Idriel’s Children by Hayley Reese Chow #BookReview #YoungAdult #Fantasy #Romance #Suspense @VE_NetGalley @HayleyReeseChow

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Idriel’s Children is book # 2 in the Odriel’s Heirs series and all I want to do now is to read book #1 to find out more about this fantasy kingdom and wait for the next adventure in the series with a spectacular antagonist.

In the story with magus, necromancers, maldibors, and Heirs, the author has created a fantasy world that is quite dazzling. The first part of the story establishes the basic plot that continues from book #1. We get to know that Aza’s parents are Odriel’s Heirs who were instrumental in killing the evil Idriel. But dark forces are on the rise again and with Aza’s parents off to another part of their world, it is left to Aza and her brother Zephyr to help the Maldibors who come calling and request help. Aza is the Heir with the powers of invisibility shadow while Zephyr has inherited his mother’s power of fire. Both of them are ready to help but Aza has her own plans in motion.

This is a YA story so obviously, 16 yr old Aza behaves exactly like how all the teenagers behave. She is stubborn and adamant to a fault and refuses help from her long-time Maldibor friend, Makeo. However, Makeo, Shad the cursed cat, and Witt Croser refuses to leave her alone and accompanies Aza on her journey to understand the voices inside the Shadow plane. The familiar theme of doing everything wrong followed by the realization and then being the savior of the day also runs in this too but I loved it even though I wanted Aza to show some maturity after the first tumble.

There are elements in the story that was particularly fascinating as Aza transports herself to another plane and the mysteries hidden in there were intriguing, to say the least. Aza is herself a kick-ass character, she believes herself to be heartless but her rudeness hides her worry for her friends and I loved that about her. The genuine friendship and love between Makeo and Aza are evident even when she tries to hold herself in without letting her emotions go. Makeo’s calm and solid demeanor offers the perfect foil to all the reckless decisions by Aza. It is however Shad and Witt that had me smiling in the story, Witt especially is just the perfect funny, optimistic, and loyal friend whose positive charm balances the grim setting of the story.

The second part of the book did slow down in pacing but the final part makes up for it, so much that I wanted that climax to be a bit more detailed. The war kind of felt rushed.

Perfect for fans of fantasy, Idriel’s Children can be read as a stand-alone, and the author has left a delicious epilogue getting the readers to crave for the next book in the series. Honestly, few glimpses of the antagonist were too good, and I am looking forward to seeing more of her cruelty in the next one.

Kick-ass 4.5 stars ☔☔☔☔ 💧

Many thanks to Net Galley, Victory Editing Group, and the author for a chance to read and review this book. All opinions are expressed voluntarily.

Reaping darkness, the Shadow slicked steel with judgment and danced with death…

Sixteen-year-old Aza inherited the power of shadow to rid the land of evil as Odriel’s cold-blooded assassin. With her growing strength, Aza discovers the Shadow Plane—a realm of wraiths where screams haunt the winds, calling to her. Although her father forbids her from entering the dark realm, Aza can’t ignore the beckoning whispers.

When a dangerous new breed of monster attacks, Aza believes the Shadow Plane holds the answers they need to defeat them. With the unwanted help of a snarky cat and a cursed beast, Aza seeks out the monastic Wraith-Called for answers. But the deeper Aza delves into the dark realm, the further she drifts from the world she knows.

As Aza uncovers evils new and old, she must decide if the ends really do justify the means… and how many lives she’s willing to pay. 

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