Everybody loves mysterious tales of diluted faith, steampunk and a youth on a mission, right? This book, The Alyscrai by D. H. Aidan, has all of that and then some! I enjoyed it with a tasty cup of chai tea latte.
So let's begin with the cover: It was made by the author himself. It's colorful and fits the theme of the story. That's what counts and what I like in a story.
Now as for the story- I have to admit, the beginning had me confused for a bit. The first chapter speak of the Queen of Heaven and rites that must not be seen before a certain time and b being of age. Then we go from Alysseren running away from the very thing she wanted most! I wasn't too sure what to think, but I pressed on. If found the Alyscrai a tough but intriguing read.
I went from reading about a naive girl who wanted more to wanting to her running from it all in practically the same chapter! She also ended up in a nice little triangle of the heart, which really isn't my thing but didn't hurt the story one bit. I found the quirks most interesting- especially the War Machines! The story pulls you in with a fast paced tale that showered you in both good vs. evil, peace vs. destruction and order against confusion!
With a creative blend of Alice in Wonderland and War of the Worlds with the bulbous, tripedilism styled machines, I was
caught up instantly! You have no clue what's coming until it happens with Aidan's style of storytelling. You just get a good story!
An example is the introduction of characters. When the story starts, something huge is taking place. You don't know what the heck it is and all these titles, rituals and such are described and you can't figure a thing- other than: It's faith-based. I hadn't the faintest idea about it all, but I was able to envision it all. It was just sorta odd how the author just threw me into the story any forethought. It didn't hurt though, because I suddenly found myself engrossed in the story.
From near hits with the Queen to dream walking- it was all an adventure. AND then to hear Alysseren say, "I'm late, I'm late..." that was just classic! Check out the first book in the Looking Glass of Souls series! I'm on to a new book!📚
Rating: 👓👓👓👓/5 specs
*The Boy Who Drew Monsters is next.
**Book given to me by the author, D. H. Aidan, for an honest review.
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