by Laura DeLuca
Plot Summary:Shuffled from place to place in the foster system, Morrigan doesn't know the meaning of home. Plus, she is different. She has power over fire, the ability to move objects with her mind, and glimpse into the future. Just when she believes her life can’t get any stranger, she discovers her true identity.
Filtiarn, a knight with a dark past and a surprising secret, has been tasked with guiding the heir of Tír na NÓg through countless perils to be returned to her family. Once Morrigan has been reunited with her mother and grandmother, their triad can save the forgotten land of magic from being devoured by an ancient evil.
Note:I've previously read and reviewed Laura DeLuca's Phantom and loved the story and the characters! I was very interested in seeing how the author writes for YA fantasy.
Review:The story starts off with a first person prologue that kind of made me sad because the story then switches to third person, and I was initially impressed by reading the story in Morrigan's voice. I think the story might have been more effective in first person. However, the story is very well-written, and I think the author made Morrigan's story very relatable and compelling. It's a classic quest story with witches, magic, and a werewolf. And it pulls on different mythologies and lore. Although the story has unique aspects, for the most part, I felt that the fantasy is pretty average and predictable. But the story is a fast-paced read and the world-building is believable. It is very interesting to read how the author juxtaposes Morrigan's more modern sensibilities with the old world manners and attitudes of Tír na NÓg. And I felt like Morrigan dealt with the differences in a believable way.
The romance between Morrigan and Tiarn is of the insta-variety and much less believable because we are just told that they are soulmates. I would have liked more to the romance than instant attraction. But aside from that, the romance is very sweet and the two are great characters that you are happy to see together. This story is readable and engaging with a spunky heroine and a sweet, shallow romance. And although the story is pretty much standalone, it ends on a note that easily sets it up for more in the series.
a review copy was provided in connection with Young Adult Novel Reader Blog Tours