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Princess of the Blood Mages, Freedom Fight Trilogy Book One- released on May 8th, 2018.
Secrets from Fale’s past haunt her—and visions of the future might hold the key to her legacy.
Having vivid premonitions that come true is unusual, but for Fale it’s part of her routine once she turns eighteen. She has no idea why.
When one of those premonitions allows her to save Keron—the guy she loves—their destiny is sealed, and their lives are in great danger.
She suspects it has something to do with the sacred key her father entrusted to her as he lay dying. She was eight when she found him brutally beaten and watched him succumb to the injuries.
Now hunted by thugs who want to steal the Key of Effailya, Fale and Keron must rely on themselves until two mysterious benefactors offer them protection and answers.
Fale needs to protect the Key of Effailya at all costs, but she needs to know who is behind the plot against her. The enemy is powerful and ruthless, and holding the sacred key might kill her like it killed her father. Unless she accepts the magic that courses through her veins and learns how to use it.
Before the evil forces triumph, can Fale rise to the occasion and perform a duty she never knew was hers to carry out?
A fast-paced YA fantasy that will have readers racing headfirst through the pages.
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The Queen’s Heart– Freedom Fight Trilogy Book 2- released June 22nd, 2019
“A great storyline and strong characters who lead you through exciting adventures…” ~Linda Wilson
“As the emotional tension slowly builds to a boiling point within the small group the ending is explosive, unexpected (despite hints) and dramatic.” ~Steph Warren
The race is on. Beware the henchmen.
Fale and her friends are on an epic journey to find the magic machine that will open dimensions, allowing her to rescue the mage slaves—her people—from the hands of an evil Source Wizard. Still accepting her role as queen, she welcomes her new powers. But the group is not alone. Henchmen wait for them when they least expect it. Tensions are already high, but when Izzy—Alloy City’s socialite—decides to wage war on Fale, the situation becomes toxic.
Fale is devastated. She’s lost her way of life, her identity, her guardian, and now her best friend. Worse, she pushed Keron—her hot boxer crush—away so he could focus on his job, but sharing a tent with him is excruciating when passions boil over.
She’d give it all up if it weren’t for her trusty sidekick, Lisle—the wizard—who loves her, but wants to see her succeed and to find his own purpose.
They sail to an island in her visions that no one believes is there. Fale is relieved to be on her way, but fear of what awaits her, plus the constant state of tension in her group, immobilizes her. She’s miserable, just trying to make every choice a good one.
Things will never be the same as they were back home, she will never be the same. Fale doesn’t know what they will find once they reach the island. She doesn’t know why she’s having memories of Queen Effailya’s life. She has no clue how they’ll manage to get a huge machine onto the boat and back to the mountain mages’ estate. Impatient for answers, she seeks clues to the mystery. She may find everything she’s looking for—she might not—but the price for winning will be higher than she ever imagined.
If you like epic quests, sword and sorcery, mages, wizards, love triangles and plot twists, you’ll love this complicated emotional must-read. You won’t want to put it down. Fans of the first book, The Key of F, The Hunger Games, Eve, and The Rise of Isaac will enjoy this character-driven story.
The Final Rescue– Freedom Fight Trilogy Book 3- Released March 22nd, 2020
“It is so packed with action that there was no place where I could say, ‘Ok time for bed now. I’ll finish it tomorrow.’ A must read.”~Amazon Reviewer
Fale doesn’t know why she has visions of the queen’s past life. All she knows is that her magic becomes dangerously faulty every time she sees into the past. Through the visions, the mystery of Effailya’s banishment and life of slavery is solved; the reasons of her heated parting with Gryndoll are revealed, as well as who the queen’s secret lover was. And how that could possibly relate the Source Wizard to the Queen of Mages, herself.
The Source Wizard Gasten sends out his best efforts, but the new queen stays one step ahead of him. He may have found a way to send his spell to her. And if not, he’s found the old wizard’s journals, which are sure to give her weaknesses.
The Final Rescue is a face-paced adventure as the wizards and mages race toward their mutual destruction. A strong female lead not only survives her dystopian society… she solves the mystery of a hidden war, only to cause a new one, then battles both sides to rule it herself. It’s a conclusion for fans who fell in love with The Hunger Games, Divergent, and The Reader series. If you’re hooked on genre-blending, suspenseful, fantasy romance novels, with adventure, you’ll love The Final Rescue!
Carolyn M. West4.0 out of 5 stars Futuristic adventure for young adults and above Reviewed in the United States on April 30, 2020 Set in the future Fale has mostly raised herself. Her parents died when she was quite young and she has not been connected to anyone much since. She came home at age 8 to find her father dying after a severe beating .
She was taken in by an “uncle” Nelson, a friend of her father who tried to do his best raising her. The uncle has gone missing and now Fale is trying to find him. She has a few friends who join the plot and are helping some more actively than others.
Fale has visions that play a big role in the first half of the story but fade over the course of the telling. She is attacked early in the story and believes her attackers were after a key of “f” that she wears around her neck. At this point Keron enters her life. After patching her up her injuries from the attack he becomes her protector and friend, a previous crush of Falon’s.
Fale has done extensive training with sword work and works and teaches some classes at TacTrack. A kind of indoor workout center.
Things speed up considerably at this point, there is fight, hiding and a ton of running that follows
Too much to explain further without giving away too much. Cliffhangers at the end , but it is a series. I will read the rest, because I want to know the end.
First book in this series, starts out great. There is lots of action and some romance and magic as well
I received an ARC e-copy of this book from NetGalley. All of the review is my opinion.
I hope you read and enjoy as I did.
JWG4.0 out of 5 stars Creates an interesting worldReviewed in the United States on March 5, 2020 The Key of F shows an author in full command of the world she created. Actions occur within the “rules” of that world and the author doesn’t “cheat” by suddenly introducing a new power or some assistance just to get through a tricky plot point. The characters are well developed and the plot is engaging, although it doesn’t always clip along at the pace I would like.
