The first time I saw this book's cover with the name Sherry Thomas on it, I admit that my first thought was something along the lines of: This must be another writer!
But no, this is the work of author Sherry Thomas by whom I have read a number of historical romances by now.
BTW: I love mostly everything about them, the writing, the setting, the characters... perhaps with the exception of some of their *cough* heroes. Those guys could drive a saint to ask for divorce!! Honestly, guys? Less pride and grudge "time". Okay?
But enough about historical romance. This is a fantasy work.
And what a fantastical, mind blowing imagination it contains on its 449 pages (+ Notes)!
From fantastically detailed world building, to characters who despite their fantasy setting "feel and act" as real as possible, this was such a pleasure to read!!
I was warned by friends that the first chapter could be a little trickier to get into. I took that as a challenge. And it turns out that it was only trickier in the sense that us readers, have to move from a non magic world, to one full of magical adventures and engaging characters who have quests and challenges to fulfil.
In this story there's magical books who are portals for magical places. Places where some fairy tales exist amongst new and dark perils. Places where people can die inside its pages...
There's a boy on a quest.
A young prince determined to fulfil his role in his family's prophecy.
Titus will stop at nothing, until the dark force that took over his land is stopped. Not even if that means the death of him.
There's a girl who believed herself nothing more than an average mage...
But in a time that power draws power, Iolanthe will find out that she's much more than she thought possible.
The characters, like I said before, were masterfully created. I loved how the relationship between them evolved. The stages of it: The clash between them, the forced partnership, the reluctant admiration, until the unavoidable friendship. And yes, maybe love.
This story has such a perfectly _but done right and never boring! _ complex universe in it, that it was just amazing!!
The romance. It has one.
But it never obfuscates the plot, and the characters don't suddenly start acting like mindless typical YA zombie characters, who you just want to see pushed of a cliff....
There's no insta love. No mushy declarations. Basically there's no idiocy involved.
Basically, this is a hundred percent tried and approved anti-bs book!!
So, if like me, you like books with strong plots, strong characters and a fluid writing, this story's for you!!
I loved it so much, that I don't even mind the waiting for the second book. You know why?
Because by the time the second is released, I'll just re-read this one again! ;)
As a side note, I really wouldn't mind if the second one had a library binding edition ;)
And if you missed it the first time, here's Isa's review of this story.
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