Shadows of Lela (Lela Trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Each chapter is titled and is written in a different character’s viewpoint. Sometimes the chapters would change viewpoints with breaks, each indicating a different character. The story jumps around back and forth between each character and their story, it all eventually ties in together at the end. I think the change in POVs weakened the story a bit as there were too many story lines going on, and was lacking in deep character development and emotions.
Overall, it was an entertaining read. I give this story a strong 3.5 stars for imagination.
I must admit that I didn't expect to be hit with so much political drama between kings and queens and princes and princesses. Almost all the relevant characters are royalty. The romance between the two main characters felt forced and heavy at first, and I just couldn't emotionally invest in it. Romance and marriage politics are personally not my favorite subject matter (I'm here for the unicorns and magic, which, to be fair, there is plenty of in this book), but despite this I still kept looking forward to my next chance to pick this book back up and read for hours when I did. In the end, it's not too much of a detriment to one's enjoyment of the story even if it isn't something they prefer to read.
As far as writing itself is concerned, the one issue that stood out to me is how much characters 'grumbled' and 'paled' throughout. The frequency was enough to take me out of the story for a moment when it happened, but otherwise the writing flowed smoothly and was nice and easy to read. The writing was at it's best when magic is involved - whenever the main character used the meditative magic known as the Arts, I truly got lost in the story. The description of magic is, in my opinion, the strongest part of this book and very well done.
In conclusion, this book is a good read when you want a little escape from the modern world!
I LOVED this title. It had everything a lover of the fantasy genre could ask for; original mythical creatures, an all-new magical realm, solid writing, loveable characters, hate-able characters, and of course unicorns!
I read this book for a read-along with one of my Facebook groups, and I enjoyed it so much. Definitely more than I was expecting. This book drew me in from the first chapter, and kept my interest. Our four main protagonists are all relatable in some way or another. Cora is fiercely loyal to her family, and will do anything to protect the people she cares about. This loyalty and her inner strength are her greatest qualities. Maraleau is cold and stubborn. At first, she seems like a spoiled brat, but there is much more to her when you break through her tough exterior. Teryn is the strong brother and seems to know exactly what he wants, but a run-in with another protagonist changes things. Larylis is considered the weaker brother. He was the 'runt' when he was younger, but he is no longer that weak little boy. Larylis is willing to give up the only thing he has ever truly wanted for his brother, and the better of the kingdom. Lex is an excellent side character that is a big teddy bear. I love the characters that the author has created and the depth to each one.
One thing that surprised me is how early one of the main plots was resolved, but it just makes me more intrigued to see what direction the future books will take.
If you like unicorns, magic, complex characters, and romance, then this book is for you.