Today the blog tour for Avery, the first book in Charlotte McConaghy’s The Chronicles of Kaya series, stops by and I’m sharing my review with you! But first, a little about the book:Avery (The Chronicles of Kaya #1) by Charlotte McConaghy
Published: February 2nd 2015 by Random House AU
Format: Paperback, 384 pages
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The people of Kaya die in pairs. When one lover dies, the other does too. So it has been for thousands of years – until Ava.
For although her bondmate, Avery, has been murdered and Ava’s soul has been torn in two, she is the only one who has ever been strong enough to cling to life. Vowing revenge upon the barbarian queen of Pirenti, Ava's plan is interrupted when she is instead captured by the deadly prince of her enemies.
Prince Ambrose has been brought up to kill and hate. But when he takes charge of a strangely captivating Kayan prisoner and is forced to survive with her on a dangerous island, he must reconsider all he holds true . . .
In a violent country like Pirenti, where emotion is scorned as a weakness, can he find the strength to fight for the person he loves . . . even when she’s his vengeful enemy?
Avery introduces us to a dark and war-torn world where the people of Kaya and Pirenti kill each other ruthlessly for some long-forgotten reason. It introduces us to the two Pirenti princes – Thorne and Ambrose – and their bittersweet love stories that somehow bloom in this dangerous world.
At the centre of this story is Ava, a Kayan woman whose bond-mate died while trying to kill the Pirenti Queen. But Ava is unnatural because she didn’t die with her bond-mate and now she’s doomed to live a half-life as a shadow who can’t feel, can’t taste, can’t smile. Travelling disguised as a boy, Ava is taken prisoner by the Pirenti and escorted to a prison isle by Prince Ambrose. Ava’s story is heart-wrenching and haunting. It’s very emotional seeing her come out of depression and start to live again, to see her come alive with Ambrose.
On the other hand, I had a difficult time with Thorne and Rose’s passages. I liked Rose a lot – her quirkiness and way of looking at the world intrigued me, but I disliked the relationship she had with Thorne. It’s abusive and wrong, and made me very uncomfortable.
Although the focus of the story is very much on the emotional journeys of its four major characters, its plot also involves Ava’s desire for revenge on the Barbarian Queen. Although it’s slightly predictable, I enjoyed the twists and turns and seeing everyone’s secrets come to light.
I was confused at first by the writing style of this book, because its rhythm kept throwing me off instead of pulling me into the story. But I ended up loving it once I got used to its strangeness, and there’s no denying that Avery has some beautiful passages in it. It’s written very well and I admire the author’s skill in showing us exactly how broken Ava felt, and how Ambrose was able to slowly pull her towards life.
Avery is an accomplished, riveting story and I think readers of fantasy will enjoy discovering the world and its characters. I enjoyed the story and can’t wait to see what happens in the next book, Thorne.
The first stop of the tour is at Aussie Author Challenge, where there is an interview and a giveaway, and the second post is at Book Muster Down Under, where there is a sneak peek! Check out all the other stops on this awesome blog tour here.