Review: Raelia, Lynette Noni

May 6, 2016 Reviews 2 ★★★★

Review: Raelia, Lynette NoniRaelia by Lynette Noni
Series: The Medoran Chronicles #2
Published by Pantera Press on April 1st 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 403
Source: Netgalley
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“Life is full of crossroads, Alex. Full of choices.”
Returning for a second year at Akarnae Academy with her gifted friends, Alexandra Jennings steps back through a doorway into Medora, the fantasy world that is full of impossibilities.

Despite the magical wonder of Medora, Alex’s life remains threatened by Aven Dalmarta, the banished prince from the Lost City of Meya who is out for her blood.

To protect the Medorans from Aven’s quest to reclaim his birthright, Alex and her friends seek out the Meyarin city and what remains of its ancient race.

Not sure who—or perhaps what—she is anymore, all Alex knows is that if she fails to keep Aven from reaching Meya, the lives of countless Medorans will be in danger. Can she protect them, or will all be lost?

angelyas_reviewThis is my review for the second book in the Medoran Chronicles. You may wish to read my review of book one, Akarnae, instead.

Alex Jennings has returned to Akarnae Academy for another year, this time with her parents in tow. She’s back in class, but she is soon called on to use her traveling abilities through the Library to go to the realm of the Meyarin to warn them of their renegade prince, Aven, and his plans to retake the city of Meya for himself.

When I read Akarnae last year, I enjoyed it, but felt it needed a bit of a further polish. With Raelia, Lynette Noni has really flowered as a storyteller. The characters were more fleshed out and engaging, the settings were beautifully described, and the action was non-stop and kept me on the edge of my seat.

Alex has grown into her role in the world of Medora, taking her combat, equestrian and archery classes seriously even though she’s not sure why she needs them in a world with teleportation and personal communicators. Her budding romance with one of her classmates is very sweet, and her friendships with DC, Jordan and Bear are tight. The series is starting to feel more like a YA fantasy rather than one aimed at younger readers.

Alex’s parents seemed a bit too accepting of everything that had been going on over the previous year, but it does make a refreshing change for the young protagonist to have a good relationship with her parents and for them to be aware of her adventures, even if they don’t seem too concerned about the dangers Alex is facing there. There’s plenty to keep them busy in the sentient library, though. I really loved the adventures in the library in the first book, and while there wasn’t a lot of library in Raelia, there was so much else going on that I didn’t mind so much.

The ending is not quite a cliffhanger, but there’s certainly plenty to look forward to for the next in the series. Make sure you pick up both books and give this lovely local author a try!

The Medoran Chronicles

akarnae raelia Book 3: Draekora (2017)

Anni lives in Brisbane, Australia with her young family. She loves everything fantasy and science fiction and believes sleep is really very underrated.

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