As a premise, the idea of having two novels tell the same story from different perspectives is indeed...moreThis review is based on an advanced reading copy.
As a premise, the idea of having two novels tell the same story from different perspectives is indeed intriguing. Coupled with a plot line combining fantastical magic powers, mysterious clues, a cast of quirky characters and subtle humour, a great little story is born.
Whilst the novel is clearly aimed at young readers I found it a pleasurable read. Fast moving and page turning - be ready to lose a few hours of your day to this volume!
From the start Leocardo and Odette are set up with a vibrant sibling relationship that, whilst sometimes lost in the story, remains the essence of Leocardo's perspective and he's central motivation. It is a testament to Alvarez's penmanship that I hungered to learn more about their close bond and felt emotionally connected to Leocardo’s grief as Odette slips suddenly into the island’s mystifying grasp.
However, it did seem that peripheral characters lost purpose as the novel progressed and Aniela entered the story. I thought this was a shame as they provided a welcome breath of fresh air amidst the mystery and I hope they return in the upcoming sequels.
As Aniela eclipsed the minor characters she also did Odette, skewing the focus of the novel slightly from Leocardo and Odette's relationship to that of Leocardo and Aniela's romance. That being said - I greatly enjoyed Leocardo's fresh attempts in capturing Aniela's affections and the realistically awkward deep-seated insecurities that arose in the attempt.
Set against the backdrop of an interesting clash of typical fantasy imagery and a contemporary society, Blind Sight breaths new life into what can be a stale genre. With plenty of action and a mounting mystery the novel acts as a fantastic introduction to the series – establishing the absorbing world of Edaion and leaving many enthralling questions unanswered.
The final chapter of the novel almost overshadowed the rest of the story – promising a whole new layer of mystery and introducing what seems like the most vivacious and beguiling character yet: Titiana.
I fantastic first part to what I suspect is a very intricate plot loaded with ingenuity - I will be eagerly awaiting the sequel.(less)