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Friday, March 12, 2010

Breach of Worlds by Dana Davis

Breach of Worlds by Dana Davis
Publisher: SynergEbooks
Genre: Contemporary, Historical, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Age Recommendation: 12+
Length: Full Length (185 pgs)
Rating: 4 Suns
Reviewed by Orchid

It would take several days to reach the valley where the sorceress lived, less if she could catch a ride on some wagon or other. Many people were afraid of the valley woman, afraid to venture there. Not Nara. She’d had her share of beatings. She was anxious to meet this mysterious woman who struck fear in the biggest of men, and wondered what it was like to have such power.

Suddenly, the hairs on her neck stood on end. Someone watched her. She tugged her hat down and peered around. At first, she didn’t see anyone. Finally, she noticed a girl standing near a dress shop across the street. The girl wore a long, blue dress with a high bodice. Jewels sparkled around her neck and lace decorated her cuffs and collar. Her dark hair hung in deliberate curls around her shoulders, creating quite a contrast to her pale skin. She smiled in Nara’s direction.

Nara slipped into the adjacent alley and flattened herself against the wall. She swallowed hard and cursed. This girl would surely tell someone about her. High ladies were like that, always putting their noses in a stranger’s business.

Nara is desperate to leave the orphanage. She feels a strange compulsion to travel to the sorceress and ask for sanctuary. Once she has passed her eleventh birthday she can no longer resist the pull to leave.

She arrives at the property of the sorceress and is very surprised to find Mirin the sorceress is living in a cottage, not a castle or large house. Nara is adopted by Mirin and over the next few years forgets her life in the orphanage. Nara is introduced to all who visit Mirin as the sorceress's niece. She discovers Mirin is not a sorceress at all, but a mage.

Events in the world of the mages are coming to a head as good and evil are driven to a standoff. Mirin and Nara journey to join the other mages and Nara discovers secrets about her adopted aunt and her own background. She also discovers more about her family, in particular her parents and grandparents.

The cover of this book reminded me of an old style Christmas card. Nara's story is set very much in this style. The beginning of the book is reminiscent of the Victorian orphanage era.

The scene quickly changes to the countryside of apple blossoms and sunshine, giving Nara a life she has only dreamed of in her first eleven years. When the war of the mages changes her life once again, Nara is angry. She wants to continue the happy life she has experienced with Mirin, but this is not to be.

Breach of Worlds is a story of a young girl's journey from being alone in the world to finding friendship and family when she least expects it. As she grows older, Nara finds out things about herself that surprise and frighten her. The pleasant beginning runs throughout the book with lightheartedness and darkness weaving its way through the story.

I would recommend this book to children of twelve years old and older. It has magic, evil, warmth and trickery. All the things to make you read to the end of the book.

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