Illusional Reality by Karina Kantas
I started reading this book last November and had not finished. So began at the beginning again and it became apparent to me why I had quit reading before. The use of an odd configuration of the English language to emulate a different language structure and usage made it difficult to relate to the characters and dialogue at the beginning. However, this time I stuck it out and as I read, the story developed nicely and it became easier for me to decipher the meanings of the strange turn of speech. I got used to it.
The characters were pretty well developed and the plot pulled together nicely. An ordinary young modern day business woman is pulled into an alternate reality where she is no longer an ordinary citizen. This fantasy clearly delineated good and evil. With a mild mannered people to represent a good, peace-loving people in need of a strong ruler. Evil portrayed by a dictatorial monarchy intent upon world conquest. Magic plays a essential role in the battle between good and evil in this story. By the conclusion of this adventure there is an unknown evil that afflicts the heroine. But this hint of what is to come will have to wait for another story taking place in this world. I have my suspicions as to it’s source.
At first I was thinking of a mediocre review because I had a problem with the language though not the plot or the characters. As the plot developed and my comprehension of the language got better and I increased my regard for the story and my rating improved. The pace varied, some parts seemed a bit slow and others raced ahead. Overall, the slow parts were not extensive enough to become boring and the fast parts did not leave me behind or leave out essential details. I read it pretty much straight through (other than sleep cycles). I enjoyed the story and look forward to reading more books by the author that take place in this world. It is an interesting world with much potential for more adventures. I would recommend for for ages 16 and older as there are a couple of sex scenes, though they are not graphic and were dealt with tastefully and modestly.
Illusional Reality is a great read for fantasy lovers! The author has created an alternate reality in a world with unique magical elements.