The Sign Of The Symean

The Sign Of The Symean

A Kaira Renn Novel

R.A. Lindo

Jul 2018

292 pages, Kindle, paperback

Fantasy, Young Adult



The cover has a spookiness to it, as it should since it’s a picture representing another world or reality. The art very much reminds me of a much older style, 1950s-ish. I hope on the paperback version it looks a bit more lively.

This is the beginning of a set of adventures for a young girl, Kaira Renn, who lives with her father, Casper Renn, and her Aunt Phee . She knows there’s more to them than they say, but they won’t tell her anything. Until she eavesdrops one night. The next morning her father tells her it’s time for her to know the whole story. She finds out that her family is involved in a world of magic. Not just involved, but she discovers that her father is very well thought of and rather important in this society. Aunt Phee’s no slouch either, and she has a boyfriend! Kaira makes a couple of friends her own age on her first day of being introduced to the community of magical people, Jacob and Guppy Grayling, a brother and sister. Guppy and Kaira become close almost immediately. Their mother, Meyen Grayling, is not nice to them or anyone else. And she seems to resent Kaira’s father quite a bit. She also appears to be up to something sneaky. Mr. Renn is called into an urgent meeting as soon as he, Aunt Phee, and Kaira first arrive at the headquarters, so no one really has a close eye on the younger set. They get up to their own things, which the adults wouldn’t necessarily have approved of had they known what it was. Before Kaira can tell her father of their suspicions about Mrs. Grayling, they are swept off on a society journey with her father and Farraday, one of Mr. Renn’s associates and someone that Kaira considers almost family.

The author is writing about magic and fantasy, and yet it all seems perfectly reasonable and almost everyday sort of stuff. Of course, you can go to the jewelers, enter a door to a very long hallway and come out into another world. Perfectly reasonable. My elevator takes me to different buildings, doesn’t yours? And possibly to different worlds, too, if you’re not careful. The author seems to almost talk down the magic of the magic if you get what I mean. The wonder of it.

The main character, Kaira Renn, is well done. She’s done just right for a girl who has turned twelve. Guppy is the impulsive one in the trio. It does get her into trouble. Jacob tries to be the responsible one but doesn’t always succeed. The adults are rather shadowy figures in comparison to this group of three youngsters. They are really in the spotlight with the main focus definitely on Kaira and her early entry into their community, her “coming of age”.

The pace is brisk and keeps you wondering if these kids ever get a break. You have to pay attention so you don’t miss anything and keep up. They keep the adults around them running from one almost disaster to another to keep them out of trouble. With so much happening, the tension can’t be anything else but high all throughout the book right from the beginning when Kaira is first listening in on a conversation not meant for her ears. But at least that first time she’s only listening with her ears!

My one complaint is that the book ended rather abruptly right after the trio has discovered Jacob and Guppy’s mother is up to something bad and dangerous that Mr. Renn should know about and right after they take off on their journey. I know we’re being set up for the next book, but a smoother ending or more book would have been better, I think. This is only the first of a five-book series. I hope they aren’t all cliffhangers.

Recommended for Young Adults.

2 thoughts on “The Sign Of The Symean

Add yours

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Blog at

Up ↑

Deb's Art

Fiber, Fabric, Ceramic, Fiction, Website:

Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks

...of Books (Book Review Blog)

The Pondering Knitter

An honest search for happiness, fulfillment, and new projects

Knits and Rambles

A yarn journey

Myra Beth Knits

Procrasta-knitting at its finest


My adventures in making yarn, knitting, crocheting and other crafty goodness


just me, waffling on about knitting, crochet and life

Tin Can Knits

modern seamless knits for the whole family

Knitting in the Park

A blog about knitting, homemaking and creative living


Patterns, projects and techniques

The Ramblings of a Knitting Goddess

I knit. I laugh. I dream.

Eliza Vs. The World

Office worker by day; film & television reviewer, curly hair enthusiast, and lifestyle blogger by night (or whenever inspiration is nagging at the back of her head and won't shut up).

The Snowless Knitter

Adventures in life and knitting in a warm weather climate

Le Petit Saint Crochet

Sharing my thoughts about whimsical amigurumi, creative crochet, and running a handmade business.

the twisted yarn

Knitting, crochet, running, and silliness.

City Women & co

Wellbeing | Health | Lifestyle


Noli domo egredi, nisi librum habes – Never leave home without a book.


Award Winning UKYA Book Blogger, Book Reviews, Writing and Life

Just Nita

"A Positive Push"

The Art of Blogging

For bloggers who aspire to inspire

the Little Red Reviewer

Book Reviews: Scifi, Fantasy, and the stuff in between

The Bibliophagist

Reviewing young adult, new adult, and romance since 2013.

Just saying

A bored mum and wife with lots on her mind

must love reviews

Where books come to be loved

Itinerant Muse, L.L.C.

Content Writing & Proofreading Services

The Godly Chic Diaries



A land of ineptitude.

The Budding Ken

opening the mind and heart through poetry

Down the Rabbit Hole with Sir LeprechaunRabbit

Serious about Genealogy? Let this Olde Grey hare show you about


Learning how to live well with chronic illnesses.

Spellbound Librarian

A lover of magical books : Book reviews, and general book rambling


Garden of thoughts.


One Woman Army and A Dog

Readin' Under Street-Lamps

everything books, served with a side of sarcasm.

Uptown Oracle

Books, Beauty and Lifestyle.

Passionately Perusing

Librarian. Book blogger. Reader


The Day's Most Fascinating News


art. popular since 10,000 BC

Life in prison...

It certainly wasn’t on my bucket list but it happened! Here are my stories of what life is like for women in prison xoxo

The Bibliofile

Book Reviews, Books, Bestsellers, Literary Fiction

Life Has a Funny Way

Reviews of all the latest YA, Fantasy, Crime and Chic Lit novels

Quirky Reviews

Sleep is good, she said, and books are better


I only write what I'm inspired to, everything else seems mediocre

Charlie De Luca- Author

On life, writing and horses!


Exploring an Arts & Sciences Education


Book Reviews and More

%d bloggers like this: