Kingdomless (The Evamore Series Book 1) by Michelle Garyfalakis - YA Fiction (Ages 13-17), 422 pages
Book Title: Kingdomless (The Evamore Series Book 1) by Michelle Garyfalakis
Category: YA Fiction (Ages 13-17), 422 pages
Genre: YA Fantasy Romance
Release date: January 2022
Content Rating: PG-13 +M: There is a scene where our main character is held at knife point and her attacker grabs her breasts without consent. The word 'nipple' is used in this situation. This is the reason for the added "M" in the rating.
The remnants of the United Kingdom of Garth, once ruled by the legendary Dynasty of Evamores are in the throes of conflict. Ten years ago, King Wren of the West discovered Raelle washed up on the shores of the Balour Sea, with no memory of the first nine years of her life. She was brought back to the castle and dutifully cared for and cherished by the king and his three older sons. On her nineteenth birthday, the Western Kingdom's adoptive princess is secretly sent away by her stepmother to marry King Veras as a token of peace between the kingdoms. But, the Northern King has other plans.
As Raelle's amnesia melts away with the help of a northern storyteller, she discovers more about the Kingdom of Garth, magic, the lovetie connection of the Evamores, and her role in the grand scheme of things. She is confused, angry, and curiously comfortable in the North.
A dark shadow overcasts all of the kingdoms, and the threatening influence of the fallen god Kellar seems to spread among the people, inciting disorder and violence. While the fate of the kingdoms may rest on Raelle's shoulders, she can't help but feel kingdomless. Betrayal is everywhere, from her own adoptive family to her newfound friends. Fearless, observant, witty, and determined, she is town between her attraction to King Veras' good nature and the unexplained pull to the Tracker Calak. The challenge that she faces is not simple. As the old gods, laws and magic awaken, so does her own sense of self. There is a choice to be made, step into the role expected of her, or dive into the unknown and make her own destiny.
This YA fantasy novel asks the readers important coming of age questions, captures the attention with witty dialogue, relatable characters, and a world that is reawakening its forgotten magic. The readers will be entranced and hungry for more (and perhaps a piece of chocolate cake).
Your True Self by Michelle Garyfalakis
In Kingdomless our main character is Raelle. The book opens on her 19th birthday and up until this point her life has been mostly sheltered. As the adopted princess of the Western Kingdom, who was discovered as the sole survivor on a shipwreck at the age of 9 with no memories of how she got there, she’s been dutifully cared for by the Western King and her three older brothers ever since. They have protected her and trained her, but when she suddenly finds herself in the heart of the Northern Kingdom surrounded by strangers and her family’s former enemies, we see Raelle wrestle with the weight of all of these changes.
Just like any of us, when faced with lies, betrayal and heartache, Raelle struggles to process it all. She subtly uses different techniques to manage her mental health throughout the novel. I wrote this intentionally. Not everyone has access to a mental health care giver or a supportive network of friends and family. So woven in the midst of fantasy and romance, there are practical tips that the reader can take away to hopefully help them in moments of unexpected pain or difficulty.
Ultimately Raelle is searching for her true identity. Due to the amnesia, her early years are lost to her and then she is taken from the only home and family she remembers. There are secrets being kept from her and as more information comes to light our main character has to decide between who she is expected to be and who she wants to be. A question we all must ask ourselves on our journey to finding our true selves.
MICHELLE GARYFALAKIS was born and raised throughout Ontario, Canada. She currently lives just outside of Hamilton, Ontario with her husband, four kids and Snowy (their friendly Samoyed-Border Collie). When she isn't obsessively typing out new stories on her computer, you can find her drinking coffee with a friend, snacking on some guacamole or binge watching Outlander (again). Michelle loves finding creative ways to communicate with people, and her passion for storytelling is the newest addition to that list.
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