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The Lost Kingdom Reviews

  • Diana
    2019-02-23 13:30

    Reviewer Note: I received a free copy for review by the author through the Goodreads group ,David Estes Fans & YA Book Lovers Unite Actual rating: 3.5 starsAs a lover of all things Fantasy and Young Adult, I was very excited to read this book by Stephanie Beerden. The Lost Kingdom features Arima, a young and strong heroine. On her 16th birthday, Arima's life is drastically altered. By coming of age, Arima is forced to come to terms with the unmistakable reality that she is not simply a White Witch, but the most powerful of Queens and Lady. She is Lady Spirit. She is destined to rule and protect all of Illendia and the Other lands, alongside with her sisters, the Ladies of Elements. However, she must first defeat the two-thousand year rule of The Demon King, Ahriman. In order to defeat Ahriman, she must find and unite with her sisters, the Ladies of Elements.I found that this book was filled with all the right kind of action in all the right places. There is an interesting weaving together of elements of fantasy and of a paranormal and mythological nature. I really enjoyed watching the growth of Arima's character. She grows from a naive and innocent young girl to a very capable and strong leader. She is faced with many challenges along her many journeys, and each time she grows from the experiences. Arima, is a rare female character in young adult fiction of late. She's not whinny and dependent on others. She's strong and independent and it is very refreshing to read. The secondary characters in this story are interesting and are strongly motivated in their actions by tragic past experiences with the Demon King, Ahriman. The three main secondary characters that evolve in the story are Blythe, Myrddin and Sabre. I would like to see these three characters more in the coming novels in this series. I would be very sad if the characters remained static and only fluff filler for the story and plot. The one thing I was very pleased with was that there was no love-triangles!!! :) (YA fiction has been saturated with love-triangles and I thanked the Mother Goddess that Arima was not plagued with this affliction.)I really enjoyed this book. I was never bored, and I felt that the pace of the book was set well. The world building was done well. You really could picture all the different surroundings and the world that is Illendia and The Other Lands. However, it would be beneficial to have a map of the lands and cities. I felt this book really could have benefited from it. I did feel at times that the story was a little too predictable, but despite knowing what the outcome would be it was interesting to see how the plot played out to achieve that outcome. Why not 5 stars? Well here are my two biggest reasons:(1) Editting!!!: It is a really big irritant for me when a book is laden with spelling mistakes and poor word placements. This book needs a thorough editing. There were a tonne of mistakes and the number of mistakes grew as the chapters progressed. example: Sabre chuckled. "All right, then I believe you. What kind of subject would I be if I didn't trust my future aueen, hmm?"ok you could technically argue that there needs to be 2 corrections here...but the obvious correction is that "aueen" is supposed to read as queen.Now, as a reader, there is nothing more annoying to me than spelling mistakes or interchanged words (i.e. his for her and vice versa.) It takes away from the flow of the story and the ultimate understanding and build-up of emotion.(2)'m not offended by swearing and, in fact, love it in literature and in reviews, when it's appropriate. In fact, I've been said to have a trucker mouth. My issue with it in this novel is that it, really and truly, is out of place and really doesn't belong in this type of young adult novel. Especially, since it's a period book. I truly believe that the vocabulary used should be appropriate to the world and period built by the author. Arima is often using the colloquial term of reference of "Hell" and it doesn't belong.For example"...stop talking around me and tell me what the hell you are talking about?"It's really out of place because there is no context for Hell in this book. The equivalent to Hell in this period book is "The Chaos." So, whenever she uses the term it stands out like a swore-thumb. Really she should be swearing like "...stop talking around me and tell me what "the chaos" you are talking about?"I don't know why that every time she swore it bothered me, but it did.All in all, it was an enjoyable read. I do recommend this book. I am looking forward to reading about the other sisters in the series, and will be anticipating the sequels.

