Monday, November 24, 2014

Review of ORENDA by Ruth Silver

    Join forces with a parallel universe.
    Dark forces, magical creatures, and the world Lil thought she knew collide when a dream transports her to the strange world of Orenda. Stunned and terrified, Lil comes face to face with her doppelganger, Willow, who possesses the ability to travel between the two worlds. Everything Lil knows logically says that Orenda can’t exist, but a small clue may be proof that it was more than an ordinary dream. With the threat of her sister in danger, Lil crosses dimensions but it may cost her even more than she bargained for.
    A sword wielding girl, the eternal suit, and a parallel universe come together in this action- packed Young Adult fantasy adventure that will keep readers of all ages turning the pages. Orenda is the first novel in the Orenda series.
    I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review and agreed to read it because I enjoy Ruth Silver’s writing style. This book is a young adult fantasy novel which is not a genre I normally read, but it took me back to younger days when this would have been right up my alley.
    When Lil finds herself transported to Orenda, she is first convinced that it’s merely a dream. Lil quickly discovers this is not the case and sets out on a journey that she never would have imagined possible. I don’t want to give up too many details, but I believe this story could easily be enjoyed by readers as young as ten and would be enjoyed most by preteens and teens.
    Ruth Silver does a fantastic job of creating the fantasy world of Orenda. It was well-crafted and easy to picture. The characters are all likable and easy to connect to, with the exception of the evil sorceress bent on destroying two worlds. The story moved at a fast pace and was filled with action. This is book one in a series, so it does end with some unanswered questions and unsolved plots. Still, it was not an unsatisfying ending. A great start to this series.

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