by Diana Harrison
Published November 13, 2012
This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
After fifteen-year-old Emmy Rathers unintentionally summons a strange glowing cloud during a break-in, her mother rips her from her home, her father, and her world, forever.
When she lands in the rustic, militant land of Methelwood, she is told she's a crafter - a person who can perform magic by conjuring souls of the dead. But starting life over normally in the midst of grieving for the life she has left behind, while at the same time attempting to fit in in her new war-obsessed school, becomes impossible when she begins to hear a voice in her head. Complicating the matter further is the fact that the voice belongs to a boy at school named Breckin, who just also happens to be the most powerful crafter in the world, and the future ruler of Methelwood.
But that's not the worst part - suddenly Breckin's most hostile adversary is coming out of the shadows and trying to kill her. With no other choice, Emmy must travel deeper into this bizarre, dark world she is so unfamiliar with to find out why this is happening to her, and more importantly, how to stay alive.
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Yes, I decided to read this book based on the cover. Then I read the blurb. Maybe some of you can walk (or scroll) right by a coold cover, but I can't.
The story. Well, it's a little of this, and a little of that. Fantasy, fighting/action, a little romance, some twists, world-hopping, you name it. It's kind of a mish-mash that shouldn't work, but does.
There were some interesting things, such as the attitude the crafters have about humans (they're so much better that casters shouldn't be allowed to associate with them, etc.) that add depth to the world Ms. Harrison has built.
I'm very excited to see where the story goes from here, and what twists are in store.