Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Almost Adept by Olga Godim

Title:  Almost Adept
Author:  Olga Godim
Published:  January 5th 2014 by BURST
Length:  275pgs
Format:  ecopy
Genre:  fantasy
Shelf:  review
Rating:  ★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

To prove her Adept potential, seventeen-year-old mage Eriale embarks on her first magical quest. She expects a glittering foreign escapade but ends up in Grumesh, the land rife with poverty and violence, where local courier Kealan becomes her only friend and ally. Together, they survive an explosion, a treacherous incarceration, and a daring escape. Sparks of interest ignite between them, but before Eriale can explore her attraction to Kealan, she discovers blood magic running amok in the city. Her priorities must change. As an aspiring Adept, she is duty-bound to find and eliminate the blood mage of Grumesh, or the blood magic will taint the entire land. No matter the cost—her life or her heart—she can’t let the vile mage win.

My Review:

This novel was fantastically put together. The description and narrative give you a brilliant picture of the world that this author has created while leaving room for your imagination to run wild. Godim had me completely enmeshed in her intricate storyline while keeping me entertained. It was both an intellectually and creatively stimulating read. I loved the twist that the author threw in for magic users. It made me giggle and really made me think. Although this novel had an in-depth storyline, it was also a light-hearted, fun read. It is the best of many worlds.

I loved how real the characters were in this novel. Godim merges reality with fantasy in their development. The main character was so approachable that I couldn’t help but feel for her, and root for her to succeed. The characters are also very well developed. You get to know who everyone is. Their backgrounds and personalities are developed in such a manner that they fit their roles perfectly, without ever overshadowing the main characters.

This novel was definitely night and day from the last novel I read by this author and even more captivating. It was a brilliant fantasy tale from Godim. I fully enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone.

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