Series: Peace of Evon #1
Published by Balance of Seven on September 30th 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Source: I Own This
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Volume 1 of the Peace of Evon quartet.
When deities take mortal form, Chaos abounds!
Ferez Katani, young king of war-torn Evon, never expected to learn that the dangerous criminal known as the Ghost is actually James Caffers, a boy younger than himself. Nor does he suspect the truth, that Caffers is, in fact, a girl and the missing heir of Kensy, Gemini Cosley. But when given the chance to travel anonymously with this strange “boy” in the hopes of finding peace for his country, Ferez accepts whole-heartedly. After all, it’s only for a season.
However, their new alliance does not go unnoticed, and there are forces, both human and immortal, that would rather see them dead than submit to the peace they seek. With the support of a young dragon exiled from her home, a facetious stallion who doesn’t seem to understand when a neigh is a nay, and a warrior mare with the ability to resist Animal Magic, they face arrogant nobles, powerful mages, and a chaotic being whose sole desire is to thwart the peace of Evon.
As I said in my original review of this book, my cousin is the author of this book! I reread this in anticipation of continuing the series. (Which, of course, I have yet to do. Too many books, too little time right? I hope to continue the series soon though!) The first time I read this book, I felt the pacing was on the slow side – and that didn’t change. However, this time I was more invested in the characters since I was already familiar with them. Being more invested in the characters made the chapters go by more quickly. For the most part, I would consider this book to be more character focused than plot focused. I think the first time around, there were so many characters being introduced that I didn’t really grasp everyone’s relationships and personalities. I feel I enjoyed the story more when I reread it because I understood the characters better. The other things I enjoyed about the book originally still hold true. I love the girl-pretends-to-be-a-boy trope, especially in combination with talking magical creatures (a dragon and a horse!). I also really enjoyed seeing languages that I’m familiar with have an influence on the languages in the book.
Overall, I enjoyed this book more the second time around. I think my increased enjoyment had a lot to do with being more familiar with the characters and the setting. I’m looking forward to continuing the series. These characters have grown on me and I want to know what happens to them!