Goodreads: Lilies of Dawn
Author: Vanessa Fogg
Published: 26th July 2016 (Annorlunda Books)
Source: Copy from Publisher
Rating: 4/5 (Really liked it)
Official Summary: “There is a lake of marvels. A lake of water lilies that glow with the colour of dawn. For generations, Kai’s people have harvested these lilies, dependent upon them for the precious medicines they provide.
But now a flock of enchanted cranes has come to steal and poison the harvest. The lilies are dying. Kai’s people are in peril. A mysterious young man from the city thinks he might have a solution. Kai must work with him to solve the mystery of the cranes, and it will take all her courage, love, strength, and wisdom to do what she must to save both the lilies and her people.” – Goodreads
(Disclaimer – I received a copy from the Publisher. This does not affect my review in anyway)
Review: This book sits at 76 pages so is a short read. Don’t let the size fool you, it a decent story. I liked the different elements of Gods/Goddesses and deities that were used. It created a whole world outside of the small area the story is focused on. Also left the story open to expand into them areas if the Author ever chose to do more stories based on that world.
The world building was very much on point. It didn’t go into too much detail, but did in areas that were important. For example the lily lake, which is the main backdrop to the whole story. It was shown very beautifully.
I didn’t really like the ending all that much. I would have personally liked to see the results of her doing what she did. So you saw the positive outcome to the story. Just left me feeling a bit unsatisfied. I wanted to see them succeed. Also felt like it was left that way for maybe a possible sequel?
Would I Recommend it? Yes. Very much so.
Great review! The cover is gorgeous 🙂
Isn’t it just? Thanks for stopping by 🙂
The cover is indeed lovely! It’s impressive that they could fit so much story into so few pages. To include a pantheon of dieties and make it feel like a fleshed out world in so few words can’t have been easy!
I like how it didn’t try, it just left hints. The hints in itself is what made the outside world seem so much larger/interesting.
Probably an excellent approach for that kind of story. 🙂
Lovely review. Sounds like a nice and complete shirt read.
Shirt read? Yes a shirt read 😛
Hahahahaha. Typing on the go. shOrt 😄
Its okay, you made me smile.