Katora Kase is next in line to take over as guardian to a secret and powerful healing Elixir. Now she must journey into the wilds of Faway Forest to find the ingredient that gives the Elixir its potency. Even though she has her sister and brother, an old family friend, and the handsome son of a mapmaker as companions, she feels alone. It is her decision alone whether or not to bind herself to the Elixir to serve and protect it until it chooses a new guardian. The forest hosts many dangers, including wicked beings that will stop at nothing to gain power, but the biggest danger Katora may face is whether or not to open up her heart to love.
I was given this book for an honest review.
A good adventure book. I found this book somewhat complex and immature for lack of a better word. Not in the writing, but in the characters' personality traits. Throughout the book Katora is trying to prove she is the leader, but goes about it like a child, with petulant temper tantrums and all around whining at times. If nothing else it provided a path for her to travel as she became a leader in every sense of the word. It is a journey of self discovery and finding the courage and strength to follow your heart instead of your head. The small, innocent twist of young love was a nice addition and brought a little sweetness to the victory. The author did a good job with her words and descriptions, easily painting a picture within the pages and between the lines. Overall I enjoyed this book and read it relatively quickly.
4 stars overall
2 stars for steaminess
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