Thursday, April 19, 2018

The Secrets of Islayne by Kari Lynn West


A powerful island. A dangerous mystery. An impossible choice.

For centuries, the island of Islayne has given certain residents the ability to revive other people’s memories. These gifted individuals are known as luminators, and sixteen-year-old Ronan Saunders desperately desires to join their illustrious ranks. As he struggles against the prejudice of the old, powerful families who have an iron grip on the trade, Ronan falls under the tutelage of a reclusive luminator, rumored to be insane.

Just when his long-desired future is within reach, Ronan and his three friends discover a deadly secret on the island. As they delve deeper into the mystery, what they find forces them to question their loyalties, doubt long-held beliefs, and wrestle with the dire consequences of revealing the truth. Ronan finds himself torn between everything he loves and the only future he’s ever wanted. The entire fate of the lumination trade hangs in the balance of his decision.

My Thoughts

Where should I begin?!  This book was so good!  My only frustration is that it took me so long to get to this book!

Kari Lynn West has a major talent for world building.  It doesn't even take a lot of imagination to picture this world that she has created.  The place, time, powers, all of it!  Very well done!

The characters are interesting and believable.  That can be tricky with fantasy/sci-fi type books.  But, these characters were very well written.

The plot is original and it keeps you intrigued.  There are a ton of slow moving areas that make you want to put the book down.  It moves at a nice pace throughout.

The ending was somewhat abrupt but it seems to work in this book.  I don't think that I could have pictured it any other way.  All in all, The Secrets of Islayne is a very enjoyable book and I definitely recommend it!

*Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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