MY RATING: ★★★☆☆
The blurb from Goodreads in a sentence : However, the day she spots a brown-robed stranger with a magical staff in a neighbor’s field is the day she also discovers Aerisia, a magical land beyond Earth’s sunset.Here in Aerisia, Hannah is believed to be the Artan, a legendary heroine prophesied to deliver Aerisia from the Dark Powers.
WHAT I LIKE ABOUT THIS BOOK
- The World Building. Definitely the best aspect ! The author has done her research to find inspirations in mythology. You’ll find creatures such as fairies and humanoids. And as with any good world building, it is as ugly, as it is beautiful. Which means there are frightening creatures as well as enchanting ones!
- Hannah’s fashion and other character’s looked amazing in my head; you even have a glimpse of it on the beautiful cover !
- The romance was pretty good ! 🙂 I loved Illgard’s personality and character. Mysterious, quiet, calm, patient and endurance are some of the best qualities in a character.
WHY A 3 STARS
- The storyline. Maybe it’s just me, but I found that the prophecy heroin story arc is quite repetitive and redundant. Also, I think the writing needed some sharpening and editing. There were some typos but I didn’t mind that. However, the descriptions were all over the place. The first chapters were really slow and too much unnecessary details kind of ruined the mood.
- Hannah’s dialogue. Normally, it is through their narration and dialogues that we discover the character, their development and see if we can connect with them. Hannah, the main character, didn’t make the cut. She is supposed to be a college student but she sounded more like a 11-12 years old to me. And I thought that was her age until it mentioned her real age in the middle of the book.
- Since the beginning, we are introduced to an Evil Force and it kept repeating that Hannah is their savior. But we never know where, how, what that Evil does exactly until the very end. It’s good to keep the suspense to the right amount but this was another level haha. I know this book is the first in a series but you shouldn’t keep the reader in the dark about an aspect that you mention once every 10 pages or so. Then, just push them to read the sequels just to discover what is the Artan, who’s the Evil force.
WOULD I RECOMMEND IT ?
YES. I still recommend it for people who enjoy a light fantasy story, who doesn’t mind typos and a novel targeting a younger audience (middle grades and even younger). I recognize my rating for fantasy stories might be harsh sometimes because I have read a lot of books. For a good fantasy book to standout it should have a lot of plot twists and unusual story arcs to impress me.
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Thank you to the author for giving me a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.