Series Review : Records of the Ohanzee, Rachel S. Smith

“She had lost her parents, her possessions, and even her identity in the attack, her spirit had survived” ~ Rachel S. Smith, Reflection: Dragon’s Bane

Records of the Ohanzee

By: Rachel S. Smith

Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC

Length (combined): 923 pages

Rating: ☆☆☆☆

As of September 14th, 2017 this series contains 4 books


  1. Reflection: The Stranger in the Mirror

  2. Reflection: Harbinger of the Phoenix 

  3. Reflection: Thorn of the White Rose

  4. Reflection: Dragon’s Bane


Reflection: The Stranger in the Mirror

51zCYm5rs4L._SY346_An Heiress, an ancient prophecy, and a masquerade… 

Nerissa, the Heiress of Chiyo, prepares for the masquerade celebrating the twentieth anniversary of a thwarted assassination attempt on her family. Longing to be admired for herself and not her title, she arranges to switch costumes and enjoy the ball in blissful anonymity. But, when the fateful night finally comes, a prophetic warning of a second attack arrives too late, and the evening turns from revelry and romance to violence. After being pulled from the chaos by an enigmatic guardian, Nerissa learns that the Royal Family has been concealing a formidable secret for generations—and it is only one of many that are about to be revealed.

Reflection: Harbinger of the Phoenix

51x9XRiVToL._SY346_The masquerade is over and the masks have been removed. But not everyone’s true face has been revealed…

King Casimer of Marise has assassinated the Royal Family of Chiyo and usurped the throne. He doesn’t know that the Heiress of Chiyo, Nerissa, is still alive and has joined the Ohanzee, a group of guardians who have secretly protected the country for generations. Disguising herself as a young man, Nerissa seeks a way to depose Casimer and restore her country’s independence. An uncanny stroke of luck leads her to the mysterious seer Shae, who has discovered a fragment of an ancient prophecy warning of events that will bring about the end of civilization. And Casimer has already set some of those events into motion.

With the future of not only Chiyo, but all of Renatus at stake, Nerissa and her six Ohanzee companions set out on a journey in search of the remaining fragments, where they will find unlikely allies and uncover new enemies.

Reflection: Thorn of the White Rose

61GN-Ms6oIL._SY346_Beware of the spirit that guards the book in the cave.

After fending off an ambush by Senka operatives, Nerissa and her Ohanzee companions seek refuge in the mountain province of Rhea. With the drawbridges raised and the borders secure, they have left the Senka behind for now, but they may have traded one perilous situation for another. Although the third book is in Rhea, it has been hidden deep within an abandoned mine where it is protected by a cunning trap. Retrieving the book means facing both natural and supernatural threats, and Nerissa will learn that crystals hold power far greater than she ever imagined. Meanwhile, Desta, daughter of the renowned seer Shea, reveals that she has begun to have prophetic dreams of her own—and she is not the only member of the group with an awakening talent.

Reflection: Dragon’s Bane

51+acfElqbL._SY346_Not everything in the Records of the Ohanzee matches what is written in the history books.

Having learned the disturbing news that the fifth book has fallen into Casimer’s hands, Nerissa and the Ohanzee make their way to the city of Maze where the Festival of Flames is about to begin. They plan to rendezvous with Charis and retrieve a set of spirit crystals that are elements crucial to fulfilling the prophecy. But when a letter arrives in the middle of the night from an anonymous sender claiming to be the owner of the sixth book, the Ohanzee will discover there is far more going on in the city than just celebrations.


Honestly, when I first saw Book 1 Reflection: The Stranger in the Mirror, I thought this is a beautiful cover. It reminded me of The Winner’s curse, The Jewel or even the Selections series. While I enjoyed those reading they all lacked the depths in which you’ll find in the Records of Ohanzee. Masterfully sculpted the words in this book bring to you Chiyo and its demise brought onto to it by King Casimer. But from the ashes rises none other than the Heir Nerissa thought to have been brought down with her parents in the epic journey of not revenge but the restoration of what rightfully is her kingdom.

Rachel S. Smith has a vivid imagination that she successfully translated into word for your enjoyment.  She is able to set the scene with the utmost important details to be told but yet leaving room for your imagination to expand on the image. The dialogue is intriguing, witty, thoughtful and with the help of Eloc and Cole, it can be very comedic.

While traveling to try to find the 6 books that will expose the prophecy that will restore Nerissa her thrown, you watch a girl grow into the strong woman she was meant to be.

This book is more than what meets the eye. Yes….They are beautiful covers that draw you in, but the content inside will keep you wanting to stay in that realm.  As I stated before the author does a commendable job with this describing the setting, but what I find the most intriguing that the story does not just follow the point of view of one or two characters. Rachel S. Smith takes the character whose viewpoint adds the most depth to the story and continuously flow through the book in such a fashion. So while one chapter maybe from Nerissa POV the next could be from Desta of Charis. (Note the author so kindly denotes whom viewpoint you reading from at the beginning of each chapter).

I must say I thought I had this book figured out by the time I reached book 4 but you are definitely thrown for a twist. Well played with Rachel.

Another point I wanted to mentioned that I simply fell in love with and I wished more authors would follow suit is the list of Characters provided by the author. She classifies there who they are and what they are to the story.  Also listed in book 4 is the completed Prophecy. Which saved me the hassle of trying to search my kindle and read it in full. I was personally thankful for this because by the time they discovered 3 of the books I was scanning through trying to read them as a whole.

On a side note, I did two problems with this series. One being The reveal scene….I wish I could go into detail but I can’t. If you read the series you’ll understand 100% what I’m talking about. And lastly, I was under the impression that this was only 4 books in this series with it saying on Amazon Book 1 of 4 or corresponding book of, to my surprise, it seems another is in the works. with the last few pages of book 4 being a preview of Book 5. Records of the Ohanzee book 5 (untitled). Not really to upset with this. Kinda really excited.

Book 1 is available for free on Amazon (e-book). The whole series is offered on Kindle Unlimited. You have no reason not to read this book and support this author. *

Now to figure out how long I have to wait for book 5.


*I don’t know how long this is available for but as of the date of this post this is available. I hope that you had the chance at this offer.





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  1. Thank you so much for such a thoughtful, well-written review! I’m glad that you enjoyed the story. ☺️ It was hard to keep that last twist a secret for so long! (And there are more coming in the future too. 😈) I also wish that Amazon would allow authors to designate the number of books intended for a series, but unfortunately the number only shows the number of books currently published rather than the number planned. It has confused me on other series I read as well.

    PS-Book 5 will begin the Revenant story arc, which will have 3 books total and be written more like a traditional series (i.e., they will not be serialized like the first story arc). Because of this, the books will each be a bit longer than before. I’m still writing, so there’s no release date set yet, but I’ll be sure to share when there is one! ❤️


    1. Darn that Amazon. I look forward to reading more of your work and will try to patiently wait for the rest to be released. Truly was a remarkable series and I wish for all the best to come of it. I don’t remember how I stumbled upon Book 1 but it is one of my favorite stumbles to date.

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      1. I love the feeling of unexpectedly stumbling across a great book! Hearing that my books gave you the same experience really makes my night. ❤️ I’m working as quickly as I can on book 5! Do you happen to be on Instagram as well? I post there daily with book recommendations and discussions, as well as periodic trivia/updates/promo info my books too. 😊


    1. Thank you George. This is a great series, there are more books to follow in the series and I’m on pin and needle waiting to get back into Chiyo as the author has created a beautiful world for us to live in even if it is temporary


  2. Great review. I don’t read much anymore but you’ve left me intrigued. The story appears to be very interesting. You give enough for people to want more.


  3. Thanks so much for the review; I’ve been eyeing book number 1 for a couple of days now, and I think you’ve convinced me to grab the series! Sounds really good!


  4. You’ve totally sold me on these books in this series! Yikes, I’m really afraid to pick them up, as I know I will be up all night reading them and won’t be able to put them down. I, too, appreciate when authors give voices to different characters and let them take over various chapters so you (reader) really gets to see the characters’ insights. Great reviews.


    1. Once you read book one Stranger in the mirror, you’ll have to finish the rest because you will be so engulfed in the world that was created.


  5. I keep looking for reviews and recommendations for good reads as I have never been lucky with picking books and stumbling into an amazing books, so this is the only way for me. Great review, Guess I will try this one.


    1. I will admit it took me longer to finishes this series than I would have like only because life happens. and 4 kids don’t always make for the most predictable life. I say that all together I finished this series in 2 weeks.

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  6. I been trying to finish a book i recently bought but with no luck! How do you finish reading the whole series? It’s impressive! If you have a post about how you into reading, I would love to read.


    1. I plan on post one in the near future on how it is I fit reading into my everyday life of being a Mother of 4. I hope you’ll be able to catch it.


  7. My attention was on the book covers too! I couldn’t really make out the genre of the novels based on your synopsis. Is this considered romance? Thriller or fantasy? I usually like to have that in mind before indulging into the world!


    1. I’d say it falls mostly under fantasy, but not like unicorns and fairies style of fantasy… There is a touch of romance but it is not the prominent story line more like an underlying storyline.


  8. I am going to have to put these books on my reading list! I am so excited to be graduating law school so I can read a book besides a law book!


  9. So glad that you shared this book with us! My two favorite types of books to read are memoirs as well as books that are part of a series. You surely have a spectacular description and review and I will definitely be checking this series out soon!


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