Journey of Awakening is the beginning of a new series. Although the author brings to bear her previously acclaimed skills in storytelling and in writing style, some of the plot points detract from the flow of the novel. Too much is apparent in the foreshadowing of the plot, which leaves the reader with little to anticipate or to be surprised by. Two climactic and emotional scenes feel bare because of this. The main character, Sarah, is difficult to relate to and has too little growth in the wider world for someone so sheltered in her early life.

Sarah has been raised in isolation on a small island with only her grandfather for a mentor. Still, his teachings in the arts of Shi’ia and survival have been intense and Sarah feels ready to leave the island when it is time. Her grandfather gifts her an lydearta, a stone of power, and they set off to find the two other stones in the triune to make the set complete. The forces set against them are many, the journey dangerous and deadly. (CARINA PRESS, Feb., dl., $2.99)

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Victoria Frerichs