BookView Review: Ndalla’s World by Beth Franz

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Publication Date: Sept 6, 2022

Publisher: Atmosphere Press

List Price: $19.99 US Paperback 

ISBN-13: 9781639884674

Genre: Speculative Fiction

Language: English

Page Count: 490

 

Franz makes her debut with this magic-infused tale of friendship, love, romance, and sacrifice. Julia has financial security and a job she loves. But an eternal restlessness weighs heavy on her mind. When she meets Ndalla, an enigmatic stranger from another realm, Julia finds her life transforming gradually. As the two women develop a close friendship, Julia realizes she has a bigger role to play in Ndalla’s world. But to fulfill her destiny, Julia needs to let go of her fears and find her inner strength. The fantasy world that Franz offers is rich, detailed, and expertly constructed. Between the political complications in the fantasy realm, Ndalla and Julia’s romance, and the latter’s courageous efforts to understand her destiny as the leader of Ndalla’s people while she struggles with her self-doubts and fears, the story flows at a measured pace. Julia’s genuine struggle for survival, as she tries to keep her people’s morale high, carries the reader to the story’s intense resolution. Franz uses Julia’s single-minded determination to examine themes of courage, perseverance, survival, oppression, freedom, love, friendship, and sacrifice. Balancing solid character dynamics and surprising reveals with pressing ethical questions of sacrifice and leadership, Franz has delivered a winner.

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