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Action, adventure, and thrilling escapades make "The Quest" a standout read! Once Thya and her team begin their trek into the Outlands, the suspense never stops. Readers will be delighted with Karina Kantas' world building,
"A compelling third-person narrative which draws you in from the start and refuses to let go."
Heartache, difficult choices, and revelations are paramount in this journey of self-discovery as Thya attempts to do what is expected of her by her people. Monsters and magic combine with hardships and action to deliver an enjoyable and engaging fantasy.
Read the full review here - readersfavorite.com/book-review/the-quest/2
- ASIN : B07NNZJ2J1
- Publisher : Asteri Press (February 11, 2019)
- Publication date : February 11, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 767 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 241 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,648,976 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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Karina Kantas builds a world around a mysterious people with unique rules and governing stones. The Quest completes the tale, but I wish there was more. The characters discover secrets that keep this novel moving quickly and enticing the reader to keep reading.
Illusional Reality made an excellent introduction to author Karina Kantas’ unique new world of Tsinia. Readers were introduced to the Tsinians with their peaceful lifestyle and their eloquent speech; Thya and Alkazar’s romance and the difficulties they faced as they tried to be together; and the battle of good versus evil as Thya fought to save her subjects. Much was introduced; however, it left readers wanting to know more. Now, a new story awaits as The Quest marks the exciting conclusion of author Kantas’ young adult fantasy romance duology. With adventure and unpredictable twists and turns, it is sure to surprise and entertain until the final page.
Kantas’ knack for worldbuilding continues and strengthens as she journeys outside of the kingdom of Tsinia and delves into classic fantasy settings such as deserts, swamps, forests, castles, dungeons, and more. This makes for a memorable journey with the characters and gives Kantas’ series much more of a fantasy feel than the first installment. The seemingly cliché plot points do not appear as often as the first and the ones that do appear are, of course, tweaked to create a somewhat new and enjoyable experience for the readers just like the first. The story flows at a smooth and quick pace, making the readers want to see where the journey will continue with each passing chapter.
An excellent new addition that will satisfy any fantasy lover is the introduction of fantasy creatures. These were not truly introduced in Illusional Reality, though some were perhaps mentioned at times. What The Quest offers is not the average golden dragon here or mystical snow white unicorn there, but all new fantastical beasts, showing Kantas’ creative talent. Only a handful are introduced, but when they do make an appearance, Kantas goes into such amazing detail that readers will be able to see every inch of the creatures within their minds.
As far as characters go, readers will come across familiar faces from the first book and will be introduced to new ones as the sequel progresses. While it was tricky at times to keep track of the many characters in Illusional Reality, The Quest offers only a handful of new characters readers will follow, making it easier to remember who is who. Kantas has also taken the time to carefully develop each of her new characters while developing familiar characters on a much deeper scale. Thya is, once again, a powerhouse woman and has most certainly become stronger in this story, though Kantas has thrown a new curveball at her readers regarding Thya’s character. The only way to find out what this new surprise is… is to read The Quest.
The Quest marks the end of Kantas’ young adult fantasy romance duology, adding even more adventure and fantasy into her world and concluding on a satisfying note. The sequel will capture the audience’s attention even more so than the first and brings what seemed to be missing from the series as a whole. Though this duology would have been even more entertaining as a trilogy to give readers even more of a background on the world’s history as well as other aspects of the story and some of the characters, readers will be content with how the story ends. Perhaps Kantas will create a spinoff series or perhaps some short stories about some of the historical aspects of Tsinia and the wide fantastical world surrounding it. Until we find out, readers are encouraged to finish Illusional Reality, if they haven’t already, so that they may begin reading The Quest as soon as possible.
**Originally published on my blog Roll Out Reviews on May 19, 2019**
While this book is part deux in the series, it can be read on its own as the author gives a good recap of events within the first chapter so no one will feel lost or left out if they decided to skip ahead to this book.
I'm giving this book a rating of 4/5 stars. It paces itself much better than its predecessor and it was much easier for me to relate to the characters on this go around. Thiya is a strong and independent woman capable of making some very important and profound decisions that will affect the fate of her people. The story itself is more focused on the journey and the task of fulfilling the prophecy and saving lives than the previous book, which I found more preferable. The world building and character development are solid and relatable.
I received a free copy from the author and voluntarily chose to review it.
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Book Title: The Quest
Subtitle: (Illusional Reality #2)
Author: Karina Kantas
Part of a series? Yes
Order in series: 2
Best read after earlier books in series? Can be read as stand-alone
I scored this book 5/5
⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Short Summary of the book:
Not having read the first book in the series (yet), I jumped in at a point where we can all pick up the story. Meet Haty, a young girl adopted shortly after birth. However, Haty is not who or what she seems. In fact, she is Thya, princess of Tsinia. In the book, Thya is called back to save her subjects. Will she succeed? Follow her during her journey of self-discovery and the many adventures she encounters.
What I liked about the book:
The book was fast-paced and full of twists and turns. We learn a lot about life in Tsinia and its people. The world-building is great and it kept you turning the pages.
What I didn’t like about the book:
What is there not to like? Other than wanting to know what happens next.
My favourite bits in the book:
I loved the book in its entirety.
My least favourite bits in the book:
I enjoyed the book in its entirety.
Any further books in the series? Any more planned by this author?
The author has written several books, and this is the second in this series. Can’t wait for the next in the series to come out (but reading the blurb it doesn’t appear to be planned, pity) and would like to read the first in the series too.
What books could this be compared to and why?
Although the book is like many other fantasy and sci-fi books, it’s completely unique too.
In summary, I would recommend this book for the following readers:
Young Adult Yes
If you like fantasy, this book may be the book for you.