Review: The Treasure of Isian by Serena Clarke

17451999Release Date: September 17th 2012

Publisher: Red Mountain Shadows Publishing

Series: Isian #1

Genres:  Young-Adult/Fantasy/Romance/Adventure

Format: ebook

Source: Author (For Review)

My Rating: 3 Umbrellas

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Prince Garin is a brave, proud, adventure-seeking prince. Elani is his most trusted servant and she would do anything for him, even die for him. Their quest to find the mystical Treasure of Isian is immediately interrupted and they find themselves confronted by angry giants, soul-stealing elves, bewitched dragons, a vengeful water-witch, battling foes, and a mysterious kingdom.
Elani must face her greatest fears to save her prince and her kingdom. Garin must decide what the most important things are in his life. Will they be able to make a great sacrifice to save the kingdom? And will Elani find true love?


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*I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

This is another one of those books that I have a hard time rating. The story, itself, is good. Although, not very fantasy like; more of a fairy tale than anything. The whole time that I was reading, I thought of every fairy tale that I ever read as a child. And while that is a good thing, I still felt like something was missing.

Prince Garin seeks out to find the Treasure of Isian. Along with him is his servant Elani, who is secretly in love with him. Along the way, they face danger at every turn; wondering will they live to find the treasure. With giants and elves in their wake, along with a slew of other creatures, this adventure turned nightmare, will test their courage and will to the end.

Firstly, I really don’t like Elani as a heroine. She’s the sort of character that needs to remain in the background, for all intents and purposes. She pines after the Prince like it’s the right of her life. Honestly, I can see why; she’s been with him since she was a little girl. Everything that she knows, it’s because of him. But, along with that, she should be much stronger and not so naive to what she can be. There were subtle changes to her character with every twist of this story, but for every change, she reverted back 2 steps to the lovesick girl that she started out as.

The fantasy part wasn’t all that fascinating, as I love to see in this genre. It was very mild and reminded me of a fairy tale. The descriptiveness of the world and it’s inhabitants wasn’t at all directed towards fantasy. Yes, you have all of these different beings; but with the straightforwardness of the words and actions of the characters, I wasn’t convinced on this being a great fantasy book. I like the story for what it is, a good fairy tale-like book with just enough imagination to make you enjoy it. Recommend? Yes, if you like fairy tales. I wouldn’t suggest it to fantasy lovers, simply because I don’t think that it’s enough.


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