Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Abomination by Audra Middleton

Title:  Abomination
Series:  The Watcher of Anthelion #2
Author:  Audra Middleton
Published:  June 11/14
Length:  194pgs
Format:   ecopy
Genre:  Fantasy
Shelf:  review
Rating:  ★★★


The seeds are planted. Which will take root, change or destruction?

A seed of destruction is sprouting in Forest End, but the kingdom is in too much of an uproar trying to locate their missing princess to notice. Princess Willow has been kidnapped by the enemy. Her mother, the Fauna Queen known as Watcher, is the only one who can reach Luminar and rescue Willow before the winter snows come. While the queen finds a way to save her daughter, the princess is able to plant seeds of change in the enemy kingdom. But if Watcher doesn’t make it back in time to stop the abomination that has been growing in Forest End, Willow’s seeds will never take root.

My Review:

Middleton has definitely created an entertaining story here. She brings her world to life with vivid descriptions and a thoughtful storyline. Although the story was quite entertaining, I found the writing to be a bit choppy at times (not consistently, just every once in a while). This made it difficult to fully immerse myself in the storyline.

The characters in this novel definitely cover a vast array of character types. Middleton drives her story forward through these unique individuals, giving everyone something to look forward to. The main players in this tale are all quite well developed. I appreciated getting to know them gradually, developing new characteristics rather than simply depending on the first novel in the series for character development.

Overall this was a fairly enjoyable read. I don’t regret having read it.

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About the author:

Audra Middleton was born and raised in Washington State where she lives with her husband and their three boys. She gave up her teaching career to raise her children, and in between diaper changes and baseball games, she began writing books. Once she started, she couldn’t stop, even after she went back to teaching.

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