Victorica Falls

Young Adult - Fantasy - General
264 Pages
Reviewed on 09/15/2018
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Author Biography

Deborah Carr is married and has two adult children and a black miniature schnauzer named Indigo. She's a graduate of the University of Iowa, where she earned a master's degree in English. When she's not writing, she's working as a training consultant in northern Illinois, swimming laps in the slow lane, or practicing yoga, where you'll find her at the back of the class. Deborah loves reading and writing YA fantasy and contemporary romances and mysteries.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite

Victorica Falls by Deborah Carr is a beautifully written young adult fantasy, a tale of an apprentice and a threat that could end her journey to becoming a Serving Mage even before it’s started. Linden is the daughter of powerful parents, with a father who is a war hero and a mother who is the provincial governor, but Linden doesn’t seem to be doing well in school, failing in all her subjects. But when their home and school are attacked by raiders from the border, she moves to live with her grandmother in the capital. Her grandmother is determined to transform Linden into the Serving Mage she is meant to be. While she creates new relationships and begins to learn to cope with her new setting, Linden also makes the disturbing discovery that the attack at Victorica could be more than what it seemed. In fact, it could have been an attack on her life. Now she has to choose whether to face it or run.

This novel is deliciously entertaining, well written, and featuring complex characters. The author focuses on the emotional and human growth of the heroine and puts her through a conflict that shapes her personality in ways readers will enjoy. Deborah Carr develops her characters deftly, stylishly, and with depth and heart. The writing is gorgeous and the entire narrative is filled with drama and action. Linden is an unusual character, an apprentice who learns a lot by facing adversity rather than in the classroom. But what is her destiny? Readers will enjoy the mystery as the story unfolds. There are surprises in the plot, intense and deeply emotional moments, but what makes Victorica Falls an enjoyable read is that the author keeps it real and focused.

Ray Simmons

I have to say that I’m a little surprised that I have found so many great Young Adult novels these days. I knew the genre had potential but recently the YA novels I have read are truly great. One of the best ones ever is Victoria Falls by Deborah Carr. It is a great story by any standard you use. This is a well-imagined society in a world where magic is common, and some families have more than their fair share of talent. It is a feudal society, yet science and rule of law play a strong role also. This society reminds me very much of Victorian England, but Deborah Carr has added enough special features that are her own, and it makes for a great book. Everything is new and fresh except those old-fashioned values and principles which made the Victorian Age such a great setting for good stories.

I liked the plot in Victoria Falls. It moves quickly and changes direction and pace at a rate that ensures fast, smooth, thrilling reading. It goes from university life to war in the blink of an eye, but it all makes Linden’s story, and she has such a strong supporting cast and family that you want to see and hear more of them too. The writing is good. The setting is perfect, and the protagonist will make you laugh, cry, and pull your hair out in frustration. In short, you will love Linden and you will love Victoria Falls by Deborah Carr.