Something very exciting is happening today! Or, I suppose considering time zones, something very exciting is happening tomorrow . Whiche...

    Something very exciting is happening today! Or, I suppose considering time zones, something very exciting is happening tomorrow. Whichever way you'd like to say it, I am excited to review my dear friend Rebekah DeVall's new book today!

    On October 7th "Aveza of the Ercanhelm" is available as both an e-book and paperback! Here's a little bit about Rebekah:

Rebekah DeVall is the author of "When Your Melody Fades" and many more upcoming Christian fantasy books. Find her on Facebook or her blog.

I was super honoured to be given an ARC of this book, and to let you all know what this story is about, here's a blurb for you:

                                     Aveza Kenlin is no classic princess.

A harsh childhood leads her to join the Ercanhelm, the underground religious organization dedicated to removing her stepfather, Hagan, from the throne.

Though she hides her identity from the Ercanhelm for ten years, her missions take her closer to the palace. Rumors of her true identity spread.

If the Ercanhelm discover the truth, they will kill her.

If Hagan discovers her, living within his city, allied with the Ercanhelm, he will kill them all.

Both paths lead to death, yet Aveza cannot speak the truth, plead shelter from one or the other.

How much is she willing to give for the cause? Can the truth set her free?

- Aveza was a really kind and strong narrator. I quickly sympathised with her due to horrible acts done against her. She was always trying to protect others, and while her fear sometimes held her back, she kept trying nevertheless. To avoid spoilers, I'll just say this: I thought her choice at the end was amazing of her, and really made me admire her even more.

- The other characters were realistic, with both strengths and flaws that gave them depth, and I especially liked Falk, Aveza's work partner. (And by work, I mean being part of the Ercanhelm, the rebellion against a wicked king, Hagan.) 

- It was fast-paced! There was never a point when I wanted to put it down, and the battles, and fight scenes, were balanced with dialogue full of all kinds of conflict.

- There is a deep, true message to the story. The characters believe in their cause and always try to honour Ercan, the story's God, with all their actions and thoughts. Eveza turns to Ercan in her times of trouble, even when she struggles with her faith, and learns to trust Him.

- Hagan, the antagonist, is...well, I want to punch him. A lot. While I didn't like him, that's what you want in an antagonist!

- Knut's character arc. I can't explain in full detail because, hello spoilers, but for me it felt a tad jerky. I would have liked it to be a bit smoother, and happen more gradually, but as this is a short book I can understand that some changes need to be more sudden.

- At some points I would have liked the prose to be tweaked to settle me into the world more fully, but I think this is mostly a personal style preference.

- There were a couple points during the book where the names of people, who they were, and their alliances, got muddled in my head, but as I have the world's worst memory (ask my family), I'm going to say this is probably more my fault!

     "Aveza of the Ercanhelm" is an enjoyable read with realistic characters, engaging battle scenes, a heroic main character, and fast-paced chapters. Though I would have liked a smoother character arc for one character, and more elaborate prose, the book has a deep meaning that will get any reader inspired and thinking.

     Overall, four stars!

Do you think you'd like to read "Aveza of the Ercanhelm"? Thoughts on its cover? What are you reading at the moment? Any new releases you're looking forward to?
Have a great day everyone! <3

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  1. I love the cover, and the story sounds epic!

    1. I love the cover too, and yes, it is epic! Thanks for commenting Gray :)

  2. This sounds like a great book! I might have to check it out at some point.

    1. It is! I definitely recommend you do at some stage. :D Thanks for commenting Sarah!

  3. Great review, Melissa! This sounds like a wonderful book :D

    1. Thanks Lila! It is. :) Thank you for commenting!

  4. Ahhh so exciting!!! I can't wait to read it! :D

    1. Ahhh it is!!! Yesss you must read it so we can chat about it. :) Thanks for commenting!

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    1. It's very intriguing! :) Thanks for commenting Skye!

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    1. Happy to have you, Bekah! Thanks for the ARC. <3