Today I am joining the blog tour for The Invitation by Katie Webster. Many thanks to Katie for providing me with a copy of the book, and to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours for inviting me to be a part of this tour.
On the island kingdom of Meta Emery, a young queen, Abigail, wakes in the middle of the night to a terrifying realisation; hostile wizards from the rival kingdom of Archmond have finally done what they’ve been threatening to do: bring a girl, Lucy, into this world to destroy the queen and all she has worked for.
Hundreds of miles west, in Archmond itself, a great feast unfolds in the castle to celebrate Lucy’s arrival. Soleman, one of the wizards and a co-ruler of Archmond, has spread the news to his people that Lucy is the heroine an ancient prophecy predicted; he promises that the discord throughout their world will soon be over. But his fellow ruler Ronald remains dubious that this apparently meek and troubled girl could really overthrow Abigail, or whether she is ever likely to want to.
This highly imaginative and original novel is the first in an exciting new fantasy series, ‘Lucy’s Crypt’.
The Invitation marks the start of a YA fantasy series with a lot of potential. The attention to detail in the worldbuilding is fantastic, although the level of detail required to create a clear picture of the strange world that Lucy finds herself in does slow the pace of the book somewhat at times, and occasionally left me feeling disconnected from the story.
Katie Webster has created a wonderful world, filled with three dimensional characters, some of whom I loved, and others who creeped me out somewhat (yes, I’m looking at you Bear!). The different cultures that Lucy encounters on her mission to defeat Abigail make this book a fascinating read. Although I found The Invitation to be a relatively slow read, I get the feeling that it is building to something, and subsequent books will be a lot more action-packed. There is a lot of world for the reader and for Lucy to understand before she can complete her quest.
The quest itself really grabbed my attention, and left me wondering if Abigail was really the villain of the piece here, or whether it might be Lucy herself, or even whether they are simply two young girls being manipulated by power hungry men. There is still a lot to unravel from this series, and I think the remaining books could prove to be quite exciting.
If you like a slow burner with detailed and complex worldbuilding then you will love this book. If you prefer something faster paced this is perhaps not for you
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Katie Webster is an Australian lawyer, born in Queensland’s Daintree Rainforest. She has worked in both criminal and international law. She has published academically, but this is her debut novel.
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