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Auriella learns she is something more powerful than a witch, and the Shadow Legion wants her, when she runs into a burning house to save trapped children and her skin is unblemished by the fire. She hides for her safety, but that isn't as safe for her either. Auriella will have to face and learn what she is and what she's to do. The path she takes will be one of her own timing to get there.
Julia is a new narrator to me. I found I liked her voice. Her voice is soft, gentle, like a whisper-y sound but not quiet. She speaks each work clearly. She has a slight accent that feels to suit Auriella. I liked the small, higher pitched voice for Cassie, it fits for a pixie. Julia does different voice sounds and tones for the many characters we cross here, which is always a great bonus. The quality of the narration is well done, clear, and enjoyable without distractions.
This story is of Auriella as she grows as a person in this world. After the first four chapters I felt like Auriella didn't have a direction in life. She's not planing on going anywhere, any plans or wants beyond getting away. She ran from the Shadow Lord, the people who believe her a witch, and then planed to run from the cruel witch she served. But there was no ideas after that. No drive other than away from harm. When Auriella finds Cassie she has more direction to save them both. In chapter ten, about two hours in, we get a strong purpose for Auriella. This is when she finds out what she is but still has to verify it. This is something Auriella has to come to accept to move on with what she was sent here for, time will help her accept this as she ages and grows. It's close to the end when she knows what it is she wants to do, and goes for it full steam.
This story feels like a prequel in a sense to me. It brings Auriella to where she needs to be in mind and body through all she's lived through.
This is a Young Adult Fantasy read. Something for young readers to start to read with minimal violence and gentle love. It has it's slower moments with details, but this is where Auriella makes her friends and falls in love with an area and family. It feels as it's a build up to more to come. We finally get an explanation to what Auriella is about four hours into the five and a half hour book. This is the beginning of battles to come.
We are now set up for the battles to come, the fights that Auriella will have to face, and maybe find more like her along the way.