The Weight of a Wing (The Stolen Wings Book 1) by Ioana Visan
A YA Fantasy Novel published through Amazon Digital Services (04/13/15)
“One day, a pair of wings will change the world,” (Kindle Locations 3093-3094).
After suffering her wings being chopped off by the evil Gorem, Alise flees to the human realm. Gorem, however, is not done with her and hunts her down. Alise is not alone, though, she has the sympathies of the human Cassie and the suprising help of two Guardians: Rafe and Vale. The Guardians’ goal is different from Alise’s but ultimately, they need her alive to get what they want. The four of them are now hunting down Gorem, but a lot of fantastical elements will get in their way.
Fairy, wings, Guardians, magic, wizard, mermaid, witch, prophesy, humans, caught in the middle, fighting, strength, healing, complications, battle, kidnapped, protecting the innocent
I don’t usually go for the fantasy novels full of witches and wizards and fairies, but I liked the concepts presented in the book summary. Alise is in trouble and she has to get herself out of it. The book is a lot less pro-Alise and a lot more political trouble that is above her, but involves her.
Alise is in dire straits for the majority of the book, even before the book begins, but there is not much about her that endears her situation to the reader. Visan has not made me care about Alise. Visan has not made me sympathize with the character and her many near death experiences. Her near-misses with death aren’t agonizing and the tension in the scenes is just not felt. Alise isn’t even very worried about her own future or her mortality, so why should I be?
Cassie’s attitude is unrealistic. As a reader you must suspend disbelief that a human would get caught up in otherworldly affairs without a second thought or disbelief. Her attitude never struck me as real and I couldn’t think of her as a real person.
The book starts off after what I would consider a very important plot point has taken place, as if this is book two and not book one. The initial incident with Gorem and how he cut off her wings and how she pleaded with the Counsel to allow her to come to the human side of the world was all part of the backstory and not part of the main action. I would have wanted to read about this and it would have probably gotten me more attached to Alise and her struggles.
If fantasy with lots of varied magical creatures is your thing and you like a story where one single purpose is continuously thwarted until the end and the main purpose of the trilogy is alluded to in the end, then perhaps Weight of a Wing might be for you.
This novel was published through Amazon Digital Services April 13th, 2015 and is available on Amazon here.
TL;DR Star Rating: 3.25
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