Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
"In her dream, she lay in the desert, her throat parched, something clutched in her hand. A large shadow loomed overhead and she looked up to see a huge vulture heading straight for her. Nara tried to scream but nothing came out. Her body seemed to be paralyzed as some unseen force held her in place." In Breach Of Worlds by Dana Davis, eleven-year-old Nara runs away from the orphanage to seek the rumored sorceress who lives alone in the valley. Little does she know that her arrival is expected and her life changes for the better. Three years later, she learns more about her true identity, the ongoing battle between the light and the dark force, and the danger that awaits her.
Breach Of Worlds is an engaging coming-of-age journey blended with the fascinating world of mages along with the responsibility and risk that come with it. The characterization has a good balance of main and secondary roles, and the world-building is substantially intricate without being too complex, allowing the plot to progress steadily. Nara's life hasn't had an easy start but it paves the way for a determined girl to seek a better life, a wish that is only the beginning in revealing the destiny that awaits her. Her curiosity can be a boon or a bane depending on the situation, at times testing the patience of her guardian, Mirin. As the story moves along, the characters' nuances－particularly the details of the antagonists－grow and come to hold more attention through confrontations. All in all, Dana Davis's teen fantasy adventure is a solid read and her fans will be delighted.