Review of Akarnae by Lynette Noni

Overview

Lynette Noni is an Australian author that has written a fantasy series titled The Medoran Chronicles. It is a five-part series that follows the journey of a young girl that falls into another Earth-like world called Medora. The following blurb is on the back of the book.

ImageHandlerWith 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?

I purchased this book from Supanova on the Gold coast earlier this year. I had heard a lot about the book and have met the author on a few occasions and writing conferences here in Brisbane so I was keen to give it a chance.

In the beginning of the novel, it is a little slow to move as it brings you into the world of Medora and starts to explain what is different in this world compared to our Earth which is where Alex is from. As the story progresses I found excellent character development between the three heroes you will come to know if you choose to embark on your Medoran journey. If you are an avid fantasy reader and enjoy the books we have to offer at Ouroborus Books you are sure to enjoy this series as it progresses.

The bonus side to starting this series… there are five books with the fifth coming out in February 2019 so it is a ready to read series and you don’t need to wait long for the concluding novel. I finished the first book early last week and have almost finished the second which is still very good. I am interested how this one ends as I near its closing chapters. Thankfully as of last Saturday I have the third and fourth books on my shelf and ready to read.

The only negative I have to say for this book is that I have managed to guess some plot points before they presented themselves and I usually prefer novels that surprise me with their hooks. That said, there are also many plot points that I didn’t see coming or details that I didn’t expect along the way to a part that I suspected.

Overall and without giving away any spoilers I would rate this book a strong four out of five, with the mark down being because of the instances of being a bit predictable. Maybe this is because I write too and I’ve spent so long analysing the hows and whys of an author’s work to help improve my own abilities. Jump on to my personal blog or respond to the one here on Ouroborus and let me know what you think of this series.

~Amanda Geisler

Useful Links:
Dymocks (Image used in this post)
https://www.dymocks.com.au/book/akarnae-the-medoran-chronicles-book-1-by-lynette-noni-9781921997501/#.W4ylmugzaUk
Lynette Noni’s Website
https://lynettenoni.com/
My website and blog
https://www.amandageisler.com/
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