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Reviewed by Tracy Young for Readers' Favorite
Ella has a tumor that has robbed her of speech. She knows it is going to cause her death, but she just wants to be treated like a normal teenage girl. Tessa, her mum, and her grandpa Archie are doing their best but since her father disappeared two years ago the family is struggling to cope. Surely a holiday cruising through the Canary Islands on the Atlantic Odyssey will give them all a break? Archie, however, has a different agenda in Lanzarote and seeks out Zeno, a strangely compelling individual lurking in the depths of a shop in Arrecife, to help him find his son and, ultimately, a cure for Ella.
Above the Star: The 8th Island Trilogy by Alexis Marie Chute is the story of a quest in the land of Jarr-Wya, populated by flame-fueled Olearon folk, stone-faced Bangols, and vengeful Millia. This magical land is filled with Naiu, a powerful force in the land of Jarr-Wya and a host of hostile beings that can destroy life in a second. Can Archie find his son? Will a cure be found for Ella? Follow the story with bated breath and embrace this mystical land and all who live there.
This is a great story; a land that exists above a fallen star and is filled with amazing landscapes and fabulous creatures will hold you spellbound until the last page. Above the Star by Alexis Marie Chute not only grips you with tales of magical beings but is also about the very real problems of parenting a sick child. Ella is a gifted girl who sketches the sights she sees, and these sketches really bring the book alive. The characters in the book are incredibly well written and both the human and Jarr-Wya inhabitants will have you entranced. This is an epic tale and I look forward to the next installment!