In the dull, everyday world, seventeen-year-old Rose Evermore struggles to plan beyond her final year of high school. But when fire suddenly obeys her every command and her dreams predict the future, she becomes hungry for more of this strange power.
Under her dreams’ guidance, Rose lands in the fantasy realm of Lotheria–with a tagalong. Tyson, her best friend since childhood, winds up there with her, just as confused and a hell of a lot more vulnerable. In Lotheria, Rose is welcomed and celebrated as a fire mage at the Academy, while the very un-magical Tyson is forced into hiding under threat of death from the headmasters of Rose’s new school.
As Rose’s talent in fire magic draws unwanted attention and Tyson struggles to transition from high school student to blacksmith, Rose must find a way to return Tyson to their own world before the headmasters discover and execute him–no matter the cost.
This is most definitely a high fantasy novel. With an intricate world that has three dimensional characters that will really draw you in. The characters go through some pretty tough things. So if you want a more non depressing high fantasy this may not be for you. For an 18 year old there is a ton of trials.
I enjoyed the story but some of the plot details felt a bit forced. Poor Tyson deserved better than just being thrown in for a plot point. Most of the story felt depressing for him. I call for a redemption arc where he gets everything he wants.
Overall I really enjoyed this book. It was out of my norm as I wasn’t expecting High Fantasy when I started. But it definitely had all of the world building you would expect. It was one of the best parts. I loved all of the background and magic. I am a fan of magic especially if everyone has different types.
If you want a high fantasy with 3 Dimensional characters that go through some very tough times then this may just be the book you should read.
Renee April is the author of the young adult fantasy novel, Her Crown of Fire.
In addition to being an avid reader and writer, she streams games badly on Twitch and acts as dungeon master for her D&D group. As a result, she spends far too much time in fantasy realms.
She can be found on various writing sites such as Wattpad and Goodreads, but usually lurks on Twitter to hand out bad advice and genuine sympathies.
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