Halith presents the fantastical world of Aessyra where prophesy tells of an evil brewing and only “the One” can stop it. Halith’s journey begins when she steals away from an impending marriage to a fat merchant, deemed by her uncle to be a good match. In a fit of passion, she runs away in the deep of night, with nothing to her name, and is soon transformed from a scared 16 year old girl to a young warrior ready to answer her fate.
In the beginning, Halith embraces her new adventurous lifestyle focusing on fighting battles, learning the trades of the Dwarves, and drinking and making merriment in local taverns. Soon; however, Halith’s true test of maturity comes when the Great War finally breaks out across Aessyra. The Haddu, a coalition of Orcs, trolls, and others faithful to a demonic religion, are swarming over the land, seeking to usher in the Third Darkness. Halith must grapple with challenges within and without as she dodges assassins, endures the betrayal of those closest to her, and tries to make sense of her so-called “destiny.”
I thought Halith was a wonderful YA fantasy!
Kirsten Kelly did some amazing world-building in this story. She's a descriptive writer who manages to form a picture in your mind. After reading up on the book I found out that Kirsten managed to intertwine fact and fiction into her world of Aessyra. I love that because I think it always manages to make a story come to life.
The main character Halith is fantastic. I loved the fact that she was a female warrior. Why's this you ask? Well, in this story it was rare to see females warriors; the women were either married or of the clothe. I LOVED the fact that the main character chose her own path. She decided to do what was right for her and not follow the pressures of the ones around her. Now that was awesome!
To touch on the plot....very good! I enjoyed it as there were many twists and turns to the story and not everyone was who they appeared to be.
Overall, this was an excellent story that really hit home on the message to follow your heart and do what's right for you. Very nice book in my opinion!
About The Author:
Kirsten Kelly lives in Miami, Florida where she enjoys kayaking, fishing, and travel. Like her characters, she lives for good friends, good food, and the next adventure.
**this book was provided for review by PaleCriminal Works