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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
The Dawn of Skye by E.B. Heimdal is a gripping story that combines a dystopian setting with a densely plotted adventure to offer readers a fascinating tale, especially younger readers. Meet Skye and her twin brother, Ecco, as they cling to life, barely managing to survive in an unforgiving world after all the grownups have been killed by a mysterious disease. But they aren’t the only youngsters in this wilderness. There are others like them, and some of the groups are not particularly friendly. In this spellbinding story, readers follow the journey of these characters as they face untold challenges, confront their fears, and prepare themselves for the inevitable. One of the questions that keeps revisiting their minds is: will the disease return and how long can they survive?
This is an incredible story with a strong setting, beautifully crafted to create vivid images in the minds of readers. The story has many lessons in hope, friendship and love, the power of faith, and what it takes to meet the challenges of life. It is interesting to see how the characters work together to find solutions and to beat the odds stacked against them. I was drawn in by E.B. Heimdal’s lyrical style of writing and the fluidity of the prose. The poem featured at the beginning of the story is highly inspirational and will stay with me, like a mantra. The Dawn of Skye is beautifully paced and readers will care about the characters. I was worried about them from the very beginning of the story. Apart from the masterful art of storytelling, Heimdal’s lessons will encourage young readers to cultivate values of teamwork, to find courage in friendship, and to believe in their ability to triumph over the challenges of life. I found this novel to be delightful, with exceptional and memorable characters.