  • ✿ℎazℯℓ - thℯ ℛock Cℎick ℱairy✿
    2019-02-23 12:45

    This is a great start to a series.Magic, unicorns, fairies, nymphs, witches and even black widows.. they're all here. This is a story about Arima, a girl with a past hidden from her. She grew up in an inconspicuous village surrounded by normal people, she even had a best friend. However, all of these changed when she hit the age of 16. She was told about her real identity. As it turns out, she's a very special person in their land... well one of five. She discovers the truth about herself and many things about her legacy... but her village perishes in the process. This brought about many tragedies in her young life.Arima goes on her adventure of a lifetime. She's bound to have many enemies, but she also gets to meet a lot of friends along the way. I enjoyed going to many places with them. The descriptions of places in this book is very vivid. It's awesome. :)THE CHARACTERSArima is a very stubborn, hard headed, ill tempered immature girl. I say that with full conviction. She has the worst trait that a teenage could have. She doesn't listen well to elders and she does things first before thinking about them. I know, I know, a lot of people would say that she's just following her heart... I get that. I totally get that, but it doesn't erase the fact that she's annoying as hell when she does just what SHE WANTS. She's a bad example for teens nowadays. My wish for her character is that she outgrows those bad qualities. There's still hope for her because I think deep down, she's could still be a better person. She could be a smarter person who doesn't make snap decisions and one who thinks a lot first about others' opinion rather than just herself.Blythe is a vampire who vowed to help Arima because of a certain reason. He's loyal to Arima. I like him, so I was also frustrated A LOT when he was frustrated with Arima. He believes in what Arima can be in the future and that they should take care of that. I like Blyth too because he cares and he's not selfish. Her unicorn is quite magical, powerful and in my imagination.. she's really beautiful. This story won't be complete without her. She's loyal to Arima to a fault. It's awesome. The other characters are very, very CRUCIAL TO THIS BOOK. They bad guys are really bad.. I mean, they really do nasty things to people. There are some characters who started out seeming like bad characters, but they are innately good. The other good guys are so nice and accommodating, I can't imagine this book without them. One character in particular, Arima's best friend... I WANT HIM TO BE ALIVE. I really want him to live so that they could pursue a relationship on the next book. heh! ;)WHAT I FIND CONFUSINGI find the timeline of this book a bit confusing. They seem to be in the medieval ages, but somehow words like "yuck" and "freaking" are in here. Those words, as far as I know came out in the 1960's - 1970's while the medieval times lasted from the 5th to the 15th century. Hmm..WHAT I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO ✔ The appearance of the other ladies. I want to know what they're like and who they are.✔ Arima's future love interest.✔ The next adventures.✔ New creatures.✔ More action parts.✔ Maybe a love life too for Blythe.✔ Finding out who the woman in black really is. It's so frustrating not to know this tidbit!ALL IN ALL I give this book 4 fairy wings. I might not have loved the main character, but I sure loved her adventures as well as the people who helped her! ^_^I was given a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.This review can also be seen on our blog: Musings of the Book-a-holic Fairies, inc.

