With well developed characters and especially the main character, Berona, who evolves into an independent woman, this book would be a definite yes for any middle or high school library. While the story may be similar to a lot of YA or New Adult Fantasy, that is what will make it appealing for younger audiences. The familiar with a dose of unique.
The yellow-robed Shandon adds that touch of mystery and his story is just as intriguing as Berona’s journey. This is a well written and nicely refined story with adventure, swords and magic. What more could you possibly want?
Eighteen-year-old Berona only wants to roam free in the hills while she daydreams of a suitor who would dance with her—until the night the Water Demon hunts her down. To save her family from the Demon’s threats, she flees with a heretic magician convinced that Berona is the prophesied Girl of Fire. He promises to train her in the skills she will need to defeat their ancient enemy.Their journey is fraught with challenges, and Berona questions her destiny. How can she be the Girl of Fire when she has yet to wield a sword?But the Water Demon doesn’t fight with swords. She corrupts your very soul. As alliances crumble, the Demon infiltrates Berona’s circle of trusted fighters and friends. Steeling herself against her broken heart, fearing the traitor within her ranks, Berona vows to prove the prophecy is her destiny.