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Freya is half blind, poor, and lives in land-locked Medar: an unlikely heroine. So when she finds a mysterious tablet telling her about a beautiful land beyond the Wall free from the evil Master, she doesn't think anybody will believe her.

The same day, her family learns they have been selected to live in the Golden City, ruled over by the Master. But instead of entering th
Published June 8th 2018 by S R Manssen (first published October 27th 2017)
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Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
A debut novel by a New Zealand author, this Young Adult fantasy novel has a lot going for it.

Freya was half-blinded in a terrible accident as a baby - boiling water took her sight, and, in the vaguely medieval style setting common in fantasy novels, guarantees her to be somewhat of an outcast. However, with a loving family, her responsibility for the family goat, and her general optimistic world view, she is a pretty awesome heroine. One thing I particularly love about Freya is that you know sh
Karen Cossey
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Right from the start when the unlikely heroine, Freya cleverly escapes some village boys intent on tormenting her, you see that she is resourceful and independent. As a baby her face is disfigured in an accident with scalding hot water and she loses sight in one eye. All her childhood she is bullied because of this and so she has learned how to be content in her own company.

The story begins when Freya is nearly fourteen and her family is selected to live in the Golden City – which was “a ticket
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I discovered this book through an aunty who is friends with the author. She sent me a copy to read... and I absolutely loved it!
I fell in love with Freya from the very beginning. I held my breath, laughed, cheered, and cried as I followed her and her family through their adventures. No spoilers of course... but this is one of my favourites. You just absolutely fall in love with the characters and stick with them to the very end. I coud not WAIT for Tyrelia (Book 2) to come out once I had finishe
Louise Edgley
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Excellent book both young and older readers. Being part 1 of a trilogy, the story follows the exciting adventures of a young girl through various challenges in her quest to solve a great riddle to a mysterious land. This is a lovely story with twists and turns. Looking forward to the next episode.
Suzanne Mildren
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great young adult fiction & really looking forward to reading more in the future from this Author
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Amazing book from a first time author. I highly recommend it for the teens in your life.
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