  • Rivalie (Le Petit Photograph)
    2019-03-14 08:34

    Initial Reaction: Super fun fantasy read! The character were absolutely lovely and adorable. Arima is so full of bravery and strength! I can't wait to see how she will continue to grow! Full Review:Amira is the Lady Spirit, the first of her sisters to have arrived on Ilendia after a millennium. Her quest is to reunite the Five Ladies of Elements and destroy Ahriman, the Demon King who ruthlessly slaughtered her predecessors before assuming the throne of the land. Ahriman is not going to give up easily and he's prepared to send all his forces to destroy Amira before she becomes too powerful. Amira herself doesn't want to be the Lady Spirit, she likes her life just the way it is. However, her fate has already been decided her for and she has no choice but to accept her destiny and save her people.First of all, I have no idea what it is about this book but the writing just pulled me in from the very start. From the very first page I was hooked. The description of the world, the underlying tone of sarcasm, and overall, the joy of hope that was presented to us in the first chapter just completely draws you in to read more. Fast forward to the second chapter, Amira is now a day from reaching her Awakening and she's the happiest girl alive. You can feel her joy and carefree nature just radiating from the book. Then she awakens and terror strikes the village where she was raised. All of a sudden she's thrown into a destiny that was hidden from her and she has no choice but to flee. Amira was an amazingly crafted character. We see her first as a happy-go-lucky girl, in love with life itself. Then when her village is attacked by Shanums, everything she loves is ripped away. Amira is sort of a reluctant hero, she doesn't want the destiny she is presented with and adamantly refuses the title of 'Your Highness' and unless the circumstances demand it, 'Lady.' Yet despite being so reluctant, she's driven with this desire for everyone to experience joy again and be free from Ahriman's terrorizing rule and before she (or you) knows it, she's steadily rising towards her future. While she might not be the most kickbutt character, she's full of a burning passion that just grabs you and holds you captive to her character. Her heart, her fire, and her personality just completely capture your heart through the entire story.Before I knew it, I fell in love with all the side characters as well. Blythe, Myrddin, Sabre, Laggun, the Nymphs, everyone. I'll admit, even Enchantra and Ahriman managed to capture my heart, though not in a loving way. Again with the writing, each character is so mysterious, dark in Ahriman and Enchantra's case, noble and brave in pretty much everyone else's case. I loved the characters and they've all managed to snag a piece of my heart. Something that I admit I found very refreshing was the lack of romance. There was no person of particular interest that was slowing building a romantic feel for Amira. I will admit that I did hope that Blythe would somehow end up with her, I'm glad at the same time that he didn't. At least not yet... The love in the story is a different type of love. It's a hopeful love, a family love, a love that is far more powerful than anything. A love for each other, a love for Amira who represents the hope for the lands, and a love for freedom from tyranny. Even if there's not particular couple-y romance, you can feel love just emanating throughout the story.Is it even obvious what I think about this book? If you're a fan of YA fantasy, I definitely think you should give this a go. I just think it's such a fun and amazing read and I can't wait for the next book! They're going to find Lady Water!! Read my reviews at:

  • Nay Denise
    2019-03-09 12:49

    **Sent a copy by the author in exchange for an honest review.**Stunning story!The Lost Kingdom is a fabulous first book to a trilogy. Stephanie Beerden has created a marvelous fantasy/paranormal novel. The world building, characters and pacing was great!This book follows sixteen year old Arima. She was born as a fallen star to be the new Lady Spirit. She was found by White Witch Bryeia and Wizard Gideon. When she was found Bryeia and Gideon decided to cast a spell that would mask her true identity, but at the age of 16 her awakening occurred and Arima knew she was definitely Lady Spirit because of her magical abilities, snow white hair and her violet eyes. Arima's goal as Lady Spirit: unlock the Lost Kingdom, reunite with her sisters and defeat the demon king Ahriman.Along her journey she lost her only family (Bryeia, Gideon and Rowan) and in a way foun a new one among her followers and friends. Arima was such a fabulous character. For her age she handled her responsibilities so well and her snarky attitude to the demon king and his followers were awesome. Arima definitely looked like a girl, but her maturity was that of a true queen. She definitely surprised me every time an obstacle was in her way.I totally loved Blythe and Sabre. They were amazing characters that I will never forget! They both had similar backgrounds when it comes to working for Ahriman and losing their families because of Ahriman. Blythe is an amazing vampire from the moment he met Arima in Glynn. He swore to protect her and he definitely did. He stayed be her side through thick and thin. Helped her learn to battle with both hands and when she's injured. Blythe seemed like an older brother during the journey always warning her to becareful and being.protective of Arima. I loved it! Even the ending for what Arima gave him in return...I surely cried.Sabre, the white wolf, seemed a little antsy and annoyed at first when hefirst met Arima because of his past efforts to help the Numinal. I completely understand his distrust, but as the story progressed he realized his error in making Arima pay for something she did not do and helped her along side Blythe.Characters I couldn't stand: Ahriman the denon king, Myoni, Enchantra and Crimson. Ahriman just seemed to be the one to have everyone's family killed and hitting a 16 year old is just ridiculous!! Enchantra just was a snarky b*tch for no reason and I have no idea what she is. Myoni took everything away from Arima and didn't care at all. I'm glad she died and her death was awesome! Crimson I simply cannot even express my rage and disgust for what she's done to Blythe and anyone else. Anyone Ahriman's army is just annoying.The ending was by far amazing and it shocked me because of my own doubts. I can't wait to find out what happens next for the other four Ladies.PS: I love the dictionary/ translation for the magical holy language.

