Author: E. D. E. Bell
Series: Spireseeker #1
Published: October 2013
Summary : Spireseeker is an epic fantasy tale by debut novelist E.D.E. Bell in which the heroine, Beryl, is forced from the only home she's ever known and must discover her true identity in order to confront one of her own kind, before the evil Aegra is able to enslave all of Fayen’s creatures.
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Review: Beryl believes herself to be a normal girl until she is able to heal her grandomther when she is badly wounded, and she is told that she is an elf. And not just any elf. She has a unicorn’s blessing, enabling her to do the healing, and is also believed to be the one to free the land of Fayen from the grasp of Aegra, who uses her blessing to manipulate loyalty to help her eliminate the other elves.
The fantasy world is different to those I’ve met before. Each elf can be blessed by an animal that gives them a unique gift, which I liked learning about.
I really liked the characters. Beryl and her healing powers and Kick, the human companion, were fun to read about and get to know. The culture ofthe elves was fully developed and so were all the other cultures of animals. I quite liked the fact that the nonhumanoid characters played a larger part than they often do in other high fantasy stories.
The writing style is simple, with more formal language during the council meetings and more modern language occasionally that feels out of place.
Pacingwise, it starts off well, introducing new powers, new ideas and new quests for Beryl quickly. The middle is quite slow, It picks up towards the end, when Aegra finally appears more after an introduction at the very start followed by 70% of Beryl’s adventures. I think it would have been nice to see her a bit more, to break up the sameness of the visiting various groups of animals and the discussing in the council, which does get a bit boring after some time. The action scenes were better written than the talky ones.
Overall: Strength 3 tea to a fantasy with great characters but was really dragged out in the middle.