Air spirits carry the wind, stone creatures push the earth on its axis, and great white steeds carry the light from the sun to the earth. Working behind the scenes, unthanked by us humans, fairies and elves and other creatures of legend work tirelessly to keep the world in running order. Among them is Kyla Nim. Raised in an isolated village and leaving home for the first time, the simple and naive elf girl must face the rigors of meeting people, learning to yo-yo, and facing off against Erebus, the god of darkness, who wishes to bathe the earth in eternal night. Digging deep to find strength where before she saw none, she has little time to waste as the whole of her existence is threatened.
Luckily, she is not alone. The exuberant and excitable Kyla makes helpful friends in Eunoe, a nymph who designs and create animals; Aspen, a dryad who sings to trees; Aura, a Daughter of the Air, one of the many air spirits charged with carrying the winds and breezes. Between their talents and Kyla's drive, they embark on a plan to defeat one of the greatest threats the world has ever faced.
Print Lenght: 454 Pages
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I really liked this! While a mission with different races of magical beings is nothing new, I always enjoy the new intricacies and relationships among the characters. And talk about development! Kyla isn't your typical heroine. She starts off a bit ditzy and clueless, never having experienced the world at large before. And she seems to be a bit clumsy on top of it. She makes her few friends and frenemies pretty quickly, but keeps to her small circle as she tries to find her way in the world, and she felt authentic in those aspects. She grows in strength and character as the story goes on, and she's a character that I think I’ll remember
ALL the characters were well written, and the writing itself is smooth and has a good pace and flow to it. It was really easy for me to get lost in their world, to root for the under dogs and yell at them when they needed it. My kids gave me that weird look they get because on occasion I laughed out loud! The tense moments had me holding my breath, and the fights were thrilling for me, as well. It was just a really great book over all.
If you or a younger reader (Teen – YA, but still fun for us old farts!), I strongly suggest you snag a copy of this and dive in. I feel like this could be a fun family movie someday.
Bob says: 4-4.5 Platypires