Leonie Woodville wants to live an unremarkable life. She wants routine, she wants repetition, she wants predictability. So when she explodes in a blaze of light one morning on the way to her college, it’s enough to put a real crimp in her day. And things only get weirder…
Leonie learns from her father that she is last of the Pulsar, a phenomenally powerful member of a magical species called the Chosen. It will be her sole duty to protect the Imperium, a governing hierarchy, from all enemies, and to exceed the reputation of the Pulsar before her. So – no pressure there, then.
Leonie is swept away from her rigorous normality and taken to a world of magic. There, she is forced into a ceremony to join her soul to a guardian, Korren, who is both incredibly handsome and intensely troubled, a relationship for which ‘it’s complicated’ just really doesn’t cut it.
But Leonie is soon to learn that this ancient world is no paradise. With violent dissidents intent to overthrow the Imperium, and dark entities with their own agenda, she and Korren find themselves caught in a war where they will have to overcome their differences if they are to survive.
Dare to dream. Dare to hope. Dare to be a legend.
Sissy: This is a little bit more dark and intense than our light fairy tale fare we’ve been feeding our readers lately. Girl of Myth and Legend explores some deep social themes such as the value of life, suicide, and slavery, so we are treading close to the edge of our required happy ending clause here. Some people die along the road to other people’s happy ending. That is how real life is, but I don’t have to like it. What I did like in this story is the complexity of the world building and the flawed characters that make you think.
Bubby: I will warn you right off the bat that there is a smattering of language (no “F” bombs) and quite a bit of violence in this tale. However, I find myself anxiously looking forward to May first when book two in the Chosen Saga, Order of Dust, is released. At the moment I feel as if I have been riding one of those roller coasters that starts off going 70 mph in the dark, flips you upside down and drops you down a hundred foot cliff. But I’m still half way down the cliff. I have no idea what’s going to happen with Leonie, our normal girl turned mythic legend and her shape shifting side-kick Korren. Do they live? Do they die? Are they going to fall in love? I don’t know.
Sissy: I’m wondering if there are more relatives of Leonie out there waiting to appear (you’ll know what I’m talking about when you read the book). Seriously there has to be a whole revolution in order for things to be resolved, so I imagine things will get completely sticky in the world of Duwyn as well as in the personal lives of Leonie and Korren. Actually, I would love to know Korren’s complete backstory. We get hints and flashbacks and have some idea of what has happened to him, but I need more!
Bubby: I want more of Leonie’s dad’s back story too. Why did he leave Duwyn? What’s up with Leonie’s mother? Honestly, the dad irritates me almost the whole entire time until the point when…spoilers!
Sissy: If you want captivating fantasy and intense adventure, Girl of Myth and Legend has it in spades. For an interesting look at the author’s vision, take a look at the trailer here. Girl of Myth and Legend even has a soundtrack! Take a listen here.
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