Finally (I read this before Lost Voices), a book I can sink my teeth into, a Garth Nix’s Lireal/Sabriel, or Kristin Cashore’s Fire/Graceling. It is a meaty book of action, thrills, romance, characters big and small, and plenty of mystery and deep seated lore that surrounds our title character, Elisa. She is a princess born with the Godstone in her navel -a sign that comes about once every hundred years, although she knows little about it’s heritage or what it means, just that she is special and she has a service to perform. She is to be married to a king in the neighboring country in return for her safety, and her father will commit troops to the war that is coming. But the journey is hard, and dangerous, and when they arrive, things are not as they seem. She finds out more about her purpose, and adventures ensue that will change the fate of the nation. Plenty of twists and turns, lore of the Godstone, and wonderful complete drawings of even the most minor characters makes this a great book, a pleasure to read, and one that makes you shout Yes! when you are done. A gold mine that only comes about once in a blue moon. Satisfying, and left with perhaps a sequel to go? My words can’t do it justice, so read some of the other reviews – they are glowing. This is a writer to watch out for. This isn’t some tossed off first book in a series by a newbie author. This is a fully fledged stand-alone novel that shows great maturity from the author, IMO. Happy Days. I will have to buy this one.
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