Title: Sora’s Quest
Series: Cat’s Eye Chronicles #1
Author: T.L. Shreffler
Publisher: Runaway Pen
Date Published: April 18, 2012
Format: Ebook, KindleA noblewoman, an assassin, and a soul-stealing necklace….
Sora was a spoiled, noble girl living on her father’s rural estate. She had been kept ignorant of the world–and even the identity of her mother– by her boorish father. He had no love for his daughter and couldn’t wait to marry her off and get rid of her. Sora planned to escape her father and the boring life that awaited her in search, and go off in search of her mother, but those plans fell to shambles. On the night of her big “becoming a woman/you can marry me now” ceremony, an assassin interrupts the festivities and kills her father. As the assassin flees he notices the necklace Sora is wearing (the only thing she has from her mother) and kidnaps her. This starts Sora’s eye-opening journey into a world much more diverse and magical than she ever imagined.
The story wasn’t very engaging, at first, but once T.L. Shreffler starts showing us more of Sora’s world and introducing us to different characters, I really began to enjoy it. The world is very interesting and there is a lot hiding underneath the surface. The worldbuilding never gets too wordy and overwhelming. Shreffler gives us just enough to understand what is going on and to keep us wanting more.
The characters are fairly well-developed and are quite likable. I really enjoyed how the relationships evolve between the characters. Sora and the assassin, Crash (or Viper), meet up with others and I love the way their little group grows and changes.
This was a fun fantasy book. I didn’t go in expecting much, but was pleasantly surprised by the story and found it hard to put down. The reader gets to discover the world along with Sora, who doesn’t know very much at all. We are kept in the dark about some of the other characters’ pasts and motivations. The world is also a darker and more gruesome place than it originally seems. The story can get a little silly and light at times, but lurking in the background is a cruel antagonist– who is afraid to get blood on his hands, literally. The stakes are high and Sora’s actions have grave consequences.
Cover Critique: I’m not into the cover. It’s too simple and predictable. It does highlight Sora and the necklace, which is important to the story, but it doesn’t do anything beyond that.
Quick Version: Sora’s Quest offers the reader an engaging adventure story in a fantasy world. We explore different areas and races, but the story is never bogged down by needless detail or overly-flowery prose. It is a fun story that is easy to breeze through. Don’t mistake it for a simple tale, however. The story is not afraid to get dark and complex when it needs to be.
Score: 4/5 stars 🙂