Hey, everyone. *drops voice to a whisper* You know that review I’ve been promising you? Here it is…finally.
“A glittering sword. An ancient oath. A blackened rose. And a melody which ties it all together.
When Evrard and Roinette, twins separated at birth, are overtaken by events swirling from centuries past, they are forced into a battle beyond their own limited powers. With their ability to walk in the melody realm, catching glimpses of the light and darkness underlying Aslaria, comes even more danger.
Deadly mistbenders. Writhing walls of blankness. Hateful drumbeats. As a warrior in the Melody, Evrard has seen it all. But his own ability in the melody realm pales in comparison to the Prince’s melody, the legendary prowess of past Wingmasters, and even the depth of his sister’s song.
To rescue Roinette and evade the trap almost certainly set for him by those who want his power, Evrard knows he’ll have to be careful. But even if he can find the Wingmaster’s sword, there’s no assurance he’ll be able to defeat a mistbender on his own. And, in the end, will his and Roinette’s efforts matter if the Prince brings an ancient oath to fulfillment, shaking the very foundation of Aslaria?” (from Goodreads)
This novella drew me in with its writing style then kept me guessing and surprised by its depth. (I was highlighting quotes on my Kindle like mad at some points!) I loved Evrard’s struggles in his own strength, and he and Roinette working together was a beautiful picture of Christian community. I appreciated that this book portrayed the characters’ “powers” as given by God and useless without Him. The battle between joy and despair was so beautiful, and I loved the outcome! Just a note that there are intense nemeses and a shapeshifter included.
Best quote(s): “You know the truth. And you have the melody. You are not alone, and you are not defenseless.”
“Never again. It had lurked on the edges of her consciousness long enough. She knew what the light held, and she wanted it back.”
“‘We’re going along that?’ Evrard questioned, stepping forward and peering up the narrow path winding away into whiteness. ‘Not a chance,’ Grivina shook her head, chuckling. ‘You’re going along that. I’m heading home.'”
Altogether, I found this to be an amazing, beautiful read for anyone who enjoys light fantasy. Looking forward to reading more from this author!
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
About the Author
Hope Ann is a Christian authoress who lives on a small farm in northern Indiana. She was homeschooled and now helps teach several of her eight younger siblings. She has been writing for over five years, and has so many story ideas that she doubts she will ever stop. Her favorite genre to write is high fantasy with a touch of the allegorical. A close second is futuristic suspense. Her goal is to not only entertain with her stories, but to provide inspirational fiction for young adults. Predictably, she loves reading fantasy, fairy tales, mythology, and futuristic suspense. Her favorite authors include J. R. R. Tolkien, Charles Dickens, Frank Peretti, Mark Twain, and Serena Chase. Her hobbies include photography, movie making, knitting, tree climbing, writing e-mails to friends, listening to Celtic music, and collecting shiny trinkets for story inspiration. You can visit Hope’s blog at authorhopeann.com, or follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, or Twitter.
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