THE RISING Fantasy Novel Review

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews1 of 1 people found the following review helpful4.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastical World & Beautiful Characters!, July 26, 2012By

Rachael WoohooSee all my reviews

This review is from: The Rising (The Lost Children of Managrail) (Kindle Edition)

Disclaimer: The fact that I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review has not affected my rating. This review expresses my honest opinion.

Judging based off the writing style, I probably started off by thinking The Rising was more of a happy-go-lucky and carefree book, with elements of a fairy tale-ish mix of middle grade and YA fantasy. Obviously, I was wrong – The Rising is not only much a more serious, detailed, and richer book, but also deals with much darker sides, symbols, and elements.

What was most intriguing in my opinion was Lila and her behavior. In one word, her emotions were intense, and I really felt for her. Even as a princess, she had to go through a lot, including her family’s losses, being kidnapped, feeling jealous over her own parent, and so much more. Her growth and sacrifices were extraordinary – I loved seeing her transformation from an ignorant, selfish girl into a more mature and experienced young woman. Her interactions with the demon were also interesting, but also conflicted, although sometimes I felt that I could understand her feelings of envy and feeling lost. I just hope that I’m the next book, Lila will finally be able to find fulfillment and happiness.

Simian was also a great character. Being forced to take his responsibilities seriously and having to protect his sister and kingdom. I also liked seeing his growth and admired his bravery, self sacrifices, and quick thinking. His thinking and willingness to sacrifice at the end (I don’t want to give away too much) was also admirable, as well as his loyalty to his kins and kingdom. Altogether, the characters in The Rising were magnificent, always demonstrating loyalty and bravery.

Without rambling too much, I’ll summarize by saying that pretty much all the characters were pretty well portrayed. I felt that there weren’t really any unnecessary characters and that each played an important part in the story. The plot and concept of the Light Bringers were also pretty interesting. There was lots of action, a pretty rich plot, and definitely enough to keep me entertained.

Overall, The Rising is a pretty solid and adventurous fantasy, with detailed characters and rich plot and fantasy elements. I highly recommend this for fantasy fans!