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The story was somewhat of a reluctant choice for me, however, a choice that I can not come to regret. What was most favorable for me was the characters’ depth of humanity, each with their own ambitions, motives, and deep-rooted need for peace within their souls. Every time I began to read again, I was immersed among characters who were vivid, alive, and whose personalities were agreeable with the personalities found in life. I was able to relate with them, see bits of myself in them, and ultimately found myself questioning my own ambitions through their self-realizations. I cannot find any complaints, as I digest this book as the first in years that has satiated my hunger for entertainment even more so than a Hollywood Blockbuster.
In regards to audience, I suppose it would be preferable to be a fan of fantasy fiction, but not a requirement. With themes such as the self-consumption of revenge, love through sacrifice, the duality of truth, wisdom over justice, and generativity through reflection of, and correction of the past’s wrongs, this story is far reaching into the archetypal truths of the human heart and mind. There is mild language, but not overdone, and is suitable for adults as well as young adults with adequate maturity.
I rate this book a 4 out of 4 stars! My logic behind this cannot do the story, or its author, the justice that it demands. The plot twists were refreshingly surprising, the mythological creatures enticing, and as a lover of fantasy, this book was thematic and inspiring, revelatory and though-provoking. With each turn of events, each chapter, I constantly found myself wondering just who this author was that had somehow been able to fashion such a magnificent work. If there were ever a cataclysm so great as to cause for a fractional selection of books to preserve for humanity, reflecting man’s greatest talents and admirable art, this book would be among its paramounts. I cannot stress the inadequacy of this review, you simply must read it for yourself! Mealea Mathews has outdone herself in this epic tale, creating for herself a reader’s expectation of equal grandiosity in her works to come!
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