With just one step, sixteen-year-old Alexandra Jennings's world changes--literally.
Dreading her first day at a new school, Alex is stunned when she walks through a doorway and finds herself stranded in Medora, a fantasy world full of impossibilities. Desperate to return home, she learns that only a man named Professor Marselle can help her... but he's missing.
While waiting for him to reappear, Alex attends Akarnae Academy, Medora's boarding school for teenagers with extraordinary gifts. She soon starts to enjoy her bizarre new world and the friends who embrace her as one of their own, but strange things are happening at Akarnae, and Alex can't ignore her fear that something unexpected... something sinister... is looming.
An unwilling pawn in a deadly game, Alex's shoulders bear the crushing weight of an entire race's survival. Only she can save the Medorans, but what if doing so prevents her from ever returning home?
Will Alex risk her entire world--and maybe even her life--to save Medora?
My Rating: 3/5
I received this book for review from Simon and Schuster Australia. This is the first of five proposed books in the Medoran Chronicles.
The perfect way to describe this book would be a combination of Harry Potter and the Chronicles of Narnia.
Alex, the protagonist was easy to relate to and the secondary characters like Jordan, Bear and DC had significant depth to them unlike most other YA literature.
The pacing of this book was a little unpredictable. At times I felt like I could read it non-stop and others I was just waiting for something to happen.
I loved the Hogwarts like setting of the Akarnae Academy especially the library which was constantly full of surprises.
The classes at the school and the teachers were all interesting but definitely could have been explored deeper.
It was also very interesting and somewhat refreshing to read a book where there was absolutely no romance.
Overall, this was a very compelling and enchanting read and I am looking forward to reading the sequel Raelia.