I was very lucky to be sent an ARC of this newest offering from Heather Fawcett. It’s the first book of hers that I’ve ever read and I was not disappointed. As a huge fan of books about magic and fantasy, I was engrossed in this book from the first few pages. There are lots of books that are about magic out at the moment but this book stands apart from the others that I have read recently in that it centers around a family of young siblings who must protect each other from their enemies who have overthrown and murdered their mother, The Queen of Florian.
Noa, Mite and their brother Juliann are exiled to the Island of Astrae, where they must learn to survive and take care of themselves. They are under constant threat from the new king, Xavier, who wants them dead. Fortunately, Julian is a dark mage and has unlimited powers. Mite the youngest is learning how to use her magic and Noa, who is 13, knows that she is the only one in her family who doesn’t have magic. Noa uses her intelligence to guide Julian in his efforts to become king again.
As Xavier become relentless in his pursuit of Julian, the only way to keep them all safe and return Julian to power as the rightful King of Florian is to find the Lost Words, lost languages of magic. When the first lost language is found, Noa discovers that she has had magic all along when she is able to read the words in the book. She finds that she is a Death Mage and can speak to ghosts. During their quest, they are helped by an assortment of mages who are loyal to Julian, a sea monster named Beauty, who loves cake, and their undying love and loyalty to each other. However, there are many obstacle to overcome, including spies, secrets and and danger around every corner.
This is a story of total devotion between siblings. The strong bond that Julian, Noa and Mite share is unbreakable and there is nothing they won’t sacrifice for each other. The book is extremely well written and leads the reader on the journey with the characters. You can feel the emotions that each one of them is going through as they travel through the story: the grief of the loss of their mother; fierce protection for each other; determination to right the wrongs that have been committed against them and their family. Throughout the story, both Julian and Noa must discover who they truly are to save the day.
I highly recommend this book to all who enjoy books with a magical theme. There is adventure and danger at every turn. It is a completely captivating book. I can’t wait to get back in to school and share it with the children in school.
***** 5 stars
- This book will be available on 1st October 2020