ALOREN by E.D. Ebeling
This story is written in fairy tale style. While it is based on the classic fairy tale ‘The Six Swans,’ it has been completely altered. The world in which it is set is incredibly complex and filled with strong characters and vivid settings.
I am not usually a fan of re-imagined fairy tales. I often find that they lack the impact of the original. However, ALOREN is the exception.
From the very first page I was drawn into the world of the Lauriad children.
“Reyna Lauriad is a Gralde–her spirit grows from the ground in the form of a flower. She and her four brothers have been taught the risks associated with touching, even looking upon their birthflowers: strange maladies, potential madness. But when Reyna’s brothers are bound by a deadly curse, she is forced to do the unthinkable: in order to break the curse she must pull her birthflowers from the ground.”
Not only does she have to pull the flowers from the ground, but she has to find a way to break the curse. But, what can a child do? How is one so young supposed to survive when she is alone in a hostile world? And, can she break the curse before the deadline? Or will she lose her brothers forever?
The only issue I had with this book was the multitude of characters. At times there were so many characters that the story became confusing.
However, with that said, I enjoyed this book and give it 4 out of 5 stars.