Author: Katherine Arandez
Publication Date: September 11, 2013
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Review: Kate Merin has known about magic and a hidden history since a young age. As a sorceress descended from Kervanians (an extra-terrestrial race who accidentally ended up on Earth during the time of the dinosaurs), she possesses powers and belongs to grander traditions that the average human wouldn’t even believe exists. But when Kate’s brother Micheal leads Kate and their other brother Albert on a trek through the woods that involves them accidentally being transported back to prehistoric Kervanis, she quickly learns there is much more to the history of her people and her family – and they have a unique role in the events to come.
I would have to say I found the story enjoyable. It’s unique and there’s a rich world created here with a lot of potential. The writing style is generally easy to follow and I found it to be a relatively quick read. There are enough twists and turns in the story to keep the reader interested and guessing what might happen next.
That said, there were a few parts that I had to trudge through, especially early on in the book. Much of the exposition – the explanation of Kervanian history – is given through dialogue. These explanations from Kate to her siblings were a bit confusing at times (mostly because there’s no additional background at that point in the story – they made more sense to me as I worked further through the book). It’s also a bit jarring to be introduced to a number of characters early in the book that are made out to be important figures but disappear shortly thereafter, never to be seen again. (The author’s random self-insert near the end of the book was also a bit off-putting, but was brief enough that it was easy to overlook.)
Overall, I think it was a nice fantasy/sci-fi story and would recommend it if someone wants something quick and unique to read. But there were just enough little things that made this 3 stars instead of 4.
(I received an eGalley from the author in exchange for an honest review.)