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Last month I had the opportunity to read an advanced copy of Struggling With the Current by A. R. K. Horton. Struggling With the Current is the first book in The Telverin Trilogy, which released on November 30, 2020. I’m thrilled to introduce you to this wonderful book and author and share my four-star review with you today as part of the Literary Designs Struggling With the Current Blog Tour!
Meet A.R.K. Horton, the author behind The Telverin Trilogy….
“A.R.K. Horton is a small woman made of round shapes and long sighs. Children and animals surround her in her Florida home. Her vice is hoarding responsibilities, and she has the tired eyes to prove it. They still have a sparkle though, seeing the next project ahead.”
“She began writing as a child when she became obsessed with learning about the most obscure fairytales, folktales, and myths. Now, she blogs extensively about them and uses them as inspiration for her novels.”
“Princess Eya’s life changes forever with the discovery of the Statue of the Goddess Winds, just as she’s coming of age. The long-overlooked kingdom of Hicares finds itself in a war it isn’t prepared for against the far more powerful empire of Pescel. To survive, Eya must flee her home, losing everything and everyone she loves in the process.”
“Yet, by leaving behind all she’s ever known, she learns that her sheltered life didn’t prepare her for the real world’s strange and frightening nature. She encounters people, places, and creatures beyond anything she ever imagined, along with sinister enemies from every direction. Perhaps her most surprising revelation is that she is developing powers of her own. Will Eya be able to find happiness in her new life, or will she continue struggling with the current?”
The Telverin Trilogy is centered around a fantasy war story that takes place between several countries in the world of Telverin, and Struggling With the Current, the first book in this series was a wonderful way to start this story off.
Eya’s story certainly has a coming-of-age aspect to it, but seeing Eya’s character evolve as she becomes aware of her magical abilities seems to be the core focus of her character. She is a strong female protagonist that embodies so many different emotions but always perseveres. I felt connected to Eya’s character because of these qualities. I couldn’t wait to find out more about her past, her abilities, and her interactions with others.
Through this evolution of Eya’s character, we are introduced to a cast of interesting and equally intriguing characters. Some of these characters are friends to Eya and others are foes, and for some, the “jury is still out.”
The author’s writing style is quite enjoyable to read, and I love the creativity behind the fantasy aspects of the book. For example, there seems to be a nod to mythology which I really enjoyed. As another example, the magical elements are intriguing and add an element of suspense to the story line.
On a critical note, the one aspect of Struggling With the Current that I struggled with was the amount of background information given. This is a hard area to critique because the author is trying to provide background information to set the “mood” for the series moving forward. At times I felt like I was getting more of the history of Telverin and its inhabitants than I was getting of current events. It’s hard to judge this aspect of the book when there are two additional books to follow. I hope that the next installment moves on from the history of the past more than Struggling With the Current did.
I enjoyed Struggling With the Current. I would recommend this book to others. For me, this book was a bit of a historical fiction piece melded with a fantasy piece. I think that readers who enjoy both the historical fiction and fantasy genres will really love this book!
A quick note, there is some profanity used in this book. For this reason, I would reserve this book for a mature or adult audience or use discretion prior to reading if you are sensitive to this type of content.
Overall I gladly give Struggling With the Current a ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 rating. I am looking forward to the remaining two books in The Telverin Trilogy. I hope you will pick up this wonderful book and get lost in the world of Telverin!
Book and Author Links
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I would like to thank Literary Designs Blog Tours and A.R.K. Horton for including me in this book tour and for providing me an advanced copy of Struggling With the Current in exchange for my thoughts.