Book Review: Realm of Beasts by Angela J. Ford
An enchantress and a wizard get tangled in the ghastly plans of an undead creature.
Banished from her village and lost in a wicked forest, Citrine makes a deal with a dark creature, but that was before she found paradise—the legendary land of a friendly giant.
Falling in love with the land and its breathtaking, majestic beauty, Citrine studies the lore of herbs to write a spell of protection for her wild and chaotic mythical beasts.
When darkness creeps into paradise, bringing the mysterious Nameless One and an omen of death, Citrine realizes the consequences of her actions spell danger for herself, her beasts, and paradise.
As time runs out, tempers flare and the undead come to life. Citrine faces the ultimate showdown as everything she holds dear is ripped away.
Realm of Beasts is the first of six planned books in the epic fantasy series: Legend of the Nameless One.
Hey there dear reader! If you’re like me - chances are you love epic fantasy tales, both YA and Adult. I’ll go ahead and preface by saying: Angela J. Ford is a dear friend and fellow author. So, naturally, I’m inclined to love her stories. However, that doesn’t mean my review isn’t genuine and true. I have read just about everything Angela has written, including the entirety of her The Four Worlds Series. So, I knew what to expect. And once again, Angela delivered.
Realm of Beasts is a NobleBright epic fantasy. The story is riddled with mystery, intrigue, and epic adventures of course. The story follows two main leads: Citrine and Tor Lir.
Tor Lir is what those in the realm know as the nameless one. He has no name, but he doesn’t mind going by the one provided for others. He’s an immortal whose sole responsibility is to maintain the balance between good and evil. This presents a challenge to him, as he is born in a time when the Worlds are at peace and darkness hasn’t been seen in some time. Nevertheless, Tor Lir knows darkness is on its way. He’s your noble, genuine, goody-too-shoes, who prefers diplomacy to violence, and building bridges rather than burning then.
Then we have Citrine. She is feisty, spunky, speaks her mind even if it may cost her, acts before she thinks, and is quite impulsive. She is an enchantress and a loner seeking peace and refuge. But that spits in the face of her destiny. Citrine was born for one purpose - to create chaos. Through seduction, and her sultry ways, she connives to get what she needs. This also applies to the beasts she’s able to call to herself, and control.
While Citrine is concerned with finding paradise for her beasts to live in, Tor Lir is concerned with making sure a balance between good and evil remains in the land.
The paths of Citrine and Tor Lir eventually cross, and the two have to embark on a journey to maintain the goodness of the paradise they find themselves in - even though they find themselves being responsible for the darkness beginning to plague the land.
What didn't work for me:
Now as much as I love this novel, there’s a couple things that didn’t work for me. I’m a HUGE sucker for romance, whether a slow burn, or insta-love (DONE RIGHT). I’m also one who loves being fully invested emotionally with the characters of a novel. In Realm of Beasts, I thoroughly enjoyed the banter between Citrine and Tor Lir, the purity and joy of Novor Tur Woodberry, and the mysteriousness of other intriguing characters - but I didn’t find that heart wrenching, drool worthy, romance I so adore. At times I found myself wanting to be more invested in the characters, and their journey. But besides this, the novel hit it out of the ball park.
Realm of Beasts is a fun, light, read full of twists, turns, and some good hearty laughs. I encourage all lovers of epic fantasy to dive into this most awesome tale that is only the very beginning of a 6 book series and a wild adventure in all. I absolutely love Angela’s writing and how she intertwines light heartedness with a bit of provocative allure. Be sure to read Realm of Beasts and let me know how you enjoyed this tale!
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