Tuyo by Rachel Neumeier – A Review

Hi Guys! I’m back again with a review of Tuyo and I’m part of the blog tour hosted by Storytellers on Tour! Make sure you check out everyone else’s reviews here!

The blurb –

Raised a warrior in the harsh winter country, Ryo inGara has always been willing to die for his family
and his tribe. When war erupts against the summer country, the prospect of death in battle seems imminent. But when his warleader leaves Ryo as a sacrifice — a tuyo — to die at the hands of their ene-
mies, he faces a fate he never imagined.

Ryo’s captor, a lord of the summer country, may be an enemy . . . but far worse enemies are moving,
with the current war nothing but the opening moves in a hidden game Ryo barely glimpses, a game in
which all his people may be merely pawns. Suddenly Ryo finds his convictions overturned and his loy-
alties uncertain. Should he support the man who holds him prisoner, the only man who may be able to
defeat their greater enemy? And even if he does, can he persuade his people to do the same?

Rachel has a nice, easy writing style and this book felt like an older fantasy which was great for me! The whole premise reminded me of Raymond E Feists earlier Midkemia novels which are some of my favourites.

I really enjoyed the concept of enemies becoming friends (though I feel the author missed a trick slightly by there not being something more than friendship) and the trust that builds slowly between Tuyo and Lord Aras.

I did feel that Ryo made some silly decisions on occasion but they were mainly due to ingrained fear that he has of sorcery due to his peoples culture, but he was always very honest and honour bound which I really enjoyed.

This is an interesting story because the main focus of the story is very much on their characters and watching their friendship grow and develop rather than on the world building and magic systems – personally I would have loved to know even more about the magic system.

Overall, this was a very enjoyable read and I look forward to reading some of her other works!


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