Publisher: Runaway Pen
Source: Review copy
Links: Goodreads | Amazon
A noblewoman, an assassin, and a soul-stealing necklace....
Sora planned on running away from her wedding, but she never expected to be kidnapped! Dumped into a world of magical races, arcane jewelry and forgotten lore, she finds herself at the mercy of a dangerous assassin, haunted by an even darker past. She yearns for freedom, but he won't let her go -- not when her Cat's Eye necklace is the only thing that can save his life.
But the necklace itself presents a problem. It is an ancient device from the long forgotten War of the Races, and its magic has the ability to steal souls. Can Sora learn to wield its power -- or will the power wield her?
Sora's Quest was such a fun read! During the whole time I was reading this, I felt like I was whisked away to a brand new world with endless possibilities of adventures and wonders.
I really liked the world building, especially the mythology and all the different races. I also loved the way how magic was perceived in this book, how it was mysterious and powerful and even dangerous. The only problem for me was that I wish there was more world building! I wanted to actually experience the different cultures each of these races had to offer and while reading this, I felt limited with what I was given.
I also enjoyed the characters as well! My favorite out of all of them would probably be Crash. He's the most mysterious and even though he might have seemed like a total jerk at times, he had his moments. Dorian and Burn were also great, though I wished I could have seen more of Burn and both his and Dorian's back story. Last, but not least, we have our heroine, Sora! I couldn't help but be irritated at Sora sometimes because of her naivety but it wasn't her fault since she's been sheltered her entire life. However, she's a brave, strong heroine with admirable qualities like the courage to put her life before her friends. She may have her flaws, but she's a realistic kind of heroine which I adore.
The plot was pretty interesting as well. Although not as many twists as I would have liked, I was constantly kept guessing at what would happen next! I couldn't stop turning the pages and I just ended up devouring the whole book.
If there was something I wished I could have seen more in the plot, it would be romance. Good gosh, if you know me, you know I want, need, and crave romance! I'm not sure if Theresa intended there to be romance between our dark assassin and heroine, but I definitely felt just a bit of spark between the two. The slow build up between Sora and Crash was nice as they became from hostile strangers to friends who've shared memories together. Perhaps in the next book, their relationship will continue to grow and perhaps become something more. (Oh please, please, please, let it become something more!)
The ending was completely bittersweet, with a couple of loose threads needed to tie up. Only very few of my questions were answered and I hope the rest of my questions will be answered in the next book. (Why must the sequel be in September? *sigh* I need more Crash and Sora time now.)
Sora's Quest is a purely whimsical ride filled with enchanting adventures, witty banter between charming characters, and wonderful friendships (one with a possibility of romance) that will only grow even greater between our heroine and companions over the course of this series.
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