Monday, December 19, 2016

Book Review: Journey To The Rift (Coimirceoirí: Guardians of the Marked Ones) by Cathi Shaw

From the Back Cover:

A dangerous quest into a forbidden land wasn’t exactly what Brijit Carnesîr was planning after her graduation from the Academy. For years she has looked forward starting her life as a member of the Coimirceoirí and she is thrilled to discover that she has been chosen as the Academy Apprentice of her year. But despite the fact that she has been longing to go to Séreméla and work with the Elders, it soon becomes apparent that her fate isn’t as rosy as it appears to be. First, she is paired up with a grumpy male apprentice from Stone Mountain, Weylon Forborrow. Second, it doesn’t take her long to discover that the Elders are not taking her to Séreméla, as tradition dictates. Instead, Weylon and her are sent to The Rift, a dead land tainted with evil. Even before they join the Elder royalty at Tèarmann, an ancient fortress on the cusp of the Rift, Brijit discovers that the Elders are hiding too many things. She is given the task of helping the Princess in birthing the long awaited Queen of the Elders but nothing is as it seems. There is talk of an old and forgotten Prophecy, Weylon is attacked by a creature from the Rift and her grandmother is killed, after revealing a secret that rocks everything Brijit knows about her past. Soon Brijit questions everything she had been led to believe and, worse, she realizes that the future of Séreméla and all of Five Corners is in jeopardy, unless she can find a way to save it!

My Review:


This was a phenomenal book! After doing a little digging, it appears as though there are two other books that are also set in the same world, but this is the first in this particular series. I haven't read the other two, but I intend to check them out to see if they're also on par with this one.

The world-building in this book is well-developed and phenomenal. We're given hints and small reveals of things along the way as we travel along with Weylong and Brijit, two very likable main characters. The writing flows smoothly, keeping the reader entertained with bits of action, a touch of humor, a hint of a romance, and a spark of mystery. I would have loved to have learned more about the Elders and more about Weylon's comments on their differences. Hopefully, we'll learn more in the second book.

My only complaint is that the book ended way too abruptly... and on a cliffhanger. While I understand that it's a series, it would have been nice to have some of those loose threads tied up while we wait for the next book. This book didn't give me any sense of closure at all. But in the meantime, I intend to check out the other two books this author has written to see another glimpse into this promising world the author has created.

My Rating:


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