It’s been a while since I’ve written fiction reviews! Jodi L. Milner is one of my long-time author friends. I took the opportunity to listen to the audiobook edition of her novel on Audible, and I am happy to highlight her work on the blog today.
In Stonebearer’s Betrayal, a young girl named Katira is living a normal life in a village, awaiting her coming-of-age ceremony, spending time with the boy whom she hopes to marry. When she discovers that her Papan and Mamar—her father and mother—are immortal “wielders” with great magical abilities who adopted her and raised her as their own, her life is turned upside down. What’s more, there’s a demon keen on subjecting and destroying the wielders. A sinister figure working for the demon kidnaps Katira, threatening those closest to the girl. As she dives deeper into the world of those with magical abilities, everything she knows about the people around her, and herself, changes forever.
Milner’s book, with its great cover art, is the first in a planned trilogy. It is a delightful fantasy adventure for young adults with themes of family, romance, loyalty, and self-discovery. The story’s focus on relationships and character development is interspersed with fighting action and curious glimpses into the internalized magical mechanisms of the Stonebearer’s speculative world. While the story focuses on Katira’s journey, I particularly enjoyed the romance between her adoptive parents as they fought to get their daughter back, and as they sacrificed to edify and protect each other.
You can find this book in digital and paperback editions here on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0838BG2GJ
Or on Audible here: https://www.audible.com/pd/Stonebearers-Betrayal-Audiobook/B07VGGNDHJ.