Author: Ruth Silver
Series: Orenda #1
Release Date: April 13th 2014
Age Group: Young Adult
Join forces with a parallel universe.
Dark forces, magical creatures, and the world Lil thought she knew collide when a dream transports her to the strange world of Orenda. Stunned and terrified, Lil comes face to face with her doppelganger, Willow, who possesses the ability to travel between the two worlds. Everything Lil knows logically says that Orenda can’t exist, but a small clue may be proof that it was more than an ordinary dream. With the threat of her sister in danger, Lil crosses dimensions but it may cost her even more than she bargained for.
A sword wielding girl, the eternal suit, and a parallel universe come together in this action- packed Young Adult fantasy adventure that will keep readers of all ages turning the pages. Orenda is the first novel in the Orenda series.
Orenda has a cover which makes me gasp because of its beauty, though unfortunately this time the story failed to capture me in its magic.
I have been a fan of Ruth Silver since reading Aberrant and previously her stories have been rich in description, with vivid and interesting characters. In Orenda, however, her writing style seems different and in my opinion, her characters are mostly one-dimensional. Though the plot moves quickly, events and their repercussions are not fully explained.
At the core of Orenda is the ideas of parallel worlds and doppelgangers, which is intriguing. I was a little taken aback by the enthusiasm of Lil and Bray, who seem unsurprised by the challenges which face them and a little too eager to meet fae and fight magic!
The added romance is sweet, but it feels a little unnatural and created more to fulfil the reader’s expectations than because it is necessary to the story’s development.
Although my reaction to Orenda is a little mixed, it has plenty to offer fantasy readers and think it would appeal to many middle-grade readers, as well as those who enjoy the young adult genre.