Title: The First of Her Kind: A Darkness and Light Novel
Author: K.L. Schwengel
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Medieval Fantasy
Series: Darkness and Light, book one
Star Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: The First of Her Kind is an authentic, romantic medieval novel that I absolutely loved, though there were some flaws.
I won First of Her Kind: A
Darkness and Light Novel here on Goodreads. Thank you, K.L., for the
nice note on the cover! Totally awesome! I was a little apprehensive
when I started reading it--I thought it was going to be a sappy romance
novel with no substance--and boy, am I glad that I was proven wrong!
Ciara is a girl with a serious problem: She is gifted heavily with the
Goddess's earth magic, which is used for healing, and the wilding, a
destructive force that could tear her to shreds. When her aunt, Meriol,
dies, Ciara sets out with Bolin, a mysterious warrior with secrets of
his own, to a convent of sorts where Ciara can learn to control her
magic. Once she sets out, Ciara and Bolin are thrust into a deadly
battle of wills, in which they are both pawns to those with evil intent.
What I enjoyed:
-Ciara and her strong will and defiance
-Bolin, and his evolution throughout the novel
-The romance and how it wasn't too over the top
-The way it read like an authentic medieval fantasy novel to me
-The cliffhanger--can't wait for the sequel!
What I didn't enjoy:
way Bolin was tortured--it was too overtly sexual for me, personally,
but then again, it was probably true to the time period
Thank you, K.L., and thank you, Goodreads! Next on deck: The Sweetest Dark by Shana Abe!