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In a land where magic has been completely wiped-out and destroyed, the last thing Aurella hates to be called is a witch. But when she accidentally casts a spell, bullying is the last thing she's concerned about. Forced to hide her true nature, Aurella embarks on a journey to find the one place where she might survive in peace, Rashtica. But her hopes of reaching it quickly unravel, and she's in more danger than she ever imagined she could be.
There is so much to love about this magical world. The author does a terrific job of creating a place which is familiar enough to feel a bit like home, while staying fantastical enough to allow dreams to take flight. There are enough details to bring everything to life without bogging down the pace. It's a great introduction to a world, which can easily support the adventures of an entire series.
Aurella is a lovely character. She's a bit too mature for a twelve-year-old but, that aside, the age enables other facets of the story to unfold nicely. She's kind and daring but not quite perfect, making her easy to cheer for the whole way through. Her age allows the beautiful friendship with a slightly older Mavic to form without a wave of drama, which probably would have happened had she been older. The friendship between the two was my favorite part of the story. They are opposites in many ways, and it's exactly this that creates the perfect balance. The dialogue and interaction between the two keeps the story moving along and makes both very sympathetic.
A vast variety of characters is introduced as the plot unfolds, each one adding a new facet and layer. It was a treat to meet each one and watch how the story thickened with each new personality. The side characters aren't simply thrown in, but have their own small histories and importance. It's a fun adventure, but never overly simple. And the magical aspects add a nice twist.
I can't wait to see where the adventure goes from here.
I received a complimentary copy and enjoyed it so much that I wanted to leave my honest thoughts.
It's always interesting to read a book about some sort of magical person like a witch or warlock or wizard or whatever and to see how the author interprets their magical abilities. What does their magic consist of and how do they actually physically do their magic? I thought this author's take on the magic of witches and warlocks was really creative. There were rules in places which stayed consistent throughout. That's always key in a fantasy tale. A reader can understand that magic takes place in the realm in which the story takes place, but the rules of how the magic works need to stay consistent and make sense with each other if it's to make sense.
I was really surprised how much I ended up caring for the fate of the characters. I was kind of shocked near the end, but I won't give out any spoilers. Anyways, I got hooked and was really interested in finding out what would happen to all of the characters. And, it was left open at the end for the possibility of more books. I would definitely read any more the author would write about Aurella and Mavic.
Her only chance is to find the fabled Rashtica where magic users have a safe haven, if it even exists.
The characters all had a life of their own though Aurella seems a bit advanced for 12 and I think should have possibly been placed in her mid-teens. However, the age prevented there being any bogged down relationship drama which can all too often be wrapped up in a story like this.
Outside of that, it was lighthearted and fun to read. In fact, at times it was downright hilarious while not losing the suspense that Aurella's very life was in danger. The pacing could be a bit slow at times, but with all of the world building put into this, I can see why "book 1" is labeled across the front and could see not only a trilogy but spinoffs also set in the same world if Sezate plays her cards right.
The characters were great too. Mavic was an orphan and always getting into fights but he was not a bad person he just stood up for himself and Little Aurella. I loved the friendship between the two. It was one of those opposites make for better friends and it works. The other characters add a diverse and fun addition and the more characters the author introduced the more interesting the book became.
This is a fun beginning to what [promises to be a fun series.