Review: A CHOSEN WAR by Carly Eldridge
About A Chosen War
Nineteen-year-old Maia has spent her life haunted by dreams of a man with uniquely brilliant blue eyes. She never expected she’d actually come face-to-face with him, or that he’d be the harbinger of a chaotic new life. But as shocking as meeting Blake is, it’s less unsettling than her sudden ability to adversely affect electronics and seemingly control—even heal—plants.
Before she can figure out what’s happening, Blake’s cryptic warning about the impending approach of something big manifests as a freak earthquake, destroying Maia’s home and killing her parents. Devastated, Maia has no choice but to turn to Blake, where she learns that the earthquake was not as natural as it seemed. The reigning Terra guardian, or Mother Earth, has gone rogue, wiping out her replacements in a series of orchestrated natural disasters around the world—and Maia is next.
Intelligent and thought-provoking, A Chosen War takes the idea that everything is connected and wraps it in globe-spanning adventure with just a tinge of romance.
I loved this story. The writing is immersive and the characters empathetic. I felt for them.
Maia is a bit of a mess at the beginning, which given what’s going on, makes so much sense. I can’t reveal much, without spoilers but being told you’re not human is hard to handle. Losing family and being confronted by a dream were the cherry on top of that sundae.
This is a great intro to what I hope will be a long-running series. It’s different. I love different.
The beginning is a little heavy on information, but I like that kind of book, the kind that drops me in a world and give me the information I need to have to understand what is going on for the characters.
Readability: 4/5 Enjoyable, immersive read.
Arcs: 4/5 Well plotted and developed, but definitely just the beginning.
Craft: 5/5 This book really shines as per craft, writing is immersive, editing is top notch and I love the cover. A very worthwhile read.
About The Author
Carly Eldridge calls New York City home; the vitality of the metropolis, with its rich history and culture, provides an unending source of inspiration. She can often be found exploring the city, in awe of its always surprising display of art, beauty, and raw American grit. Visit her website carlyeldridge.com or tweet her @endlessbindings.