Land Beyond the Sunset

Fiction - Fantasy - Epic
334 Pages
Reviewed on 01/01/2023
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Reviewed by Stephanie Chapman for Readers' Favorite

Sarah Ashwood’s fantasy novel Aerisia: Land Beyond The Sunset features Hannah Winters changing from being an ordinary college student into the prophesied Artan. This novel is divided into three parts. In Part One, Laytrii details Hannah’s encounter with Risean and his transporting her to Aerisia. She meets Rittean and several council members. Much to Hannah’s dismay, she learns she may never see her family again. She also learns that she is to “join” with the Simathe High Chief, Lord Ilgard. In Part Two, Treygon, Hannah is traveling to Ilgard’s fortress. Along the way, she feels homesick and lonely. At one point she is attacked by a monster enveloped by lightning. She fights the creature off with magic. Part Three, Joined, details the bond between Ilgard and Hannah. While making friends with several characters, she keeps hoping to return home.

I completely understand Hannah’s feelings about being a prisoner. Ashwood eloquently penned the circumstances that removed Hannah’s innate independence. I found her multiple escape attempts entertaining. Hannah’s intelligence in one attempt was impressive. Rittean was extremely patient in answering all Hannah’s questions despite her deliberate denial of being Artan. Lord Ilgard’s cold nature toward Hannah was confusing. If you are going to join someone, I would think you wouldn’t avoid her like the plague. The story outlined the many types of people and their respective strengths in surviving the evil that threatened Aerisia. Every moment and the scenery are vivid. The depth of the history of the supporting characters made the story come alive. I could easily see every moment through Hannah’s eyes and felt her emotional turmoil. Aerisia: Land Beyond The Sunset is the perfect first book in the Sunset Lands Beyond Trilogy.