Friday, 8 August 2014
Firebolt - Adrienne Woods - Spotlight
For the love of blueberries, Elena Watkins was destined for greatness, even though she didn’t know it. Before entering Paegeia Elena was not special, she wasn’t even average until the night her father was killed by a creature she thought only existed in fairy tales – a dragon. With her father’s death leaving her orphaned, Elena is whisked away to her true birthplace, Paegeia. Arriving at Dragonia Academy, the premier school for young Dragonians; a school she was never meant to attend because her father was a dragon. Unbeknownst to Elena danger is lurking behind the enchanted vines concealing the once thriving capital of Paegeia – Etan. Goran, the darkest sorcerer in the realm, has lain dormant for over a century behind the crumbling city. There, in the shadowy ruins he plots his revenge to destroy the only weapon that can kill him – the King of Lion Sword. When the sword is stolen without a trace Elena doesn’t think twice about seeking it; knowing deep down that it is her destiny to save her new home.
My Comments: The author has created an imaginative and well thought out land where humans and dragons co-exist, hidden from the modern world by a magic wall that only dragons can cross. The story is told in the first person from a teenage girl's perspective and realistically charts her loss, lack of initial confidence, and growing courage and ability in the face of adversity. There are also many other characters, and the story centres around developing friendships, love, jealously and one character who is fighting against his own evil nature to be good. The themes are developed just enough to leave the reader wanting more, exactly what the first book of a series should do, and I believe the sequel is coming out very soon.
Adrienne Woods was born and raised in South Africa, where she still resides on the East side of Johannesburg with her husband and two little girls. She's been writing for the past four years and in her free time she likes to review books of new and upcoming authors.