Saturday, August 9, 2014

Accession by Terah Edun




Accession 

(Sarath Web series, bk #1)

By Terah Edun


Blurb: 

Sixteen-year-old Katherine Thompson wasn’t trained to rule a coven. That was her sister – perfect, beautiful Rose. But when a mysterious plane crash kills off the heir presumptive of the Sandersville coven she has no choice.

After stepping in to fill her sister’s shoes, Katherine realizes she didn’t have a clue – faery wars, depressed trolls and angry unicorns are just the beginning.
For centuries, her family has served the high Queens on both sides of the Atlantic but it is a well-known rule that mid-level witches stay away from high-level Queens.

But when Katherine’s youngest cousin vanishes without a trace in the Atlanta court and no one wants to investigate, Katherine decides to step into the darkness on her own. She will soon discover that nothing, in a queen's court, is as it seems.


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My Review
A story woven with fairies,trolls, unicorns. Everything a little girl would imagine fighting. Terah Edun's imaginative powers cannot be questioned after reading this book

The characters, though well woven and had a certain charm, but I feel that they have not been fully explored. Whether the death of Rose or the Queens sublime reaction to everything left me wanting for more. But that does not mean that the story is not interesting. Why Rose was killed by itself is a page turner situation. The magical powers portrayed are at least new and not what we are nowadays seen generally cropping up. 

Katherine is a spunky 16 year old girl. Suddenly, after the death of her sister, Rose when she ascends the throne, she had not imagined that she will inherit all the problems that comes with it. Her greatest woe was the last fight she had with her sister. 

It took me a while to give my review of this book. I re-read it twice to come to this conclusion. The story is wonderful, but there are many editing faults which every self published author should look into. Grammatical errors and at some places the scenes going off to a different tangent shows that editing needs to be tighter.

Coming to the story part, and if I totally ignore the editing part, the story is gripping and a page turner. 

Rating 

Reasoning 
However much a story is good, if there is a lack of good editing, it kills the flow of the story. It might be that this is the case only with the review copies. I sincerely hope so for this is a very cute story to be lost due to lack of editing. Another thing that is very glaring is that the blurb of the book is not  supporting the story. The blurb points about a cousin going missing... but that is not the highlight of the story at all.


Excerpt

As Mrs. Peabody narrowed her eyes,
sniffed, and then turned to pick on another student, Katherine drifted off. In
a daydream, a memory, a premonition, or something that was all of those things
in one. She watched through the frosty window as a maelstrom of black clouds,
heavy lightning, and rain appeared in the morning sky.

For a moment she felt a sharp pain, the
same kind she felt when her mother had fractured her knee surveying corn last
week. She’d known the moment the Queen of Sandersville had fallen and had felt
her mother’s pain from miles away. She had asked Rose about it later. After
chiding her about releasing a powerful flare of magic in response and setting
an acre of forest on fire in the process, as if Katherine had had a choice, Rose had explained that she’d
also started to sense the pain of others late in her fifteenth year.

            But this ache was different. It was
worse, and she had no idea what was causing it. Then she felt her gifts rise.
The dark gifts. The dangerous part of her that was her witch’s gift. The part
of every witch and warlock’s magic that was innate to them, unique to them.
That one special gift that made every coven member different from the rest.
That couldn’t be duplicated with spells or trapped with magic. Rose’s was her
affinity to plants. Their mother’s was her command over earth. But Katherine’s
was unlike either of those. It wasn’t weird and unique, like Thu Kim’s ability
to awaken awareness in inanimate objects, or cool, like Connor’s telepathy. No,
hers was a call. A call that brought destruction in its wake.

With a shock, Katherine snapped out of
her vision. She could feel her power building in a swirl of darkness in the pit
of her stomach. Like a twister, it was ready to emerge. Standing up in a hurry,
she ran between the desks in an effort to get out the door. To get somewhere
quiet. Somewhere safe where she 
wouldn't hurt anybody.

She was holding on by a thread.

A thread that broke when Mrs. Peabody
snapped, “Katherine Thompson, sit down!”






About The Author


Terah Edun is a young adult fantasy writer that writes the stories that she always loved to read as a young girl. Her Courtlight series can be seen on the USA Today Happily Ever After blog and her Crown Service series spent four weeks in the Amazon Top 500.


Her latest book is Accession, the first in the Sarath Web series. 


You can find her at



         




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3 comments:

  1. Interesting review. I agree that editing is very important for a story

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  2. Interesting story and lovely review.Agreed editing does matter a lot. If not done properly it is like coming across a strand of hair in our favourite kheer.

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