I was given a digital copy of ‘Clara’ by Suzanna J. Linton by LoveBooksTours in exchange for an honest review.
Book 1, Stories of Lorst
Join an amazing adventure about love, loss, and the fate of kingdoms.
As a slave, Clara’s life extends no further than the castle kitchens and their garden. However, she carries within herself a precious gift: the ability to see the future.
When a vision prompts her to prevent a murder, Clara is shoved not only into the intrigues of the nobility but also into a civil war. As events unfold, she begins to unearth chilling secrets about the war and her supposed friends.
Driven to learn the truth, Clara embarks on a journey that takes her from her beloved mountains to the very Capital itself, Bertrand. There, she is confronted by an evil as old as the mountains–and it’s using her anger and prejudices against her. If she is not careful, not only will the entire nation be lost, but Clara’s own soul as well.
Wow. What an interesting story.
The story has you drawn in from the get-go with the story of Clara. How she is sold as a slave and becomes mute and then throughout the story finds an old childhood friend and is now drawn into the middle of a war. I have really enjoyed reading this one.
The characters are all very interesting, the only downside for me as a reader was that the combination of POV’s got confusing at certain points. We had a little too many characters taking centre stage at certain points and there was a limited indication of scene breaks so I got confused sometimes on which character I was reading about. But I would say that’s probably the only critique I have on the story as a whole,
I found the whole plot for Clara brilliant. I also love how the author had Clara’s character be mute for a majority of the story, so you could really relate to Clara’s frustrations a lot of the time when she was angry or in discomfort.
The way the characters stories all combine together and there’s an element of romance (in certain scenarios, unrequited) to it all too.
The story is set very long ago so the language the characters use to indicate time etc takes a bit of getting used to but I found this more of an appealing element to the story.
For anyone who likes a bit of fantasy reading, I would definitely recommend Clara.
I have also got a digital copy of the sequel to this one ‘Clara’s Return’ which I will be posting a review on later this month 🙂