Speculative Fiction Reading Challenge review for 2012, the second book I chose to read is Zirconya - The Sage of Aluh'Nehn by Diana Ilinca, the first in her Zirconya trilogy.
Form the very beginning, I was drawn into Diana's rich and colourful world of Zirconya, including being intrigued enough with her character's lives that I felt like a nosy intruder as I spied on what they did next. There's a lot that going on too, spying. You'll understand once you read this amazing novel. And don't trust them pigeons!
Diana Ilinca's debut, young adult fantasy novel simply draws you into the lives three young elves. But before you know it, you're transported from the land of Zirconya, into modern day Earth. Diana knows her young adult audience well, as we follow the life of young Caelum/Chloe and her friends as they deal with the day to day happenings of being a teenager. Throw in some Elven magic, just to make things even more trickier, and you have a wonderful, engrossing, coming of age tale. It's about growing up, discovering your strengths, overcoming odds, dealing with your peers, and love. But before you know it, the tale has come to an end, leaving you eager to find out what happens next. Thankfully, Diana Ilinca is writing the sequel, which I am patiently waiting for its publication release.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. And just to whet your appetite with all things Zirconya, click on over to her website to find out more. Be sure to read the free read Nahtaia: A Faery's Tale as well.
My next book in the reading challenge: Ambassadora by Heidi Ruby Miller