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Tales of Witches and Wyverns

5 Star Review

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Editorial Book Review:

By David McCarthy

S. Ramsey’s Tales of Witches and Wyverns promises an enthralling journey into a world of mythical creatures, ancient prophecies, and unexpected heroism.

At the heart of this tale lies Enid, the "witch's daughter," ostracized in her small village but undeniably brave and determined. When her closest friend, Dylan, is abducted by the malevolent Unseelie Queen Malagant, Enid embarks on a perilous quest into the hidden realm of Afallon to rescue him. S.Ramsey weaves a compelling narrative that is both suspenseful and emotionally resonant, drawing readers into Enid's struggles and triumphs.

One of the strengths of S.Ramsey's storytelling lies in her ability to blend elements of classic mythology with original world-building. Drawing upon Welsh and Greek mythology, she creates a rich tapestry of lore that adds depth and authenticity to the fantastical world of Afallon. From King Arthur's lost treasure to the machinations of the Unseelie Court, every aspect of the story feels meticulously crafted and intricately detailed.

The character development in Tales of Witches and Wyverns is also commendable. Enid undergoes a profound journey of self-discovery as she grapples with her identity and the responsibilities thrust upon her. Her evolution from a timid outcast to a courageous heroine is both believable and inspiring. Likewise, the supporting cast, including allies and adversaries alike, are fleshed out with nuance and complexity, adding layers of intrigue to the narrative.

Romance plays a significant role in the story, adding an extra layer of tension and emotion to Enid's quest. While the romantic subplot is engaging, it never overwhelms the central plotline or detracts from Enid's agency as a protagonist. S.Ramsey strikes a delicate balance between action and romance, ensuring that both elements enhance rather than overshadow the story's core themes.

Comparisons to popular YA fantasy series such as Holly Black's The Cruel Prince and Sarah J. Maas' Throne of Glass are inevitable, and in many ways, warranted. Like those series, Tales of Witches and Wyverns offers readers a captivating blend of intrigue, magic, and high-stakes drama. However, the author’s unique voice and imaginative world-building set her work apart, ensuring that it stands on its own merits.

While Tales of Witches and Wyverns excels in many areas, it is not without its flaws. At times, the pacing feels uneven, with certain scenes dragging while others rush by in a blur of action. Additionally, some readers may find certain plot twists predictable, robbing them of the element of surprise.

In conclusion, Tales of Witches and Wyverns " is a spellbinding tale that will delight fans of YA fantasy. With its compelling characters, rich mythology, and pulse-pounding adventure, it is sure to leave readers eagerly anticipating the next instalment in the series. Whether you're a longtime fan of the genre or simply looking for your next literary escape, S. Ramsey's debut is not to be missed. So, heed the call to adventure and dive into the magical world of Afallon—you won't regret it.


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