Author: J. Elizabeth Hill
Series: The Mirrors of Bershan
Published: November 17th 2012
Page Count: 378
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Shelf: Review Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads:
“Doesn’t she know you can’t do real magic alone?”
Freshly graduated from the Voleno Academy, Faylanna Derrion is trying to find her solitary place in a world where she and her fellow Magicia are expected to find their magical partner as soon as possible. When her mentor and his partner are taken by a terrible darkness before her eyes, her flight to find help brings Tavis into her life. Can she learn to see him as more than a simple farmer or will she accede to her father’s demands to return to her family’s home, following a path others have laid out for her? Can she choose her own course, after a lifetime of refusing to bind herself to anyone?
This was a completely unique novel. Hill has a take on bound magic that I do not recall every having seen anywhere before. She combines history, with modernity and fantasy in such a seamless manner that you cannot help but enjoy yourself with this novel. The characters also interact in a way that is so realistic that you couldn’t ask for more.
This novel is very well written. It never becomes jumpy or disjointed. I appreciate the fact that Hill takes the time to explain and describe those things that need an explanation but does not waste time or slow down the progression of the novel by describing those things that do not need an explanation. I also greatly enjoyed how well she brought her characters to life. In this novel, no one is perfect. But they are all perfectly suited to their purpose.
As a whole, this novel is a brilliant first book in the series. It sets up everything for the progression of the storyline. I also greatly enjoy the fact that this is an entire story on its own. It is so much more than just an intro to the series. This is definitely a series that I will be following.
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