Author: Kia Garriques
Title: Innovera Yakov: The Journey of a Thousand Eyes
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Kia Garriques
So where do I begin?
I kind of have mixed feelings about Innovera Yakov. At first I didn't like it, but now I realize that it is one of the best fantasy books I have ever read. Let's start with the main character, Ayana. I think Ayana' s characters was developed extremely well. In the land of Innovera Yakov, she is sort of an oustsider. She is the only person with imperfections such as scars on her face and human like emotions. Though she is a healer and has the power to, well, heal, that doesn't gain her any favor with her peers. She has a crush on someone who isn't interested and can't appreciate the guy that is. Though out the story, the reader can watch Ayana develop her self worth and understanding of herself.
Innovera Yakov is one of the most interesting fantasy lands I have ever read about. It is extremely complex and developed, which was confusing at first, but gradually I was able to understand it. The way the author described it made me want to go there and be apart of it. The descriptions were almost the best I have seen in a book, and it wasn't done in a frank way. Gradually, your mind starts to visualize the beauty of Innovera Yakov.
The plot is kind of interesting. Just when you think it's not going anywhere, it does. I don't want to give anything away, but the twist at the end is a cliffhanger that forces your mind into wanting to read the next book.
One thing I didn't like was how things never seemed to work out for Ayana. Gradually she discovers how important she is to society, but as far as finding a mate, friends, or fitting in, just when things seemed to be going good for her, they didn't. I hope in the next book, she finds someone that she loves and loves her back, just like the other peers.
Overall, I really liked this book. The character's were extremely well formed, and the last fifty pages are intense and gripping. I chose to keep this book on my shelves, and I give it a seven and a half out of ten. I think all readers who enjoy fantasy or are looking to start reading fantasy will enjoy the breathtaking novel. Looking back at the beginning of the book, it's interesting to see how far the author has taken us from the first setting to ending. You will fall in love with Innovera Yakov and it's inhabitants, too.
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Kia Garriques studied writing and English literature at University and has been a published short story writer since 2009. Her first story “The Invisible Alien Watcher” was published by Micro Horror in 2009 and reprinted by Pill Hill Press in 2011. Innovera Yakov: The Journey of a Thousand Eyes – is her first novel in the ‘Worlds’ series and will be out on amazon mid February. visit www.kiagarriques.com/books to read the first chapter