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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
War's Ending by A.J. Park is a well-written novel that will delight fans of fantasy, with a powerful plot, an exciting setting, and memorable characters. In the company of her uncle, Telthan Almorin, the king of the island nation of Almoria, Shalyrie Almorin is more than excited to discover the colonies. Her excitement changes into a very bad experience while in the colony when she is injured and abducted in a raid. But something strange happens — her captors heal her wounds. An attempt on her life reveals a deadly conspiracy against her by her own people. Kalleck has fought a war he knows he can’t win and all he wants is to end the bloodshed, but the future is gloomy and he believes that Shalyrie might be the one to help end the war. But can they work together to ensure there is peace?
The first thing that caught my attention when I started reading this novel is the beauty of the language. I was particularly pulled in by the exciting description of the scene as the ship is approaching the shoreline. The characters are vividly portrayed and the author ensures the character arc is impeccable. The conflict is introduced quickly and while the pacing is leisurely in the beginning, the characters get a feel of the day-to-day life of the protagonist as she navigates a new terrain. A.J. Park leads readers slowly into the story and then sets off at a very fast pace. The conflict escalates pretty quickly and I enjoyed the use of irony. The wonderful writing, composed of short chapters and well-calculated paragraphs, makes for an enjoyable read, but what will stick with readers more are the rock-solid characters. War's Ending is an enticing read, indeed.