3 out of 4 stars
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Lydia found herself in the middle of clashes between forces of good and evil in different timelines to discover her identity. She must play a role in the grand scheme of fulfilling a particular prophecy.
The Day I Disappeared is a fictional story of the war Lydia and her ancient noble family fight. This ancient family consists of her mother Nortia, grandmother Ati, and their royal guard Antoni. They unite against the dark forces of the Riders of the Reunity, a sect led by their priestess/leader, Vanth, whose purpose is to unite two stones into one and wield their time-traveling powers.
Maria Moriarity did a fantastic job on the story's creativity; I was fully immersed in the world she created. Reading the book increased my fascination with time-traveling. Although I wouldn't say it was great, it would pass as a time killer.
The story possessed a great plot. The creativity was top notch with sci-fi elements bolstering the story's quality. The beginning of this book started in a fantasy-like fashion until the author expertly drifted it into science fiction. The concepts of nobility, prophecies, magic stones, and goddesses were the effects of time-traveling paradoxes that gave the book an overall sci-fi theme. The characters were rich enough and adequately detailed. However, the writer did a below-par job in building up the second protagonist, Nortia, as she lacked the expected qualities of a significant character.
Aside from having a great story pace and consistency, the author spiced up this book with romance and action. I found this book less predictable, but I expected the optimistic note on which it ended. Also, the storytelling capability of the author shined through, as sentence fluency, speech delivery, and dialogues were on point throughout this book.
On the negative side, I found this book a bit complicated. The intended storyline was understandable. However, the writer failed to simplify complex concepts, like time-traveling and paradoxes, in a way that readers would easily understand. I found it much of a burden when I tried to relate with the story's timelines, as a lot of time jumping was made between different characters at different times. I deemed it excessive because many settings were established, and some were not descriptive enough to captivate the reader's attention. Also, I did not find the story conclusion of some characters satisfactory. Characters like Nortia and Ati were abandoned at a point, and nothing was said of them again. I believed Maria Moriarity could have done a better job on a promising character like Nortia.
The editing of this book was world-class; I didn't encounter any errors. However, considering the negative points, I'd rate it 3 out of 4 stars. I'd recommend The Day I Disappeared to readers fascinated with sci-fi books or time-traveling concepts. It might be a bore or too complex to grasp for readers unassociated with science.
The Day I Disappeared
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