Exile by Anne Logston

Exile by Anne Logston
Guardian’s Key
Publisher: Mundania Press
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full length (226 Pages)
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by Cyclamen

Neve has spent her life in the shelter of the Crystal Keep, developing her talent for magic and preparing to inherit from her father the Guardianship of this mysterious world.

With this post comes the remarkable magic of the Nexus. But control of the Nexus is an awesome and dangerous responsibility, and to prove that she is capable of manipulating its formidable energies, Neve must journey through the outside world to the home of the Keep’s creator.

Along the way, she will meet a handsome young sailor whose love and guidance are essential to her survival.

And, in this brutal foreign land, she must confront the dark side of the Nexus … to claim the power that is her birthright.

Neve has lived her entire life in the shelter of the Crystal Keep preparing to inherit the Guardianship of this mysterious world from her father. But when she tries to create living dragons and ends up creating a colossal mess instead, her parents decide that she needs to leave the Crystal Keep and learn about the outside world. She is told to take a dangerous journey to prove herself worthy of inheriting the power of the Nexus.

Anne Logston has written an exciting, fast-paced story about a young woman’s journey to find her true destiny. Neve is a complex character, a bit spoiled, definitely stubborn, courageous, but at times terrified, and I really liked her. She is totally unaware of regular human life, and so it is easy for her to be taken advantage of, but she learns fast. She meets a young sailor named Ash who is as different from the normal humans as she is and together they work to conquer a series of trials.

The settings for this story are richly drawn in complete detail so I really felt as if I were in the middle of the action, dodging blows, fighting my way through jungles, sailing through storms, and trying to manage magic. I enjoyed the relationship between Neve and Ash as they each tried to figure the other out. Both of them are different and both have had to learn to cope with their differences. It was wonderful to see how their friendship and trust develops through their many trials and tribulations.

This is a very exciting book with a number of twists and turns in the plot which keeps the suspense building until the very end. I found that I was unable to put the book down and I read it in one sitting. I think fantasy readers will find Exile to be an excellent choice for a thoughtful and at the same time rivetingly exciting adventure. I look forward to reading more works by this author.

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