Four warriors of Southern Eilin receive a vision: a young girl locked in a cell. There is no question as to what this vision means. They must leave behind comfort and safety to depart on a dangerous journey to Northern Eilin – the toilsome region to the north of the wall dividing their world in half. As warriors of the south, it is their duty. But as they prepare for the journey the next morning, their plans are complicated by an unexpected addition to their team.
They struggle to stay on track as their attention is split between the mission and the difficulties within their group. Trust is tested and allegiances questioned as they get closer to unraveling the mystery of the captive girl. It will take all of their strength and focus to overcome the powers they fight against and make it home alive.
Genre: Christian Fantasy
Publisher: Self Published
Goodreads Rating: 4.67 Stars
Why I Chose This Book
Bailey reached out to me to review her debut book. I found the synopses really interesting because she created a world completely different than ours. And I am always up for a new Fantasy book!
First Initial Thoughts
What I first noticed is that it read very much like a young adult book. Therefore, this book would be great for any age group over age 12.
Rheen is a young girl that recently traveled to Eilin and one day gets caught by the officers for stealing some bread. She then gets caught up with a group of warriors - Bierno, Jekka, Gillio, and Derick. The group of warriors were on their way to the north to help rescue a girl when they decide to bring on Rheen along with them. At first I wasn’t sure what to think of Rheen. As the story continues you get a sense that she is running from something.
I really liked the group of warriors. They were friendly to Rheen when they didn’t have to be. They accepted her as one of their own and took care of her. I thought them to be very genuine and friends I would definitely like to have. Each of them had their own struggles and I liked that Bailey emphasized that part. It made me feel more connected to the characters.
Bailey created a whole new world in this book. It definitely had a Medieval feel but with dragons and various different creatures. I noticed that there was no magic which is a common theme in most Christian fantasy. I found it easy to understand the world and visualize the world of Eilinland.
What I loved about this story was the emphasis of friendship and how important it is. In most books I think that love and family are the main focus but I what I loved about this book is that it was mostly about friendship. And that friends can be family too. Family doesn’t have to be those by blood.
This book also had a strong emphasis on forgiveness, especially on ourself and our past sins. While this world had no religion (or at least it wasn’t mentioned) there were common themes of God’s forgiveness and redemption when it comes to sin.
The only gripe that I had with this book was that sometimes I found there was too much description. For example, what a particular character was doing or thinking. I think if that wasn’t included the story would have went along a little faster.
Overall, I thought that this book read very easily and read at a good pace. I really enjoyed reading about the land of Eilinland and all it’s different creatures. I also found it interesting that each character resembled certain characters or beings in Christianity (or at least I thought they did). For example, the Sniw’s I think are suppose to be demons, and the warriors are suppose to be angels. Angels fighting demons kind of thing… But that is at least how I perceived it.
Would I Recommend?
Yes! Most definitely. I think this book would be great for any age group and those that love fantasy will throughly enjoy this book.
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