Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Najia's Sacrifice by Elly Helcl

Title:  Najia's Sacrifice
Author:  Elly Helcl
Series:  The Path to Desiny #2
Published:   December 18th 2012
Page Count:  426
Genre:  Paranormal
Shelf:  Review Copy
Rating:  ★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Najia has always been an outsider and feared by almost everyone, except Briam. After meeting at the age of thirteen, they became inseparable. As they grew into young adults, they fell in love.

Unfortunately, the Falkerie Council has already made it abundantly clear that she can’t have him and is insisting that she marry another.

Najia knows it is her duty to obey the Council. Ignoring her need to be in Briam’s arms, Najia moves forward in finding a “suitable” mate.

Trapped by a destiny that should never have been hers, Najia bows to the will of the council, and chooses a suitor.

What exactly would you be willing to sacrifice for your soulmate? Najia knows the answer to that question. Anything.

Adult-content rating: This book contains content considered unsuitable for young readers 17 and under, and which may be offensive to some readers of all ages.

My Review:

Helcl steps it up a notch with this installment in her series. I appreciate how the prologue takes up the end of the 1st story and tells it from a child’s point of view. The rest of the story carries on the tale commenced there and shows us the rest of Najia’s story. It was a very unique way to meld everything together and switch perspectives without a disconnect between the two novels.

This story is quite well written. Helcl describes everything in minute yet vivid detail. You can’t help but picture what she’s writing about in your mind’s eye. That said, there were times where I felt that the story was at odds with itself. For example, at the beginning of the novel the speech patterns used are quite formal for a child, however by the end the same character begins speaking in slang. Also, even though the writing itself flows very well, never disjointed or choppy, it does seem to be at odds with the subject matter at hand. This storyline is geared towards a mature audience yet is written in a style and tone that would be better suited to a young adult novel.

The author also steps up her character development in this novel. People who were just names or very one sided characters in the first novel are more fully developed now. I found myself really intrigued by many of the characters that Helcl brings forward. You also get to know more about the different races and species involved in the storyline.

As a whole, I actually enjoyed reading this novel. It was very unique and a nice escape from reality. I simply found that there were a few too many disconnects with the writing to give it a higher rating.

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