Sela by Jackie Gamber review


I had just finished Sela and all I wanted to do was write my review and tell everyone how much I loved Sela Redheart. Sadly nothing coherent came to mind other than gushy babble so I sat back and thought on it some. Pretty much all I can come up with still is gushy babble.

Jackie holds a special place in my heart with her book Redheart being the first that I was asked to review by a publisher. It was totally when I hit the big time. Shut up people I’m allowed to believe my own hype.

Charming, sweet YA fantasy. The kind of book someone young would love and equally loved by someone old and cranky like me. In fact the cranky went out the window and I sat there with a smile on my face.

I enjoyed Redheart very much and Sela does a great job of furthering the story while standing on it’s own. While reading I kept thinking how I wanted to reread the whole series once I had them all. I so hope the third will be coming soon. Jackie please hurry 🙂

Sela like Redheart is about a young woman on a journey of self discovery. It’s hard not to compare the two books having read the first but I can see how new readers would enjoy Sela on it’s own but really why miss out? Start the series and then finish it whole. You will not be disappointed. Jackie weaves a tale that is fantastical and yet one that has characters that pull you in and you cheer for, so easy to relate and yet be amazed by.

Redheart being my first intro to Seventh Star Press I feel almost bad saying this but I liked this one even more. I loved the familiar characters as well as the new, they all blended so well to create a tale that is a must read.

Jackie is an author under appreciated I think. She doesn’t write fluffy teen books about beautiful boys and sassy teen girls who have it all or get it all she writes instead about young people who have the strength to stand on their own feet and take what life throws at them be it a dragon sullen and withdrawn or not being comfortable in your own skin and setting out to find your way. She writes beautiful and capable characters. I can’t recommend her enough and wish everyone had a copy of her Leland series on their shelf.

Boys and girl you’re missing out on an excellent author if you’ve yet to read a Jackie Gamber novel.

Peace was fleeting. Vorham Riddess, Venur of Esra Province, covets the crystal ore buried deep in Leland’s mountains. His latest device to obtain it: land by marriage to a Leland maiden. But that’s not all.

Among Dragonkind, old threats haunt Mount Gore, and shadows loom in the thoughts of the Red who restored life to land and love. A dragon hunter, scarred from countless battles, discovers he can yet suffer more wounds.

In the midst of it all, Sela Redheart is lost, driven from her home with only her old uncle to watch over her. As the dragon-born child of Kallon, the leader of Leland’s Dragon Council, she is trapped in human form with no understanding of how she transformed, or how to turn back.

Wanderers seek a home, schemes begin to unfurl, and all is at risk as magic and murder, marriage and mystery strangle the heart of Esra. A struggle for power far older and deeper than anyone realizes will leave no human or dragon unaffected.

In a world where magic is born of feeling, where the love between a girl and a dragon was once transformative, what power dwells in the heart of young Sela?



  1. I’ve read books that made me want to gush when I wrote the reviews. I’d spend way longer than I should writing and re-writing the review, deleting it all because I couldn’t do the book justice, and then just hitting “publish” because I couldn’t fix my botched job of a review.

    This book sounds like it’s exactly something I would enjoy! Thx for sharing.
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