Mindy5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!Reviewed in the United States on November 8, 2019 As a parent of teenagers I frequently venture into the YA world with my kids and we have all really enjoyed this series so far! Looking forward to #3! Keep up the great work!
Review by Steph Warren of the blog Bookshine and Readbows:
This book is labelled as Young Adult fantasy, but I felt the characters and plot matured into adulthood as the story progressed. From starting off with schoolyard gossip about boys and lessons, the protaganist soon finds herself running, hiding and fighting for her life in some very adult situations.
There is a large romance element to the plot, with a traditional love triangle causing internal conflict to rival the external ‘lost magical princess’ tension. As usual, most of the romantic strife is down to lack of communication between the relevant characters, but here there are also some legitimate concerns related to the paths their lives must take, which creates a more adult and authentic relationship trial.
The secondary characters are interesting, in that every single one of them has plausible motive and opportunity to betray our protaganist, so the reader is constantly left second guessing the support network, even as Fale must rely on them. Fale herself is an excellent main character, with natural flaws and strengths, and a genuine ability to rescue herself from tricky situations via mental and physical prowess, which had me rejoicing!
There were some odd moments amongst her journey to independent womanhood, where she expressed desires to be ‘owned’ by Nelson and then Koren, which sat strangely with the freedom motifs expressed by and through Koren, Effailya’s Garrith subjects, and even Fale herself in their various oppressions by the aptly named Control. I actually found this apparent dichotomy quite true to life, as it is unsurprising for Fale to long to belong with her history of loss, even as she fights for control of her own life as she works toward adulthood.
The plot is superb. In summary it sounds like your standard YA fantasy plot: lost princess finds magic and has to save her people from an evil wizard against huge odds. However it is the detail that differentiates, and in this case the detail is exciting, chilling and fascinating. The magic factions are distinct; the setting a mixture of Hunger-Games-esque districts; and the idea of what happens to dissenters actually kept me up at night afterwards.
I am very excited for the rest of this series and hope Fale manages to resolve her love life relatively swiftly so that we can enjoy their great partnership tackling their corrupt, powerful enemy and saving the world!
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The Key of F Jennifer Haskin Rogue Phoenix Press 978-1-62420-258-9 $3.99 ebook/$10.99 Paper https://roguephoenixpress.com/
The Key of F is the first book in the Freedom Fight trilogy and introduces orphan Fale, who seeks a peaceful life after her parents are murdered. Her training with her adoptive father also directs her to become a peacekeeper, supporting her vision of leading a life that reflects the peace process.
What doesn’t hold up to her goals in this fantasy saga is the turbulent environment around her which stems from sudden visions of the future, which appear on her 18th birthday to redirect her purpose in life.
At first glance The Key of F would seem to add to the teen dystopian genre with many of the trappings of better-known, similar-sounding titles involving a teen’s maturity process, newfound secret powers, an evolving romance with a peer, and a confrontation with an oppressive social system. There are simply too many ‘clones’ of these themes in modern YA fantasy literature, these days.
But The Key of F offers many more facets than most of its genre peers: among them, a fast-paced plot filled with unpredictable changes that keeps readers on their toes; a focus on how a teen leading a normal life suddenly discovers strange new abilities and an alternative purpose to goals she’s taken for granted all her life; and a series of consequences that stem from her decision to use her power to thwart death itself.
Readers who focus on the evolving romance between Fale and the charismatic yet elusive Karon may chafe at how a strong woman’s newfound purpose too easily seems to be diverted into mushy clichés during the course of their relationship; but soft: The Key of F is about much more than young love. Scenes present the give-and-take of romance’s realities and illusions, as in this revelation: “Fale was uneasy as his eyes narrowed. Was he trying to bait her? What happened to the sweet Keron from earlier?” which is tempered by a shy acknowledgement of her growing ability to affect another, just a paragraph later: “She loved seeing she could affect him, too. It made her feel powerful.”
It’s about a young woman making mistakes, recognizing her strengths, suffering from her weaknesses and some of her choices, and, yes, infatuations and maturing during the process of facing adult situations. As Fale connects with the things that make her feel powerful in her life, so readers are introduced to a rich world filled with satisfying descriptions, social and political challenges, and the story of a girl on the cusp of adulthood who is charged with not only moving into new adult circles and handling her emotions, but possibly changing the world.
The Key of F is a powerful read that will appeal to mature teens, new adults, and any fantasy reader who can accept sometimes-mushy romantic interludes as part of a young girl’s maturation process.
I was first drawn to this novel because of the cover art. It has an appealing use of color, as well as interesting drawings of Fale and Keron. One can be disappointed by a book whose story does not live up to the promise hinted at by a good cover. Therefore, I was pleased to find that this novel contained plot points that held my attention. One such element was the group’s search for a particular machine. It can only be unlocked with Fale’s key, but the machine itself is also the “key” to saving her people.
– Diane, Online BookClub
I will start by saying I haven’t read many fantasy/dystopian books, but Jennifer Haskin created a world that drew me in and kept me turning the pages. I liked the relationships between the the characters, especially Fale and Keron. I liked how Fale kept discovering new things about herself and how determined she was in following through with her mission. I knew this was the first in a series, but was still disappointed the way we were left hanging. Something should have been resolved, in my opinion. Still, it was a fun read. ~Jean Baxter
I received a free copy of this book. My opinions are my own.
What I really like about this book:
1. I liked the setup of the world Fale, Keron, Izzy, and Lisle lived in.
2. The characters were very supportive of each other. There seems to be a foreshadowing that maybe one of Fale’s friends might betray her. I will just need to read the next novel in the series to find out.
