Izola #1 Rejsen til Falkien
Title: Rejsen til Falkien
Series: Izola #1
Author: Christina Bonde
Dansk Udgivelsesår: 2018
Finished Reading: Marts 2020
Genre: Fantasy & YA
This is my personal review without spoilers of the actual plot.
Izola er 19 år og vokset op med sin mors fortælling af et ganske specielt eventyr.
Da moren pludselig dør, får Izola overdraget en mystisk kasse.
Men kassen er langt fra det eneste som moren har holdt skjult.
Inden længe befinder Izola sig i en ekstrem og farlig verden hvor hun må kæmpe for at overleve og samtidig opklare morens rolle der viser sig at være skæbnesvanger for Izolas fremtid.
Er eventyret sandt?
Og hvad er betydningen af den magtfulde evne som ligger i Izolas sind?
The book is currently only available in Danish.
I can honestly say that I don’t agree with a single person who has reviewed this book. Not a single person out there shares my point of view on the matter. One wrote that this is an original piece of work, bullshit. This has a long way of becoming original. The author is clearly inspired by others works, in such a manner, she uses the ideas herself. the scenario in the real world before she magically appear in Falkien, reminded me so much about Shadowhunters, that I actually started reading their names as the ones in Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments series. Secondly when our main character arrived in the beautiful snowed landscape of a place, I instantly felt the universe of Narnia speaking to me, and was expecting a centaur emerging from the trees, instead someone else appear that might as well be one.
I was so bored here already, that I wanted to DNF it, but I thought that it couldn’t possibly become any worse. However, I was wrong. It did get worse.
The most cliché like scenario is when the young girl of the series turns out to be super overpowered. Possessing a hidden strength that suddenly explodes when she’s made aware of her powers. This is no exception, but the problem here lies that, it doesn’t seem to end. The author kept making her stronger and stronger, until it was almost unbearable to read about. Another big cliché this book contains are the multiple romantic relationships that appear. She has a boyfriend when she leaves the real world, and of course, she ends up falling for a new dude. This is not a spoiler, since its quiet obvious that would happen, since this is one big cliché of the Young Adult genre. Frankly, I think the author looked at a sheet that described every error made by Young Adult authors and incorporated it into this tiny three hundred page book. This is my issue with Danish authors and the reason why I tend to steer away from reading them.
Taking all the clichés aside, Izola isn’t really a likeable person. She’s the definition of being a teenager with attitude. I couldn’t relate to her whatsoever, she was just annoying to hear from. She developed a bit toward the end, for the better, but I don’t think it’s enough for me to continue with the series.
I’m too old for this kind of book, but for the younger audience, I’m sure they will like it.