  • Ashley Poteet
    2019-03-11 09:42

    This story takes place in Ilendia, with a young girl known as Arima, she was born as a fallen star to be the Lady Spirit and was found by White Witch Bryeia and Wizard Gideon. Growing up she was in one with who and what she was until the day if her 16th Birthday, she finds out she is more, her Destiny is more than she could imagine, she knew then she was the new lady Spirit, with her Violet eyes, White hair and her magical abilities. Not wanting any of this, she soon finds out she has no choice. Something awful has happened and she has to flee her home, Arima knows she has to accept her Destiny and Do what she was born to do.She sets out on her journey to free her sisters and reunite them all to save the kingdom and she meets some new friends and followers,Blyth is a vampire who has sworn to protect Arima. He is with her through the worst and is constantly worried about her safety. He is a very likable character, like an older brother type.Sabre is a white wolf, disgusting at first because if his past, but he recognizes his mistake and learns that Arima is not to blame and he also is by her side with Blyth. This is a Great YA Fantasy Read! Very descriptive in the characters and their world. I urge you Fantasy Goers to read this, you won't be disappointed!

  • Cheryl Duval
    2019-03-06 11:37

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review by the author.This was a wonderful story. The author pulled me in from the first page. The fantasy, imagery and ingenuity of this story was amazing. It seems that a lot of creative thought went into this story as was shown by the characters, the magic and the world they lived in. The only disappointing part was that when I was finished I wanted to continue on to the next book but there isn't one yet. Beyond any doubt I will be looking forward to more books by Stephanie Beerden!

  • Jessica
    2019-02-22 15:45

    Arima is raised as a white witch by her white witch grandmother. She is taught numerous magical skills and even swordfighting by her grandmother’s friend. However, moments before she turns sixteen years old her grandmother tells her she is the Lady Spirit. With a daunting destiny ahead of her Arima must learn to wield her new powers as a Lady and begin her search to find her element sisters in order to unite and defeat the evil king who killed their predecessors so many years ago. She represents hope for all. Can she fulfill her destiny when danger lurks down every path?What I expected from a book with such a plot was an enchanting, whimsical adventure, but the writing seemed clumsy to me. Having read the ebook cover to cover, I think this might be the result of it being translated into English. For me the narrative seemed to lack a real sense of flow, feeling disjointed in some places, and the dialogue felt awkward and inauthentic. This appears to be Stephanie Beerden’s first novel translated into English and while it feels like a rocky start, I did feel that the writing got better as the book went on. I hope that when the second book in the series is translated, Beerden can can bring a magical flare to her books which I am sure she is capable of.While the writing may feel a little uneven, the story and the world built by Beerden is impressive in how expansive it is. Although I never really felt the passage of time in this book, it is said that the characters must travel weeks and even months to their destination, which helps the reader get a sense of just how big the lands are. The quest on which Arima is on is long and gruelling, and she is also on a journey of self where she must discover her own powers and train them. She learns both from other characters, books and through her own practice. She is self motivated, but learns to accept the importance of help and advice of others, and I think this makes her a very strong and well rounded female character. Arima is also one of the few female characters in fiction worlds who does not fall in love - or even take a fancy to someone romantically. Her mind is consumed with her destiny - finding her sisters, training herself and staying alive. That is not to say she ever says or thinks explicitly that she does not have time to love, she clearly cares deeply for her friends and those who serve the Ladies, but in a purely platonic way. As the priestesses who served the previous Ladies took vows of celibacy, perhap the Ladies of Elements simply do not feel a romantic or passionate attraction for others? The characters which Beerden has created did not always resonant with me. Our grandmother figure who loved Arima as her own apparently could not think of a better time or way to tell Arima about her true identity, though she had sixteen years to consider it. Meanwhile, our powerful antagonist’s early dialogue appears a little juvenile due to style choices with capital letters and too much punctuation used to a comical and overblown effect.I feel the exposition was not always interwoven in the rest of the text, and because of that I feel the story was sometimes interrupted to give the reader important details to help them understand the fantasy world. While I usually don’t mind the ‘learn as you go’ style in books, I feel that when the protagonist already knows all about magic and such, the narrative needs a little break to explain to the reader what the characters already know and this slows things down. I think a way around this would be to pluck out those snippets of information and make it into a prologue which explains the prophecy about the Ladies. It would make for a more epic opening and educate the reader on what things are before they encounter them. I think that would make for a really powerful and enchanting beginning to this fantasy series. While even now I’m not quite sure I have a firm grasp of everything within this story, I have to commend the imagination of Beerden who was unafraid to add magical unicorns and a fighting heroine in the same book. That said, the violence at the end feels much gritter than the rest of the book and the swearing seems completely out of sync with the rest of the dialogue. There are also a few references to hell, though within this book I get the impression that there is no hell, but there is a place called the chaos which serves a similar purpose.

