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Angela J. Ford
March 26th, 2021
Upper YA, Coming of Age, Epic Fantasy
A warrior princess with a dire future embarks on a perilous quest to regain her fallen kingdom.
Eighteen-year-old Aofie’s Mor is an outcast princess, hiding in the sacred forest of the centaurs. She’s spent her life training for one purpose: to take back her kingdom from the angel of death. When she comes of age, the centaurs prepare her to reunite with the humans. However, on the morning of her departure, she learns a horrific truth that leaves her questioning her true identity.
Frustrated, but taught not to question the will of the gods, Aofie travels deep into perilous lands in search of her birth mother. Along the way she accidentally frees a dangerous goddess, befriends a mysterious iceman, and meets a magic-wielding nymph. But threads of betrayal and corruption run deeper than Aofie imagined. As she faces trials and tribulations, she begins to question everything she’s assumed to be true. Caught in the ultimate war between good and evil, Aofie must make a choice about her future.
Will she have the strength and courage to take back her kingdom? Or will she turn her back on fate and choose her own destiny? Welcome to the land of Labraid, a war-torn world where demons rise and the gods and goddesses toy with the desires of humans.
Aofie’s Quest is a dark and exciting fantasy adventure. If you like fierce heroines, treacherous royals, mischievous immortals, wild plot twists and Celtic Mythology, buy Aofie’s Quest today.
rating: ★ ★ ★ (3/5 stars)
'Aofie's Quest' by Angela J. Ford is about an outcast princess who is raised in the centaur's forest, enabling her to hide from those who would see her dead while she trains to take back her kingdom from the angel of death.
When she comes of age, her caregivers prepare her to reunite with the humans, but reveal something to her that has her reeling. Journeying out in search of her birth mother, she crosses paths with a goddess, an iceman, and a magic-wielding nymph.
The story moves along quickly, throwing lots of adventures and difficulties into the main character's path. There are diverse elements at play, in fact.. the book seems to be a mixture of magic and mythos from across the fantasy genre, all brought together.
Ford does a good job of combining a lot of popular fantasy concepts, likely making the world-building exciting for a novice fantasy reader. There are plenty of interesting magical creatures here and it's a good choice to start Aofie out lacking knowledge in some very specific areas due to her unusual upbringing.
Though it's light fare, the path still has touches of epic saga styling with new characters being introduced and explored a little along the way and distinctive challenges rising up to interrupt Aofie's progress.
While the writing is solid enough, there's a lot of information download through conversation right up front and the pattern only continues as you make your way through the tale.
From a technical standpoint, the book is fine.. it just isn't for me. I feel the narrative just comes across in a bit of a drone and Aofie seems whiny for someone I'm supposed to connect with as a 'fierce heroine' and 'trained warrior.' I assume it's meant to give her a touch of that spoiled princess appearance, but that isn't the way it came through.
Upon doing a bit of research, I am definitely in the minority here. So, if you like a 'chosen one'/coming of age/off to regain what's theirs.. sort of read.. give this one a try.
Angela J. Ford is a bestselling author who writes epic fantasy and steamy fantasy romance with vivid worlds, gray characters and endings you just can’t guess. She has published 14 novels, 6 short stories and sold over 32,000 copies.
Angela is also a Co-Founder of Booksniffer. A new app for book lovers, plus an effective way for authors to market their books to new readers.
She enjoys traveling, hiking, and playing World of Warcraft with her husband. First and foremost, Angela is a reader and can often be found with her nose in a book.
Aside from writing she enjoys the challenge of working with marketing technology and builds websites for authors.
Angela is passionate about helping indie authors succeed and co-hosts a podcast called Indie Author Lifestyle.
If you happen to be in Nashville, you’ll most likely find her enjoying a white chocolate mocha and daydreaming about her next book.