by Bridgette Conrow
Published September 10, 2012
This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
It's been more than 200 years since the legendary Keral wrought destruction on Aethera, destroying homes and leaving hundreds dead in his wake before the Four struck him down. When fifteen year old Indralas participates in the mandatory Ceremony of Blessing, everything changes.
Exiled from her hometown and hunted by those of the Orders, she struggles to fend for herself in the wilderness. While the Power closes in on her, she discovers she has unusual allies and a timer on her life.
Don't start this SlimBook unless you have an hour or two of free time ahead of you, because you won't be putting it down.
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If you noticed the page count, I'm sure you'll realize this is a quick read. The idea this book works with is intriguing. The blurb caught me right off. Unfortunately, the book itself didn't. The first chapter drags, with most of it being an info-dump. Nothing at all happens.
However, after that things pick up. The story is interesting, but it's told in almost an abstract way, never giving me a true grasp on the characters. Near the end, the main character started to develop more, which was great. We were also introduced to the villain, and I have to say, he made me smile. As soon as the book really grabbed me, it ended, leaving me curious as to what comes next.