  • Bee {Quite the Novel Idea}
    2019-02-28 14:35

    Edit 12/04/2015: I re-read it after Stephanie send it to a new editor (because she heard a lot of reviewers say there were a lot of typos). There've been some changes and it's even better now, Steph! No need to worry. People will love it even more. Also, cover love!---------------------------------Istyria book blog ~ B's world of enchanted books4.5 starsI've been waiting and wanting to read this one for months now and when Stephanie said it was ready for beta-reading, I was so happy! Even though it's long, like a proper fantasy novel usually is, I really really loved it. So take a deep breath Steph, nothing to fear in this review. The Lost Kingdom takes place in Ilendia and it's about Arima, a sixteen year old girl whose world is turned upside down when she finds out she's Lady Spirit, one of the five Ladies of Elements. According to a centuries old Prophecy, she has to unite all the five Ladies and save Ilendia and the Other Lands from Ahriman, the Demon King. Even though Arima has no choice but accept the destiny she never even wanted and go on a journey into the unknown. The Lost Kingdom was originally published in Dutch and Stephanie wanted to take it to the next level and started translating it herself so more people were able to read it and yes, she's going indie! She has been working very hard on this for months now and I've been helping wherever I can. I'm sort of a PR person for her, a beta reader,... But above all, her best friend. And honestly, I was terrified I wouldn't like it that much because it would break my heart if I had to write a negative review. Luckily, I loved it! This has everything a good YA Fantasy book needs. A cool, brilliant world? Check! A strong, pretty bad ass heroine? Check! A scary, evil villain? Check! Mystery, Magic and more of that good stuff? Check, check and check! Plus I did get a lot of feels from it too! Especially in the beginning and at the end. And elemental magic powers!! That's the thing I loved the most because I love it when a book has that. The world Stephanie created was amazing and in the Dutch copy there is a map, but the one that made it left out some of the most important cities so it's not very helpful. I don't know if there will be a map in the English book too, but if not, you'll have to use your imagination. And Stephanie does a good job at helping you with that. The whole land/world was in my head! Of course, with Fantasy sometimes comes strange words. And there are some in this one too. Creatures I didn't know because they were made up, a language that was also made up. There is a legend at the end with all the meanings of those words and names, but I think I pronounce them very, very wrong in my head so. That's a bit confusing, but I got used to it. And most Fantasy books I know (like the ones from James Clemens, Robin Hobb, Terry Goodkind,...) are very long and this one is too in my opinion. It has 332 pages in the beta stage and before you say that that's not long at all, it is because these are normal pages in the PDF format. So if she would print it out, that's how many standard sized pages there would be. So it's long, but that's not a bad thing because Stephanie really takes her time to develop this story and its characters. Yeah it can get a little, tiny bit boring. BUT, there's a but! Just when you're starting to feel like putting the book down, something happens that hooks you again and you're back on track!I really loved Arima. She really grows a lot in this book and I like that. She doesn't want to be Lady Spirit at first and denies everything. But then something happens and she's forced to flee from her village and she has to grow up pretty quick and learn more about these new powers she has. And she can really kick some ass if she needs too. The battle at the end is pretty epic. It's not very long, but the book is, so appreciated the fact that Stephanie didn't drag the battle out just to make it longer. And on her journey she meets several fun characters. Blythe, Myrddin, Laguun, ... And of course her unicorn, Sirrim. No it's not as lame as it sounds, the unicorn is also pretty bad ass. So if you're looking for an awesome YA Fantasy book in the style of James Clemens, Terry Goodkind (and more), this is a good choice! I really loved it and I can't wait to see what happens next!

