I CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S OVER.
Tala Warnock has never had use for magic. As a Makiling, she’s always been able to negate spells, typically by accident. When she meets Alex, the prince in exile of Avalon, they become immediate friends. As the Royal States of America becomes increasingly against magic, an old enemy rises, and a firebird appears, Tala & Alex will have to rely on each other much more than they ever thought they would need to. If they wish to unfreeze Avalon from it’s icy imprisonment of 12 years, they’ll find new friends and enemies and find out more about themselves and their families than they could’ve imagined.
Rin Chupeco has done it again. I was sucked into this world immediately. It was intricately built, like Shadowhunters but with fairytales rather than angels. You will recognize so many characters and countries from various fairytales. The magic of the world was fascinating and I loved that everyone had a curse and a doom. There were so many moving pieces to the magic and it almost always came with a price.
Chupeco also brings in her Filipino roots full force. I loved seeing this representation and getting a glimpse into what it’s like to have a Filipino family. I absolutely loved Tala’s parents and her extended family of titas and titos. Plus the food!! Tala’s family has a party in the beginning and the food descriptions made my mouth water. I need some ASAP.
This story was so enchanting. After about the first 50 pages, it was utterly impossible to put this down. One thing that would’ve helped my overall visualization of the world would’ve been a map. There are so many new countries and I would’ve loved to see where they were in respect to countries I do know. Especially Avalon and Wonderland. It sounded like they were near the UK, but I was never 100% sure. Overall, it wasn’t enough to take away from my enjoyment of this story.
The ending was amazing, but oh my god!! I can’t believe I have to wait over a year for the next book. I NEED ANSWERS.