Author: Theresa Sheffler
Rating: 5 stars
Sora Fallcrest was born into Nobility. She had it all: money, maids, a fancy estate. But she never expected to be kidnapped.
Abducted from her manor, Sora is plunged into a world of magical races, arcane jewelry and forgotten lore. She finds herself at the mercy of a dangerous assassin, haunted by an even darker past. She yearns for freedom, but he won’t let her go — not when her Cat’s Eye necklace is the only thing that can save his life.
But the necklace itself presents a problem. It is an ancient device from the long forgotten War of the Races, and its magic has the ability to steal souls. Can Sora learn to wield its power — or will the power wield her? (Winner of the SKOW 2006 Best Fantasy Award)
I love some good old fashioned fantasy, and Sora’s Quest has it all. A dangerous assassin with a dark, troubled past. A heroine who wants nothing more than to escape the clutches of her boring existence. A fantasy world that is well-crafted and well-explained.
Sora was a great main character. She held the middle between being adult-like at times and a bit childish at times, and even though she longed for freedom, she felt the pull of duty as well. I liked her spark and attitude. I also liked the entire storyline involving the Cat’s Eye necklace. It was something different than I’m used to, and I thoroughly enjoyed that. The storyline, to me, at least, was unique, but mostly because it introduced a great concept, an enjoyable setting, and original characters.
I loved the whole ability to steal souls part. Very clever. I also liked how Sora wasn’t some kind of over-powered hero who got the necklace and could use it right away without any problems. I hate stories like that, but it wasn’t the case here.
Excellent plot, fast-paced, decent writing and a main character who stole my heart.