The Illuminator's Gift

The Voyages of the Legend Volume 1

Children - Fantasy/Sci-Fi
282 Pages
Reviewed on 02/11/2015
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Author Biography

Alina Sayre began her literary career chewing on board books and has been in love with words ever since.

She is the award-winning author of The Voyages of the Legend, a fantasy series for ages 9-14. Her first novel, The Illuminator’s Gift, won a silver medal in the 2014 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards. Book 2, The Illuminator’s Test, was released in December 2014.

When she isn’t reading or writing, Alina enjoys hiking, photography, and collecting crazy socks. When she grows up, she would like to live in a castle with a large library.

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Reviewed by Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite

The Illuminator's Gift (The Voyages of the Legend) by Alina Sayre is the magical story of an orphan girl called Ellie. She has been adopted a few times, but was always unlucky with the families and got returned to orphanages. And now she's close to turning 13 - the age where she has to leave the orphanage as nobody would adopt a 13-year-old. Fortunately for her, the manager of the orphanage has an exciting offer for Ellie and her friend: they can join the Vestigia Roi, part of a story that Ellie only thought of as a legend. She joins the crew of a flying ship. The ship was just supposed to take her to an academy, but as fate would have it, the crew of the ship is needed elsewhere for rescue missions. Will Ellie and her new friends ever make it to the academy or is the rescue mission more dangerous than they can handle?

I just loved The Illuminator's Gift (The Voyages of the Legend) by Alina Sayre. It is described as a book for children, but even as a 32-year-old reader I was immediately drawn into this fantastic world. I loved how the book was written, and I think that people who write fantasy for younger readers have a great way with words, and are able to create such wonderful worlds into which you can dive. The book gave me great joy, and I loved living in Ellie's world for a few hours. The characters are all unique (and you even felt bad for the spider!); the book is a real page turner.