3. I am glad the romance between Fale and Keron had them being married. The sex is fade-out with no major descriptors. Thank you so much.
4. There is no swearing in the book.
5. I really liked Keron. He was strong, smart, and not impetuous. A very caring and giving character.
What could have been improved:
1. Fale seems to want to be taken seriously. She seems to want to improve herself and help others. But she tends to become irrational and does stupid things that put her life and her friends’ lives in danger. She does not do any analyzation on how to solve problems she comes across or how to preempt possible threats. I would have liked to see Fale grow in maturity and thinking power. I want a smart heroine. Fale seems to be on a very emotional roller coaster.
If you like to read about great fantasy/scifi worlds, and you do not mind a main character that will take you on an emotional roller coaster of impetuousness, this read is perfect for you. ~JP
“The Key of F” is book one of a fantastic YA Fantasy Series.
18-year-old Fale is an orphan warrior who has visions that predict the future. Fale is a character teens can relate to. Yes, she’s special, but she’s also awkward, genuine, and frightened. The secondary characters are fantastic as well, especially Fale’s love interest, Keron, and her best friend Izzy. It’s obvious Keron has feelings for Fale, but he keeps her at arms length, and Izzy is a best friend anyone would want. The story line is awesome – Fale realizes she’s a princess with special powers who has to battle with a wizard.
The writing is superb and I look forward to reading book 2 in the series! Recommended for anyone who enjoys a YA fantasy! ~Kristy Gillespie
This week’s I Love Romance Blog review selection is The Key of F By Jennifer Haskin.
With paranormal and sci-fi elements, this full-length novel is a great read. Fale, who is as down-to-Earth as this is incredible, begins a journey to find out exactly who she is. When she starts having visions of the future and trying to do something about it, will she change it for the better or worse?
Really, I cannot say enough good things about this book – the storyline is well thought through, the dialogue is believable and relatable, and the interactions between the main characters keep you reading.
This book is extremely well-written and thought out and I look forward to reading the next one in the series – I give The Key of F By Jennifer Haskin 5 STARS! ~Kevin Ethan
I adored this book’s amazing new world building and political systems! I found the cybernetic-humans fascinating and Ms. Haskin’s dialogue is moving and well crafted. Beautiful YA fantasy! ~Sarah Pounds
I enjoyed the creativity and suspense as well as the character development. Not a frequent reader of this genre I was actually surprised by how devoted I became to the story. At the end I was left wishing for the story to continue. ~Lois Herr
First of all I really love the story’s settings. While some may complain about the clichés (the chosen one, the divided and oppressed society, etc), I say it’s all about the twist you put on it. And I like that twist.
Then the writing is of quite good quality. It could gain from a little pruning on the descriptions, but it’s nothing that hampers the story. The reading flows easily, and that’s 50% of the book for me!
And finally the story line. It’s quite good, the characters are NOT stupid, which is a rare trait. Maybe too rare, because they Fale does make a couple stupid decisions, but it’s really OK. However, when I reached the end of the book is realized this made for a bland storyline. Whatever Fale does, she always gets out of it unharmed, with all her stuff, she never suffers any setback. Well except for Keron. Honestly that guy is to be punched. He’s a real weathercock, and having 1 random paragraph of his POV at the end of some chapters make him even more annoying.
The one thing I missed from this book is side stories. The other characters are shallow, they how no depth and barely a wisp of background.
In a nutshell, I’ll say this book is a nice start, and really promising for the ones to come, which I’m looking forward to reading. ~Iris Schechter
This one gave me serious Hunger Games vibes, but there’s magic, so it’s even better. Haskins has created a fantasy dystopia that is complex, but not too overwhelming. The storyline has lots of action and conflict, both emotionally and physically. Yet I appreciate Haskin’s ability to write scenes of violence without being too graphic. Additionally, I love how the characters are flawed and make mistakes, making them easy to empathize with, and also leaving room for them to grow and develop over the course of the series.
The one aspect I can’t seem to get over is the romance. I really want to like Fale and Keron together but there are just too many tropes. There’s Insta-love, a love triangle, and Fale’s dichotomy between wanting independence, yet also wanting someone to “complete her.” It doesn’t paint a very realistic or healthy picture of a relationship. However, the plot and the worldbuilding made the story worth it. ~Lindsey
If you enjoy reading YA fantasy then this book is for you. The talented author, Jennifer Haskin, has created a world full of engaging characters that face a dark and dangerous society. Fale, the spunky heroine, is drawn to her mission with determination and passion. The story moves at a rapid pace and unfolds a tale of not only magic, wizards, and warriors, but also an enticing romance. The dialogue is crisp, and the characters are well developed. I’m certain you’ll find yourself rooting for Fale and her circle of valiant friends. I am eagerly anticipating the next installment of the Freedom Fight Trilogy! ~Karen Neary Smithson
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Fantasy
August 22, 2018 – Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
A good start to what I hope will be a wicked action meets fantasy series. Fale is a young girl who is training to be a warrior while dealing with the usual teenage problems. She begins to have some strange visions hoping that she and her friends can understand what this means. Life takes a unexpected journey. This book held my attention and made me care what happens to Fale and company. Leaving me with a cliffhanger on what’s going to happen next. ~Jennifer Bradley
I met the author, Jenn Haskin, (virtually) before I found this book, and she’s a really nice, and equally talented lady.
This book is fantasy, and starts with a girl called Fale, whose biggest problem in life is being rejected by the guy she has a crush on.
But that changes soon.
After messing up fate’s path and saving her crush’s life, she’s forced to go on the run and handed a destiny of her own. One that she’s not sure she can handle.
Haskin blends in scifi with her fantasy world, which adds depth to the story she’s telling. One of the main characters has robotic parts, which earns him a less-than-human status. There’s scientific advancement, but there’s also magic hidden in its corners. Both elements play equally major roles.
