The Aurora Antidote

Young Adult - Fantasy - General
373 Pages
Reviewed on 08/06/2023
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Author Biography

ELA HUGH is a Toronto-based author, lawyer and mother. She was born and raised in Ottawa, Canada to parents of French Canadian and Chinese Jamaican decent. From a young age, Ela was insatiably curious and longed to explore the world around her. Before she was ever able to travel, Ela satiated her thirst for adventure through a love of books. In her youth, she read every mystery she could lay her hands on, including every story ever written by Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle. Her love of mysteries is paralleled only by her passion for the fantastical. She is an avid Trekkie, devoted Marvel fan, and general supporter of all things ‘magic’ or ‘make-believe’.

Ela's debut novel, The Aurora Antidote, first took shape in her mind over ten years ago, following her second year of law school and a summer spent backpacking through Japan, China and South East Asia. The tale and many of its characters have their roots in East Asian mythology.

When Ela isn't reading or writing, you can usually find her planning her next adventure, or enjoying the outdoors with her husband and young son.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Miriam Wade for Readers' Favorite

The Aurora Antidote, the first book of the Aurora Anthology, offers a story that leaves readers eager for the next adventure. ELA Hugh masterfully weaves a tale that transports us into the lives of the resilient Dylan Dubois and the enigmatic Kit. Following a tragic fire that claims her father's life and leaves her sister comatose, Dylan is confronted with the mysterious past of her late mother. Amidst her belongings, she stumbles upon an ancient book that has the potential to unveil the secrets of her family's legacy. Desperate to awaken her sister, she seeks Kit's assistance in deciphering the cryptic text. Together, they hurry to unlock the power of her family's legacy and wake her sister up. As Dylan embarks on her quest to uncover her family's history, she isn't merely seeking validation and acceptance but also a sense of belonging and connection.

ELA Hugh's narrative craftsmanship in The Aurora Antidote immerses readers in a captivating fantasy realm brimming with intrigue and wonder. Although the story started out slowly, once it gained momentum, it quickly grabbed my attention, compelling me to turn each page with anticipation. Admittedly, some character interactions felt predictable, and certain writing moments seemed dry; however, the overall tale remained engaging and full of creativity. The Aurora Antidote is a testament to Hugh's ability to create magical worlds filled with thoughtful research and endearing characters that drive the story forward. I look forward to reading the next installment of the Aurora Anthology to see what will happen next.