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2023 book review:talia heir to the fairy realm

by Joel Flanagan-Grannemann

Fantasy, 2022 by Joel Flanagan-Granneman, 499 Pages 

What I Didn’t Like:

  • The pacing on this was a really hard point for me. The beginning didn’t have anything that grabbed my attention and it was difficult to get into, but the ending really picked up and pushed this forward. 
  • For me there were so many characters (side and main) and some of the names were close together. If it wasn’t the main 4 people sometimes I would get lost on what “side” that person was on.

What I Did Like:

  • The evolution of Talia herself is pretty impressive. When this story started I thought Talia was very one-sided and annoying. As we moved further into the story we saw a deeper side of her, a take charge side at times and we see this balance begin to take shape. She became strong and we got to see her grow through what happened to and around her. 
  • At about 55% of the way through this story completely comes alive and makes it almost impossible to put down until you have read the last word. Everything happens at once and we are thrust into a world of intrigue, betrayal, costly mistakes, and consequences that these characters are going to be dealing with well into the next book.
  • The way that this royal court was setup and explained as well as the way their world was showcased was great. We see right from the start how they run things and their traditions and ceremonies. The explanations were with such great detail and thought, it really pulled the reader into this world completely.

Who Should Read This One: 

  • Fantasy readers would love the level of detail in this one, as well as the characters and the series setup. 

My Rating: 4 stars – fantasy readers will love this one.

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