Journey to Aviad (book review)
Journey to Aviad was written by Allison D. Reid. It is the first book in the Windrider Chronicles. This post was organized by Dragon Knight Chronicles. I was provided with a copy in exchange for my honest book review. All opinions are my own.
About the book:
Threatening clouds and fierce storms besiege the city of Tyroc. More frequent and powerful than ordinary storms, young Elowyn, a weaver’s daughter living in the outskirts of the city, senses something disturbing and unnatural about them. She soon realizes that the storms are but a warning sign of much more frightening things yet to come.
Terrifying wolf-like creatures emerge from the depths of the wilderness at the bidding of a dark master. His name found only among the crumbling pages of ancient texts, the re-appearance of Alazoth and his Hounds is a dark omen for the people of Tyroc and beyond. Only legends remain of the heroes and prophets whose blood was shed ages ago to banish him into the abyss, which should have remained his prison for all time. How he has been released is a mystery, but all the old stories agree that death and destruction are sure to follow.
With the Hounds inching closer each day, the city of Tyroc caught up in religious and political turmoil, and her home life no less turbulent, Elowyn has nothing left to rely on but her meager courage and a budding faith in Aviad, the Creator. She and her sister, Morganne, set out on a remarkable journey that challenges everything they have ever known about themselves, the world, and the path that Aviad has laid out for them.
I'm not always a huge fan of medieval era fantasy writing. (Although I did LOVE the BBC Merlin series.... which is what I picture whenever I'm reading a book like Journey To Aviad.) There is something fanciful about the writing which I enjoy. It makes the story have a more serious feel to it. A need to give more focus and read slower. Each word adds to the description and feeling of the world being created.
Elowyn was very mature for her age...very independent... so I'm not even sure how old she was. I'd like to guess around 10 or 11? It's interesting to follow her adventure as a child, but surrounded by such adult political and religious activity. I try to imagine the children I know that would be around Elowyn's age, and try to put them in her place. Doing that really made the story all that much more interesting for me.
I'm not sure what age audience I would recommend this for. Obviously any adult who enjoys a well written medieval fantasy, complete with hounds of darkness, trolls, and magic. I think it could go as young as middle school. But, it would definitely take a reader with focus.
About the author:
Allison D. Reid was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her love for medieval fantasy was sparked by the Narnia Chronicles by C.S. Lewis, which fed both her imagination and her spiritual development. When at the age of thirteen her family moved to Germany, her passion for medieval history and legend only increased, and she found herself captivated by the ancient towns and castles of Europe. Allison returned to the United States to study art and writing at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. She earned her B.A. under the tutelage of the well-renowned and prolific writer Andrew Salkey, a student of her other great inspiration, and the father of fantasy, J. R. R. Tolkien. After graduating from Hampshire College, Allison moved to Connecticut. There she got the opportunity to attend seminary and further explore her faith before returning to her home state of Ohio. Allison now lives in the Miami Valley area with her husband and children. She continues to work on her first published series while taking care of her family, editing for other independent writers, and managing a home business.