Author: Meg Anne
Title: "Mother of shadows"
Book 1 in series The chosen
Main character: Helena
I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review ;) what an amazing surprise this book was for me :) first of all, I have no idea why I thought it's a paranormal / urban fantasy sort of a story... it's not :) again, it's not like somebody told me that, I just assumed without any logical reason whatsoever... so imagine my utter joy when I started reading it, and it turned out to be a fantasy book... just what I was in the mood for ;) and not only that... it is a really great fantasy story... first one in a series an I am already super excited to get my hands on the sequel very, very soon... especially after that ending... I swear, my "nooooo..." was heard around the world when I finished the book... but more about that in a second :) first, let me tell you a bit more about the main character and the world in general :)
This is a world filled with magic... not everyone has it, and Helena, our main character, thinks she's one of the regular people... that is until her childhood friend returns home and reveals that she's in fact very powerful, but her power has been locked away inside her since she was little, so she could grow up in peace and away from all the corruption and evil that surrounded magic recently... now it's time for her to come back and claim her place :) excited yet? cause I was ;) the world is absolutely enchanting... and thanks to the absolutely beautiful writing style, you can't help but become mesmerized by the places you see... because yes, you feel like you're there when you read :) and Helena is such a wonderful character... not perfect, definitely not, but smart and kind and brave and I need more... :) about her, her Circle... let me explain real quick: as the ruler, she has a close, inner Circle of five people... her Shield, her Sword, her Advisor and her Master... the first two are for her protection, the second two, to help navigate politics and magic... all four of them swore to protect and help her until they live... and of course we can't forget about the last, fifth part of the Circle... her Mate... it's the only one she chooses over the course of this first book and just... *sighs happily* usually I prefer slow burn types of romances, but sometimes, when it's done right, these mate types of relationships really work for me in fantasy stories :) and that was definitely the case here :) I loved the dynamic between Helena and Von... and no, it's not a spoiler... we all know they are gonna end up together from the first time they meet ;)
I absolutely adored this story :) the writing style was phenomenal... especially since this is a debut novel... so when you think about that... I was even more impressed :) the world building is great as well... yes, we are thrown straight into things, but then the explanations are slowly given to us, so we don't feel overwhelm and have the time to absorb everything ;) not to mention that there is so many teasers and glimpses into all the possibilities... like we just scratched the surface of potential things to discover along the way :) and the characters... *sighs* like I already mentioned, I adore Helena and Von... I want to know more about them... especially him ;) and to see how their dynamics will change over time... especially ater than ending... just... UGH!!! be warned that it ends on a cliffhanger, and the only thing that makes me feel better is that the sequel is only weeks away... apparently that one also ends in a sort of similar way, but I will let you know how accurate that is when I read the book :) besides them we have a whole bunch of secondary characters that I want to get to know more about :) I'm not gonna say any names, because I don't want to spoil you who is important or something, so keep an eye out for my review of the second book, where I will definitely have a more spoilery paragraph :) I hope I convinced you to give this amazing book a try, because more people need to read it :) it was filled with surprising twists, witty banter and just overall awesomeness so do yourselves a favour and go get this gem :)