Today I’m reviewing Elysia. Let me know if this sounds like something you’d read!
In the far future, technology is known as magic. That magic preserves a tenuous peace between two countries in the hands of its seemingly immortal inventor, the Sovereign. But Will Darkwood knows nothing about that.
Will lives a simple life by a lake, spending most of his days dreaming of what things are like beyond the far-off mountains. One morning, Will opens a strange letter with no return address. Inside is the source of the Sovereign’s ancient power.
The next thing Will knows, he’s on the run from an infamous assassin. He manifests dangerous abilities he can’t control. He’s a threat to everyone around him.
The world has been thrown into chaos. Will is the final move in a thousand-year chess game between the Sovereign and her ancient enemy. And the only way to set things right may lie with the brutal killer on his trail.
The concept of Elysia is really fantastic. When I read the blurb, I couldn’t wait to get into it. The world building is by far the strongest concept of this novel. I could see myself in this world easily. I loved reading this book for that.
There were some things that irked me a bit. Some of the characters were a bit cookie cutter and didn’t seem to have a ton of reason in the story. I really wanted to love the characters, but I think they needed a bit of fleshing out.
I think this book was good despite its flaws and I would definitely read more by this author. I recommend checking this one out and I’m looking forward to seeing what else this author writes.
3.5/5☆ (rounded to 4☆)
C.C. Francis is an eternal optimist who writes fantasy and sci-fi books. He lives in sunny La Jolla, California. His fiancé is a bookstagrammer (IG:@spinatale), and the two can often be spotted at the local independent bookstore shopping for the latest in the adult and YA fantasy.
Francis once tamed a feral cat named Nicholas. He likes photography, corgis, and the ocean. He’s addicted to cold-brew coffee, reading, 3d art, burritos, and homemade toffee.
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