What I like the most about this book, is the realistic way in which Fale is written. She doesn’t suddenly go from a typical teenage girl with superficial problems to this mature warrior who’s going to save a nation. In fact, this book focuses on character building and political background, and sets a sturdy stage for the next part of the story, where the promised action can truly begin. ~Mina Rehman
The Key Of F is a fantastic cornerstone in building a new world of fantasy from the mind of Jennifer Haskin. The richness of the world is only tempered by the dark nature of the rigid class system found within. True fantasy allows readers to connect with other-worldly characters, and the Key of F accomplishes this by submerging the reader in a mad world with familiar themes. I was particularly drawn to the lower-class nature of cyborgs and how individuals who lose limbs are viewed as- somehow-less human for restoring them with cybernetics. Fale, the heroine, is also a page-turner in the beginning of her hero’s quest from orphan to warrior. I definitely recommend readers dive into this world of love, loss, and magic to find pieces of themselves in the reflection of the fantastic. ~Jay Sandlin
First off, I want to say that I really, really enjoyed this book. It’s pretty unusual for me to read fantasy for fun- usually I go for a contemporary or historical fiction, but books like this make me remember why I always end up looking fantasy.
There’s something about fantasy- the worldbuilding involved, the magical qualities, and the unpredictable plots- that draws me in every time. And The Key of F successfully hit all of these points.
I want to talk first about the worldbuilding and plot. After all, as I said above, those are key in fantasy novels, at least for me. The worldbuilding is done really well in The Key of F!
Sometimes when I’m reading the first book in a fantasy series, I truly feel as if I’m reading a history textbook. I can’t take in all the new information, so then I’m confused for the rest of the book. As a reader, I appreciated how spread out the introduction to the world was in The Key of F, and how a lot of it was blended in with the character’s natural conversations.
AND THE PLOT. The plot. It’s a crazy ride.
Unpredictable! Twisting, and turning! It was like being on a rollercoaster, in a good way. I truthfully could not have predicted anything that happened, and that made the book a thousand times better.
I also really liked the writing style. The writing style appealed to me, making reading The Key of F enjoyable. I liked the use of dialogue to move the plot along- it worked nicely. I ended up liking the third person narration more than I thought I would. Even though it wasn’t in first person, it provided me with lots of insight on what was going on in Fale’s head.
The main character, Fale, was definitely my favorite. I love her character. IT IS AMAZING to read a book with such a strong female character!
Fale is independent. She’s strong. She’s a warrior (literally- she’s a warrior in the book). I find it amazing that after all the hardships she’s faced, after being orphaned as a child, she’s still willing to face more. She wants to fight, and I love that.
Besides the fantasy aspects of the book, romance also plays a pretty large role. Unfortunately, I wasn’t the biggest fan of the love interest, Keron.
As the reader quickly finds out, Fale and Keron have a history between them. I started off disliking Keron because of this history, but as the book progresses I did grow to like him more. As he and Fale rebuild their relationship, he does become more likable.
However, I didn’t like how he was so controlling of Fale. It’s his job to protect her (his task is to be her bodyguard of sorts), but I felt like he spent too much time telling her what to do instead. At the end of the day, I personally felt like he was stifling Fale’s desires to be independent, and that’s why I just couldn’t grow to love him.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It provided great fantasy elements, a strong main character, and overall just kept me on the edge of my chair. I can see myself rereading it, and I’m excited for more books in the series to come in the future.
To see my full review, visit my blog:https://purelyolivia.wordpress.com/20… ~Olivia
The Key of F is a YA dystopian novel containing some familiar themes but with a unique spin to them. Fale, our protag, is a teenage girl with teenage girl problems (i.e. guy trouble, struggles with self-image, etc.) All things most of us can relate to. However, she lives in an alternate universe in a country called Algea, that is separated into cities according to what they contribute to society. Her start in life was not the best being that she was orphaned at a young age. But after a friend of her father takes her in, life seems to go ok for her. She even trains to be a peacekeeper, which is a group that does just what the name implies, “keeps the peace” within the country.
Everything changes for Fale on her eighteenth birthday when she starts having visions that appear to be premonitions. These visions start a chain of events that send Fale on a journey of struggle and self-discovery, all with a supernatural twist.
The world that Jennifer Haskin has created is a big part of what makes this story such a fun read. There are some common dystopian-esque elements which may feel familiar (a big brother-like government force that monitors every aspect of the lives of its citizens, in this story aptly named “the control”) but this world really is unique in so many ways.
The hierarchy of their society was quite interesting. There are the respectable members of society and then there are the “Fantocci” who have been injured in some sort of accident. They are forced to replace their human limbs with bionic ones, the expense of which they pay back by essentially turning their lives over to the control and “working it off” for the rest of their lives.
The Fantocci are considered subhuman at best, but our progressive heroine happens to fall for one of them, the hunky muscle-bound Keron. And so, the romantic subplot ensues and keeps us wanting throughout the entire story up to the very end!
Another strong element to this story were the characters. Fale is not your average damsel in distress. She is a strong female heroine who is more than capable of taking care of herself. Her peacekeeper training has seen to that. Even so, the depth of her character is such that she is strong, yet fragile in many ways. As an orphan, she has a strong desire to feel like she belongs. She was also raised by a man, and missed out on the relationship talks and makeup tips that mothers and daughters typically share. She is very inexperienced in this way and it makes her all the more endearing and relatable.
The supporting characters are all solid as well, each of them having their own interesting back stories. As a result, we have an eclectic mix of human and supernatural characters, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. It makes for a fun ride.
