Two Worlds of Provenance (Two Worlds, #1)

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Two Worlds of Provenance (Two Worlds, #1)

Her fate lies just one world away… “Two Worlds is The Mortal Instruments meets Narnia.” --Amazon reader “Remember that dagger I gave you yesterday?” How could she forget the dagger—a token of her missing mother? Had it only been yesterday? It felt as if the whole world had changed overnight. As a matter of fact, it hadn’t. But instead of one world, now there were two. When sixteen-year-old Maray Johnson explores her new neighborhood, she hardly expects to see a medieval sword fight—especially not one that leaves her first responder to a severely injured boy, who despite all bone-deep wounds, has the nerve to kidnap her into an alternate dimension. This is Maray’s first trip to Allinan, a world with a falling apart monarchy. It is also how she meets Jemin Boyd, a guard of dimensions, who patrols the borders between the worlds, and seems to have a particular issue with the way Maray looks. Who is she, and why does everyone she meets look at her with either adoration or hatred? With each new discovery, Maray is left to wonder if she will ever get back home from Allinan. She only hopes that Jemin can help her uncover the truth, before the fates of two worlds are sealed… Two Worlds is bestselling author Angelina J. Steffort's new young adult fantasy romance about forbidden love, loss, and court intrigue that keeps it reader on edge with its fast paced, action packed style. -- Praise for Two Worlds: "In five words: the epitome of YA fantasy. Steffort's Two Worlds of Provenance and Two Worlds of Oblivion contain all of the elements necessary towards creating a thoughtful, engaging, thrilling fantastical read for teenagers (according to Writer's Edit) and even more. Magic system? Check. Well-developed setting? Check. Cast of complex characters? Check. A central conflict? Check, check, and check. A system of government? Check! Thanks to Claire Bradshaw at Writer's Edit and my own opinions, I can attest that Two Worlds of Oblivion is a well-written, thrilling, emotional book that deserves to be read. This series is definitely on my reread list, and I look forward to the next book!" -lifesanovelty blog "...We found Steffort's approach to this genre wildly unique and fresh, her characters were detailed and in-depth and there was something undeniably addictive about this story." -Dancing Bear Books "A smoothly executed fantasy that feels buoyant even while exploring themes of abandonment and redemption." -Kirkus Reviews "Steffort (The Wings Trilogy, 2019, etc.) brings narrative sleekness to her latest YA fantasy, balancing romance, humor, and unique takes on familiar monsters." -Kirkus Reviews -- Also in this series: Two Worlds of Provenance Two Worlds of Oblivion Two Worlds of Redemption Two Worlds of Dominion

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1 review
Lots of fun
Overall rating
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Plot/Story
 
4.0
Illustrations (if applicable)
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable)
 
4.0
Editing/Design Quality
 
4.0
An intriguing world.

The story:
Maray is an American girl living in Vienna with just her dad. Her mother abandoned them when she was young and they never got over it. When she stumbles upon a young man fighting a creature she’s never seen before, she saves his life. In return, he abducts her into another dimension straight out of a fantasy.
He has his reasons, Maray’s remarkable resemblance to the queen for one. But there are secrets in Maray’s family, secrets she isn’t quite prepared to learn.

What I loved:
Maray. She’s the kind of character one can root for. Smart. Capable. Funny. I love how much she challenges Jem. The writing style has an effortless quality that makes it an easy read. And the new world leaves you wanting more.

What was just okay:
It was hard to connect to the story in places and I think that’s because there are more than two POVs. Some modern language is used by the people in the fantasy dimension that it was a bit jarring.

Final Verdict:
An exciting opening to what promises to be a great series. With great character development and a fascinating world, it’s sure to delight young readers.
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