{Giveaway!} Friday 56 & #BookBeginnings: Chronicle of Secret Riven

Moments after her birth, three birds swept into the room through an open window. The pigeon, the dove, and the sparrow circled the newborn three times, widdershins, lit upon the wooden sill, and settled their feathers.
- p.1

For Friday 56:
The girl fingered the bronze-colored buttons as the woman told her mother they had been reproduced from a button mold found in the ruins of a lost village. That detail made it ever more appealing to Secret. The cloak fell off its hanger. The shop woman shook it fiercely then opened it for her. Secret was delighted to find the cloak had sleeves. Her fingers peeked past the vine-embroidered cuffs.
- p. 5


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Synopsis of The Chronicle of Secret Riven by Ronlyn Domingue: An uncanny child born to brilliant parents, befriended by a prince, mentored by a wise woman, pursued by a powerful man, Secret Riven has no idea what destiny will demand of her or the courage she must have to confront it in the breathtakingly epic, genre-spanning sequel to The Mapmaker’s War.

To see is a trick of the mind, but to believe is a trick of the heart.

One thousand years after a great conflict known as The Mapmaker’s War, a daughter is born to an ambitious historian and a gifted translator. Secret Riven doesn’t speak until her seventh year but can mysteriously communicate with plants and animals. Unsettled by visions and dreams since childhood, she tries to hide her strangeness, especially from her mercurial father and cold mother. When her knowledge of an esoteric symbol brings unwelcome attention, gentle, watchful Secret finds acceptance from Prince Nikolas, her best friend, and Old Woman, who lives in the distant woods.

When Secret is twelve, her mother, Zavet, receives an arcane manuscript to translate from an anonymous owner. Zavet begins to suffer nightmares and withdraws into herself. Secret sickens with a fever and awakens able to speak an ancient language, discovering that her mother is fluent as well. Suddenly, Zavet dies. The manuscript is missing, but a cipher has been left for Secret to find. Soon, Secret will have a choice to make: confront a destiny tied to an ancient past or deny it, never to know its whole truth.

A spellbinding story, rich with vivid characters and set in a fascinating world, The Chronicle of Secret Riven explores the tension between love and hate, trust and betrayal, fate and free will.


  1. I like the story about that button. I like the name Secret too. Thanks for entering me in the contest.

  2. Great excerpts! It definitely sounds like it'd an interesting read! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Replies
    1. Domingue's two books have that quality. Magical indeed!

  4. This sounds good to me. Happy reading!

    Here is my Book Beginning post!!


    Here is my Friday 56 post!!

  5. Sounds like a great book indeed! I am also giving a copy away on my site, so be sure to check it out for an extra chance at reading the book!

    Happy weekend!

  6. I am not sure that any one book lead me to read my preferences today but I do know that Judy Blume's books are what really made reading exciting for me. Because of her books I have made reading a priority in my life.


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