Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier

Daughter of the Forest (Sevenwaters, #1)Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Daughter of the Forest is a magical tale of a girl who is willing to take on an impossible task to save her brothers and herself.

Using elements from The Six Swans, Juliet Marillier combines romance, magic and adventure to create her own fantasy tale. Marillier’s story follows Sorcha, the youngest and only daughter of Lord Colum, Ruler of Sevenwaters. More in tuned with nature and running barefoot than embroidery lessons and marriage prospects, Sorcha soon finds she is her brothers only hope as they are placed under a witch’s enchantment. Sorcha must sew six shirts from the nettle plant that is painful to touch, all while staying mute. Her task is further complicated when she finds herself falling in love.

Marillier’s detailed writing lends to wonderful character development that pulls the reader in emotionally. A more romantic fantasy tale, Marillier’s Daughter of the Forest is a must read. As the first book in the Sevenwaters series, it sets the stage for later books. While I enjoyed Daughter of the Forest,I did not feel compelled to read more as they tell the stories of later generations.

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The Last of the Firedrakes by Farah Oomerbhoy

The Last of the Firedrakes (The Avalonia Chronicles #1)The Last of the Firedrakes by Farah Oomerbhoy

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

As I was browsing through the young adult section in the library, the cover of Farah Oomerbhoy’s The Last of the Firedrakes caught my eye and so I added it to my book haul.

The first in Oomerbhoy’s Avalonia Chronicles, it tells the story of 16-year-old Aurora Darlington who gets kidnapped through a portal to a land of magic. Okay, right away this book grabbed my attention as I spent the night reading half the book before falling asleep. But I admit that picking this book back up wasn’t easy.

In the first half of Oomerbhoy’s novel, Aurora is introduced as a young girl who is bullied and her family’s treatment of her rivals that of the Dursley’s. Right away I’m rooting for Aurora because in my mind there’s no place but up for her to go in gaining self-confidence. As Aurora explores this new land, forms friendships and discovers who she really is, its easy to become annoyed with her. I often found myself asking “why” to her actions as I couldn’t understand her feelings/motives throughout most of the book. It isn’t until the end that Aurora finally seems to gain confidence and come into her own but by then its into someone who the journey doesn’t necessarily reflect.

As this is only the first book in Oomerbhoy’s Avalonia Chronicles I do look forward to reading more. Oomerbhoy’s writing is solid and she does a great job getting right into the action. I do hope her second book plunges right into action! I recommend this book to anyone looking to start a new light YA fantasy series.

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Throwback Thursday Review: Tairen Soul by C.L. Wilson

Queen of Song and Souls (Tairen Soul, #4)Queen of Song and Souls by C.L. Wilson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I can safely say that I’ve become addicted to the Tairen Soul series by C.L. Wilson. I have been devouring these books like there’s no tomorrow. The Winter King was the first book by Wilson I read and from there I discovered the Tairen Soul series, which I haven’t been able to put down. Wilson delivers just the right amount of romance, royal court intrigue, action and magic to weave an incredible story about a woman who rises out of a small loving life to embrace a power that will either save the people she loves or destroy everything she holds dear.
I’m onto the next and final book of the Tairen Soul series but I don’t want it to end!

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Green Rider by Kristen Britain

Green Rider (Green Rider, #1)Green Rider by Kristen Britain

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

While looking for my next great epic fantasy read I came across Kristen Britain’s Green Rider series! Again, a great book I found when I wasn’t even looking. Green Rider is the first book in the series and I should have known that I would love this book because of three things. First, the series follows a woman named Karigan G’ladheon. Second, there’s action and I’m not talking about a few sword fights but life and death type of situations. (fyi, there’s no such thing as too much action) And third, there’s magic involved!

The Green Rider is an excellent book if you’re looking to follow a woman through a perilous journey she didn’t ask to take. Britain does a great job of creating a female character who acknowledges her faults but still perseveres through the face of danger. Though I was looking for my next epic fantasy when discovering Green Rider, I wouldn’t classy this first book as high fantasy or what I refer to as epic fantasy like The Lord of the Rings or the Sword of Truth series, which was the type of book I was looking for. This book was lighter in its mood and simpler in writing.

No matter what type of genre/style you’re looking for in your next book, I definitely recommend checking out Green Rider by Kristen Britain!

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Throwback Thursday Review: The Shattered Court by M.J. Scott

The Shattered Court (The Four Arts, #1)The Shattered Court by M.J. Scott

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved reading The Shattered Court! This book has been on my to-read list and I finally picked it up during my last trip to the library. For some reason I thought this was a YA novel, so at first the description didn’t have me as excited as if it wasn’t a YA novel. I’m just glad I picked this book up!

I have to say I loved the characters and the dynamic between Sophia and Cameron. The only thing I wish this book had is a map! Seriously, a map would have helped when reading about Anglion, the traveling that takes place and Illvya. Keeping a mental map while reading about these different places, especially with the type of travel done, is not the best. I think a map would have also helped with the world building in this novel. We don’t get to see much of this world that M.J. Scott has created and that sucks. Whether the world building just wasn’t the greatest or Scott did this intentionally to make the reader just as ignorant of the world outside Anglion as the characters, I don’t know. In my opinion, I hope it’s the latter. I will be following this series and can’t wait for book 2!

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