I am part of the Digital Reads Blog Tours for a new middle-grade fantasy by T.A. Barua – Arcacia: The Witch, the Warlock and the Children of the Sorceress-Queen.
Today is day 3 of the tour so go check out the previous stops and keep an eye out for the upcoming stops on the Arcacia blog tour!
Now onto my review!
Author: T. A. Barua
Age Classification: Middle Grade
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Release: July 10, 2018
Arcacia is a magical land, but it definitely is not at peace. The people have been forced into hiding or to deal with horrible circumstances awaiting the return of the royal triplets.
The first character we are introduced to is Sophie, a young girl who grew up in a London orphanage with a falcon named Ghost. She is then picked up by a young witch, Olivia, and taken to Arcacia where life is very different and war is in the works. Sophie is strong, determined, confident, trusting and prepared to do whatever is needed to help people.
Olivia is a kind girl and is very protective of Sophie. As soon as the two girls get to Arcacia, Olivia introduces Sophie to Eddie, an absolute sweetie who is great with animals, including a dragon named Taeragon! There is also Reeswyn, Olivia’s younger brother, and Rowan, a girl who flicks between hateful and friendly.
These kids are on a quest to fight the Setanor, Lillith and Eleanor – the people responsible for imprisoning the triplets parents and allowing the babies to be separated – but there are plenty of setbacks the group have to face. I liked the bond between the characters and the resilience they had throughout the novel.
As for the story, the plot is interesting but I feel there was something lacking to make it WOW. I also felt the story was a bit jumpy as I did not think it had smooth transitions from one part of the story to the next, but it was fast paced which is great for young readers.
Star Rating: ☆☆☆
I think it is something my 8-year-old self would have liked.
What book do you think your 8-year-old self would have loved?
Until next time bibliophiles!