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Review: Raelia by Lynette Noni

on December 13, 2017

Raelia (The Medoran Chronicles #2)
Lynette Noni
Pantera Press
2016, 448p
Purchased personal copy

Blurb {from the publisher/Goodreads.com}:

“Life is full of crossroads, Alex. Full of choices.”

Returning for a second year at Akarnae Academy with her gifted friends, Alexandra Jennings steps back through a doorway into Medora, the fantasy world that is full of impossibilities. 

Despite the magical wonder of Medora, Alex’s life remains threatened by Aven Dalmarta, the banished prince from the Lost City of Meya who is out for her blood. 

To protect the Medorans from Aven’s quest to reclaim his birthright, Alex and her friends seek out the Meyarin city and what remains of its ancient race.

Not sure who—or perhaps what—she is anymore, all Alex knows is that if she fails to keep Aven from reaching Meya, the lives of countless Medorans will be in danger. Can she protect them, or will all be lost?

This is the second book in the Medoran Chronicles – I read the first a couple of months ago during the The Reading Quest challenge and had enjoyed it enough to pick up books 2&3 not long after. I have to say, this book is definitely a step up in both writing and story, although it starts a bit clunkily.

Alex is back at Akernae Academy for her second year and this time, she’s brought her parents, having confessed everything to them. With them kept occupied by the Library, Alex is free to resume her studies and continue attempting to figure out a way to rid herself of the obsessive attention of Aven. Inadvertently co-opted into a special class against her will, Alex is kept busy with challenges and tasks that tend to reveal more than she bargained for. It’s also agreed that she needs to make a trip to the Lost City of Meya, where Aven is banished from by his royal family to inform them of his actions. That trip also reveals far more about herself than Alex is ready to hear and the implications of it threaten her life even more.

I was really into this story – I like Alex and the little band of friends she has collected along the way at Akernae and the adventures really ramp up in this installment. I loved Hunter’s class and the way in which that all worked out. The tasks that Hunter devises for them are dangerous but exciting and the way in which the students work together and don’t attempt to outdo each other or try and ‘win’ and seek approval from Hunter works for me. I also liked the developments with Kaiden and hope there’s lots more of him in book 3.

The city of Meya and its inhabitants were not a disappointment and I think their contributions to the story are going to be considerable and memorable. Alex has a way of making those around her feel at ease, even when she’s an intruder and she has the ability to connect with many simply by being herself. She grows a lot as a character in this book, although she still has plenty of insecurities and self doubts. But you can see the confidence she is slowly gaining as she betters herself in her combat classes and learns new fighting techniques. A big showdown is coming and Alex will have to be prepared for it.

I was warned that I’d want to have #3 on hand when I finished this because there’s a bit of a shock at the end that leaves the reader hanging. My good forward thinking means I do already have #3 and I am so glad that I do because I did not see what happened coming until very late in the book. It’s a devious twist and gives Alex and her friends something else to focus on – a new very important mission that is tied into the overall mission but this definitely personal. I was tempted to roll straight onto #3, but I am making myself wait just a couple of weeks until the publication date for the 4th book is a little closer. That way it won’t be so long to wait for that one. Spacing them out just a little, but still keeping them read close together, which helps preserve the detail and intricacy of the world and the story.

I feel as though this was a big step up for this series. The first book had a lot of set up about the world and about Alex fitting in to Akernae and adjusting to all the new things she was seeing and experiencing. This book still has a bit of that, as Alex discovers more new things, especially about herself, but she’s also finding her groove in her classes, in her social surroundings. She has the comfort of her parents who are ‘there but not there’ in that she can go and visit them but they aren’t an invasive part of the story. Her friendships develop and grow, including a few more and when the time comes I feel as though Alex will have a strong band of willing supporters behind her. I’m sure there’s still lots to find out about her and I’m looking forward to those reveals.

8/10

Book #198 of 2017

Raelia is book #58 of the Australian Women Writers Challenge 2017


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