I read Re'and, by Victoria Easter Wilson in one sitting. I was given an advance reader's copy of Re'and earlier in the Fall by the author, whom I follow on bloglovin.I was happy to review this debut novel and found it to be very fast-paced.
I don't read fantasy novels very often. Heck, I don't even read fiction very often, especially that of the young-adult kind. I read it in a few hours, because of the constant action, and flowing descriptive visuals, both of the scenes and characters. Wilson definitely has that down pat.
This is a coming-of-age story about a princess named Aideen who has an unforeseen fate of growing into her ruler duties and helping to unify the kingdoms without succumbing to the fear of a threatening nearby nation. Throughout the book there are legendary creatures, many whom will support Aideen on her quest. Although the timeline was hard to follow, the ending clarifies the months passed. The description keeps the book moving at a steady pace, and the near-constant action doesn't hurt, either.
Re'and is Wilson's first novel, and I know there will be others. She's been writing every day in October about self-publishing, capping the informative mountain of tips and how-tos with her book launch party (find it by #Reandthebook) on October 30th. This debut novel can be found on Amazon, with a paperback version and a kindle version available.