Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 180 KB
Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing (17 Oct 2011)
Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
Meet Kiera, a pretty, intelligent, and talented girl, brought up by her uncle, and abandoned by her parents. Life is as normal as she believes it to be, apart from the deep ache inside her, telling her she’s different. For years, Kiera had dreams where she ventures into a different reality. She’s not alone; a presence is always there, keeping her safe, yet she feels vulnerable, and hunted.
Zakk, Prince of Zantar, is under the Witch Queen’s spell as she tries to take over his world. He crosses paths with Kiera, and their fates are entwined.
As their journey unravels, she learns that she is not the only one affected by this prince. Who is on her side? Will she find out why she has been chosen? How can someone so young, defeat such evil? Will she find the strength to save the ones closest to her? Will this be Kiera’s only Quest?
Kiera’s Quest is a fantasy series targeted at the YA/tween audience.
Awakenings opens with Zakk in a cave with the Witch Queen. This is an eerie scene, full of magic and emotion. This sets the foundation for the action to come.
Next we meet Kiera as she’s doing what all teens do … dancing and singing into her toothbrush … that is until she realises friend Maddy has been silently watching her. This scene endeared Kiera to me straight away!
We find out about Kiera’s family background and meet her friends as they hang out for the day. This leads us on to how that although Kiera has this strong friendship group, she feels something is missing and her dreams are different.
What follows is a plot full of action as Kiera begins her quest with a very tight deadline. She has to unite the rings before Zakk’s birthday otherwise the Witch Queen rules.
I enjoyed the uniqueness of how Zakk is represented in our world and the way the plot weaves back and forth between the alternating realities so that with Zakk in our world, we are still following the plot in the Dark Palace.
The school community is portrayed well and the conflict this brings is exactly how it is in reality.
The characters are believable and the targeted YA market will be able to identify with them. I loved the Witch Queen’s servant Googe … obedient but also hungry for power!
The plot is full of action with surprises and allies keeping the reader engaged and wanting to find out where the plot leads to next.
The ending is perfect – the plot is partly resolved and Kiera must go off on another journey.
I have to say that I think Awakenings would translate well for a console game and would make an excellent TV series.
My rating for YA (and adults who like to read about magic and quests):
I would like to thank the author for providing a PDF copy in exchange for an honest review.
Kiera’s Quest : Awakenings is available at Amazon Kindle £2.28
Watch out for my review of the second book in the series, Sacrifices, in the next couple of weeks.