Blurb: Angel doesn’t remember her magical heritage…but it remembers her.
Magic and science collide when she embarks on a journey to her true home, and to herself.
Angel lives with a loving foster family, but dreams of a land that exists only in the pages of a fantasy novel. Until she meets Gregor, whose magic Talent saves her life and revives lost memories.
She follows Gregor to her homeland…a world unlike any she has imagined, where she travels a path of self-discovery that leads directly to her role in an ancient Prophecy…and to the madman who set her fate in motion.
Finding Angel (Toch Island Chronicles #1) by Kat Heckenbach imagines a world where magic not only exists alongside us (though hidden) but is based on realistic scientific principles.
It’s hard to say a lot about the book without spoilers but I’ll give it my best shot. The blurb says a lot of it – Angel lives with a foster family and is very close to her youngest “brother.” She has no memory from before she was found wandering alone and placed in foster care. And then one day she meets a mysterious guy named Gregor and shortly after, she’s whisked off to the homeland she had forgotten. There she is busy trying to remember the events that led to her initial disappearance, waiting for her parents to return (from searching for her) and learning all about this world she was born into. Add rocker Elves, dragons (dog-sized pets!), and an evil man bent on acquiring magic through whatever means necessary and you get a unique adventure.
I will say the story slows in the middle while Angel is “finding” herself. But the slowness fit with the events and I was enjoying exploring the world and didn’t really notice it. There is reference to some animal cruelty which might disturb some – I’m fairly sensitive and it danced just on the safe side for me so most readers probably won’t find it an issue. Romance is very low key – there’s a bit with some side characters but only hints at future possibilities with Angel. The climactic ending was well done and kept me guessing up to the last minute. And faith is implied but never spelled out – it’s more in the world-view of the characters than any overt mentions. I’d qualify the book as more MG than YA. Best of all, the sequel picks up pretty quickly after the events in the first volume.
How would you feel if magical talents really existed?
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