by Maron Anrow
Laika in Lisan is an intriguing fantasy tale with an airtight plot, believable characters, and an exciting element of romance. A true gem, and a pleasure to read!
Laika, a recent college graduate, is invited to assist in the early formation of a university in Lisan, a country that is known for its isolation from the rest of the world. Recognizing the rare opportunity at hand, Laika jumps at the chance. But as she sets out through the mountainous, remote region strange events abound. Soon, she discovers that nothing is as it seems... and that her life is about to change forever.
I admired Laika for her independence, intellect, and sense of adventure. When she encounters obstacles and ethical dilemmas it's easy to empathize with her, and to ponder what you would do in her situation. And then there's Rodya -- handsome, intelligent, and full of intrigue. Having slipped into Laika's life and heart in a rather unusual way, the stage is set for a rare, heartfelt, and refreshingly sweet romance!
The secondary characters are fully developed, and play an integral role in the story. The world building is exceptional. Overall, the author does a fantastic job of reinforcing the setting by weaving in subtle details in a way that appears effortless. The end result is a well-paced, original, and absorbing tale of mystery, suspense, and self discovery. A must read!
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