A warm-hearted, whimsical fantasy tale, with lashings of mystery, magic, and mythology, and prose that 'flows like water.' Prepare to fall in love with Esperance!
When fifteen-year-old Esme Silver objects at her father's wedding, her protest is dismissed as the action of a stubborn, selfish teenager. Everyone else has accepted the loss of Esme's mother, Ariane - so why can't she?
After Esme is accidentally swept into the enchanted world of Aeolia, the truth begins to unfold. With her newfound friends, Daniel and Lillian, Esme retraces her mother's steps in the glittering canal city of Esperance, untangling the threads of Ariane's double life. But the more Esme discovers about Ariane, the more she questions whether she really knew her at all.
"A fresh new fantasy, of an enchanting world." - Wendy Orr, New York Times best selling author of Nim's Island.
This inventive tale, the first in an MG-to-YA series, is an ideal read for 10-14 year olds.
Esme's Wish recently won first place in the fantasy category of the 2018 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards, which recognises excellence in children's literature.
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I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.
As our story opens Esme's mother has been missing for a few years and her father is getting married to a less than pleasant woman. Esme is sure her mother is out there somewhere so when the priest asks if anyone objects, Esme doesn't bother holding back. She isn't able to stop the wedding though and within a few days her father leaves for his honeymoon with his new bride while Esme is left with her new step-aunt. One day something happens that leads Esme to a whole new world where she will learn secrets of the past and the truth behind what happened to her mother.
Esme's Wish is a tale full of fantastical elements that is sure to satisfy any high fantasy lover. It has dragons, adventure, magic and mystery. The writing is descriptive and makes it beyond easy to picture the world in which most of the story takes place. There is a ton of action that takes place throughout the story. There's lots of magic, secrets and a few twists that I think would be quite captivating to its audience. I'd say this book would be a definite go-to when you're looking for a high fantasy.
I'd recommend this book to anyone who enjoys middle grade fantasy. Actually, I would even say anyone who just enjoys high fantasy.
I read avidly as a child, but only discovered the joys of writing some years ago when reading to my own kids reminded me how much I missed getting lost in other worlds. It’s never too late to find and follow your passion! I now have two books published and am about to start writing the third and final story in the Esme series. My home base is Sydney, where I can often be found running (just kidding – walking) by the water, or scribbling in cafés.
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