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Elina doesn't want to work in a dusty old shop for the rest of her life--she wants to travel the world. And, unexpectedly, she gets her wish. Though not quite in the manner that she expects...
I loved every aspect of this book. The characters, the descriptions, the storyline, and the world-building (especially that magic system!) Everything flows together into a gripping narrative that kept me turning the page until I reached the end. Elina especially made this story shine--she's a strong heroine who struggles to overcome her flaws. I loved watching her grow over the course of the story.
There's something for everyone in this story--plenty of adventure and peril, strong friendships, a touch of romance, and, of course, magic! I can't wait to read more stories about Elina and her friends.
Elina, the main character, is very relatable and easy to root for with her desire to make her own destiny rather than run the family carpet shop like her father wants. She quickly discovers that she has a talent for biological magic (interacting with plants and animals), as well as cognitive (mind reading) and both skills come in handy when she and her friend Kara accidently become stowaways and end up setting sail on a voyage to Kamikan, a neighboring city in the country of Pallexon, who has a tentative peace with their own (Tamarin).
One aspect that I particularly enjoyed was the political undertones. The tension between the two countries is palpable, a ticking time bomb, if you will, and it sets the stage for this book as well as the ones to come without being preachy or overbearing. Also, the magic system is fabulous and I adore it, well really, I adore just about everything about this book! Highly recommend it to everyone!
This book explores values of friendship, courage, and determination in an exciting tale. It's a clean read that I can recommend to tweens and adults alike.
Flying carpets, magic, sailing, and a crazy adventure are waiting.
I loved the worldbuilding with the glowglobes, carpets, biological life, and even the food. It was cool to see the different types of magic and how they could be used. When things start getting out of control for Elina and her friend, Kara, I was like, UGH, because it was all things that you couldn't do anything about. A series of unfortunate events! Though when Kara stopped at one point, I wanted to drag her onto the ship by her hair.
I did think it was weird how Elina during one of her Cognitive lessons was like, "Oh gosh, does Simeon like me?" because they'd just recently met and there'd been so little book time with them together that I was actually surprised that Elina even considered it since there was no reason to wonder.
There's a handful of light swear words(I think they're all "Hell" with maybe one damn.), but other than that it was very clean. No gore or sexual stuff and the violence was tastefully conveyed. You know, "She clubbed him over the head" type stuff, not descriptions of what that looked like or anything.
It was awesome that Simeon and Elina had a chance to use what they'd been learning. I think Kara's ordeal helped make the larger situation of what's going on in this world more personal and close for both Elina and me. It'll be interesting to see if Elina feels inspired to help and change things for the better.