Title: Year of the Reaper
Author: Makiia Lucier
First published November 9, 2021
336 pages, Hardcover
ISBN: 9780358272090 (ISBN10: 0358272092)
In “Burn” by Ted Dekker, Janeal Mikkado’s past is catching up with her. After leaving her Gypsy Kumpania behind years ago and taking a million dollars with her, her life took a dark turn.
Her best friend and boyfriend, both believed to be dead, suddenly reappear, and someone knows about the money. But the real danger is the debt she must face, not just for the money, but for the chaff in her own heart.
If she can’t confront her past and make things right, she may be consumed by it. Get ready for a thrilling ride as Janeal fights to survive and reconcile with her past in “Burn”.
About the Author
Meet Makiia Lucier, a talented author known for her captivating stories that draw inspiration from history and mythology. Her books, which include the Isle of Blood and Stone duology, Year of the Reaper, and A Death-Struck Year, have been praised by critics and readers alike for their brilliance, emotional impact, and breathtaking prose.
Makiia’s work has earned her a place on prestigious lists such as the Kids’ Indie Next and the American Library Association’s ‘Best Fiction for Young Adults.’
Makiia was raised on the beautiful Pacific island of Guam, located close to the equator. She holds degrees in journalism and library science, which have undoubtedly contributed to her success as a writer.
Now based in Portland, Oregon, Makiia lives with her family and continues to create masterful stories that transport readers to fascinating worlds filled with adventure, mystery, and wonder.
Year of the Reaper by Makiia Lucier is a meticulously crafted work of historical fiction that explores the complexities of love, loyalty, and sacrifice against the backdrop of a devastating rebellion in 19th century Ireland. Lucier’s writing is both eloquent and evocative, transporting readers to a time and place where the struggle for freedom and justice was all-consuming.
This is a book that will resonate with readers who enjoy immersive storytelling and richly-drawn characters. The story follows Cillian Hanlon, a young man who has been scarred by the brutality of British rule and the loss of his family.
When he is recruited by the Irish Republican Brotherhood to carry out a dangerous mission, he sees a chance to strike back at the oppressors who have taken everything from him. Along the way, he meets Brigid, a determined young woman who is also fighting for her people’s freedom.
Together, they must navigate a treacherous landscape of spies, traitors, and double-crosses, risking everything to achieve their goals. Lucier’s attention to detail is truly impressive, and she brings to life a cast of characters who are memorable and fully-realized.
Cillian is a particularly compelling protagonist, torn between his desire for vengeance and his sense of duty to his comrades. Brigid is equally well-drawn, a fierce and capable leader who refuses to be cowed by her enemies.
The secondary characters are also noteworthy, particularly Cillian’s mentor, the enigmatic and charming Michael Collins. As a work of historical fiction, Year of the Reaper is deeply informed by the political and social context of its time period.
Lucier does an excellent job of weaving in details about the conflict and its aftermath, grounding the story in a sense of historical significance. At the same time, though, the book never feels didactic or preachy; rather, the history serves to deepen the emotional resonance of the characters’ experiences.
The book is not without its flaws, however. At times, the pacing feels a bit sluggish, particularly in the early chapters.
Some of the secondary characters could also use a bit more development, particularly those on the British side of the conflict. Additionally, readers who are not already familiar with Irish history may find some of the terminology and references confusing.
Overall, though, Year of the Reaper is an impressive achievement. Lucier’s writing is both heartfelt and insightful, and her characters are fully-realized and memorable.
This is a book that will appeal to fans of historical fiction, as well as readers who enjoy stories of personal resilience and sacrifice. Highly recommended.
Score: 4 out of 5 stars.