Author: Theresa Sheffler
Sora Fallcrest was born into Nobility. She had it all: money, maids, a fancy estate. But she never expected to be kidnapped.
Abducted from her manor, Sora is plunged into a world of magical races, arcane jewelry and forgotten lore. She finds herself at the mercy of a dangerous assassin, haunted by an even darker past. She yearns for freedom, but he won’t let her go — not when her Cat’s Eye necklace is the only thing that can save his life.
But the necklace itself presents a problem. It is an ancient device from the long forgotten War of the Races, and its magic has the ability to steal souls. Can Sora learn to wield its power — or will the power wield her? (Winner of the SKOW 2006 Best Fantasy Award)
Sora’s Quest is the first book in a fantasy series by author T.L. Shreffler. I’m not sure if T.L. is a first-time author, but the book reads that way. It has a lot of beginner errors, like a main character who’s personality and opinion constantly change, some actions that are never truly explained (the one that’s been bothering me the most: why, in God’s name, would they go through the swamp? If it’s a short cut, that’s one hell of a short cut, since it took them about a month to get through it). Some explanations read like Deus Ex Machina, like for instance, the reveal of the healer at the end, and her relationship with Sora. Coincedence, much?
That aside, debut novel or not, this really is a good read. Sure, it has flaws – flaws I’m confident an editor should’ve caught, but whatever. It has a great story. Sora Fallcrest, only heir of a father who can’t seem to love her, disappears right after her father’s murder. While everyone points fingers at her, Sora is innocent – in fact, she was kidnapped by the same assassin who murdered her father. Their encounter was a coincedence, but the assassin took her with him either way, and turns out with good reason. For Sora is in the posession of a Cat’s Eye, a special, magical necklace that may be what the assassin, Crash, needs to escape the clutches of Volcrian, a Wolf blood mage chasing him.
The world T.L. Shreffler introduces the readers to is vast, imaginative and colorful. The author doesn’t shy away from saying ‘no’ to fantasy clichés and venturing in different directions. The characters are all unique, and even if the MC’s personality is inconsistent, the others have a more or less consistent personality.
This book was a great, pleasant read, and I’m looking forward to seeing more from this author.
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