There are still many unanswered questions relating to Fale’s visions, but that just leaves lots of opportunity for them to be answered in the next book, which I am looking forward to reading! All in all, the Key of F is a fun read and does not disappoint! ~Briana
The Key of F is an ambitious young adult novel that straddles a number of genres. It has the intensive surveillance and the high-tech body modification of science fiction. It has the wizards and mages and the Chosen One narrative of fantasy. And it has the makeovers and petty jealousies of high school and college books. It’s not until about half-way through the book that those three strands come together and we see where it’s all been leading.
The main thrust of the novel follows Fale, an orphan who has been entrusted with a mysterious key and who is on a quest to find her guardian and mentor, Nelson. But of course it’s not as simple as that, and her investigations only present further missions. I did wonder whether her name, and ‘Effailya’, from which it’s derived, could be a punning clue to where this series is eventually going to end up… We’ll see about that one. She’s variously helped and hindered by friends Keron, Izzy and Lisle, who represent other groups within the social makeup of Algea, and the differences between classes and occupations lead to some conflict between the four – something that will no doubt be explored further in later instalments.
I was fascinated by the brief glimpses we got of the system that underpins this world: where people are forced to work in an environment that seems set up to seriously injure them, at which point their only option is expensive prostheses, which they then spend the rest of their lives paying off. It was a neat satire on certain real-life systems, and I’d have liked to have seen more exploration of it. But I was puzzled, too: daiquiris, lasagna, katanas and rock bands suggested the influence of an Earth culture that appeared never to have existed in this world.
This is only the first of the series, so no doubt some of my questions will be answered in the next book! ~Kathleen Jowitt
I really liked this book. The story was well told, the heroine was fresh and the drama, compelling. Even though YA is not my usual genre, I really liked the way the story unfolded. ~Ellen Willis
Fale, Takanori warrior-in-training, begins having visions on her eighteenth birthday. When she realizes the visions are coming true, she intervenes and changes one to save the life of her crush. Soon after, thugs climb out of the woodwork chasing them with the intent to kill. Their only clue lies in the key Fale wears, given to her by her father on his deathbed. Could the key have something to do with her destiny? Can they live long enough to find the answers?
“The Key of F” is book one of a fantastic YA Fantasy Series.
Haskin has created a fantasy dystopia that is complex, but not too overwhelming.
The story line has lots of action and conflict, both emotionally and physically.
Haskin blends in sci-fi with her fantasy world, which adds depth to the story she’s telling.
The author has created a world full of engaging characters that face a dark and dangerous society.
The dialogue is crisp, and the characters are well developed.
My personal opinion is we have The Hunger Games meets A Wrinkle in Time; looking forward to see where this develops.
Highly recommend reading. ~Billie
The world you’ve created is quite fascinating. Robotic parts, sector differentiation, wrist band scanners- it’s all something the modern reader can picture easily and relate. You’ve almost created an alternate -reality of our own world, which is utterly fascinating to experience.
–Morgan Stemberger (professional editor)
Overall, this was just a really great read! I enjoyed it so much and I think that if the rest of the book is as solid as this section, it will soon be ready to go out to agents and publishers. Congratulations on a great book!
–Jessica deBruyn (professional editor- http://www.trueimaginary.com )
The fantasy setting is well-developed and I enjoy the mixture of fantasy, contemporary, and futuristic elements. The necessary thought and planning to do it well is there, and I appreciate the inclusion of the maps at the beginning.
The story is likewise developed in a way that makes good use of the setting. Fale and her back story make a compelling focus for the novel.
–Aaron Kaiserman (Literature professor)
The plot premise seems to be, “young woman who has recently come into newfound power, must figure out what her gifts are and how to use them before what she doesn’t know kills her.” I think it can carry the story. There are some fairly interesting people, and lots of interesting undercurrents I don’t fully understand yet, so that makes me want to keep reading.
–Rachel Hoff (English teacher/editor)
The perfect blend of action and romance, The Key of F is a gripping story that I was still thinking about weeks after reading. These characters will find their way directly into your heart as the intricate plot keeps your blood pumping from the first page through to the end. –Review from Jessica DeBruyn- editor
All hail the amazing Fale! The Key of F was an action packed fun read where the heroine fights her own battles. Fale and her group of friends show strength and intelligence as they work together to uncover the truth of Fale’s past. They evade attempts on their lives with courage and cunning. The group dynamic among the characters is angst filled and satisfying and the chemistry with her handsome crush is sizzling. –Review from Patty Carothers and Amy Brewer–authors of Texting Prince Charming
Nancy Allen (The Avid Reader)5.0 out of 5 stars Just Awesome……Reviewed in the United States on December 4, 2019Format: Kindle EditionAt just eight years old Fale lost her father and became an orphan as she lost her mother years before. Fale was taken in by an old friend of her father’s Nelson.
When Fale turned eighteen she came into her powers. She begins to have vision that come true. After using one of her vision to save a childhood friend’s life she is put on the radar of the Control Agency, the law of the city.
Fale and Keron’s lives are now in danger. Fale has key that was given to her by her father and the Control want it. Fale and Keron go into hiding after Nelson is taken. They are using Nelson to try and obtain the key from Fale. Fale has every intention of getting Nelson back alive if it is the last thing she does.
Fale is a princess warrior who has been trained to be a peace keeper. Fale gets her rewards from helping people not by being paid which is just how she likes it.
Fale and Keron have known each other since they were children and Fale has had a crush on Keron ever since without his knowledge of course. Fale is a little shy and awkward around Keron in the beginning but soon warms up towards him when they are forced to spend time together by having to go on the road and into hiding.
The Key of F is a fast paced read that kept me glued to the pages until I had read the last one. I was unable to put it down as the tension built and took me toward the end. Fale gets herself into trouble after trouble that left me gasping wondering if she was going to make it. The world building was just awesome, The Key of F was just full of excitement, action, mystery and a little romance to boot. I can’t wait for more in this new world of Freedom Fight.
