October 14, 2020

#BookReview: The Lilac Plague (The Unchosen Series #1) by Kristin J Dawson

Synopsis: An oath betrayed. A centuries-long curse. A kingdom teetering on the edge of destruction. 

In a world of magic, Nicoleta is unremarkable, except for her cursed, stuttering tongue. No special powers, no renowned apprenticeship, just the terrible, stammering aftereffects of the Lilac Plague. 

Until she opens the ghostly blue vision from her mother. 

Instead of words of endearment, the vision reveals that Nicoleta’s mother was a Guardian entrusted with a magical key — a key so powerful that those who rule will do anything to find it. 

The burden of protecting the key now falls to Nicoleta. In a race against the crown, she must find the treasure and the true heir, the only one who can stop the curse from being fulfilled. Impossible? Almost certainly. One false step spells disaster. But Nicoleta is no fool. Where those before her died trying, Nicoleta forges a new path, relying on her wits and some unlikely allies. 

Do you dare face the Lilac Plague? This coming of age, young adult fantasy adventure with mysterious magic, evil emperors, and a thread of romance will leave you amazed and clamoring for the next book.


Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
My Review: One of the coolest things about this story is that if you don't want a series this book works perfectly on its own.  BUT if you want more.......which I am sure you do. You could continue with the other two books!  How cool is that?  This one had some great characters.  Nicoleta is one that I will not forget anytime soon. I fell for her hard and really enjoyed her character development throughout the story.  The fantasy elements worked well for the story and drew me in for every last page.  I loved how the author used descriptions but didn't over do it, and it flowed so well.  I am glad that I have book two on hand because I swear once you finish this one there is no way you aren't picking up the next! 


"THE LILAC PLAGUE is young adult high fantasy at its finest. Kristin J. Dawson gives us a strong heroine who, in a world of magic, learns to lead with intelligence. If you want an adventure to rival that of a hobbit, a world as vivid as Narnia, and a young woman with the courage of Katniss, you'll fall in love as you turn the pages of this high-stakes adventure. I loved it!" --Raye Wagner, USA Today Bestselling Author of Magi Rising and The Darkest Drae series

"Immersive and captivating, THE LILAC PLAGUE will send you down fantastical paths with twists you don't see coming." ---Kay L Moody, author of The Elements of the Crown

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