Monday, August 28, 2017

Wings Unseen by Rebecca Gomez Farrell - Review Tour

Wings Unseen
Rebecca Gomez Farrell
Published by: Meerkat Press
Publication date: August 22nd 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

To end a civil war, Lansera’s King Turyn relinquished a quarter of his kingdom to create Medua, exiling all who would honor greed over valor to this new realm on the other side of the mountains. The Meduans and Lanserim have maintained an uneasy truce for two generations, but their ways of life are as compatible as oil and water.

When Vesperi, a Meduan noblewoman, kills a Lanserim spy with a lick of her silver flame, she hopes the powerful display of magic will convince her father to name her as his heir. She doesn’t know the act will draw the eye of the tyrannical Guj, Medua’s leader, or that the spy was the brother of Serrafina Gavenstone, the fiancรจe of Turyn’s grandson, Prince Janto. 

As Janto sets out for an annual competition on the mysterious island of Braven, Serra accepts an invitation to study with the religious Brotherhood, hoping for somewhere to grieve her brother’s murder in peace. What she finds instead is a horror that threatens both countries, devouring all living things and leaving husks of skin in its wake.

To defeat it, Janto and Serra must learn to work together with the only person who possesses the magic that can: the beautiful Vesperi, whom no one knows murdered Serra’s brother. An ultimate rejection plunges Vesperi forward toward their shared destiny, with the powerful Guj on her heels and the menacing beating of unseen wings all about.

Readers of all ages will enjoy Wings Unseen, Rebecca Gomez Farrell’s first full-length novel. It is a fully-imagined epic fantasy with an unforgettable cast of characters.

3 Stars

Lansera was one kingdom, divided into two to end a civil war. Medua, the newly formed country is ruled by advers, believers in evil magic. Lanserims and Meduans are now deadly enemies. There is a prophecy, whereby through the new generations, peace can be restored. Another impending war? 

Janto is the Lanserim Prince, soon to be married to his childhood friend and sweetheart. However, he has to go on his Murat. It's an annual quest with endurance tests. 

Serra is an orphan, raised in the Lanserim kingdom from a young age and betrothed to Janto. She is looking forward to her big day, but just after Janto's departure, she is invited to be an initiate in to learn about the religious ways of their goddess. 

Vesperi is a Meduan where all women are considered to be good for two things only. Whoring themselves and being in the kitchens. She looks after her younger brother who has physical disabilities. Her biggest desire is to become the heir to her father, highly unlikely! Being a woman and all. She also has a power which she is unable to control. 

Unbeknown to them, Janto, Serra and Vesperi are bound by the prophecy. During the Murat, Janto achieves something that's considered to be a myth. He then starts to have visions. He finds those disturbing even though they haunt him. During her initiation, Serra makes her own discovery. She has a gift which might well change their destiny. At the same time, the Guj, leader of the Meduan evil sect wants to manipulate Vespiri by using her gifts. 

Vesperi escapes and is captured by the Lanserims. She is surprised at the way women are treated and still expects the worse! She does what she does best. Rebelling at every turn, until she is more or less convinced that things are different here. Serra has second thoughts about her wedding. She makes a judgement call that changes everything. The three of them find that their future is predestined.

Soon they find that they have to work together in order to thwart the evil threatening all their lives. Feelings and relationships change. Resentment and jealousy set in, but these have to be overlooked for the greater of good. One of Vesperi's evil doing comes to light and causes even more upsets! They carry on regardless, and witness deaths and destruction whilst they themselves are in danger. They meet Lorne, a Meduan who is well acquainted to Vespiri. Together, they develop a strategy to defeat the evil, stop the deaths and bring the two sides back together. Do they have what it takes to stop the advers? 

The chants that are meant to reinforce the prophecy are too repetitive and become a little tedious. The roles of the characters are well defined but, I would have liked to have learnt a bit more about their personalities in order to connect with them. Although the end is satisfactory, there are some gaps in relation to two of the main characters. It's an interesting concept, but the story isn't fluid even though the prospects are good. 

I was kindly issued with an eARC and the views expressed are my personal opinion.

Author Bio

In all but one career aptitude test Rebecca Gomez Farrell has taken, writer has been the #1 result. But when she tastes the salty air and hears the sea lions bark, she wonders if maybe sea captain was the right choice after all. Currently marooned in Oakland, CA, Becca is an associate member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Her short stories, which run the gamut of speculative fiction genres, have been published by Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Pulp Literature, the Future Fire, Typehouse Literary Magazine, and an upcoming story in theDark, Luminous Wings anthology from Pole to Pole Publishing among others. Maya’s Vacation, her contemporary romance novella, is available from Clean Reads. She is thrilled to have Meerkat Press publish her debut novel.

Becca’s food, drink, and travel writing, which has appeared in local media in CA and NC, can primarily be found at her blog, The Gourmez. For a list of all her published work, fiction and nonfiction, check out her author website at  

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