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The Order of the Eternal Sun: A Novel of the Sylvani (Novels of the Sylvani Book 2) Kindle Edition
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Lately, her arcana had developed to the point of taking over her drawings, she was determined to remain in control. While concentrating on her debut, she begins to sketch the throne room in detail and all the many people in attendance. Suddenly, she was drawn into a new scene beyond her control. She was drawn out of her body into Buckingham Palace and man of Eastern influence catches her eye. As he approaches, a small voice calls to her. It is her young two year old niece Issie. Her spirit, gratefully, returns to her body and bedroom. She cannot low her arcana to control her as it did her sister years before. Her sister nearly died. However, the lack of control had never happened to her before...even more shocking, Izzie was able to see the too!
At her ball, on the outside terrace, the man from inside error drawing was there! How could this be?
From that point on the intrigue, mystery, action, and romance increases. Her maternal grandmother living in a other realm becomes an important "player" in this saga. Lucy is faced with difficult choices...ones which could alienate her from the ones she loves. She discovers dangers which may ultimately end her mortal life.
This book can be read as a "stand alone" but I feel I would have a greater appreciation for It if I had read the first one. Still, it was captivating and the characters the characters all "came to life " and the scenes were easily visualized. The book title and cover erected chosen well except Lucy has very blond hair. The girl on the cover is depicted with brown, almost Auburn, hair .
*This book was gifted me, but that does not influence my honest review.
I deem this novel worthy of a Four and a Half Stars rating.
On the surface, The Order of the Eternal Sun felt a little run-of-the-mill. After all, you have a young female protagonist who is coming of age and has new powers she's still learning to control, there's a love interest and another potential love interest (both very young and handsome), dangerous enemies who are after her (and her family), an overbearing/overprotective father-figure and an old mentor who steps into the picture.
And yet, Leake makes it fresh and exciting. Lucy is no shrinking lily - she's half Sylvanian with dangerous enemies after her and a growing power she's still learning to control but she's not sitting around freaking about it. She's taking decisive action, mostly rational, though sometimes too trusting - like any eighteen year old tends to be when they're in love (or at least when they think they are).
Alexander starts off as an enigma. Leake masterly fills you in with pieces of his history so you think you know his motives and yet at the same time, you're left confused - as confused as Lucy - because you can't tell if he is good or bad. You want him to be good, because you don't want Lucy to be hurt, but at the same all information points the other way and you think that she's being overly naive and trusting.
Because she's a teen and I suppose this is YA fantasy (maybe?) there's a love triangle and whilst I'm tired of this, it was quite well set up and not simply a sappy girl who can't make up her mind.
The Sylvanian world is well-constructed. You're drawn into a place of wonder and excitement. It feels as if Leake has created a real world with very real rules and consequences. The only thing I really want to know is why those with lesser Sylvan blood (such as Lucy's niece) seems to be growing stronger powers than their full-blooded or half-blooded Slyvanian relatives - it's something not quite explained in the book, and something the Queen also wants to find out, so I'm guessing this might be the topic (or at least the driving force) of the next story set in this wonderful world.
One slight detraction - from a story set in the 1800s Victorian English, most of the events of the story felt like it was set in the right period. However, some phrases used and spoken expressions felt a little too modern. Then again, I'm not an expert on the period, so I can't say for sure.
I should probably get round to finding the first book (because it appears there is one called Arcana, in which exciting things happen to Lucy's older sister).
Note: I received a digital ARC of this book for review via Edelweiss.