In the Name of the Otherworld

Young Adult - Fantasy - Epic
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 01/29/2022
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Author Biography

Seventeen-year-old author Hermione Lee was born and raised in Taiwan, where everyone and everything in her life stimulated her rich imagination and inspired her to write. Although she prefers writing stories in her grandma's quaint, cozy home, she writes anytime and anywhere. To her, words are portals that whisk her to whimsical worlds of magic. When Hermione isn’t writing, she indulges herself in epic tales of fantasy, horror, and adventure; but mostly, dwelling in her reverie.

Hermione's life motto says a lot about her stories: Fight for what you believe in; believe in what you fight for. This sentence best represents her journey of becoming a writer. She waged a constant war against invisible enemies— self-doubt, self-discrimination, and of course, countless rejections. However, these struggles only strengthened her will to succeed and pursue her ambition. Along the way, Hermione learned to stick to her goals, have humility and perseverance, and stay loyal to her own beliefs. Her personality is strongly projected on the characters she created; firm, unyielding, and with a thirst to prove themselves.

When Hermione first started writing, she had eyes for only the fame and recognition accompanied by success; however, her opinions have matured greatly during the past few years. She continues to write stories nowadays, but out of sheer interest and passion rather than gaining profit.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Amy Powers for Readers' Favorite

In the Name of the Otherworld by Hermione Lee is a young adult fantasy filled with adventure as four teenagers discover their own abilities. Alexandria is an outcast at school, and she’s been labeled a witch due to the inexplicable explosions that only happen when she is around. Her foster sister, Daphne, has always hated her and bullied her until a magical occurrence forces them to learn to work together. Alexandria, her two closest friends, and Daphne are transported to another world, the Otherworld, which needs their help to recover a lost gem. Unlocking their powers of fire, water, air, and nature, the four girls must travel into dangerous lands. Failure means risking not only their own survival but the survival of the Otherworld.

As the perspective of the story shifts from one character to another, a variety of skills and talents are brought to life with the diverse personalities of the four girls and their two mentors. In the Name of the Otherworld not only tells a magical adventure, but lessons about friendship, family, teamwork, and finding confidence in one’s own self are wonderfully established. The most notable feature is the writing in general. Hermione Lee’s flawless writing is worth endless praise, as she paints a wonderful picture of the Otherworld and the setting of the tumultuous journey with beautiful descriptive imagery. I found myself easily lost within the descriptions that read almost like poetry. I look forward to reading more of the beautiful writing that is sure to come from Hermione Lee.