by J.M. Miller
Vala is born different from those around her, and every day she has to deal with people’s fear and their stares. Born with charred skin that burns at touch, she is said to be cursed. Vala works as a guard and is appointed the job to protect the Prince, a boy she grew up alongside with and considers to be a friend. When there is an attempt at the prince’s life, Vala gets demoted and while trying to get to the truth about the attempted assassination, Vala discovers thins about herself that has been kept hidden from her.
Fallen Flame is a wonderfully crafted fantasy novel that takes the reader into a unique world with well developed characters and a storyline that keeps you turning the pages. I did find the story a bit slow to get into, but at around 20% in, I couldn’t stop reading. The world is very interesting, and I find the characters to be diverse and much different from one another. I like this a lot and it made the story feel more real.
I do, however, find that the backstory at times was “info dumped” on the reader, making it difficult to take it all in and understand world’s complex history. I see the need for this information and I can’t say that I have a better solution for how to present it to the reader, but it was still all a bit too much to handle. Also, after reading the info dump on the history of the world, I could already predict what the plot twist was going to be. It did take away a bit of the “oohh”-effect that the plot twist could have had, but I still very much enjoyed it.
The writing is good and the world nicely crafted, and I will most certainly recommend this book for anyone who likes YA Fantasy. I’m also eagerly awaiting the second book in this series getting published since I want to see more of Vala and this world.
A solid four stars out of five for this one.
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