I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Orenda by Ruth Silver
Series: Orenda #1
Published by Patchwork Press on April 13th 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Source: ARC from publisher
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Join forces with a parallel universe.
Dark forces, magical creatures, and the world Lil thought she knew collide when a dream transports her to the strange world of Orenda. Stunned and terrified, Lil comes face to face with her doppelganger, Willow, who possesses the ability to travel between the two worlds. Everything Lil knows logically says that Orenda can’t exist, but a small clue may be proof that it was more than an ordinary dream. With the threat of her sister in danger, Lil crosses dimensions but it may cost her even more than she bargained for.
A sword wielding girl, the eternal suit, and a parallel universe come together in this action- packed Young Adult fantasy adventure that will keep readers of all ages turning the pages. Orenda is the first novel in the Orenda series.
The plot was pretty cool. My main problem was that it felt a bit short, and a lot of plot elements could have been drawn out a bit more but weren’t so they felt kind of sudden. It was a very action-packed story that went by very quickly.
I liked how the romance element was always there in the background but wasn’t at all the main focus. I loved how the parallel worlds weren’t at all identical and the differences were actually quite prominent. That made it all the more interesting.
Eilith could have been scarier, being the #1 villain. First of all, she didn’t exactly stay hidden in the shadows. They fought her numerous times throughout the book. And at one point she let them go free, after all the hype that was built up led me to expect she would have killed them instead. True, she tried to kill them later, but it just didn’t seem characteristic of her. But it wasn’t that much of a big deal.
It seems like a good group, though. Good group, good plot, good villain. No plot holes, no obvious errors. It was a good story. The shortness could be made up by the fact that the series continues. Still, it would have been great if things were drawn out more.
The setting was pretty detailed even though it was a short book. There were a lot of things thrown in quickly, or mentioned once and never really explained thoroughly enough, but I guess there’s time for that later.
Good vs. Bad
Less than perfect:
This was a short, good book. The length and detail of explanations are my only problems. The characters were likeable and the villain was formidable enough. The setting and writing were great. The romance was present but not dominant in the story. Would I read more by this author? Yes, the rest of the series, probably. Would I recommend this to others? Yes.