Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
The Chronicles of Nowhere, Vol. 1
Ebook: Short Novella
Author: Vicki Keire
Chloe Burke dreams of creatures who walk through fire and a strange boy who saves them both.
Her parents convinced her long ago that the dreams are the result of a childhood fever, but she can’t shake the feeling that some of it is real, most especially the boy.
Beneath the dreams lies a deeply buried reality: Chloe and her family are refugees from Annwyn, once a formidable techno-agrarian civilization now burned to ash. Years before, a handful of her world’s survivors escaped to present-day Earth after their world was razed by the Abandoned, powerful elemental creatures who burn through world after world in an endless cycle of consumption and destruction.
Using a combination of alien technology and indigenous elemental magic, the refugees sealed off their burning world from modern-day Earth by binding one of the Burke bloodline to the portal. To keep her safe, Chloe’s parents hide her as a normal teenager in Atlanta, with no knowledge of her true birth or purpose. But the Abandoned slowly infiltrate anyway, brutally murdering everyone who knows their ultimate goal: to reopen the portal and let more of their kind through.
Eliot Gray is a Guardian, the last member of a powerful warrior tradition, kept isolated from his adopted world by the uncle who trained him. Unknown to his blood-bound Ward except in dreams, he must convince her that not only is her life in danger, but to trust him as well. Enraged by her family’s lies and grieving over her losses, Chloe must face the truth about her origins as she becomes the Abandoned’s next target. Together they journey to Gray’s Landing, the tiny town sparsely populated by refugees from her world, in order to protect the portal hidden there.
But just across the river from Gray’s Landing is Raven’s Ward, an industrial wasteland of a town determined to expand no matter what the cost. When Alexander, troublesome heir to the vast Ravenwood fortune, returns home after getting kicked out of school, he finds that his power-hungry father has strange new business partners who are determined to make Gray’s Landing their own. Unsettled by the changes he sees in his family and home since their arrival, Alexander vows to do everything in his power to keep these bizarrely dangerous partners from growing stronger.
Can Chloe and Eliot keep their adopted world safe from annihilation, while Alexander fights the Abandoned in his own home? Will the secrets buried in the past’s deepest, darkest ashes destroy yet another world?
| First off lets get the technicalities out of the way. I was given this book to review through Netgalley. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated in any way for them.|
That being said here is my review:
Chloe has lived a fairly normal life. Like any other normal teenage girl who is straddling the line between adolescence and adulthood Chloe is rebelling against her mother after her fathers death a few months prior. That all changes on the night of her Birthday. Suddenly thrust into the world of her nightmares and chased by creatures called the abandoned, Chloe must forget everything she has ever known and rely on the boy from her dreams to see her to safety.
This book is much shorter then I thought it would be but that didn't seem to matter. I was sucked into the book from the very first page. The story itself isn't unique. It's your standard dying race with only one hope for salvation kinda story. I'm sure it might even follow the same premise as dozens before but it wouldn't matter,I would still read this book. I liked the characters and want to learn more about the world they came from and why exactly Chloe was kept in the dark all these years about her true identity. I want to know what happened between Chloes mother Miranda and her Guardian Cass and why things seem so strained between them. Guess I will just have to read more to figure it out.
Overall I really did enjoy this short little Novella. It has a promising start and I do look forward to more in the future. I am rating it 4 ★★★★.
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