Wednesday, December 11, 2019

THE TALES OF TARYA SERIES | By Rachel Nightingale #Fantasy #YA #Giveaway #BookReview #Excerpt

Check out my stop on the blog tour for The Tales of Tarya series by Rachel Nightingale!

Harlequin's Riddle (The Tales of Tarya #1)
by Rachel Nightingale
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: June 2017
Odyssey Books


The Gazini Players are proud to present
For your Edification and Enjoyment
Tales of great Joy, and of great Woe

Ten years ago, Mina’s beloved older brother disappeared with a troupe of traveling players and was never heard from again.

On the eve of Mina’s own departure with a troupe, her father tells her she has a special gift for storytelling, a gift he silenced years before in fear of her ability to call visions into being with her stories.

Mina soon discovers that the traveling players draw their powers from a mysterious place called Tarya, where dreams are transformed into reality. While trying to solve the mystery of her brother’s disappearance, she discovers a dark secret to the players’ onstage antics. Torn between finding her brother or exposing the truth about the players, could her gifts as a storyteller offer a way to solve Harlequin’s riddle?

My Review:

This is a unique and wonderful story. I immediately became absorbed in the storyline, a rare feat these days. Ms. Nightengale had decidedly done her homework on historical traveling troupes and I felt just like the veritable fly on the wall, watching this all unfold. It was mystical and magical and before I knew it, I'd suspended my disbelief and traveled along through the entire book, happy as a clam as the dramatic twists and turns occurred. People who love theatre, historical stories, fantasy and the like are sure to be as enchanted as I was.


I received this book from the author free of charge after my request and am voluntarily leaving my review. All opinions are my own.

Columbine's Tale (The Tales of Tarya #2)
Release Date: September 2018


For three hundred years the traveling actors of Litonya roamed the land entertaining crowds but secretly leaving devastation in their wake. Is Mina the only person with the power to stop them?

In the ethereal otherworld of Tarya, Mina begins to master the rare, inexplicable powers attached to her gift for storytelling. She discovers she can touch dreams, influence the real world, and perhaps find out who is manipulating Tarya for dark purposes. In the waking world, Mina is on the run, beset by divided loyalties between the travelers, and caught between two men she could love and a brother who desperately needs her help.

“Mysteries and machinations, tragedy and heartbreak, love and betrayal, adventure and fantasy come together in this spellbinding book.” — George Ivanoff, award-winning author of the Other Worlds series

Pierrot's Song (The Tales of Tarya #3)
Release Date: November 2019


The traveling players of Litonya have destroyed many lives by manipulating the mystical realm of Tarya, and Mina has discovered her brother is one of their victims. Although she is determined to stop them, her hopes for help from the Council of Muses have been dashed. The only possibility for healing lies in a journey to the heart of Litonya, and into a past long lost to history.

When ancient stories give up their forgotten secrets, a path forward begins to appear. But love and talent are pushed to their limits as Mina and her companions come face to face with an enemy who has finally stepped out of the shadows.

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Excerpt From Harlequin's Riddle: 
“But where do the dreams come from?” Mina asked, remembering Aldo’s last words to her. 
“From the night, from all of us," Uberto responded. "Do you remember your dreams, Mina?” 
She shook her head. 
“That is because the dreams are set free, and drift through Tarya, collecting in the Place of Dreams, until they gradually melt away. If you remember your dream it has not been released properly, and stays in your memory, causing confusion. When you are caught between dreams and reality, life can become… difficult.” 
Uberto’s eyes shifted sideways. 
“How do you know all this?” she asked. 
“The knowledge of Tarya has been handed down through generations. My family has been part of the Gazini Players for three hundred years, since the earliest beginnings, when a traveler learned the secrets of Tarya and taught them to a few men who assisted him on the road.”

About the Author

Rachel Nightingale was a highly imaginative child who used to pretend she was wandering the woods looking for adventures on her way home from school. Once she understood creating stories gave her magical powers she decided to become a writer. Some years, and many diversions later, she is an award-winning playwright, and the author of The Tales of Tarya trilogy, a fantasy series published by Odyssey Books. Having survived improv theatre, traveled the world and immersed herself endlessly in research and creative practice, she often finds herself at the mercy of stories that demand to be written.

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  1. I like the cover. The colors are beautiful.

    1. It's an amazing set of books and the covers are perfect for it. So glad you like them!

  2. All of the stories look unique. Although I have heard of the main titled characters before.

    1. Their are quite unique. Thanks for stopping by Mary!