Hi everyone! Today I will be reviewing Prelude to Destiny: Awakening by Fairwren Faust, which was kindly sent to me by the author and Booktasters. This is a YA fantasy following sisters Rhea and Cynthia Evers. After the death of their mother in unusual circumstances, Rhea discovers a box containing books, vials and stones. The two teenagers visit their grandparents where they discover they have magical powers, Rhea able to read minds and Cynthia can control the elements. Soon however it becomes clear there are malevolent others who wish to see the sisters gone.
Faust does an excellent job of portraying her two main characters. Rhea and Cynthia have different personalities, with their own particular strengths and weaknesses, making them individual and not merely Mary Sues the plot hinges on. The relationship between the two is also touching. It feels like a real sibling relationship and the dynamic between Rhea and Cynthia is the novel’s main strength. It will be interesting to see how these characters develop in future instalments.
The novel is very fast-paced which works very well. There is never a feeling of boredom because something is always happening and you want to find out more. It is a page-turner. Due to the novel having fantastical elements, Faust does have to explain this magical world she has created. But she seamlessly blends the information you need into the plot, meaning the storyline is not being halted for information to be explained. Rather you take it in without really realising it.
However, there was a couple of small issues I had with Prelude to Destiny. There were a few spelling mistakes which can be easily edited so they weren’t a major gripe. I also felt some aspects of the story were a bit predictable, such as the plot line featuring one of the girls’ schoolteachers. I was able to guess what it was fairly early on.
Overall though I did enjoy Prelude to Destiny: Awakening. The relationship between Rhea and Cynthia was the highlight for me, and was the heart of the story. The supporting characters, mainly the grandparents, were also well-written. The story didn’t drag and it kept me entertained throughout. If you’re a fan of YA fantasy then I suggest you check this one out.
Prelude to Destiny: Awakening is published independently and more information can be found here.