Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Review - "Beyond the Iron Gate (A Lost Kingdom of Fallada Novella)" by Alicia Michaels

In the year 1845, before the mystical land of Fallada was separated from the realm of men forever, the two worlds coexisted in harmony. Man could mingle freely in the world of the Elves and Faeries at will and peace reigned. In the hills of Shropshire, England, just miles from the gate separating the village of Ludlow from the world of mystical creatures, farmer’s daughter Zara Wells longs for answers. It is not only the golden hair that trail feet behind her, or the strange hue of her violet eyes that separates her from the other girls her village. There is something inside of her, something touched by magic that longs to know more about what lies on the other side of the gate. In Fallada, darkness has begun to spread. As the youngest and most beautiful girls of her village begin to disappear, Zara comes closer to discovering the true circumstances surrounding her birth. Little does she know, that the closer she comes to the answers she so desperately desires, the closer she will come to being ensnared in the dark queen’s web of growing treachery. 


My review:

Zara is a sweet young farm girl who feels different from the other girls in the village, she can’t figure out what but she is drawn to the gates of Fallada.  While young girls are starting disappear Zara is drawn to the gate where she meets someone who will help her see what is truly on the other side of the gate.  Will she find out more about herself along the way?  Will she uncover what is truly happening to the girls of the village?  Can she accept her fate?? 

I truly enjoyed this book.  Right from the beginning you knew that there was something special about Zara and that her parents weren’t telling her everything.  I loved how her brother wanted to help her see what is truly beyond the gate and to be herself.  The story moved along at a good pace with great descriptions of the characters….you could picture each one easily.  I loved that there was a love story involved with the innocence of first time crushes.  There is so much going on for Zara that she has a bunch to take in and luckily for her she has someone to support here.  I can’t wait to see if there is going to be another book after this one to find out what happens further with Zara. 

Definitely a must add to your personal library.

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