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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
Saryn is a young princess who lives a luxurious, boring life. As if it was not boring enough to live like a princess, she also has to choose a royal husband. But that is far from anything she has ever wanted. Fascinated by adventure and action, she has always wanted to explore new climates and new worlds. But her craving for novelty and excitement is satiated when a spaceship crashes into her own world and a man crawls out from the wreckage. He is Hoartunim Dreambreath and he has magic like nothing Saryn has ever known or seen. He is on a mission that is filled with adventure. Saryn is not just elated at discovering that his magic has a different, more powerful color than hers, but she is willing to put everything behind her and follow him wherever he takes her. But will he succeed in his master plan of uniting everyone in one place?
As Colors Coalesce: A Prequel to the Dreambreath Trilogy by Kristyn Van Cleave is an epic fantasy featuring a sophisticated female protagonist, a princess unlike any other. This is a perfect read for those who enjoy fantasy involving strong romantic themes, magic, spaceships, and relentless conflict. It is most suitable for young adults. The story is well-narrated and the author creates worlds that I enjoyed navigating, featuring characters that are fleshed out and deftly written. The conflict is strong and readers will enjoy the adventures of Saryn, including her transformation, and the explosive denouement. The plot is unpredictable and this characteristic of Kristyn Van Cleave’s writing makes the story a page-turner. Her handling of conflict is exceptionally good and the ending will take the reader’s breath away. The characters are well-sculpted and they feel real in the magical world they evolve in, from Hoartunim to Saryn, from Eylene to Shawn and Mathew, and a host of others. They are so real it is easy to care for each of them. While the romance and the adventure are wonderful elements that make As Colors Coalesce enjoyable, I particularly loved the author’s world-building, the unique twists in the handling of the theme of magic, and the drama that fills every page.