GENRE: Fiction - Fantasy
NUMBER OF PAGES: 449
SERIES / STANDALONE: Oceanlight #1
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy as a part of iRead book tours! Thanks guys!
The first fantasy read for 2016 – Wasn’t disappointing at all, but was a wee little uncomfortable.
Our protagonists, Yalara and Einion are from two different worlds and seemingly forge a connection. Yalara, a sea sprite embarks on a journey to find her lost tribe-folk. During her journey she encounters a deadly blue haze which typically poisons her for a while. Having a narrow escape from it, she realizes that the Ocean is suffering from catastrophic environmental change. Our human character, Einion suffers from hemophilia. A man in white suit tries to murder him during one of his escape walks. He ends up forging a connection with his guardian sea sprite who looks over him. Together they try to find a connection between both their worlds for the greater good.
The first few pages of the book were a bit disorienting and I had to keep looking back to the glossary to understand lot of those fantasy terms that the writer had created. When the “human” part of the story kicked it, the story seemed more comfortable to read. Incorporating emotionally heavy subjects like coping with a disability, loss of a loved one, sacrifice and climate change in a fantasy fiction is a herculean task. This writer seems to have mastered it slowly in this first book of the series. This story though was all about character development and explaining the “basics” of the new world that he had created. This is truly vital as the book is the first in a series. More than character development, the writer also focused on relationship development which ultimately resulted in the perfect explanation of motives and aspirations of each of the central character. Though a fantasy book by genre, the “fantasy” world did have a lot of similarities to the real world in terms of politics played etc. The plot however was a wee bit vague, again, a typical for the first book in a series. Deft writing and proper character building made this book readable!
MY SAY: An unique read with a proper blend of realism and fantasy.
PLOT : 3/5
BOREDOM QUOTIENT: 3/10 (lower the better)
OVERALL RATING: 3/5
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