I highly recommend The Key of F to all fans of fantasy and magic.
Elysia Palmer5.0 out of 5 stars Great beginning to a YA seriesReviewed in the United States on June 18, 2019Format: Kindle EditionTo start off I received this book for free and am voluntarily leaving a review because I really liked this story. It’s well written for a YA book. A bit to romancey for my personal taste but the love story doesn’t get in the way of the building of the story as a whole (keeping in mind this is the first book, with plenty of room to grow in future books). You feel for the characters as they fight the infamous inner struggle of whether to help a friend in need or follow the rules set by the “ultimate evil” (aka the governing body). I agree with some of the other reviews stating there should have been something more final about the ending (leaving off almost mid battle). I still am very much looking forward to the next book to continue the story. I would recommend this book to all Young readers (whether young in age or young at heart).
Riley4.0 out of 5 stars 🙂Reviewed in the United States on February 5, 2020Format: Kindle EditionThis was a captivating, twisty-turny adventure, and I can’t wait to see what happens next. The characters were terrific, though Fale was sometimes guilty of not being quite as logical and capable as would be expected in a strong female. I really liked Keron and everyone else, though.
I received a free copy of The Key of F, but that did not affect my review.
I was sent a free copy by the author. All thoughts and opinions are mine.
In this YA fantasy/dystopian book, the author takes us into the world of Fale and her friends. Where bravery, loyalty, friendship, and love are crucial in all of their survival. The overall tone is animated and the world-building is very inspired. I liked that the dialogues are uncomplicated and straightforward, making it easier to understand/relate to the characters. The main protagonist, Fale, was a little bit impulsive at times. But, that just adds to her complexity as a character. The ending will leave you wanting to reach for the next book in the series. Overall a 4.5 for me.
megan4.0 out of 5 stars This book is not what I expected it would be.Reviewed in the United States on January 17, 2020Format: Paperback
This book was very easy and fun to read because once I would pick it up I wouldn’t want to put it down until I had too. I was surprised at how it kept my interest throughout the story, truly. I wasn’t sure what to expect from a novel about magic but also technology. In my opinion, combining these two elements can be very difficult, and because I lean more fantasy, books that have technology as a major plot point tend to lose my interest. This story, however, did not. I was pleasantly surprised to read all the different plot twists and read about meet all of the main characters. I definitely recommend this story to anyone who lobes magic and sassy characters!
Michael J. Krentz4.0 out of 5 stars Endearing Characters, Daring Quest, Fascinating Fantasy WorldReviewed in the United States on January 12, 2020Format: Paperback
A page-turning adventure featuring endearing but flawed characters coming of age as they take on a daunting quest to save their people. Set in a believable fantasy world of mages, evil wizards, magical powers, tender vulnerabilities, and a reluctant young queen, the story spins a refreshing twist on age-old themes of self-discovery, first-romance angst, love triangles, and seeking a better world.
It was a great adventure to follow those characters and live through their experiences.
I liked the world and the way the characters interacted t help each other.
The romance is quite well developed too.
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Elouise5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent TaleReviewed in Canada on July 25, 2019Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
I read Book one of Freedom Flight Trilogy and thought it was a very good book, Then I read this one. Book 2 is even better than book 1 was. The reader is mesmerized with the way Fale starts getting her magic. I loved how the magic grew! This tale has everything; it has Magic, of course, Adventure galore, Love, Friendship, Sacrifice, and even Villains. I really loved the way the magic grew. The fighting scenes were fantastic , so well written that you could see them happening. The voyage they took to an Island even the captain of the ship did not believe existed was filled with growth and learning for Fale, Keron, Izzy and Lisle. Everyone one of them had a role to play, even Lisle whose role was not defined until the end of the trek. This book does not have to be read after book 1 as it stands up very well on its own. I am waiting now for Book 3 Would recommend this authorHelpfulReport abuse
Phyllis S.5.0 out of 5 stars Courage is a driving force.Reviewed in Canada on July 24, 2019Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
This second book in the series
carries the story forward quite
I’m eagerly waiting for the third
book to come out.
Nancy Allen (The Avid Reader)5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn’t put it down….Reviewed in the United States on December 4, 2019Format: Kindle EditionFale, Keron, Lisle and Izzy all set out to find a machine that could save her people. Fale is not the only one looking for the machine putting their trip and their lives in danger.
On this journey Fale does not only have to face enemies and danger but her friends as well or more like one friend. Izzy has her eyes set on Keron and taking him away from Fale. There may be a little trouble in paradise so to speak between Fale and Keron but all couples have their ups and downs at times that doesn’t mean they are not together or don’t love each other things happen.
Izzy is being very mean, cruel and ugly with the lies she keeps telling Keron to win him over. Fale is such a sweetheart in how she is handling Izzy and Keron. Keron believes that Izzy is just trying to be a friend. How can you be so naive about what is right in front of you? Izzy and Keron both make me so mad and sad at the same time but especially Izzy. How can she do something like that to a friend?
The Queen’s Heart shows us more of who Fale is and what kind of person she is and how she handles certain situations. Fale has a great big heart that cares more for others than she does herself. Fale has come a long way in The Queen’s Heart she has grown and she is learning to take matters into her own hands instead of always relying on others.
The Queen’s Heart gives us inside detail on each of the characters hearts and their relationships with each other where The Key of F gave us more about the world itself.
Like The Key of F once I picked up The Queen’s Heart there was no way I could put it down until I had turned the last page and now I can’t wait to dive into the last book The Finial Rescue to see how it all turns out and to get to know all the characters better and to see where their next journey takes them.
I highly recommend The Queen’s Heart to all fans of fantasy and romance.
