Ica's Tale

From the Treeboat Series

Fiction - Dystopia
218 Pages
Reviewed on 07/20/2023
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Ica's Tale is a work of fiction in the dystopian, magical realism, and science fiction adventure subgenres. It is part of the Treeboat Series and is the companion novel to The Oaql Seed. Suitable for the general adult reading audience and older teens alike, author Z.A. Ispharazi presents our protagonist Ica Meinforg, a telepathic young woman who discovers her unique ability during a chance encounter with a mysterious creature roaming the streets of her city fort. Ispharazi's vivid and descriptive writing style brings the world of Citadelia to life, from the stark and oppressive city fort to the alluring promise of freedom in the perilous outlands. What results is a tale of choice and self-discovery as Ica must decide between conforming to the familiar walls of her city fort or venturing into the unknown.

Author Z.A. Ispharazi has crafted an immersive and cinematic read that takes readers on an intense journey alongside the protagonist. The first-person narrative adds a personal touch, allowing readers to connect deeply with Ica and her struggles. The author's ability to create distinct and charming characters, such as the highly memorable Old Weedy, further enhances the story's appeal. This new installment in The Treeboat Series also showcases Ispharazi's talent for world-building and storytelling; from the tiniest little details to the overarching themes, culture, and ideology, everything is perfectly in place to believe in the reality of this world. Overall, fans of the Treeboat Series will be delighted by Ica's Tale, and newcomers will find themselves drawn into the immersive and imaginative world crafted by the author.