  • Anna (Enchanted by YA)
    2019-03-05 15:29

    3.5 STARS***I received the eBook free as a review copy from the author in exchange for an honest review***I wanted to start off by thanking Stephanie Beerden for giving me this book to review, because as a lover of all things YA fantasy the second I saw it’s synopsis I was there. In the end I really enjoyed it, because the plot filled with action was quite fast paced and held my interest from the get go.I admit I did get lost at times because some of the creatures mentioned like the half-human-half-bird things (their name is impossible to remember and even harder to spell) were new to me, but the information was there you just had to keep your eyes open and be patient. That was one of the hardest things for me because there was a lot of stopping and starting, where there would be a brief collapse after a particularly extensive action scene. Or simply when Beerden was building tension and/or informing of future plans. I don’t really know why the characters even bothered to make these plans, because just about every time they did, something went wrong and everything went pear-shaped. Sounds like my life… except the result isn’t nearly as disastrous; I can’t compare with nearly dying and being stabbed with her own sword. I shouldn’t find that funny, but come on, it was her own sword!Even with this little mishap I found that Raima was in fact the very strong and independent heroine I always look for in a book. Faced with literally the fate of the word on her shoulders after being oblivious for 16 years, is not an easy thing to get your head round. So Raima’s total breakdown was understandable; but what’s good is that it showed her growth from the start of the novel to the end, with the way she handled things differently. There were constant obstacles thrown in her way that let you see her develop not only as a person but a leader who doesn’t hide behind others.Accompanying her on this journey is Blythe. Blythe is a vampire, and Blythe is awesome! He’s my favourite kind of book boyfriend; you know the tough on the outside and gooey on the inside? He takes protecting Raima seriously, but to goes to a new level when he starts developing feelings for her. I was expecting a proper swoon-worthy romance to go on between them, because they had some serious chemistry so I was disappointed that it didn’t develop much. It surprises me that I’m even saying this because I’m not lover of romance in books and prefer a good plot, but it’s good to spice things up and keep it interesting so long as it doesn’t overshadow.The plot itself is very clear from the start and there aren’t any twists that jump out at you when you least expect it, more a challenging journey where the end is clear but far away. I surprisingly liked this, and the action made sure it wasn’t a slower read because of it.Posted on:

  • Stephanie
    2019-03-23 14:30

    I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review and I am really glad I did because this book was a fun fantasy Gem. This book was a long journey and at times I would have to admit it was a bit slow but I pressed on and I'm very glad I did because it was worth all the description and world building because it all came together in the final half with not just one epic battle but a few and it laid the framework for an epic series.When Arima learned of her fate and set off on her journey I was worried she would be alone but along came the stoic and handsome Blythe and to top it off he is a vampire with a crazy past that brought him to Lady Spirit. Not only does she have Blythe but she has her Unicorn as well so I guess she was never really alone but even with the bond she shared with her Unicorn it was nice for her to have other people to talk to and to protect her from all the evil that surrounded her, and she also meets some vey interesting allies and enemies along her way and I really enjoyed the lore on each one, it was fun to see how many of the creatures were familiar but had such a new and interesting take on them.I wish there had been more on the other Ladies but I know that is yet to come but I really want to know who they are and how they will find each other and how each one will contribute to the upcoming war.There were many spelling mistakes and they threw me off a lot, in a book this intense that requires full focus I was bummed that there were so many scattered through out the book. I think this is an excellent start to an epic fantasy series, the world is beautiful and the characters are enchanting and love able, for all those who love a great fantasy read this book is for them.

