UNKNOWN by Melissa Pearl | Review

Title: Unknown

Author: Melissa Pearl

Book #: 1 in the “Elements” trilogy

Publication: June 2013 by Createspace

Pages: 276

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Darkness is covering the land. As the city of Mezrah grows with power and greed, the rest of the world can only stand by and wait for their inevitable destruction. The only hope against this growing power is an ancient prophecy that people have stopped believing in.

Then a star begins to fall.

Princess Kyla of Taramon stopped believing in the power of light the day her father died. Trapped in a city she does not care for, under the watchful glare of her mother, the queen, she struggles to accept her fate.

Then a star begins to fall.

Jethro has loved Kyla for as long as he can remember. Learning that she was to marry his cousin drove a wedge between him and the feisty princess. Watching her from a distance is a torture he is unable to free himself from.

Then a star begins to fall, sparking an ember of hope and sending two seekers on a treacherous journey into the unknown.

Synopsis from Goodreads.com

“Then a star begins to fall”

Review

It was strange reading this book. Whenever I picked it up I felt like I really liked the story, but somehow I was getting tired of it and putting it down. And every time I put it down I felt the need to pick it up again and find out what happens next. Talk about frustarting!

In the beginning I sort of had trouble keeping up with the many different characters with weird names and the relationships between them. I soon discovered though, that there was an index at the end of the book with the name and a few basic facts about every important character. This was really helpful and I often turned the pages to remind myself who is who.

While reading I was thinking it was probably going to be a 2,5 star book. After the middle, though, it started getting much better, so it earned an extra star. All 3,5 stars given to this are solely based on it’s storyline, which really is fantastic and very original and also on princess Kyla!

I did feel that there were many things missing from this book though. The storyline was very interesting, as I said, but the way it was narrated was lacking. A book should show and not say, and I feel this book was doing the exact opposite. We were always “being told” of what happened or what someone’s character is like instead of “being shown”. There is one character for example (Safeer), who is always described as being cruel and merciless and completely dislikable. This is always described by other people though! We don’t get to see him “in action” until very late in the book, so we don’t exactly get the chance to form a first-hand opinion on him, but only get to see him through a looking glass.

Furthermore, the pace was very slow, at times focusing on not-so-important details instead of the main plot. Whenever there is some action coming up, where you feel the anticipation growing, it either finishes really fast, or it finally doesn’t happen at all. The perspective switches between many of the characters of the books, giving us the opportunity to experience the story from different angles, but also giving us information on many random things. I would prefer it if the POV was only switching between the two-three main characters, so that I could learn more about them and less about everyone else.

As far as the characters are concerned, I really loved princess Kyla, the protagonist of the book! She is a strong female character, always feisty and witty. She doesn’t really care much about being a princess and she much prefers running outside or practicing with a sword, than wearing a dress and studying. She really loves adventure and would definitely prefer risking her life doing something fun and dangerous, than playing the boring role of a princess. Her character was really refreshing and one of the best parts of this book! As for Jethro (the guy who is in love with Kyla, but doesn’t want her to find out because she is to be married to his cousin), I was a bit annoyed dy him. I get why he can’t tell her about his feelings and how hard it must be for him and all, but the way she is always pushing her away, often not even talking to her, is kind of getting on my nerves. I’d like to see some clever dialogs between those two and I hope we get some in book number two!

I’m really looking forward to reading the rest of the series and I have a strong feeling that the next two books are going to be even better than this one!

First Line

“It was once said that a light could shine in the darkness and the darkness could not overcome it, but then the light died and a darkness born of doubt and fear began to fester throughout the land, breeding an evil that no one invited.”

Recommend it for…

Indie readers
Fantasy fans

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