Source:Netgalley and Patchwork Press in exchange for an honest review. Receiving this book in no way alters my opinion or review.
Series: Ennara #1
Publisher: Patchwork Press
Publication Date: July 31, 2014
When a mysterious curse threatens to transform everyone into shadowy demons, a magical eleven year-old girl must travel to a sunken city ruin—fighting pirates, monsters, and an undead sorcerer along the way—to find a weapon that can save her world.
Ennara is a special girl, she was born into the world with the ability to use magic more powerful than other witches and wizards, however since she was little she has only practiced theory and history of her abilities. Now her homeland is threatened by creepy shadow creatures and she must join a wizard to retrieve a sword of power to fight these monsters.
I was pleasantly surprised by this book, Ennara has been on my Netgalley bookshelf for a long time and I kept trying to get through newer books instead of reading this one, I am not really sure why. I love this cover, the synopsis has always caught my eye and still I did not gravitate to it. The other day I finally did and I flew through it. The book itself has a plot that reminded me a lot of The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings books, but written for a middle grade audience and the main character is a magic user. So while there were a lot of similarities there was also enough differences that it kept me interested.
As for characters, I really liked all of them and disliked those that, when it came down to it, I was meant to dislike. Ennara is young but strong, and stubborn but rightfully so and her companions really help her grow into her abilities and help her along the way without being annoying, possessive, or greedy.
Overall this was a marvelous middle grade book and I can only imagine that the series is enjoyable as well. Great for lovers of fantasy, magic, and adventure.