Altaica by Tracy M. Joyce
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I received this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I absolutely love the cover of this book. It is what first attracted me, but the premise is what sealed the deal. Isaura looks different than the others in her village, which has lead to suspicion and hatred. She does have a group of loyal friends, who treat her like family, but Isaura yearns for a new life. Together, Isaura, her friends and others from her village will make a perilous journey across the sea to escape an advancing army. On this journey, friendships will be tested and true natures revealed as they struggle to survive. Will they find land before it is too late?
Altaica is a fascinating story that leads us on an exploration of friendship, bigotry, legends, traditions, different cultures and warfare. Tracy M. Joyce has created a well written, action-packed adventure with strong well developed characters. Isaura has endured discrimination since childhood, but she has not allowed that to make her bitter. She is determined to help her friends and to find a new life for herself. Despite their differences Isaura's friends were extremely devoted and protective of her. I really enjoyed this story, and I found myself not wanting to put it down. I look forward to the next installment.
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