Author: Cat Bruno
Publisher: Fourth Street Designs
Publication Date: November 15, 2014
Paperback: 501 pages
When a dark stranger, beautiful and haunting, approaches the flame-haired girl on a solitary stretch of beach, she senses that her life at the Healer’s Academy is about to change. As his hands reach for her forehead, gliding across it with intimacy and purpose, suddenly, she remembers who he is, and who he has been. Yet, still, Bronwen wonders why she was chosen, and fears what the mysterious man’s presence in her life will mean. Before he turns to leave, she asks why he has come and why it has been her he sought.
His reply silences her.
“Rexaria,” he whispers, low and gruff, yet louder than the tumbling sea and the screaming gulls flying overhead.
Somehow, Bronwen understands.
Bronwen was brought to the Healer’s Academy at a very young age. She knew nothing of her past life until many moon years later. During one of her visits to the beach a man appears out of the shadows and approaches her. As he touches her forehead she remembers who the man is and how she came to be at the Academy. With the help of a few trusted people, Bronwen tries to learn what her new memories mean.
It is easy to fall in love with some of the characters in this book. You get to know Bronwen very well and want to be there to help her make sense of what is going on. Every few chapters the point of view will change between a few of the characters. This helps to round out the book and to better understand what is going on elsewhere. The characters seem real because they are imperfect. They sometimes let their emotions shadow the solution that is right in front of them.
One thing I noticed is that there are many grammar and spelling errors. Although a few made me pause to figure out what the author is trying to say, most of the errors I was able to overlook and keep on reading. Besides that I would have to say the book is well written. The characters bring many different personalities to the table and they keep you wanting to read more.
This book is different from others I have read and although it took me awhile to finish reading it, I truly enjoyed it. It is a unique fantasy book and I like how the book ended. It leaves you wanting to go out to buy the second book to figure out what is going to happen next. It is intriguing and pulls you in by the end of the first chapter.
Special thanks in winning this book through goodreads giveaway.