Friday, June 5, 2015

*Review* Elwyndyn by Raven Williams

Genre: Fantasy
Published: February 9, 2015
Pages: 236
Ages: 12+


I am Elwyndyn of the Moon Elves clan and a Realm Jumper. My mission; travel to the other realms and observe. One day, my mission changed. Several hundred years after the Elves left Earth, humans started experiencing dreams of another time; another life. A life as an Elf. What does all this mean for the Elves? Does this mean good things for us, or will it lead to harm? And what of the humans experiencing the flashes of memory? Do we leave them to their own devices and hope for the best? Or do we help them?

Ayana is a human living on Earth. After her father died, she started having strange dreams. She never told anyone about them for fear they'd think she was crazy.
So, she kept a journal of her dreams and spent her free time trying to decipher them. On the day her mother dies, she meets a stranger with unusual eyes, eyes very much like hers, and everything she thought she knew changed. Before she knows it, she is on a quest to delve into her past lives. Will she like where this quest takes her, or is she in over her head?


I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is an original story about elves and elf-kin whose souls are trapped in human bodies, and what the normal elves are going to do to rectify that situation. 

One of the things I really liked about this story were the spells. Either Ms. Williams did some amazingly thorough research on elemental magic or she has a great imagination (or possibly a combination of both those things) but either way, I liked the spells.

Another interesting facet of the book is the use of the Elvish language. Personally, I didn't feel it was necessary, it didn't add to the story for me, and I just skipped over those sections, but I could see them really appealing to others. I do believe there was a lot of thought and effort put into those sections, they just didn't do anything for me personally.

This story is told in first person, except for when it isn't. Sadly it alternates between first and third person randomly so we can see parts of the story that Elwyndyn wasn't actually present for. Because those parts of the story are important, I think it would have been better if the whole book was written in third person so we wouldn't feel the disconnect from all the random switching. 

This book also has a very large cast of characters, and the naming traditions that the elves use means that there are several pairs of characters with very similar names, making it a little difficult for me to keep some of the characters straight. In addition to that, I never really felt connected to any of the characters and I don't really feel like I know them any better now than I did when I first started reading. 

The copy of this book that I received also had several spelling and grammar errors (these may not be present in the published book), far more than I expect to see in a book of this size, but they were mostly little things like missing hyphens that a stickler like me would notice, but would probably not make much difference to the average reader.

Overall I give this book 2.5 out of 5 stars, because it's a unique story that clearly had some major thought put into aspects of it, but there are areas that could use some work to improve it. 

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About the Author

Raven Williams describes herself as a beautiful mess disguised as a human being. Within this beautiful mess words swirl around until they coalesce into fictional, fantasy stories or spiritual messages the world needs to hear. In February, she released the first book in her Realm Jumper fantasy series and has several more planned.

When Raven is not writing, she is creating art in the form of fractal designs and abstract paintings. She is also a caregiver for a disabled family member and three cats. She currently resides in the Northwest Florida Panhandle, but the Pacific Northwest is the home of her heart. She hopes to return there one day.

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