It’s been really long since I read a book from the fantasy/paranormal genre. I was given this book by the author Nia Markos to give my opinions on it.
So I decided to keep my thriller psyche aside and get into the mode of a young adult. Without much ado, I started this journey to the island of Alba long long ago…
Once upon a time, there were Sidhe and there were humans. Sidhe stayed invisible to humans by the power of a precious stone, Kaemorra. The queen of Sidhe, Eliana was betrayed by her lover Elsam who, with the help of a witch Meredith, makes the Sidhe visible to humans so they have to hide away. Elsam is banished for thousand years. Meredith puts her own spin on Elsam’s spell, whereby Kaemorra is hidden away and descendants of both Sidhe and hers will save them. Enter the heroine in the present time Alexa, unsure and unknowing, gradually learning about the mysterious magic in her, her control of elements, embarks on a journey to find Kaemorra.
Where there is a heroine as beautiful as Alexa, there has got to be a hunky hero, her mate Aidan, with the most gorgeous, well toned, chiselled body, and a face which can make hearts a flutter and a prince to boot… Oooh la la…
Aiden’s brother, Liam is equally good looking and charming, which puts Alexa in a dilemma, she likes both of them.
The author, Nia Markos, has written the book well, with a great adventurous spirit. There is magic, there is witchcraft, there is mind reading, teleporting, there is a background to the story starting from the inception of the earth. All that makes this an unputtdownable read.
Alexa’s connection to both the brothers generates a good deal of curiosity. All the characters are well etched by Nia, be it the Siddhe queen Eliana, with her own quests, the villain Elsham, with his need to destroy everyone, Alexa’s parents with their secrets, which they reveal slowly throughout the book, her friend Bet with her frequent change of loyalty and Elron with his sword skills.
Nia has taken time to make this a well rounded book with all core elements. She makes the story flow with her way of writing. Her words make it easy to visualise the world through Alexa’s eyes. Every sentence adds to the story, that’s the first thing I noticed when I started reading. There are no unnecessary pauses or words, the story ripples down like a gentle brook, over the stones and around it.
The book makes an absorbing read till it nears the end, then there are too many things happening and at the same time, too little. Alexa’s heredity and her source of magic is revealed, her mother who knew so much of her history, does not say anything even when daughter is in danger. That makes it incongruous with the motherly love she portrays. The mother’s decisions throughout the story doesn’t make sense.
Alexa is still undecided between Aiden and Liam. But after getting all her powers in the next few pages, she makes Liam her brother. A friend is understandable, but a brother is a little unbelievable. Liam’s reactions too are strange, a few pages earlier he cries for Alexa but at the brother declaration, there is no reaction.
Alexa trains hard with her swords and magic. The middle of the book concentrates on her training. But in the last pages, when I am eager to see how she uses her sword and her new found skills, there is hardly any action. So my heart which went yayy Alexa went nayy Alexa.
Everyone can communicate mentally, especially Alexa and Aiden, they can feel each other’s feelings but somehow Aiden couldn’t feel Alexa’s change to brotherly feelings for Liam. These points grate…
The book starts well, with great actions, a gradual build up of story till the end, which should be thunderous with Alexa in her element, but turned out to be gentle. Maybe the author, Nia wants to pave the way for the series slowly…
I do want to read the next two books but it’s a soft need, not a if-I-don’t-read-I-will-die-of-curiosity kind of need.
My rating : 3.5 stars
About the Author
Nia Markos is an avid, ferocious reader of practically any genre, be it historical, fantasy, thrillers, or spy novels with leaning more towards the paranormal and occult.
She was born on Montreal, Canada to Greek parents, who indulged her with tales of mythology and history. Working over thirty years in the financial sector, she could take early retirement, focus on her family and allow her imagination to be reborn. The tales she tells are from her heart and her characters are very personal to her.
Alexa is discovering that her whole life has been a lie. As her nineteenth birthday approaches, her true identity is revealed. The incredible world of witchcraft and Otherworlds come to light. Pulled into a prophecy centuries old, her existence takes a turn for the surreal. As well as having to save all worlds, the choice of who to love is presumably not hers.
Unknowingly drawn into a union with Aidan, the prince of Eruva, Alexa cannot help but be attracted to his younger, carefree brother Liam.
With her destiny set centuries ago, can she save the worlds by forging her own path, or is she fighting the inevitable in love and destruction.
Publication date : 1st March 2017
Publisher : Nia Markos
Language : English
Available on Amazon
A magical paranormal read