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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Imagine the world as only being one in an infinite string, like a length of pearls. Nan has such a string of pearls. When Leanna and her younger sister, Violet, lose their parents, they go to live with Nan. Strange things happen, things Leanna doesn’t understand. Nan explains it quite simply: “Our world is one on a string. There are others – uncountable other worlds and uncountable other strings. And sometimes, maybe, those strings bump into each other.” But, then Nan dies and the girls are on their own, left to the foster care system for their care until they are old enough to make it on their own. When Leanna turns 18, Violet gives her a special pouch that Nan made her promise to give her older sister when she turned 18. Inside is Nan’s precious string of pearls. There’s something about these pearls that connect Leanna to other worlds. And, just when she thought she understood her own place in this world, she’s welcomed into another world of sorts, a world of giants. Only these giants are not large as one would expect. These giants are so defined by what they can do.
Scarlett Ripley’s fantasy novel, A Story of Giants: Book 1, is an adventure-packed, thrilling novel that will appeal to young adult fantasy enthusiasts. It has everything one would expect: magic, interspatial transportation, superhuman gifts or powers, and the adventure that leads brave young warriors on a quest to bring peace and humility to an infinite number of worlds. Leanna, the superhero, a strong female protagonist, isn’t sure what to believe when she’s first welcomed into this world of giants. But her sister’s there, so it can’t be that unusual, can it? However, just as her training intensifies, the Council that controls and protects the policies that keep the chain of worlds safe is threatened, and Leanna and the other new trainees, including her sister, must embark on a dangerous mission to protect and defend it. Female power and the strong bond of sisterhood shine through this story as does the ever-present battle between good and evil. A real page-turner.