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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
Aranya is a 16-year-old Princess of Immadia who was born with a gift of an enchantress. Her kingdom is about to suffer a full-scale invasion from the barbarous Sylakians. In order to save her people and her family, she offered herself to be exiled to Sylakian to spare Immadia from annihilation. Her life in exile brings unexpected friendships, romance and a journey of self-discovery.
It is easy to root for the courageous Aranya, who fights a windroc (a massive predator-like bird) to save an enemy. Her complexity about her late mother and her power of an enchantress make Aranya as enigmatic as they come. When a retribution plan for her dear friend goes awry, Aranya finds herself tossed off a cliff for treason against the Sylakian Empire. However, it’s only the beginning for Aranya as she finds herself among new friends, Oyda and her husband Nak, who are also my favorite characters. Under their care, Aranya discovers and learns more about her shapeshifting ability.
Aranya (Shapeshifter Dragons, Book 1) by Marc Secchia is a fantasy novel that has plenty to offer fans of the genre, especially if they like dragons. The dialogue is well-balanced with tones that suited each emotion and scene in this epic fantasy tale. It could be light-hearted and funny in some parts, but dark and menacing in others. Secchia does enough to develop side characters which make the story more engaging. The solid premise and plot kept me happily occupied until the end. Overall, Shapeshifter Dragons isn’t just a series for fantasy avid fans; other readers with different preferred genres might find it enjoyable as well.