This is a fantasy novel for young teens. When Avery and her little brother are kidnapped she has no idea why. And answers are hard to come by.
I found the story to be rather confusing. To some degree this could be related to genre, but I found it hard to get into the “world” of the story. First, it isn’t clear at the beginning whether she is being pulled into a new world, or just taken from the home she’s always known. Then there is the tendency of the guys she meets (theoretically the same age as her—thirteen) to fall for her. While the scenario depicts a time where marriage at a young age is common, it is rather unbelievable that several show an interest in her. Also confusing is the situation she finds herself in—she’s kidnapped and threatened, but apparently this is done to protect her?
Better fantasy-genre novels for young teens would be Sigmund Brouwer’s Merlin’s Immortals series, and Anne Elisabeth Stengl’s Goldstone Woods series.
Thank you to NetGalley (https://www.netgalley.com/) and Shiloh Run Press for providing me with this book to read and review.