Heirs of Power by Kay MacLeod
My rating ✰4✰
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After stumbling upon an otherworldly ritual, Kitty Fairlow discovers that her own incredible hunting skills are not merely due to a lifetime of training. She has been gifted powers from an ancient spirit, passed down by her father. She is a Constellation.
And she’s not the only one.
A new generation of heroes have each inherited unique abilities in order to prevent the corruption of their world by the Tenebri, a race that thrives on life energy. Kitty, along with a high-born dancer and a snarky juggler, must find their allies before the Tenebri army picks them off.
With the powerful enemy emerging, can the Constellations gather in time to put an end to the threat for good, or will their foe succeed and wreak the same destruction they have unleashed on their own world?
I don’t think of myself as a fantasy reader. I picked this up because I won it in a giveaway on facebook at the end of last year and the author’s sister is someone I follow on Youtube and Instagram and she talks about her sisters books often. I’m very glad I read it and plan to continue with the second book in the series soon.
I liked the story line, it was full of action and the story just kept going forward. The characters were all unique and I enjoyed reading about all of them, even when I didn’t necessarily like them. They all had good and bad days within the story where I liked them or didn’t like them as people. I always liked following on their journey though.
My only two complaints about this book were small and probably nitpicky, but they did drive me crazy throughout the book. Everyone had at least two names, their actual name and their constellation/job title. The characters all used them interchangeably. Because of that it took me a while to get used to each new character because names would come up that I didn’t recognize when they had been calling each other by their job or vice versa. That wasn’t a huge deal, but it did pull me out of the story to try and figure out who someone was every time we found a new ally.
The second issue I had was that we were told things that happened only a chapter or two before, again, several times throughout the book. It felt almost as if we were being reminded of things that happened in a previous book or episode, but it was just a few chapters before that the events occurred. Again, not a huge deal, but it did frustrate me throughout the story.
Otherwise, this was a fun read. Lots of adventure and danger and world saving. I’m excited to get the next installment.