Meadowcity by Liz Delton is agrounded fantasy with a well thought-out world that feels real. It willappeal to young adults and adults who enjoy adventure. Sylvia is a young Rider who returns to her home of Meadowcity with an unread message forthe Governor. The message is a threat of war if they don't willinglysurrender. Since war hasn't existed for centuries, Sylvia doesn'tunderstand how to react to the potential takeover. With the arrival ofan injured stranger, Sylvia realizes that the dangers at home may beworse than the lions and wolves lurking in the forest. She's given thetask of escorting the stranger home with the help of a Hunter, and hasto face the reality that war has already begun.
Liz Delton creates a fantasy world that pulls away from the idea ofmagical creatures and fairies, but it's not lacking in magic. Deltonmasterfully introduces us to Sylvia, her family, and the rules of theworld without bogging you down with too much information. The characters are grounded and realistic. The dread of war is present, but it doesn't overwhelm the story. Delton blends a peaceful utopia with aspects of afantasy novel while hinting at the possibility of science fiction. Theworld of Meadowcity is engaging, creative, and delightful. Delton crafts characters to care about and a story that pulls you along for thejourney. The war scenes don't become graphic and are easy to read, butthe horror of it is described through emotional details. This is astrong opening to the Arcera series!