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Saturday, January 9, 2021

Book Review and Giveaway -Nomad Author: RJ Anderson On Tour with Celebrate Lit


About the Book

Book:  Nomad

Author: RJ Anderson

Genre: Christian YA, Fairytale, Fantasy

Cast into exile, she must return to free her people.

Banished from her underground home by Betony, the queen of the Cornish piskeys, young Ivy sets out to forge a new life for herself in the world above. But a deadly threat lingers in the mine, and Ivy cannot bear to see her people suffer while Betony refuses to believe. Somehow she must convince the queen to let them go.

Her mission only becomes more complicated when Ivy starts to dream of the ancient battles between her ancestors and the spriggan folk. Who is the strange boy in her visions? Could her glimpses of his past help Ivy find a new home for her fellow piskeys?

To find the answers, Ivy must outfly vicious predators, outwit cunning enemies, and overcome her own greatest fears. And when evil threatens the people Ivy loves best, it will take all her courage, faith, and determination to save them.


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About the Author

Born in Uganda to missionary parents, RJ. (Rebecca Joan) Anderson is a women’s Bible teacher, a wife and mother of three, and a bestselling fantasy author for older children and teens. Her debut novel Knife has sold more than 120,000 copies worldwide, while her other books have been shortlisted for the Nebula Award, the Christy Award, and the Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Science Fiction. Rebecca lives with her family in Stratford, Ontario, Canada.


More from R.J. Anderson

Fear of change. Fear of an unknown future. Fear of failure, loss or regret. What fears keep you from doing what you know you should do, or being the person you ought to be?
In Nomad, the second book of the Flight and Flame trilogy, my heroine Ivy is forced to make a new life for herself after being exiled by Betony, her people’s proud and stubborn queen. Though all Ivy ever wanted was to help her people, Betony refuses to believe that the piskeys of the Delve are in danger — because to do so would mean not only questioning her own beliefs and prejudices, it would force her people to change their entire way of life.
But though Ivy is brave enough to stand up for the truth and even adapt to the strange new world she’s thrust into, she has her own fears to overcome in the course of this story. Fear of vulnerability, of unworthiness, and of making mistakes hold Ivy back as she struggles to find a way to save her friends and family. She’s only one young woman, with few allies and very little power. How can she make a difference?
Just as Moses begged God not to send him to confront Pharaoh and free the Israelites because he didn’t think he was eloquent or impressive enough, Ivy finds it hard to believe her fellow piskeys will ever listen to or believe her. The hard lesson she has to learn is that courage doesn’t come from being tough and self-confident, it comes from caring about something bigger than yourself. Not until the people she loves most are in danger does Ivy cast off her fears and take the bold steps needed to save them — but by then it may be too late.
It’s easy to get trapped by our own uncertainties and insecurities, and let fear rule our actions. Only when we take our eyes off our own frailty and act out of faith in God and love for others can we become all we were meant and made to be… and the longer we delay, the more others may suffer for it. Can we pray together for strength to start doing what’s right in our homes, our neighbourhoods and our churches, no matter how unqualified we feel to do it?
Nomad is the second step of Ivy’s journey to save her fellow piskeys and find her true calling. If you’ve enjoyed Swift and this novel, you can look forward to the final book Torch in February 2021!
— R.J. Anderson

My Thoughts

Nomad By R. J. Anderson is a Christian YA, Fairytale, Fantasy book. It is book two in the Flight and Flame Triology series. I have read the first book in the series. You can find my review: HERE. I again read this book with my 9 year old son. While we were introduced to a whole new set of terms in book 1 - we did not have as much as a problem following along with book 2. We return to see Ivy has now been exiled out of her underground home.  She is exiled by Betony,  who is the jealous queen of the piskeys. Colton, my 9 year old told me that he did not think that it was fair that Betony kicked Ivy out. He thought it was sad that she was asked to leave the only place that she has ever known. Ivy is now forced to live in a whole different world. 

One of the things we love about Ivy is the determination to make it work with the new challanges. She has grown a lot more since book one - which we enjoyed reading about. While Ivy has been exiled, she still wants to help the people that she left behind. She hates seeing them suffer. Ivy's continuation of the story throws us into a journey. A journey where she is trying to warn those left behind and how they are not wanting to hear it. It's crazy how quickly they are brainwashed to think she is the evil one. (As stated in my review of the first book - this opens up a great conversation on how it relates to our current world) My son and I really enjoyed this book. I am excited to read book 3!

The audience that this is geared toward is 9 and up. I do not think my 7 year old would enjoy this book. My 9 year old was able to read along with me. He enjoyed the characters. He said that he wants to hear more of Martin's story. The storyline is intriguing and engaging. 

I received a copy of this book through the Celebrate Lit Blogging Program. All thoughts are my own. 

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To celebrate her tour, R.J. is giving away the grand prize package of a three bookmarks, two blank-inside notecards with envelopes featuring artwork by Kirk DouPonce and Rory Kurtz, a postcard with character art by Nicole Deal, a sample of custom book-related tea, and a copy of SWIFT or NOMAD!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


  1. I'm so happy to hear you and Colton enjoyed the book, Connie! Thanks for your thoughtful review!

    1. We've really been enjoying the series :) Thank you for touring it with Celebrate Lit! We can't wait to read the 3rd book!

  2. Based on your review alone, I just went to Amazon and bought the first two books. Can't wait to read them!!