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Athalie (Sacrificial Chronicles Book 1) by Jordan Elizabeth

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Athalie (Sacrificial Chronicles Book 1) by Jordan Elizabeth
Genre – young adult, fantasy, romance
Page Count – 318 pages
Cover Designer – Rue Volley
Chosen as the yearly sacrifice, Athalie’s world crumbles into a devastating reality, but she knows her death will bring prosperity to her country and family. The emperor, however, has found a weapon created by the gods. During the full moon, he plans to activate it and eradicate their adversary, unaware it will actually destroy the planet.
Athalie, reborn and disguised, must hunt for talismans to neutralize the weapon’s power. Her journey will take her across the continent to countries unknown, to people she thought were her enemies, while being haunted by a magic she can’t fully control. The gods have allowed her one more shot at life, but if she dies this time, she won’t be reborn.

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Isle of Wings by E.A. Burnett – Review by Jennifer Wolbeck

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was an enjoyable mature YA fantasy. The world building and soft magic system were convincing and interesting to learn about. There were enough recycled elements that the world of the Isle of Wings felt familiar, but the numerous cultures, economies and magical creatures and users, combined with good pacing and writing, made this novel unique. The story also would not have worked if the main character, Roana, wasn’t successful. Thankfully, I liked her spunk and active approach to dealing with her problems in life. I didn’t find Iniko, her companion and love interest, as interesting, but I did enjoy his goal of becoming an independent ship master. If you’re concerned about the maturity warning, the cursing is indeed mild and the sexual situations are not explicit and aren’t dwelt upon. I am looking forward to E.A. Burnett’s other novel, Silverglen.

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Isle of Wings by E. A. Burnett – Review by Carla Clemmons

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow!!! What an epic fantasy read! I loved reading about Roana and Iniko! Roana grows so much in the story. I stayed up way to late reading this book. When I thought I had figured out where the story was going there would be another twist. I couldn’t wait to finish the story but didn’t want it to end! I definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy!

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Isle of Wings by E.A. Burnett – Review by Erin Wolf

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I give Isle of Wings: A Silverglen Companion Novel by E.A. Burnett, 5 stars.

The author weaves such a magical tale of fantasy that I did not want to my pull myself away from this world. The main characters are endearing, lovable but flawed. You can see them grow as they learn more about themselves and what really happened in the tragedies of their past. The story itself has so many things going on — it is a very complete story filled with every emotion possible. There were a few surprises that popped up along the way that I definitely wasn’t expecting, too.

Overall, this is a spectacular book that you will not want to put down until you are finished — then you will be yearning for more.

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Isle of Wings by E.A. Burnett – Review by Betsy Melano

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Isle of Wings: A Silverglen Companion Novel by E.A. Burnett

I love reading a fantasy book from time to time. It takes you to a different world but in some ways the same as where we live. This YA fantasy has magic, danger, sorcerers, action, mystery and so much more to keep you turning the page to see what happens next. Roana is trying to run away from her past she not only lost her family but is accused of killing them. When Roana is caught on a ship she shouldn’t be on, her life takes another turn. The wonderful strong characters in this book make it so much more than just a story. The journey these characters take are life changing and you can see how they grow during the adventure. I hope you like this book as much as I did!

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Isle of Wings by E.A. Burnett – Review by Amanda Kimble

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5/5 Stars

Isle of Wings: A Silverglen Companion Novel by E.A. Burnett

This is the first book I’ve read by Burnett. She has a way with the words and I love it. Burnett knows how to capture our, the readers, attention and keep it.

Roana is the only one left in her family. Her dad being a Rain Mage and the last one heard of is now gone. Her sister was training to be a Rain Mage. Now everyone blames her for their death. The quote I chose for Roana is: “I’m sure we’ll find it.”

Iniko isn’t sure how to move on with his life. With his father taken during a horrible storm. One that didn’t seem natural. After meeting Roana he knows things weren’t as they seemed. The quote I chose for Iniko is: “We need to get you to a healer. We have to walk to Taragona. Do you think you can walk that far?”

Highly recommended for YA Fantasy lovers.

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Isle of Wings: A Silverglen Companion Novel by E.A. Burnett – Reviewed by Roxsanne Lesieur.

Isle of Wings: A Silverglen Companion NovelIsle of Wings: A Silverglen Companion Novel by E.A. Burnett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the story of Roana and Iniko, Roana is nineteen and is desperate to leave the Isle of Wings, since the death of her family which she has been blamed for and the taunts, songs, physical abuse and near drowning by the local children, she has formulated a plan to leave. Iniko is a young man who is working on a ship with aspirations to one day have one of his own, complete with a crew and goods to sell across Skye Lake, he also has a troubled past and secrets of his own to keep.

