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This book was a relatively even-paced fantasy story that has likeable characters and a believable villain. The main character, Rora, was relatable in that she was a flawed character who struggles with making the right decisions. I loved the relationship dynamic between Rora and her brother. they were there for each other, but still had moments of animosity like real family would normally have. The romance interest of the MC was a slow build but it was sweet once it finally came to be. I loved that the three main characters were on a quest to save a friend together through a magical land with perils around every corner. The world is complex, but the way the author describes the land really brought it to life for me.
I did not quite feel a pull into the story until the final third … it reads slower in the beginning like an epic fantasy would with world-building and descriptions. I do not mind this but it does make it harder for me to be sucked in. At about the final third of the story things seem to speed up and really keep you guessing. For me that is when the story really grabbed me leaving me wanting more more more. I am still left with so many questions. I loved how it was setup for a sequel and am so very anxious to see what happens next with this group.
About the Book:
TO BE BORN OF THE FOREST IS A GIFT AND A CURSE.
Rora is a shifter, as magical as all those born in the wilderness–and as feared. She uses her abilities to spy for the king, traveling under different guises and listening for signs of trouble.
When a magical illness surfaces across the kingdom, Rora uncovers a devastating truth: Finley, the young prince and her best friend, has caught it, too. His only hope is stardust, the rarest of magical elements, found deep in the wilderness where Rora grew up–and to which she swore never to return.
But for her only friend, Rora will face her past and brave the dark, magical wood, journeying with her brother and the obstinate, older prince who insists on coming. Together, they must survive sentient forests and creatures unknown, battling an ever-changing landscape while escaping human pursuers who want them dead. With illness gripping the kingdom and war on the horizon, Finley’s is not the only life that hangs in the balance.
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About the Author:
ELAYNE AUDREY BECKER is a storyteller with a passion for history, myth, mountains, and magic. She holds a BA from Vassar College and an MSc from the University of Aberdeen and has worked as an editor at a New York publisher. Born and raised in Georgia, she grew up with a lake and woods as her backyard, spending long days outside and visiting national parks with her family.