Allaigna’s Song Overture by J. M. Landels is a pleasingly magic romance about family, kingdoms, the implications of destiny and choice that take us to three different paths, and lots of adventures.
After the first chapter, we realize that although we don’t know much of what exactly are we are dealing with, we like it, and the reasons are clear, we relate to the story. Allaigna, daughter of Lauressa in the kingdom of Teillai of Brandishear, is the first born of the family, and rules the place, but only until she is 3 when she receives her first sibling, a brother.
The writer later explains, quite swiftly, quite smoothly the birth of other siblings throughout the years as her relationship with her nurse, grows tighter, helping her develop the singing skills that characterize her alongside “the second sight” that promises adventure and surprises.
The narrative is simple, clean-cut and exciting.
Royal relationships, duties and the issues with inheritance fill the play as Allaigna is growing and starting to take notice of things, her upbringing as a princess and her learning of and struggles with magic and her royal duties on the family. In the meanwhile the past of Lauressa is told in interwoven, zig-zagging patterns, as she rebels her arranged marriage and stirs herself into becoming another person in an attempt to escape her ill fate as well as Irdaign’s, something that is, at first, confusing for unaware readers. Past and present are told alike. There is, I must note, a lack of timestamps “reminders” in order to help us realize what is happening, so one must pay attention.
As the pages grow in number, little by little the author leaves hints of magic to be born, and fights to happen, starts opening mysterious lines with side characters that start gaining relevance and demanding our attention. Who is the hooded woman and why does she appears and disappears so swiftly? What is her relationship to the queen of the house of Teillai? Why is she so friendly towards Allaigna? And the medallion?
Questions like that, so smoothly forced into us makes us keep going on this easy read with a light, bumpless narrative that flows with the story onwards.
This medieval romance is pleasing to the mind and we love the way small things are added from the back to the front and from the front backwards without leaving us confused, and the dynamics, slowly reveal itself as a spinning self-explanatory wheel of lies, truths, secrets and consequence.
It’s fun to read the ending of the story as everything starts to make sense and connecting and when the last word is said, we readers understand it all.
It is a nice romance, and entertaining world full of surprises and family affairs and sentiment. It’s magical in both the sense of fantasy and story-wise, that will please lovers of romance and the mystic.
- A gently, flowing narrative
- Nice descriptions of scenery
- Very good description of feelings and thoughts
- Nicely put characters with colour and substance
- A magical and romantic atmosphere throughout the book
- Nicely put thriller and action scenes here and there when relevant
- Originality on the plot
- Nice wrap-up of the story. One fears that it will not make sense, but the author in a well-designed swoop gathers all loose ends and answers all of out daunting questions
- Mystery and wonder is spread throughout the book, which is very nice.
- It’s somewhat hard to get used to the names of the houses and lords and characters
- It takes time to adapt to the timeline of the interchanged stories given that each story seems to be independent from the other