Title: Farsala Trilogy Book One: Fall of a Kingdom
Author: Hilari Bell
Back Cover: “Stories are told of a hero who will come to Farsala’s aid when the need is greatest. But for thousands of years the prosperous land of Farsala has felt no such need, as it has enjoyed the peace that comes from being both feared and respected. Now a new enemy approaches Farsala’s borders, one that neither fears nor respects its name and legend. But the rulers of Farsala still believe they can beat any opponent. Three young people are less sure of Farsala’s invincibility: Jiaan, Soraya, and Kavi see Time’s Wheel turning, with Farsala headed towards the Flames of Destruction. What they cannot see is now inextricably their lives are linked to Farsala’s fate – until it’s too late.”
My Review: I bought this on Sunday to read and finished it about half an hour ago. It was enjoyable, but there are a few things I didn’t like about it. One, the language. There were quite a few uses of two ‘b’ words that I had to take White-out to. Another was one ‘scene’ that wasn’t graphic, but was also unnecessary (necessary to the story, but unnecessary to write). It was very short and very non-graphic, easily covered with a few stickers. On the good side, the characters, though selfish at the beginning, learn that they’re not the most important thing. There is a lot of political intrigue and personal growth, and the writing was excellent in that Hilari Bell really knows how to portray real emotion and sensations across – things that all of us feel and think. It was an enjoyable, intriguing book that was a good read, but I’m not too interested in finishing the trilogy.
Age Rating: 15+
My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars