“Ilsi would do just about anything to break the Wall trapping her people, the Ice Chanters. But when she least expects it, Ilsi becomes the first person to pass through the Wall and into a world larger than she’d ever imagined. With the help of Reshma the Fire Weaver, she evades capture from outside enemies who seek to take advantage of the isolated clan.
Now on the run, Ilsi braves the outside world to find allies willing to free her people from isolation. All she has to do is figure out how to break the Wall and end its curse before the cruel Althod and his Yldirim army catches her.”
This fantasy epic is, well, epic. There are different towns/villages with elemental powers, magical artifacts, interesting species, and a mysteriously lethal villain force. The story follows two young women who have been separated from their loved ones (yet again) thanks to an impenetrable barrier that appeared out of nowhere, followed by soldiers with strange magic of their own.
These two face many struggles along the way, not the least of which is discovering just who they are and what they are meant to be in their ever-changing world. There’s action, mystery, tragedy, and adventure aplenty, but my favorite aspects of the story are the intriguing nature of the plot (namely regarding the wall) and how Ilsi and Reshma aren’t the typical ambitious/naive or overly aware/mature young heroes.
Sure, they have their moments and it could be argued that Reshma is both ambitious and naive, however, they seem to be a good balance of these characteristics. This makes for more believable and relatable characters. In addition, they are each unique to themselves; there’s none of that flat two-dimensional feel to either of them. In fact, most every character I have witnessed thus far in this series is well-developed.
The author is working on Book 2 and I am ready to discover more about the enigmas surrounding our unfortunate heroines and their peoples.
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~Sahreth ‘Baphy’ Bowden