Your soul will remember…
As a woman who wasn’t born to wealth or privilege, Abigaia has mastered the art of thievery. And she’s come to hate it. Not only is she plagued by guilt, but her shadowed upbringing and silent ways cause most of her town to question her sanity.
Yet, Abigaia’s eccentric father always taught her to be proud of her heritage. Her ancestry lies across the sea, in a prominent realm she’s read about but has never seen.
The man who desires Abigaia’s hand in marriage doesn’t share her hope of seeing the Eubeltic Realm. But disaster erupts in their path, and Abigaia’s dream may have a greater purpose—if that famed domain of her ancestors is now in crucial need of her.
Eubeltic Descent is book #1 in the Eubeltic Realm, a historical fantasy series by author Nadine C Keels.
I was pleasantly surprised with the theme of this story, a mute girl’s journey into her own identity. Abigaia is introduced with a scene in the market stealing a few apples more than what she paid for. Kind of like Aladdin’s market, the description of the people and the bustle was beautiful. It is not easy for Abigaia as the guilt of having to steal from a person whom she considers her friend is beginning to grate on her, but what once began as a lark between her friends has evolved into a kind of survival as poverty and hunger have increased tenfold. As Abigaia ponders over her predicament and the merits and demerits of her skill, the townsfolk unwilling to see past her muteness and the infamy of her insane father, the readers are given glimpses into her thoughts and dreams and her need to see the Realm of which she has heard so much from her father.
The author develops the plot of Abigaia’s quest wonderfully as she makes new friends and finds joy in expressing her unspoken thoughts through dance. Even though the story is said to be fantasy except for the feeling of an unknown place, there’s nothing much to do with fantasy in this story. It was interesting to see the romance that evolves between Daunt and Abigaia and also the warmth of friendship between Valerie and Abi and seeing how sign language is being used to communicate between all of them gave a feeling of love and warmth flowing thru the pages. The fascinating circumstance of not being born with any deformity but how events in their childhood shape their growth into such beautiful souls made for some compelling reading.
The politics that forms the historical background didn’t interest me much and I was honestly confused about the different rulers that were being described. Except for this minor quibble, Eubelitic Descent is a touching novel about overcoming one’s imperfections, trusting GOD to see you, and thereby grabbing the blessings that fall in your way.
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