Michael J. Krentz4.0 out of 5 stars Bring on the Third Book in the TrilogyReviewed in the United States on January 30, 2020Format: Kindle Edition
Writing colleague Jenn Haskin delivers another page-turning YA fantasy/suspense/romance story filled with believable, sometimes tormented characters embroiled in a desperate quest while also facing intense interpersonal drama, attractions, and betrayals. All set in a fascinating world of magic, mages, wizards, and villains, but with familiar items such as pizza, pack mules, and long mountain hikes. Fale’s character arc from uncertain maiden to an adult woman ready to take on a regal role forms the central theme. Very well done.
A great storyline and strong characters who lead you through exciting adventures and inspirational deeds are accomplished with the chapters. I received a copy from the author to read and it’s a great easy story
megan4.0 out of 5 stars These books continue to surprise me.Reviewed in the United States on January 17, 2020Format: PaperbackWhat I appreciate the most about these books is how real the characters feel. No one is perfect and everyone has issues. Seeing these four friends go through countless trials and seeing their reactions after them just felt very real. They fought at times definitely and some relationship were heavily tested and I loved it. And the ending. MY HEART.
These books are a lot of things but one thing they are not is predictable. I cannot wait to finish this series.
“If you have read books 1 and 2 of the Freedom Fight Trilogy then you have been waiting with bated breath for this book. If not, then you might just want to read them after this one. Picking up where The Queen’s Heart left you, It takes you through some intense emotions as the heroes Keron andFale prepare for the final rescue of Fale’s people. There is training,lots of magic, lots of intrigue and lots of battling. There are plenty of people who meet them along their journey and every one they meet helps them in some way. There is a magical beast or two to add more suspense to the story. Lots of action and lots of love too. I found that I could not put down the book once I started reading it. It is so packed with action that there was no place where I could say, “Ok time for bed now.I’ll finish it tomorrow.” A must read. The trilogy would make a wonderful gift for a young reader . My granddaughter loved the series too.” ~Elouise Lord
Nancy Allen (The Avid Reader)5.0 out of 5 stars an amazing journey and adventure…Reviewed in the United States on December 5, 2019
Fale is grieving the loss of her friend but is trying to push on the best she can. If she wants to save her people then she needs to push through all the hurt and put it behind her. Fale has a big heart and is determined to save her people besides she knows her friend would want her to finish what she started and save all the people from a mad man.
Fale and Keron have found the mysterious machine they were searching for in The Queen’s Heart. She is still trying to stay one step ahead of Gasten and keep him from taking the mysterious machine and making everyone slaves.
In The Final Rescue we get to see into Gasten’s past to learn who he is and what made him the way he is and why he wants to make everyone slaves. Gasten chose to feed his dark side instead of his light side it is like evil vs good kind of thing. He let all the darkness in his past life from others overrule his life and take over and now he wants his revenge.
The Final Rescue takes us on Fale’s journey with her as she faces all sorts of dangers and learns that she has more powers than she knew if she just knew how to use them. The Final Rescue like its predecessors The Key of F book one and The Queen’s Heart book two in the Freedom Fight is a fast paced read that is filled with adventure, magic, romance, mystery, suspense and great characters.
I think that Keron and Fale both have grown so much together over the course of their journey. They are such amazing characters. I really loved the new character that we were introduced to in The Final Rescue Argyntus or Argy as he prefers to be called. I loved his attitude and how he liked learning and helping Fale and Keron.
The Final Rescue has lots of twists and turns throughout the whole story but there was a big twist at the end that I never saw coming. As with the first two books once I picked up The Final Rescue I was unable to lay it down. I just love this world of the Freedom Fight and am so sad to see the ending but am glad I was a part of it.
It has been an amazing journey and adventure to follow Fale and Keron as they tried to save the people from slavery and I am going to miss them so much.
I would like to recommend The Final Rescue to all fans of magic, love, adventure, and mystery. One click yourself a copy of all three books in the Freedom Fight trilogy today because a magical adventure awaits.
Elysia Palmer5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful YA adventure, highly recommendReviewed in the United States on November 3, 2019
To start off I received this book for free and am voluntarily leaving a review because I really enjoyed this series.
In the first book you meet Fall and her pals. She’s young, naive, and honestly whiney. Her friend Izzy is the worst kind of rich girl; snobby, condescending, so on. Liesle (I don’t think I spelled that right, sorry) is a genuinely sweet caring person; and Kerron is confused but in love (very dangerous combo). You see them build bonds and grow together as the story builds. The way the first book ended bugged me but thankfully I got the next one right away so I could just continue without much pause.
The second book begins to either break or strengthen the ties between these four as they set off in the biggest part of their voyage. You see the true face of each person as the trials they face brings out the best/worst in each of them. Ending was much better… And heartbreaking.
This last book capped off the other two beautifully. To see Fale bloom into the Queen she is destined to become is encouraging; exspecially with how whiney and irritating I found her in the beginning.
I don’t want to give too much away but it is a beautiful story with a few twists and turns that make you laugh, blush, cry, and gasp. Keep in mind it is definitely a Young Adult story, but it is one that I throughly enjoyed from book 1 to book 3.
I do recommend this book series to any YA readers, it will keep your mind adventuring.
The Final Rescue is the third book in the Freedom Fight Trilogy, and although it can be read as a stand alone, I recommend that you start from book one since it’s such a great series!
I’ve become more and more into the fantasy genre, and this YA fantasy romance did not disappoint. In The Final Rescue, Fale and Keron are traveling along with Argy, a Tarragon/giant lizard to save Fale’s people. Meanwhile, Gasten, the source wizard, is turning Fale’s people into a metal army. He’ll do anything, including murder Fale, for the machine (Argy). Fale, Keron, and Argy will have to travel fast in order to save Fale’s people…
Fale has grown up a lot in this book because she’s had to deal with the death of her friend Lisle and the fact that her friend Izzy tried to kill her. And she’s found out she’s to become queen.
