Name: Maiden (Lightwalker Series #1) by Teresa A. Harrison
Date Published: October 13, 2018
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Goodreads Rating: 3.25/5 Stars
How I acquired it: I received an ebook from the author via Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinions below.
Marta and Jayme are old friends with different beliefs. Marta dreams of becoming a healer. Jayme has been schooled by the black-coats, a group of priests who claim women are inferior, and he fears Marta is jeopardizing her eternal future.
Despite a heated debate over Marta’s soul, Jayme betrays her to the priests. The consequences of his betrayal change Marta’s life forever.
After a brutal massacre, Marta awakens deep in the forest overcome with grief for her lost sisters, but the world will not let her rest. The tragedy has changed her. She hears the call of nature, eventually steering her toward a small cottage in the wilderness. There she learns of nature’s magic and what it means to be a Lightwalker. The path is there for her to follow. If she’s strong enough to embrace it…
Romance: N/A – ★
Reading Level: ★★
My Overall Rating: ★★★
The writing was fine. I would love to read more from this author because I honestly think she would be able to write and excellent book. However, I did not enjoy this one because the plot line was lacking. It easily flowed and there were few grammatical errors.
The plot line of this story is what drew me in. I was so excited to read something that felt different but still had the “paranormal” and “dystopian” feel. However, I was left feeling incredibly let down. There was so much potential for Marta to become this strong independent woman who sticks to her beliefs and doesn’t let a man bring her down. Instead we got a brief summary of her “growing up?” I’m not even sure what happened because it really wasn’t explained. I had such high hopes for this book based on the plot line but instead I was left confused and let down.
The “romance” of this book was left to the very end. Jayme spends the first part of the book making sure Marta is ok and he wants to apologize. Instead he finds this cottage and takes the rest of the book to “become a man”. Marta completely forgets about Jayme (even though he betrayed her? Sorry, that just doesn’t seem right to me. No matter how much you’re trying to be “the bigger person”). At the end they meet up and Jayme confesses his love for Marta. However, instead of being together he says they need to go their separate ways because their “journeys” aren’t finished.
I will admit, this book left me confused several times. The author introduces a new concept “light walker” (I can’t be the only one who thought of Game of Thrones and the Night Walkers) but doesn’t explain it. There is no history of them and the concept isn’t described. I felt like I was missing a serious chapter where everything was described in detail. Instead, we hear about Marta and Jayme’s independent “journeys” to embrace the “light”. Once they find the “light” they are told to go out and share that light with others. There was no build up or explanation of how they were going to do that.
I really wanted to love this book. There was so much potential and intrigue but as the reader I was left guessing and wishing. Had the history been described or a greater antagonist been involved I think I would have understood it more. However, I think the author wanted to throw some real life situations into a fantasy story and it didn’t work well.