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Hunt (Freya Snow Book 1) Kindle Edition
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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Amber is essential to the story of Freya Snow, a girl who was born right before her mother died. Lily bound Amber to Freya as a protector and teacher.
Freya awoke the familiar sound of her sister screaming.
Although not sisters in a biological sense, Freya and Alice have been sisters in the foster system in England. Alice is the only of the two diagnosed as autistic. Alice’s autism is so obvious that mental health professionals are unable to deny it. Freya is another matter. She falls into my category, and, therefore, it was obvious to me that her suspicion that she is also autistic is true. They are the only people who take each other’s hang-ups seriously and know that meltdowns are not tantrums.
She was quiet, bright, and didn’t cause trouble for those looking after her. That was enough for everyone to overlook her trouble making friends, her obsessive nature, and her feeling faint in crowded spaces as “quirks”. It was only because of Alice that Freya recognized a lot of her behaviour as stemming from autistic traits.
Freya also happens to be the Hero of "Hunt". In typical Hero style, Freya is an orphan, at the cusp of discovering her magic and acts as a magnet for powerful people. Apparently, she has little say over her life.
“I don’t know, getting fostered kind of loses its “special day” status once you get past the tenth time.”
Alice and Freya are about to be parted from each other. Alice has been found by her aunt and Freya will be going to the Big city. Well, larger than the town she is currently living in. She does not expect much of the new family or of the new school. Her expectations will be met but they will also prove invalid. Past experiences do not have to predict the future. She will get a friend. One who is not put off by her behaviour and that friendship sets all sorts of things into motion.
"Hunt" was well-written. Not great, but fun. I liked it enough to get the next book in line, and "White"‘s writing was much better. Again, it was freaking amazing to read about a supernatural Aspie girl. Talk about breaking stereotypes. Thank you L.C. Mawson.
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I do read self-pub now and then, and this was definitely on the higher end of self-pub books, because it catered more to the things I like without being preachy. The story is straightforward with a few interesting leads that don't all get resolved in this volume. Based on the prologue and the flashbacks, I would guess this story is just one in a very large continuum of stories, and that Freya's mom and allies of the magical world have their own sagas and series the author could write. However my lack of this extra knowledge did not hinder me from understanding this story, which is critical when taking just a piece out of a larger story-world pie.
That being said, I wish there was just a bit more world building in this book. Amber didn't want to spill all the magical universe beans to Freya, but a bit more background on the different magical worlds (there's like 7, if I recall) and the variety of creatures living there would have been nice.
The prose was decent and not overly cliche, which cannot be said for many self-pubs. The only grammar/spelling errors I saw were a double quotation mark when the author clearly meant to put in an apostrophe. I liked the spareness of the prose. The novel is easy to follow and understand because of that.
My favorite character was Alice. I was expecting Freya's thoughts about possibly being on the autism spectrum to play a bigger role, as it seemed to imply in the description, but the character that most of the autism discussion focused on was Alice. She was very relatable and unique. She seemed like a fully developed character. I hope she gets to play a larger role in the next installment.
Overall, this was a readable and interesting self-pub book. It took me about half a day to read. There were magic fights, not too much romance, good friendship and unique characters. If you're looking for genre fiction about characters with autism, I recommend this book.
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