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Elemental Kingdoms: Darkness Descends

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This is such a cute cover!

Author: Lauren Arvo and Peter Arvo
Genre: Middle Grade
Rating: 3.5 stars

Once there were many kingdoms of myth and legend, but six stood apart from the rest. They may have lost their origins, but they still possessed their elemental abilities of creation as well as destruction. Their rule was about to be threatened by an unseen group, who have waited patiently to make their move. 

A group of powerful royal blooded teenagers are about to experience the time of their lives, but also have their lives turned upside-down. They will have to go beyond what they thought possible, stretching their skills, friendship, courage, love, and powers to the breaking point.

I was sent this by the author, in no way did that affect my review.

The premise of the book was what grabbed my attention. Kingdoms, teenagers, magical powers – what’s not to like? And I wasn’t disappointed.

Initially, the story was slightly hard to follow, as there are multiple characters from multiple kingdoms, each with a certain set of powers. The interweaving of their stories was done seamlessly. I loved the relationships between the characters – seeing how they interacted with each other and learnt about one another, it was all lovely.

The writing of the story is very simple with easy dialogue. It isn’t flawless, but it’s easy to get into. I read several pages in a go without realising because the book flowed very well. The pacing of the story was good. Since there are several characters, it’s important to be introduced to each of them in their own time and not rushing into it, which I felt was done well.

What really stood out to me about this book was the world – it’s so fascinating. The powers that the children possess, the history of the world, I loved how everything correlated. Something that really complemented the story was the maps in the end. Even though I read this via eBook, I thought the maps were gorgeous and having maps in fantasy stories really adds something extra to a story.

My favourite part of the book was Ahmu’s, one of my favourite character’s, journal. It was a sort of glossary to some of the weird words and phrases the characters use.

This book is written by a 14 year old named Lauren Arvo and co authored by her father, Peter Arvo. I think it must have been such a great bonding experience for both of them to write in this beautiful magic world together. Its amazing!

All in all, this is a fun read for fantasy lovers. Do pick it up and enjoy!

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