I enjoyed the love story of Fale and Keron, and Argy was my favorite new character. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys YA romance fantasy adventures! You won’t be disappointed!
This book shows the end of Fale and Keron’s journey. The fight scene is so good that you feel like you are flying on the back of the Tarragon along with Fale! She has discovered she’s a queen and needs to save her people from a wizard. The wizard wants to hurt her too, so she has to be extremely careful. Keron and Fale are now an item and he gets hurt helping in the fight. Can Fale and the Tarragon save her people? This is an extremely well written book for young adults and I highly recommend it.
Shay5.0 out of 5 stars WARNING: Hard to put down once you start reading!Reviewed in the United States on December 8, 2019
I have to start off by saying that I received this book in exchange for my honest review.
I binged this series over the weekend, and once I started on the first book, I found myself unable to put them down! I didn’t get much sleep, that’s how you know you’re reading a good book.
The book was well written and the characters and story were really easy to get into. I will definitely be reading more from this author.
This is that last book in a trilogy following the adventures of Fale and Keron. This is a great series for YA readers who dig fantasy and romance. It takes place in a fully developed world that has both magic and sci-fi tech intertwined. It also works well as a stand alone; if you haven’t read the other books in the series, you can still hop right in to the action here. This book really looks into the story of the bad guy of the series, Gasten. Readers get a chance to dig into this fascinating character’s backstory, and see how a line of betrayals from this history of this land have resulted in the coming confrontation. Take a trip on a tarragon!
Amazon Customer5.0 out of 5 stars Great series! Highly recommended!Reviewed in the United States on January 14, 2020*I received a copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions are mine and unbiased.
Warning: SPOILER ALERT!!!
In this 3rd and final book of the series, we see Fale mourn the loss of Lisle, feel the hurt of Keron and evolve into a great leader of the Industrial District. We now see her as the rightful Queen and not the impulsive girl she once was. Lots of characters were introduced in the book to help Fale in her quest. Just like the first two books of the series, the dialogues were kept simple and easy to understand. This is a book that will surely be enjoyed by both kids and adults. Loved the ending! Highly recommended! 5 stars!
Joshua Grant5.0 out of 5 stars A world of secrets and adventure!Reviewed in the United States on September 4, 2020
Jennifer Haskin delivers a heart-pounding fantasy adventure with The Key of F! After witnessing her father’s murder, Fale grows up protecting a mysterious artifact, The Key of F. Later, she finds herself on the run for saving her love, Keron. This leads her to uncover secrets about the strange artifact, leading her to learn that there’s more at stake than just her and Keron’s life. I loved the characters in this book and Haskin’s writing style seamlessly lets you get immersed in the story! The history of the world and the secrets behind the Key of F are really cool, leaving me intrigued to see where the adventure goes next. If you’re looking for a good fantasy tale with a tight focus on characters, come unlock the mystery of The Key of F!
Witch-at-Heart4.0 out of 5 stars Great world building and Dystopian/Sci-Fi vibe. Loved the characters.Reviewed in the United States on May 31, 2020
I will start by saying I truly enjoyed reading “The Key of F”.
I love fantasy/dystopian books, and the world building drew me in right away and kept me turning the pages. The character development felt real an developed naturally over time. This book ends on a cliffhanger as many do in the first book of a trilogy.
For those that enjoyed Hunger games this has a similar tone and feel. This world is divided into districts with a distinct caste ranking system.This also has a good mix of Si-Fi in it so it was an enjoyable mixture of both dystopian and science fiction.
I am not necessarily a fan of the love triangle definitely not my thing but it does flow with the overall plot and story-line. This book has really interesting plots and sub-plots rolling and plenty of secrets and intrigue so I am excited to see where this leads in the next book.
The world that Fale our MC lives in is vividly detailed with very high stakes involved. The citizens (depending on what caste a person is in) and their daily lives and jobs can easily get them killed or maimed. Any survivors of these horrific accidents are forced to spend the rest of their lives indebted to the government to repay medical bills and any artificial replacements while being re-classed as sub-human. Anyone in disagreement to these terms are treated with extreme prejudice.
Fale our MC is a rich and multi-layered character. She has moments of great strength but also wavers in her self confidence due to her harsh upbringing as an orphan. I look forward to seeing her overcome these obstacles and growing as the series moves forward. She tends to lean heavily on Keron for validation she doesn’t need to do this as she can fully make the right decisions on her own. However, I like that she has grown to trust and desire his input as the reltionship grows. I look forward to seeing Fale overcome her inner conflicts, emotions and relationship issues to become the kick-ass heroine she so easily can become.
Definitely a good book to add to your TBR pile.
I received this book from Elite Readers – Authors X Promotion for an honest review.
I read this in one night. I can’t believe it ended the way it did. NOW I HAVE TO WAIT TO CONTINUE!
Without leaving any spoilers, I can’t wait to see what is going to happen…
Fale is a wonderful character, she was dealt the worst hand I thought possible, until I met Keron.
I was quickly transported into a world of wizards and mages. The world written in a way I couldn’t wait to find out more. I can’t wait to read more.
I was given the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. This is a very crazy and fast paced ride. Fale has a key that was given to her by her father and when he passes away she goes to live with a friend. When she turns 18 years old she comes into her powers. She uses these abilities to save a childhood friend which puts her on the grid for the people who run her city. They want the key too, but Fale and her friend go into hiding. It keeps you turning the pages and your heart is pounding as you read. There are two more books in the trilogy. I need to know what happens next.
This was a captivating, twisty-turny adventure, and I can’t wait to see what happens next. The characters were terrific, though Fale was sometimes guilty of not being quite as logical and capable as would be expected in a strong female. I really liked Keron and everyone else, though.
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