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Yanara, the worldmaker, is three hundred years old, but she is a young woman by Yand's standards. She is a celestial wizard. The worldmaker can change, move, burn, and mangle things, most notably celestial objects. However, she has a problem. She cannot focus her power, and horrible consequences always follow after using such enormous power. Catastrophe strikes when an enemy, the K'tul, comes against Yand from space in a fleet of spaceships. The enemy breaks through the original spell by the worldmaker before Yanara.
In desperation, Yanara moves Yand's fourth moon, Calypso, out of its orbit and positions it between them and the enemy's space fleet, blocking their firepower. She succeeds in blocking the K'tul, reestablishing the planet's shield. However, Calypso perpetually eclipses the sun, throwing the planet into eternal darkness. When she tries to fix the problem, Queen Stardust forbids her. She fears the K'tul will breach the new planetary shield, so she leaves the moon in its new orbit. Does it stop the K'tul from advancing again?
Yildun by Andri E Elia is narrated in the first person by Yanara and takes us on a thrilling journey through an intense and creatively written fantasy world. This fantasy world is built to the finest detail, with a fascinating history that draws you in, leaving nothing to the imagination. The book is filled with action, adventure, and suspense. I like how detailed the author is. She creates different planets, moons, and languages; even the characters' names and places are unique. She also embeds into the mix different magical creatures, from dragons to unicorns and mages. She also details the complications of giving birth to a winged baby.
I like the storyline of the book; it is realistic and relatable. The plot is an intriguing tale with lots of twists and turns. The author tells of Yanara and her marital entanglements. She tells of her attempts to birth a daughter during the premise of an interplanetary war. However, the premise soon spills into a multigenerational saga filled with revenge, spells, formation flying, and plenty of military adventures and bloody heroics. What I like most is how the love story between Yanara and Frost unfolds. For one who doesn't believe in bonding, Yanara takes this relationship like the one she has with her wife. The story portrays the ups and downs of a relationship and the efforts that can be made to resolve issues.
Andri E Elia gives a detailed description of her characters using simple terms and accompanying pictures. These pictures help to give life to the descriptions in the book. However, I dislike how the narration felt a little bit laid back and slow-paced for an action-filled book. There's too much story about preparations and little action. Considering that this issue is subjective, I won't penalize the book.
Yildun is exceptionally edited and deserves 5 out of 5 stars. I recommend it to sci-fi and fantasy lovers. If you enjoy stories with strong female characters, this book is also for you.
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