When Ryan Sullivan contacted me about Andes Aura, it was the book description that hooked me on this book. I like a good fantasy story, and this sounded like it would be a great one to read. So naturally as soon as I had room in by “to read” list, I jumped on the chance to read this.
Andes Aura follows a Eoin and Saera (brother and sister) who are living by themselves. Saera has been given an Aura, a power that she doesn’t really want anymore. Because she has this power, she is exiled and persecuted.
The world here is well thought out, though not well explained. But you learn as you go, and for some readers that is far better that being “told” how the world works. But for me, I found myself having to guess, only to find out I was wrong later. But the rules for this world are consistent, and the world is believable.
I liked Eoin, Saera, and some of the other characters. But others, such as the Queen and the Thief King were not very well thought out and I found some of their behavior to be plot driven and odd.
Saera was my favorite character, I really enjoyed the way she grew as a character. Of all the characters she was the most believable, the most loveable, and seemed to have the most at stake.
The plot and story of this book are very well thought out and there is depth to the story. There is certainly things going on behind the scenes. The story was something that made me really want to press on and find out what happens to Saera.
The prose on the other-hand was hard for me to read. I found the writing style to be over explanatory in some spots where short text would have been better and short passages where more information was needed. I didn’t like a lot of the dialogue. Some of it felt forced. In some parts I felt as if the characters were speaking to me the reader, rather than to each other.
There were several spots where I had to stop reading just to rest my mind from the writing style. But the story kept calling to me so I had to go back to finish it. I realized that the story made up for some of the plot short falls.
The book is $2.99 on Kindle, and that is probably a pretty fair price for a fantasy book. Though after reading it, I would probably only want to pay $1.99 for it. I wouldn’t recommend getting the paperback, unless you just don’t do eBooks.
Ryan Sullivan is going to get to be a great author. He certainly has the skills to be phenomenal. The prose could use a little polish but after a buff and a shine, this book is pretty good. Story and Characters are what makes this a decent story.
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*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*