Friday, February 5, 2021

The Talented Trilogy by Rachel Rossano - Book Tour + Giveaway

Seventh Born
The Talented Book 1
by Rachel Rossano
Genre: Christian Fantasy

In a world where seventh born sons are valued for their strength and power, she is born a daughter.

Zezilia Ilar is the disappointment. Born after six brothers, she was supposed to be the son to restore her family’s prestige. She intends to remedy her shortcomings by being a dutiful daughter, marrying well and producing children, preferably a set of seven sons. But when someone offers her an alternative, she begins to dream of more.

In a society that worships a goddess, he follows the Almighty.

Hadrian Aleron, as a seventh son of a seventh son, stands to take up the second highest position in government, Sept Son. His main qualification for office is his birth. Despite preparing for this role from childhood, he does not desire what is to come. As a follower of the Almighty, he knows he will be the target of many, and his faith might eventually lead to death.

SEVENTH BORN is first in a series of three books.

The Defender
The Talented Book 2

Zezilia Ilar joins the sept son's entourage as a defender. Her growing Talent ability makes her a target for the Elitists, and her gender makes people question her competence. She must protect the sept son.

 Any mistake could be fatal.

Hadrian Aleron always knew his beliefs would cause trouble, but he didn't realize how much. Rebels are rising. He could lose his title, his position, and if he's not careful, his life. As the assassination attempts grow bolder, Hadrian must rely upon his young defender and their shared faith in the Almighty to keep him from faltering.

The Defender is the second in a trilogy. Reading Seventh Born first is recommended.

Living Sacrifice
The Talented Book 3

Separated, but still joined, they strive for freedom.

Left behind at the sept son's compound, Zezilia Ilar struggles with the after effects of her prolonged commisceo-link with Hadrian. She devotes herself to caring for the wounded arriving almost daily from the battlefields. Pressed to perform procedures and make decisions far beyond her training, Zez grows in confidence and skill. All the while, she wonders if she'll see Hadrian again, fearing the worst possible news will arrive any day.

Sept Son Hadrian Aleron fights to bring peace to his home nation. Allied with the new high king, he and a small army of Talented struggle to retake the capital city. Elitists, though scattered, continue to pick off the strongest of his men. As he battles the remnants of the commisceo-link and tries to organize the campaign, he begins losing himself to exhaustion. Only a miracle will keep him alive. 

Living Sacrifice is the third in a trilogy. Reading  Seventh Born and The Defender first is recommended.

Balancing Different Types of Relationships

By Rachel Rossano

The world of The Talented trilogy is a very densely populated. Between two main characters with six siblings each, Hadrian’s multitudes of aides and helpers, Zez’s associates, and their joint friends, the pages burst with people. Because of this, writing these books has been a delicate act of balancing different types of relationships.

Family –

Zez’s relationship with her family is more complex than Hadrian’s relationship with his thanks to her father’s great disappointment in her gender and the fact she isn’t the seventh born son. Her mother is distant emotionally and physically. Her brothers range from absentmindedly affectionate to downright hostile. Thankfully, she doesn’t interact with most of them very often. Only Renato, one of the absentmindedly affectionate ones, keeps close enough to interfere in her life regularly.

Hadrian keeps close tabs on most of his family via his Sept Son connections. Since he is responsible for overseeing their work assignments as defenders. Still, he rarely gets to see them since his duties take up so much of his time and effort. Of all of his brothers, Selwyn is the most frequent visitor, dropping in to harass or annoy his little brother.

Friends –

Both Zez and Hadrian have friends who play various roles in their lives. During the first novel, Zez befriends Candra, the daughter of her mentor, but that relationship doesn’t last through the strain of Zez moving into service as a defender. The friendship that does survive that transition is the one she maintains with Selwyn, Hadrian’s older brother. It is a big brother to little sister friendship, but much better than her relationship with her brothers. In Living Sacrifice, Zez has her first real friendship with a woman of a similar age. Both Ariana and Zez lead unconventional lives and are caught in a tough spot midst the chaos of war. The women bond when Zez extends kindness to Ariana when everyone else in their community shuns her. For the first time, Zez takes on the role of the protector and mentor to Ariana. In return, she gains a steadfast friend.

Hadrian maintains many friendships throughout the series. Korneli, a childhood friend who is more of a brother, is a regular companion. His frequently flippant attitude balances Hadrian’s tendency to be too serious. Another close friend is Hadrian’s brother Selwyn. When I need someone to get in Hadrian’s face and confront him on something he is doing wrong, Selwyn is always happy to do that. As Hadrian’s older brother, he thinks he has the right to be bossy when needed.

Co-workers –

Although neither Hadrian or Zez have conventional jobs like you or I, they do have a group of people they interact with regularly in their “workplace.” For Zez, a frequent associate though all three books is an older man named Plantonio. The two of them argue over Zez’s role and responsibilities. Plantonio appears to think of Zez a daughter to be protected as they serve together.

Hadrian’s main co-worker is his right-hand man, Renato, who also happens to be Zezilia’s brother. The two of them are constantly at odds as Renato tries to stay one step ahead of Hadrian’s workaholic tendencies. A mutual respect grows between them, but that doesn’t mean Renato doesn’t spend most of the time annoyed at his superior.

Friends to more –

The core relationship of this whole series has been between Zezilia and Hadrian. They began the trilogy as friends, distant and disconnected from each other, their connection was mainly Hadrian’s task of overseeing her training. By the second novel, they are embarking on the beginning of their time working together. Bonding over their experiences as strong Talents, their friendship grows midst the adversity. By the end of the book, they have potential to be much more than friends, but Hadrian puts a stop to that by leaving her behind as he rides off at the high king’s side. I can’t speak too much about the third book without giving away spoilers, but I can say, Hadrian grows to regret that decision.

All of these relationships are intertwined. They enhance and balance out the story. The characters and the story depend on these relationships. Without them, the story would not have the depth that it does.


Rachel Rossano is a happily married mother of three children. She spends her days teaching, mothering, and keeping the chaos at bay. After the little ones are in bed, she immerses herself in the fantasy worlds of her books. Tales of romance, adventure, and virtue set in a medieval fantasy world are her preference, but she also writes speculative fantasy and a bit of science fiction.

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