Title – Wings Unseen
Author – Rebecca Gomez Farell
Publisher – Meerkat Press
Genre – Young Adult, Fantasy
My Rating – 3/5
To end a civil war, Lansera’s King Turyn relinquished a quarter of his kingdom to create Medua, exiling all who would honor greed over valor to this new realm on the other side of the mountains. The Meduans and Lanserim have maintained an uneasy truce for two generations, but their ways of life are as compatible as oil and water.
When Vesperi, a Meduan noblewoman, kills a Lanserim spy with a lick of her silver flame, she hopes the powerful display of magic will convince her father to name her as his heir. She doesn’t know the act will draw the eye of the tyrannical Guj, Medua’s leader, or that the spy was the brother of Serrafina Gavenstone, the fiancee of Turyn’s grandson, Prince Janto. As Janto sets out for an annual competition on the mysterious island of Braven, Serra accepts an invitation to study with the religious Brotherhood, hoping for somewhere to grieve her brother’s murder in peace. What she finds instead is a horror that threatens both countries, devouring all living things and leaving husks of skin in its wake.
To defeat it, Janto and Serra must learn to work together with the only person who possesses the magic that can: the beautiful Vesperi, whom no one knows murdered Serra’s brother. An ultimate rejection plunges Vesperi forward toward their shared destiny, with the powerful Guj on her heels and the menacing beating of unseen wings all about.
Readers of all ages will enjoy Wings Unseen, Rebecca Gomez Farrell’s first full-length novel. It is a fully-imagined epic fantasy with an unforgettable cast of characters.
I received an e-ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This book started off well. It sounded exactly like the kind of fantasy that I enjoy. The characters seemed interesting and the plot was off to a great start.
I wouldn’t say that it went downhill from there – it just stayed exactly the same. There were no ups and downs, and no plot twists as such. The characters quickly became boring and there was no real depth to them. The discrimination against women in Medua was kind of jarring for me because I don’t think I’ve ever read a book that delves into such issues as such.
However, I have given this book 3 stars because there was quite a lot of detail and thought put into the alternate universe of Lansera and Medua. The plot may not have amounted up to much but it did have a good start and that must be complimented.
And there you have it. Wings Unseen by Rebecca Gomez Farell!