As Natalie, the protagonist, struggles with issues that we can all relate to—money, aspirations, family—she is thrust into a battle in Fourline, an unknown realm that she has no place in. But once there, Natalie discovers a will and spirit in herself that are nothing short of heroic. Her transformation from average university student to Warrior Sister made me wonder if I would find similar bravery and honour at my core if I was in her shoes. Of course, that’s what I’ve always hoped for whenever I’ve met characters like Natalie in my favourite adventure stories—that I, too, would rise above incomprehensible odds. Unlike Natalie, I’ve never had the chance to test my mettle, but perhaps that’s for the best, because as Natalie struggles in both our world and in Fourline, the path is anything but easy.
I am continually impressed by the story that debut author Pam Brondos has written. It is so supremely satisfying that it’s hard to imagine she could expand upon it further. But she’s done just that with the continuation of Natalie’s journey in the second and third books in the trilogy, both to be released in early 2016.
- Courtney Miller, Editor