I’ve been in the mood for some fantasy lately, so when Caitlin Perry contacted me and asked if I’d be willing to review her young/new adult fantasy novel, I was really excited! It’s not something I would have picked up on my own, but I was intrigued by the synopsis, and it definitely fit my current mood.
Here is the synopsis taken directly from Goodreads:
“Kay Doro had always thought she was a little odd, so when the appearance of two strange men in her home reveals she is actually the child of prophecy from a magical alien race called Draconians, she doesn’t question it. The unfortunate mistranslation of an old prophecy leads all to fear her, but now she must use her dangerous powers to help them by taking back a powerful crystal, the Daio Delayta, from the demonic Makiyrs. Helping her is the young Druid apprentice, Feartos Parinski. On their journey, the two struggle between friendship and disharmony as Feartos hides his own secrets which may prove darker than Kay’s own prophecy. Even so, Kay must learn to trust him as the only friend she has in a hostile world where nearly everyone wants her dead. But what if years of hiding instead of training means she cannot control her power? And worse, what if the prophecy proves true? Uncovering a world of magical beings, poisonous demons, and a history steeped in darkness, Kay must risk her life to prove herself to those who condemn her while struggling to stay true to herself in a world that would strike her down.”
Sounds cool, right? The Cursed Prophecy was different than anything I’ve read in a while. It reminded me a bit of the type of fantasy novels I used to read in high school – I was pretty into the whole prophecy thing back then. This book borders on sci-fi, which I like (mixing fantasy and sci-fi is not easy, but when it’s done well, it’s kind of my favorite thing ever).
However, I had a bit of a hard time reading this book. I tend to stay away from self-published books (I know I’m missing out on some great ones, but it’s hard to sort through the millions of books out there to find them), and one of the reasons is that, often, they are unedited. As you know, I am a bit of a stickler for grammar and syntax, and when a book has grammar and syntax problems, I have a difficult time reading it. The Cursed Prophecy was not terrible by any means, but it felt like a draft. As I read, I kept making mental notes of edits I would have liked to make. I really hate being critical of a book like this, because, to me, it feels incomplete, like it’s still a work in progress. That said, I do think I would have loved this book if I’d read it in high school. Getting my masters in English and creative writing has, in some ways, ruined my ability to enjoy a lot of books, because it’s now impossible to ignore minor flaws. So if you’re not as crazy as I am, I think you might really enjoy this book!
The Cursed Prophecy definitely has a lot of potential! I thought the story, while not entirely unique, was definitely interesting. The characters were fun, and I did enjoy the plot; it contained a lot of young adult fantasy tropes, but wasn’t overly reminiscent of anything else I’ve read, which I liked. I also applaud Perry’s ability to create a such unique world in which to set her books. I loved the the alien race had a really cool old-school fantasy vibe!
I am not going to give this book a rating, because I don’t like rating books that don’t feel finished to me, it feels unfair somehow (I know I’m probably way overthinking this). Just know I didn’t love it and I didn’t hate it, and I see a lot of potential for this book and for this author. So if you’re interested, give it a shot! It’s the first in the series, so if you like it, you’ll have a few more books to look forward to.
This book was provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.