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Reviewed by Tiffany Ferrell for Readers' Favorite
When Scarlett awakens, she can’t remember anything about her past or who she even is. Ending up in a dark forest, she is rescued by Black Viper, a warrior that fights for Queen Edwina, a good and just queen. She is taken in by this kind monarch and enrolled in Flenora, a school that teaches young boys and girls about their magic and the weapons that they are assigned to help protect the kingdom from Queen Callista. Unsure of her race, she is immediately looked at with curiosity by her fellow students. Some, however, are mean and cruel and feel that she is beneath them because she doesn’t know who she is or where she came from. Just by her appearance, she is different. Desperate to find out who she is, when Scarlett isn’t assigned a weapon she is heartbroken until she realizes that she could use anything as a weapon - to the surprise of her professors and fellow students. Who exactly is Scarlett and where did she come from? Queen Callista is eager to get her hands on the mysterious girl. Does she even belong to one of the five lands, or is she from a place and a race that most people thought had died out long ago?
Scarlett: Lost in the Five Lands was fascinating. I loved the characters, especially Scarlett who was relatable. I found the plot about her trying to find out who she really was unique, well written, and in-depth. It kind of had a Harry Potter ambiance when it came to Flenora, which had a Hogwarts aura to it that I loved. The main character, which is also the name of the book, was definitely a muse that you can relate to and you easily become invested in her journey. You get lost in this book instantly and I couldn’t put it down. I also liked that it wasn’t a slow read but instead got right into the storyline. Rajendra Sarilla has done an excellent job with this novel and I look forward to reading more of their work.