Book Review: Through Fire & Sea (Otherselves, #1) by Nicole Luiken

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TFaS_500Through Fire & Sea (Otherselves, #1) by Nicole Luiken:

Synopsis:

There is one True World, and then there are the four mirror worlds: fire, water, air, and stone. And each has a magic of its own…

In the Fire World, seventeen-year-old Leah is the illegitimate daughter of one of the realm’s most powerful lords. She’s hot-blooded—able to communicate with the tempestuous volcano gods. But she has another gift…the ability to Call her twin “Otherselves” on other worlds.

Holly resides in the Water World—our world. When she’s called by Leah from the Fire World, she nearly drowns. Suddenly the world Holly thought she knew is filled with secrets, magic…and deadly peril.

For a malevolent force seeks to destroy the mirror worlds. And as Leah and Holly are swept up in the tides of chaos and danger, they have only one choice to save the mirror worlds—to shatter every rule they’ve ever known…

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Author: Nicole Luiken

Release Date: Mar. 7, 2016

Genre: YA Fantasy

 

There is one True World, and then there are the four Mirror Worlds: Fire, Water, Air, and Stone.

 

Audrey and Dorotea are “otherselves”—twin copies of each other who live on different

Mirror Worlds.

 

On Air, Audrey has the ability to communicate with wind spirits. As war looms, she’s torn between loyalty to her country and her feelings for a roguish phantom who may be a dangerous spy.

 

Blackouts and earthquakes threaten the few remaining humans on Stone, who have been forced to live underground. To save her injured sister, Dorotea breaks taboo and releases an imprisoned gargoyle. Brooding, sensitive Jasper makes her wonder if gargoyles aretruly traitors, as she’s always been told.

 

Unbeknownst to them, they both face the same enemy—an evil sorceress bent on

shattering all the Mirror Worlds.

 

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About the Author:

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Nicole Luiken wrote her first book at age 13 and never stopped.
She is the author of nine published books for young adults, including Violet Eyes and its sequels Silver Eyes and Angels Eyes, Frost, Unlocking the Doors, The Catalyst, Escape to the Overworld, Dreamfire and the sequel Dreamline. Through Fire & Sea, book one of Otherselves, and Amid Wind & Stone, book two of Otherselves, are her most recent releases. She also has an adult thriller, Running on Instinct, under the name N.M. Luiken and a fantasy romance series, Gate to Kandrith and Soul of Kandrith.
Nicole lives with her family in Edmonton, AB. It is physically impossible for her to go more than three days in a row without writing.

Author Website: http://www.nicoleluiken.com/

Author Twitter: @NicoleLuiken

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Read below for an excerpt from Amid Wind & Stone:

Stone World

The lights went out, plunging the cave into absolute darkness.

Dorotea froze on her hands and knees in the tunnel. Behind her, Marta wailed. Dorotea reached back and found her little sister’s hand. “It’s all right. The lights will come back in a moment.” Despite her reassuring words, worry wormed its way into her stomach. It wasn’t unusual for one or two of the light squares embedded in the walls to burn out and stay black for a few weeks before being replaced, but every light in the whole tunnel had winked out at the same instant as if it were False Night instead of an hour short of noon.

Instinct prodded at her. Something’s wrong.

Marta squeezed her hand with six-year-old strength. “I’m scared! Make the lights come back.”

As if being eleven years older conferred magic powers. “The Elect will fix it. All we have to do is wait.”

“I’m so scared,” Marta whined.

“Crawl up closer to me,” Dorotea said. “The tunnel’s wide enough here.”

Marta squirmed up. Dorotea lay on her side and cuddled her sister’s small body. The contact comforted Dorotea, too. Marta’s presence meant Dorotea couldn’t panic.

Her eyes remained open, uselessly straining to see in the utter darkness. She’d never experienced anything like it. During False Night, each cavern had a few lights that remained on so people could find their way to the privy. This darkness was blacker than the inside of a coal seam.

Maybe only the tunnel’s lights had gone out. Maybe there was still light in the main caverns.

“I’m scared of the dark,” Marta whimpered again. “What if the gargoyles get us?”

Dorotea’s heart jumped into her throat at the thought of hands reaching up through solid stone, but she made her voice calm. “Don’t be silly. All the gargoyles are safely locked up in the Cavern of Traitors.”

“But what if they tunneled through the floor?”

“They can’t,” Dorotea said shortly. “They’re frozen in place. Why are you scared of gargoyles? You’ve never even seen one. They were imprisoned before you were born.” They didn’t kill your father, like they did mine. Marta’s father, Martin, was annoyingly alive.

Dorotea had been younger than Marta when the gargoyles rebelled. She barely remembered them except for fuzzy images of her father’s gargoyle: a very tall, silent man made of gray stone with a craggy, rough-hewn face.

The gargoyles couldn’t have caused the blackout. Could they? Surely not, but anxiety still twisted inside her, keying her nerves to a higher pitch. She shivered in the clammy embrace of the stone tunnels. The rough trousers and tunic she’d donned for weeding were better suited for crawling than her usual robes, but the material was also thinner.

Something’s wrong. Something more than a Tech malfunction.

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My Review:

Through Fire & Sea was a solid YA fantasy that I would recommend to YA fantasy lovers, especially leaning toward the younger side. It has everything you could ask for: magic, different realms, dragons, sea creatures, and a ton more! It’s fast paced and constantly keeps you on your toes, wondering what will happen next!

I have mixed feelings about Through Fire & Sea, but I mostly really enjoyed it! Part of my thing was that sometimes I really liked Leah and sometimes I didn’t. Likewise, sometimes I really liked Holly, and sometimes I didn’t. It was never consistent. I thought all of the characters could have used a bit more development, but overall it was a really good start!

I found the different worlds, as well as the dual perspectives, to be a little confusing. I wish that the focus would have just been on one girl and one world with a storyline there. There was just a lot going on all at once. Sometimes, that worked out really well! I enjoyed the fast paced non-ending action that went on throughout this whole book. It was just a lot to take in.

One thing that I really enjoyed about this book was the dragon theme it had going on. Not only did I really like the dragon and the volcano people, but I thought they added oomph to the storyline. I’m really curious to see where that storyline will take place in the next book. IT BETTER CONTINUE!

While I did really enjoy this book, sometimes to the point of staying up well into the night, I did think that it had a bit too much going on at once. Not only did you have the four different realms and the two perspectives, but there was also the Hollywood & acting scene, the two different relationships, the mom drama, etc, etc, etc. It was just a little too much all at once. It was sometimes difficult to keep up on everything that was going on all at once.

I did really enjoy Through Fire & Sea. The only thing that I’ll say is that it did seem to edge a little bit on the younger side. Not to the point of being middle grade, but more like a younger teenager book. Not that there’s anything wrong with that! I still enjoyed it! Based on the cover, though, I expected this one to be a little more upper fantasy/paranormal than it actually was.

Overall, I did enjoy this book. I’m interested to see what will happen next in Amid Wind & Stone!

Rating: [rating: 3]

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