The mystery of other worlds is not one Hannah Winters ever thought she’d solve. However, the day she spots a brown-robed stranger with a magical staff in a neighbor’s field is the day she also discovers Aerisia, a magical land beyond Earth’s sunset. Here in Aerisia, Hannah is believed to be the Artan, a legendary heroine prophesied to deliver Aerisia from the Dark Powers. Plenty of people, including the Simathe, a race of immortal warriors, and the Moonkind, people of the Moon, are willing to help her discover her true identity, but Hannah’s just an ordinary girl from Earth. She doesn’t have any latent magical abilities and she’s not the Artan. However, her allies aren’t seeing it that way. Neither are her enemies. In fact, Hannah’s life is in jeopardy nearly from the moment she arrives in Aerisia. And becoming the Artan may be the only way to survive.
This is a fantastic fantasy book. The main character Hannah is well written and relatable. Her feelings and her reactions to this new world she finds herself in are realistic and appropriate. Although she can be kind of bratty, one can’t help but blame her. She is surrounded by a strange land with strange people all looking to her for salvation.
It’s a lot for a girl to take in.
I enjoyed watching her discover herself and the world around her. The legends of Aerisia are interesting and attention grabbing.
Let’s talk about the Simathe. Ilgard sounds so mysterious. He’s manly, attractive, stoic and firm but yet soft. He is fascinating. The whole of the Simathe are intriguing. Those black eye’s would be creepy though. I don’t know if I could get over that.
This book has a nice balance of world building and character building without either really going too far into left field. It’s paced very well.
This is not a story within itself but, that’s not such a big deal since it is the first book in a series. Plenty of things happen and it is nicely wrapped up in the end. There are some loose strings but it feels more like a pause between stories than being left on a cliff hanger.
This is a very well done first book for this series. It lays a great foundation for a long tale. I’m really looking forward to reading the next. I’m settling in for the long haul in this series.
I really do love series books. I feel like they have so much more to offer than a single book. It really is diving deep into another world.
I highly recommend this book and give it the full 5 stars.
The Technical Data:
Title: Aerisia – Land Beyond the Sunset (book 1) | Author(s): Sarah Ashwood |Publisher: Griffineus Publications / Publication Date: 4-16-2014 | Pages: 374 (Kindle) |
ISBN: B00JRK5SC4 | Genre(s): Fantasy | Language: English |
Rating: 5 out of 5 | Date Read: 11-10-2015 | Source: Copy From Author