mentions the Master, the overlord of the land, as being evil. Still, when her family learns they have been selected to live in the Golden City, and have been given the opportunity to leave their hard scrabble existence behind, Freya is excited. But she never gets to see the Golden City as a misunderstanding at the gate condemns her to death by the Guards. Luckily she is rescued by an invisible Watcher and thus begins her incredible journey as she learns of her true parentage and her role in a mysterious prophecy.

I enjoyed Medar by SR Manssen. The premise felt interesting and Freya provided a fresh voice to the narrative. Manssen also dives into the heads of the other characters and manages to convey the emotional impact of Freya’s sudden absence fairly well, showing how it affects both her parents and her brother. The action is well written and paced in a way that doesn’t drag or leave the reader feeling confused as to which character did what. Medar is a fast paced read, but there is still enough mystery woven throughout so that I found myself eager to learn what would happen next. As this is the first book in the series, I’m sure fans of this author will be clamoring to learn more about Freya and her adventures.

Readers’ Favourite 4 stars

It is a great read, I highly suggest you pop it into your cart – Alice

5 stars

Really enjoyed reading Medar and eagerly await the next book in this series. The story draws you in. I liked the Freya character because she wasn’t the standard “pretty and strong” heroine that most books have. The themes that run through the story make you think and consider your own views. An enjoyable read for the tweenage (although as an adult I enjoyed it). The writer has clearly done her homework- especially with the wrestling:-) – G

An exciting read

I bought a copy of the book Medar for my teenage niece, she loved it and had this to say “The book Medar is a capturing book, it has elements of a fantasy and mystery. Once I started reading it I could not put it down with the end setting up nicely for a possible sequel (I hope)” E Kershaw (age 15)

The perfect gift

I didn’t think this genre of book would be for me but this was a really great read! Hardly put it down, fast paced and engaging. Would recommend to any age group. Looking forward to the next in the series! – Abby

Didn’t put it down!

Disclosure: I know the author and don’t regularly read fantasy fiction. For these reasons I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed the book – it’s fast paced, detailed (where it needs to be), and with a great sense of urgency and adventure. I liked and believed in the characters, and although they were not developed in great detail, the book really works. I found it hard to put down after the first couple of chapters. It reminded me of a recent teen fantasy fiction from renowned NZ author Maurice Gee. I’ll be recommending it to my teen and mature-reader 12yr old. Hopefully they don’t wait as long as I did to try fantasy fiction! – Karen Fehl

Really enjoyed the first book in the realm trilogy by SR Manssen

From the first pages meeting Freya, the unlikely half-blind heroine to the surprising conclusion, I was transported to the land of Medar. As Freya’s family and friends struggle for liberation, the pages of the book just turn by themselves. I know it was written as a teen novel, but so far my daughter hasn’t stood a chance to read it because Mom was busy with it. Is Freya the next Harry Potter? All I can say is I can’t wait for the sequel! – Sonja de Klerk

Medar is unputdownable!

Amazing book from a first time author. I highly recommend it for the teens in your life. –  Nicole

Captivating