Reviewed by: ?wazithinkin
Genre: Fantasy / Adventure / YA
Approximate word count: 95-100,000 words
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RG Porter currently resides just outside of
. Working full time and
raising a family, she found her calling for weaving tales of fantasy and
paranormal too strong to resist. With the support of her husband and her
family, Robyn plans to bring about many more fantastical tales of worlds and
creatures that can only be found in one’s imagination. Austin,
For more, visit the author's website.
“A promise to save her brother's soul unearths a conspiracy she was not prepared for... Arieana’s brother has been murdered by her own people in a world not their own. Forced into breaking ancient law, she ventures into the human realm in search of her brother's soul. Once she steps through the Veil, she realizes the renegades are up to more than just punishing a few humans.
Forced to forge an unlikely alliance with the very race responsible for the storms tearing her world apart, she finds out more of her past than the elders want. With the war started, each clue they uncover leads them closer to the first of the elemental relics, and a chance to save mankind. Together they must work side by side to stop the renegades… Before time runs out for both worlds.”
This is an interesting story concept concerning environmental consequences for two different dimensions on planet earth. At one time, both dimensions lived in harmony on one plane. However, this fact has been hidden since the Veil was erected between the human world and the more earth friendly magical world by the Elementals who guard pieces of a weapon of mass destruction. The council of the magical realm blames humans across the Veil for environmental disturbances in both realms and seeks to put an end to the human realm. The action is fast-paced with some surprising twists in the plot as secrets and conspiracies are revealed. The author does a nice job setting up her magical realm and describing the way of life in that dimension. Arieana is a strong female lead with some surprising powers; I enjoyed her character a lot. I even enjoyed Sorien Jacobs, an archaeologist she forges an alliance with, even though he is no Indiana Jones.
I do believe this story would benefit from another round of editing. From content editing to cut down on the repetition and to weave a tighter story, to copy editing to clean up some sentence structure, and finally another round of proofing to clean up extra or missing words. I believe the story here is worth the investment.
Several editing issues that need proper attention.
Rating: *** Three stars