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The Key of F, Freedom Fight Trilogy Book One- released on May 8th, 2018.
A forgotten race of mages, being kept as slaves.
A secret war the people have been made to forget.
And I’m the key to unlocking the truth.
My desire for peace led me to become a warrior. First I get visions that start coming true, then thugs start trying to kill me. As I unravel my parents’ secrets, I’m sucked into a secret life with Keron, a biomechanical hottie, who just happened to reject me three years ago. Awkward, I know.
When I develop powers of my own, I still don’t know where I belong…but if I can’t find the machine the Source Wizard’s been searching for all my life, an entire dimension of people will die.
The Queen’s Heart– Freedom Fight Trilogy Book 2- released June 22nd, 2019
I’m a warrior, a princess, and a mage.
And war awaits me…
The Source Wizard Gasten is using my visions to find the machine. The race is on. He only knows what the cave entrance looks like, not the location. But I do. When I find the machine, I will go to Garrith and set my people free.
But if he finds it first, the slaves will die- or be turned into machines that he will order to march into new dimensions, enslaving the people there, while Gasten sucks their magic dry. And it will be my fault.
I can’t afford to lose before the war.
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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 Smithson
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
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