Page Count: 334 pages
Publication Date: November 2016
Alena Kozlov is one of the last of a dying kind. As the first water mage to be inducted into the Sanctum in over fifty years, she has the opportunity to help the old order destroy a band of rebel mages who threaten the principles the Sanctum is founded upon.
Blinded by loyalty to the Sanctum and love for her master, Alena and three other mages set out to investigate the rebels, but the more she discovers, the less she understands.
Confronted with hard truths about the Sanctum she once believed in and the corruption she sees within it, Alena must make one of the most difficult decisions of her life: follow the path she’s trained for or leave the Sanctum behind.
Whatever the answer, she knows one thing for sure—the old Sanctum saying is true: It is a rocky road she must travel.
* I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. *
I have to say, it took me a while to get used to the author’s writing style. It’s not like it’s hard to follow the story or anything like that, but it doesn’t flow as easily as the style I’m used to reading.
But take a look at that cover! The cover is stunning, isn’t it?
The main character, Alena, is a water mage (she has the ability to control water) and because her magic element (ie. water) is so volatile and unpredictable her emotions showed the same characteristics. She often became angry with no warning all of a sudden, or she cried for no good reason every 5 pages or so, which I understand is her connection to water and all its traits, but as a character she drove me insane! I felt like slapping her about 20 times throughout the book.
Felipe, the main character’s friend and love interest at the beginning of the story made me cringe with his insta-love and under-developed personality.
My favourite character has to be Genevieve. She’s a breath of fresh air! She felt real and well developed.
The dialogues seemed forced and unnatural at times, which made it hard to read. But saying that, the story followed a good pace.
I really enjoyed the scene where Alena is tested by the 4 main sanctum mages at the beginning of the book. It was tense and magical, all at once. My favourite part of the story.
The premise of the book is great! I think the author had a brilliant idea when she came up with this story, but sadly it just wasn’t for me. The main character annoyed me so much, I couldn’t even bring myself to finish the book. DNF’d at 50%