The Light of Asteria (The Kailmeyra Series) – Elizabeth Isaacs

“If Nora Johnson hadn’t been on campus that day she would have never known her true destiny. Helping her friends move into the dorm that she wanted to call home, Nora accidentally collides with mysterious stranger, Gavin Frey. His very first touch sends flames through her heart.

The world seems different-something within her has changed. She tries to resume her mundane life, but she is now consumed with the one whose very presence ignited her soul, the one with eyes of emerald. Nora soon learns that an energy buried deep within has been unleashed. She now wields unimaginable power and has become Gavin’s source, his strength.

Her newfound joy is shaken when she discovers that Gavin is not who he appears to be and she has been thrust in the middle of a war of mythical proportions. Negativity allows all things evil to flourish, the earth is under siege.

The fate of creation hinges on the power within her heart. Will she be strong enough to survive?”

I got this eBook when it was available for free on Amazon, I liked the sound of the synopsis, it sounded like my kind of book.

I found it a bit hard to follow at the beginning, I didn’t really understand the prologue and I generally felt a bit confused about what was going on.  However, it soon started to become clear to me and it turned out to be a really powerful story full of danger, love, passion and mystery.  I’m definitely going to read it again so that I understand the beginning better.

I loved Gavin although I thought he seemed a bit stalker-like at the start, obviously there is a reason for this but at the time I felt it was a bit strange.  Nora spends her time trying to figure out who this mysterious handsome guy is and why he suddenly seems to be everywhere she goes.  Once Nora understands Gavin more, she starts to come into her own by discovering her own abilities, powers and who she really is.

The connection between Nora and Gavin is fantastic to read and there are many great lines that capture their time together, one of my particular favourites is

“At this moment, I simply was one big ball of emotion, tumbling helplessly, totally out of control … like a rag doll in white water”.

There are many touching moments within the story, not just between Nora and Gavin but others as well. All the characters connected well and contributed to the overall emotional roller-coaster that had me smiling with happiness one moment and crying tears of sadness the next.

The magical world of Kailmeyra was described beautifully and after I finished reading I felt like I had been on a journey too, whenever I wasn’t reading it I couldn’t stop thinking about it.  The story raised important questions about forgiveness and intent that I couldn’t help but translate into my own life.  I have a feeling that this is one of those stories that will stay with me long after I finished it.

This is a pure, beautiful, emotional and thought-provoking book that took my mind to magical places.