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The Other Inheritance (The Inheritance Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Asher works as a slave for Andrius, ruler of the other, he is tasked to recover Reggie before Rhys, and return to the Other under a false pretence. When Reggie and Asher meet, they connect immediately and trust is given freely. Their journey is fraught with danger and twists in allegiance, can the foe become the friend? What is Reggie and why is she so important?
In the round this was a very enjoyable read, all the main characters are instantly likeable and relatable in their flaws. Even Reggie’s mother can’t be seen as bad for turning to drink, she is clearly broken over the loss of Reggie’s father, Sebastian. The world of the Other has some spectacular scenery and creations which is why I love reading fantasy so much! it really allows your imagination free reign and this story gives you just enough to build that world without too much and overwhelming you with description over plot. By far my favourite character though is Brwyn, a changeling, who has an uncanny knack of being at the right place at the right time. He is enigmatic, charming yet entirely loveable as you know there is no hidden agenda, I loved it when he turned up!
The action really ramps up in the last 30% as Reggie starts to fully embrace her legacy and allows herself to open up to her powers without fear. In this latter 3rd it becomes a real page turner and I couldn't put it down, willing the characters forward, one part where Reggie has to hide in a fireplace will have you holding your breath as you read.
My only downside with this story is that I occasionally found some dialogue confusing and there were parts which for me, could have had some more explanation. The ending, however, is bittersweet because as a reader we are privy to more information than Reggie which sets us up nicely for book 2
When seventeen-year-old Reggie brings a dead frog back to life and is visited by a mysterious man in a series of very realistic dreams, she is on the precipice of learning about a whole other magical world, a whole other side to herself, and about an entirely new destiny mapped out for her.
One of the great things about The Other Inheritance is Reggie’s intelligence and confidence. She questions why things are happening to her and the reasons behind them. She is not content to be led around with blinders on. In saying that, I found myself wishing she was more selfish. There are a couple of instances where Reggie immediately forgave people who had betrayed and misled her, and I found myself questioning the believability of her response—regardless of the fact forgiveness is a great quality.
The complexities and revelations surrounding the antagonist were intriguing. Other notable characters are a loyal best friend, John, and of course the ‘at moral war with himself’ Asher.
The concept of a parallel world in which magic exists is clearly and simply explained. Upon entering into the Other, the differences between the Other and the Real (Earth) are well depicted. The cultures and intricacies of this fresh fantasy world are a pleasure to discover and hold the readers’ attention from the moment Reggie crosses through the barrier. The Author has done a wonderful job in bringing the Other to life.
Medium-to-fast pace throughout. Professionally edited with an easy-to-read and vivid writing style. Rebecca Jaycox has put a lot of effort into the plausibility of this story. If Reggie is being misled, there is a perfectly good reason why she has believed the deception. Too often, authors rely on the age and naivety in their young adult characters, however the Other Inheritance has a water-tight structure, allowing the author to present us with an intelligent and strong young woman, and an unpredictable plot - so refreshing!
A highly enjoyable story of an ordinary girl thrown into extraordinary circumstances. I made the mistake of judging this book by its cover before reading—a big mistake it turns out, as I was pleasantly surprised with the professional quality of the story inside.
“A dull throb began as she reached out toward it. The closer she came, the sharper the throbbing. Energy surged within her pushing to get out, her skin a poor casing for her power. She sensed the drowning emptiness of the beetle, the essential spark of life gone.”
Kelly St. Clare, YA Books Central, Staff Reviewer
Love ( not a forced love a real love)
And characters your not ashamed to love then this is the book for you. Now I just need the next book in the series :)
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