YA meets high fantasy in this lush series debut about a girl who never quite fit in — and the reason why…
Evelyn might not love the confines of her village life, but she takes her small freedoms where she can get them. But everything changes when her parents decide it’s time for her to wed. Suddenly she loses her tunic and breeches, her bow, her horse, and gains rigid gowns, restrictive manners, and carriage rides.
The best way to escape is through her dreams, but as they become more and more real, Evelyn begins to worry that she is losing her grasp on reality. It is only when she makes two new friends that the truth is revealed: she is destined for far, far more than even she could imagine.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
So…yeah. At first I didn’t really get it. No, I mean I couldn’t get into the story line and the characters felt a little flat. Good news to follow? Indeed. By about a third of the way through, the author had me hooked on the main character and interested in seeing what would happen to her.
There have been a lot of books with the basic premise of a main character that doesn’t fit in with her family/people, but this one was written in such a way where the entire story revolves around her differences (think Merida from Brave.)
I enjoyed the formal sort of speech that the characters used and thought it fit well in keeping with the overall feel of the story and the ambiance the surroundings provided.
The dialogue in this book is excellent and never strays off course. The conversations are necessary and not boring and often times even funny enough to produce a sudden burst of laughter. I liked the relationship between the MC and her love interest. I felt it was more mature and deeper than many of the others that I have seen in this type of book.
This book is also filled to the brim with magic, rather than there only being a sparse bit here and there. If you love fantasy and are looking for a new voice that will keep you up late reading, this is the book to choose.
This review is based on a digital ARC from the publisher and provided by Netgalley.