  • LAWonder10
    2019-03-21 15:39

    Arima was raised as a White Witch by her Nana, making plans for a wonderful future in her community, following in Nana's footsteps. On her sixteenth birthday, all her dreams and lifetime goals came crashing down on her at the revelation presented to her by the three people she loved the most. Her life would never be the same happy, carefree one she had enjoyed before. ...So begins the sensational and imaginative beginning to a new series.This emotionally impacted, bittersweet series introduces many conflicting situations and fictive new characters...Characters which will stir equally conflicting emotions and reactions within one's heart and mind. The plot is impacted with endearment, danger, confusion, suspense, terror, caring, grief, endurance, courage, honor, humor and more. Arima is forced to face the fact her life is nothing as she suspected and is not her own. She must discover who she is and what she must become. Many interesting characters will assist her along this journey but it is ultimately her duty to accept her lot in life. She must decide to comply and acquire the skills necessary or allow her stubborn, selfish desires to prevail.The creative characters seem very real...Some lovable, some aggravating, some evil and cruel. Corresponding emotions are interspersed throughout the tale. The supporting scenes are well-described and easily pictured in one's mind. Action and adventures never drag. There is some profanity and crudeness of language used - not appropriate for youth. There is a solid ending yet still contains a definite lead-in for the next part of the series.*I was sent a physical copy of this book for an honest review, of which I have given.

  • Gail
    2019-03-10 15:57

    The Lost Kingdom takes place in Ilendia and it's about Arima, who is sixteen year old. Arima has no choice but to accept the destiny that she never wanted. But then something happens that forces her to flee from her village. As reality set in she has to really grow up fast, and learn about her new powers. On her journey she meets several very interesting characters, Blythe, Myrddin, and Laguun, and her unicorn Sirrim. This book has a lot of action that will keep you turning the pages. Stephanie was able to weaving, in some fantasy with some paranormal and mythological. Stephanie gives you a glance into how Arima’s character grows from a naive girl into a strong leader. There are many challenges that Arima’s learn along the way on her journeys. For me this was an enjoyable read, and I will be looking forward to reading more books from this author in the future.

  • Dalene
    2019-02-25 11:48

    First, I would like to thank the author Stephanie Beerden for giving me this book for an honest review. I enjoyed this story a lot. The world building is very good. The characters are well developed and written. The story-line is very good. I am looking forward reading more from this author and definitely the series.

  • D'eBookSharing
    2019-03-04 09:56

    ***I was gifted a copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review***Arima's life changes on the day of her 16th birthday. She finds out that she's not quite who she thought she was and understandably, she's just a tad bit upset about that.I found this book a little difficult to read. I liked it, but found the author gave detailed descriptions of pretty EVERYTHING. Now, I get descriptions are to help the reader imagine how things are etc, but they bogged the story down for me and I found reading the book tedious. At least for the first half of the book.The second half of the book, from where she meets Sabre, was almost like another author had taken over. Arima suddenly develops the use of swear words. Maybe Sabre was a bad influence on her :p The whole book seemed to just suddenly seemed to flow so much better. Which is a good thing because I hate putting books down unfinished and I was only a couple of pages away from doing so.I can't fault it for action, there is action pretty much throughout the whole book and it is fast paced.It's not a unique plot but it is a good one: Enemy kills off original good gals, new good gals are born as a very old prophecy proclaims. Enemy searches for new good gals to destroy them etc.There are so many characters introduced, either briefly or in great detail depending on their role in the story. The more involved in the story, the better named the species are.By the time I got to the last page, I was really enjoying the book. I can't wait to read the remaining books in the series. I was originally going to rate this 3.5 Shamrocks but the last half of the book managed to claw it to 4 ShamrocksPosted on: