Genre: YA fantasy/romance
Published November 10th, 2015
Published by S McPherson Books
When 17-year-old, Dezaray Storm drunkenly stumbles across a portal one night, her downtrodden life begins to change, mainly because she starts living someone else’s life.
Accidently trading places with the most powerful sorceress of the realm, Coldivor, Dezaray finds herself assuming the identity of her magical lookalike, having to convince everyone in the realm that she is the real deal.
Aside from a few minor hiccups along the way, like the fact that she is not magical nor does she know even the simplest cards trick; Dezaray soon finds herself settling in. Particularly in the arms of Milo; a blue-eyed jokester with the ability to teleport.
However, it doesn’t take long for Dezaray to realise that life on the other side is far from glitz and glamour and that creatures unimaginable are hunting her. A war is brewing between the seven empires of Coldivor and those that long to take over. Dezaray’s enchanted double is their only hope; their secret weapon, set to be unleashed on her eighteenth birthday when she is bequeathed with the powers of her forefathers.
But for the enchantress to return, Dezaray has to leave, and the thought of going back to Islon fills Dezaray with dread, for more reasons than one. Torn between a reality she can’t stand and a fantasy she can’t keep, Dezaray is struggling to see how any choice she makes will lead to a happy ending.
The author gives us a magical portal fantasy that is both magical and disturbing. The main character Dezeray’s life is a living hell. She is constantly physically abused by her brother and lives with the guilt that she was the cause for her parent’s death compounded by her brother’s belief that she is indeed responsible.
So when her counterpart Lexovia shows up looking just like her twin at an especially broken moment, and she gets the offer to travel to another reality, she grabs it. But this comes with it’s own challenges since she is expected to act like Lexovia who is special in more ways than one. To succeed and stop a coming warm she will have to suspend her ideas on what is real and wht is possible.
I loved the main characters and I loved the worldbuilding. The scenes were imaginatively vivid because of the author’s apt descriptions. I liked the romantic elements in this one because I felt Dezeray could really benefit from some tenderness.
I did not like the ending because it was abrupt. I would have liked to know a lot more about Lexovia and hope to read more about her in the next novel. I liked the balance of action-scenes and romantic elements , which sorta felt fifty-fifty to me.
Overall, a really good start to a series that fans of The Mortal Instruments should enjoy!
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