Author: Shelby K. Morrison
Series: Legend of the Liberator
Genres: Fantasy/ YA Fantasy
Release Date: May 3rd, 2015
No. Pages: 285
For eighteen years Aia Wynnald has lived a lie. Raised as a highborn in the Kingdom of Tharien, she’s filled her days with tutors and archery lessons. But simmering beneath her polite surface is a dangerous gift, one which she must keep a secret. Aia is a Bender. And in Tharien, Benders are feared and hunted.
When her unruly power breaks free with dire repercussions, Aia’s lifelong goal of independence shatters. As she scrambles to piece her life back together while evading capture, she disturbs a vengeful force intent on destroying the kingdom.
Now, with the help of an unlikely ally, Aia will decide the fate of Tharien. To rescue those she cares about will require accepting what she is. But can she risk becoming the monster she’s dreaded to save the very citizens baying for her blood?
I got this book from the author in exchange of an honest review
At the beginning of the book, it did feel like the story was going to be interesting but for some reason it didn't really affect my interest in it and i was having a bit of a hard time getting into the book. I did have some reading slumps here and there which may have caused me not being able to get into the book.As the story progressed, you get to find out a lot of secrets that have been hidden from Aia, and you just keep wondering "What is actually going on?". I kept having the feeling that the political situation in the land where Aia lives has more to it than what has been told. And that is one of my most interest so far.
As for the bending, i read on goodreads that it was going to be like avatar, but it wasn't like avatar, it was more like being able to control anything. I really enjoyed the elements used with the bending such as the emotions and the moonstones and the other stones and all that.
The story is told to you, not by Aia but following her and Cole. The story switches from one to the other. I have to admit that i liked Aia's story more overall. I tried to like Cole but what he does to some benders (not all) just isn't right.
Moving on to the characters, I really liked Aia as a character, and she went through some character development, As she uncovered many truths and she had the potential to do some really good evil, she didn't and i think that is what i liked the most about this book. If i was Aia i would have gone crazy a long time ago and i would have done some really crazy stuff.
I didn't really like Cole, until, we find out something about him which changes my perspective of him a little bit.
I really hated the breakers so much. The way this misuse their power for just bad things and the way they are so corrupt. It was so disgusting to even read about them, but I think it's really great that it's a topic that gets touched on in this book. These are real things happening in the real world, if teens read books like these, they will know how wrong things are out there. A real eyeopener, this book.
Eve was my favorite character, only line i will say about her.
I didn't really feel like there was a romance connection between Cole and Aia. I have no idea if there was supposed to be one or not, but this book deals much more on the family bonds and relationships, which is also great to get a break from all the romance, but I really ship Aia and Cole, specially because towards the end of the book i feel like things started to blossom for them.
If you like an amazing adventure a lot of suspense and overall fun, you should definitely pick this book up! Actually, everyone should, like i said, its an eyeopener.
I gave this book ★★★★ on Goodreads.
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About the author
Shelby K. Morrison is the author of Shattered, devout member of the Pointless Research Addicts support group, and was voted Most Likely to Be President in high school. She believes fiction should be an escape and any great escape involves a world of wonder, characters you wish you knew, and good food. She can usually be found in three places; her office, the couch or....well just those two unless an overcast day calls her out of doors. She has a particular weakness for animals, Studio Ghibli movies, and Flamin' Hot Cheetos (resulting in a frequently stained keyboard). She is not opposed to tokens of appreciation, particularly edible ones. But if you really want to make her smile, drop her a line!