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Reviewed by Steven Robson for Readers' Favorite
Marion Deeds' Aluminum Leaves is a fantasy adventure on a truly majestic scale, ignited by the murder of Erin Dosmanos’ family by fire elementals which should not exist in this world. The catalyst for this attack, the magical artifacts held by Erin’s family, are being sought by Vianovelle from another world. Erin is forced to flee in a desperate race to preserve the last remaining magical artifact, a book she must guard against all who seek to hold it. Her flight carries her through a frontera to another world where things are very different, and yet somehow the same. She races headlong into Trevian, who helps to save her life and safeguard the book. What Erin does not know is that Trevian is connected in a way that places them both in extreme danger; a danger her world may not survive.
Aluminum Leaves by Marion Deeds is a wonderful adventure that is well-paced and beautifully crafted. The way the magical elements are utilized throughout is very good, maintaining what I consider a perfect balance between the reality of the story and the fantasy aspects. Both of the main characters are rich in emotions and extremely likable, and the relationship that develops between them is real. You can’t help becoming invested in their future as they traverse a world of mystery and danger. A world that hints at a future that may await us all. There are also many threads left hanging, leaving the reader with those persistent questions that demand answers in a sequel. I thoroughly enjoyed this adventure.