By Jeffrey Getzin
If I had to describe this novel in one word it would be, long. Exceedingly long, but that is how epic fantasy tends to be. This is not a light read in any sense of the word. Although the writing style comes off as YA it is not for younger readers or for anyone who doesn’t like to read unpleasant, graphic content, including baby killing, beatings and child rape.
This is an epic adventure novel about an elven princess ( Willow ) turned warrior whose past comes back to haunt her. A past so horrible she can’t even remember it, meaning the reader gets to experience it in several, somewhat tedious, and repetitive flash backs. Most of these don’t come until the end of the book and really could be summed up in one conversation with Willow ’s mother. However, the dream sequences were presented in an unusual and interesting manner.
Throughout the story poor Willow takes beating after beating, constantly passing out and then getting beat again. It was almost unbelievable in the way this girl could bounce back.
Though there were some points I did find confusing, I did enjoy the fantastical realm. It was a fresh break from the usual vampires and werewolves found in fantasy/supernatural. Willow is easy to sympathize with, though sometimes hard to like. The bad characters are easy to dislike, and the supporting roles propel the story forward well. The plot isn’t entirely original but does offer some unseen twists.
Being a world that exists solely in the imagination of the writer it was hard to delve into that world with so little description. It was all action, and less adventure, and when given any chance to create the world around the characters the author kept it brief.
I would suggest this novel to those who enjoy a good fantastical journey. It’s a promising start for this author.
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This review was first written and published by me at Tracy Riva Books & Reviews.