We start with Roana and her sister sitting with their Grandpa as he sings, tells stories and exchanges riddles with them, a memory of happier times when they were still alive, she then moves to thinking about her Nan and how she has had to leave her and her dog behind on this venture, but also regretting not leaving a note when she left to say goodbye, she only thought of getting herself into the box of baskets and onto the ship. As she is being lifted o the boat, she hears snippets of conversations until her dog makes her way onto the boat and starts sniffing around her crate and the sailors see her in there and decide to open it up, so Roana grabs her knife and as soon as it is, she leaps out preparing to defend herself, as she does, they discuss who they think she is and doesn’t notice the other porters coming up behind her, but as she prepares herself to fight, so as not to be taken to the merchant who she tried to avoid paying fees to, a fearsome woman who is rumoured to be a sorceress as well, she feels a pulling sensation and her panic begin to ebb away from her. When she has been apprehended, she is sent to the sorceress, all the while thinking about how Iniko had managed to control her, but Iniko is wondering whether she is stupid or brave, realising that she is neither and just desperate, he is also trying to place where he has seen her before, he also notices that the dog isn’t all it seems either.

As they are walking, Iniko is trying to figure things out, he realises that although Roana didn’t want to be found, she needed to be and that his intuition was something he followed trusted, he explains why Roana is being brought and much to Roana’s consternation agrees to wait with her dog as it is not allowed in the building they are walking to. As Iniko’s friend leaves him to wait with Roana’s dog he reminisces about the last year which he has spent on the Isle and what his father taught him about being a shipmaster, as well as his dream about the ship he one day wants to own. Meanwhile, Roana is escorted to a room full of hundreds of snakes to wait for the sorceress, as she is marched there, she sees things in the rooms she passes which are mysterious and disturbing at the same time, but this is nothing compared to her meeting with the sorceress herself and the conversation they have about her past, present and possible future, as well as a glimpse into the sorceresses at the same time. Roana has no idea what just occurred when she is taken away from the room of snakes and led towards the outside, but when the guard is distracted by a serving woman, she is admiring the items she can see and considers stealing something to pay for her way off the island with her dog and grandmother, however as she is trying to find her way back she hears someone approaching and goes into a room to hide, but she finds an egg of a powerful and large species of bird and on a spur of the moment impulse, she decides to take that instead. When she leaves and goes to find Iniko, she declares that he is her husband and so embroils him in her scheme, Iniko is shocked to say the least and despite worrying about the consequences, he goes along with this strange womans plans and pretends that she is with child and stubborn with it, this being sorted out, they leave and make their way through the town and end up running away from a merchant whose property they broke, but Roana is determined to see the egg back to its rightful home, but this plan does not go smoothly either and they are attacked by the birds, so in the end Roana decides to take the egg home and raise it.

This is where Roana and Iniko’s lives meld together and as their situations become more precarious and the dangers they have brought upon themselves increase and things happen beyond their control, can they work together and use their combined skills to overcome their barriers, or will the sorceress find them and bend them to he will? The only way to find out is to travel along the path with the two and discover everything at the same times as they do, prepare yourself for a story full of magic, danger and love which keeps you guessing until the end and leaves you wanting more.

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Isle of Wings by E.A. Burnett – Review by Rachel Moss

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Isle of Wings by E. A. Burnett was a great read! It was so well written, I was instantly transported to another world. The imagery was amazing, it felt like I was standing right there on the isle with all the characters. It was very enthralling. I was first drawn to this book by the cover. It was just so pretty and colorful to me in a basic way. Then I read the synopsis and it sounded very interesting. I’m so glad I picked up this book! I can’t wait to read more from this author in the future.

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Isle of Wings by E.A. Burnett – Review by Francis O’Sullivan

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Isle of Wings is a vibrant fantasy novel by E.A. Burnett, a companion to Silverglen that can be read as a standalone. It’s a story with plenty of mysteries and secrets that kept me captivated until the end.
My favourite thing about this book is how music was used. Roana uses music in a number of ways, including to connect with memories of her relatives and to bond with animals. There’s even a flute involved which is a big plus for me!
There are some great characters in this book. Everyone wants something, and Roana has to try and give them what they want to get what she needs. I particularly like Xetsa, who finds cunning ways of getting into people’s heads and building her power and control.
I like how Roana and Iniko balance each other out. Roana is desperate to get away from her past and the burdens of her family, whilst Iniko cannot remember his past or most of his family and is desperate to regain his memories.
For me, this is a five-star read. It’s an exciting, magical book that I would recommend to fantasy fans, particularly those who like nautical and/or musical elements in stories!

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