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Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite
The Oranyn by Xavi Lang is the captivating adventure of Elia Egerton's journey as she fulfills her destiny. Elia was taken from her world and raised by a loving family to keep her safe. Now it's time for her to return and follow her calling. As the last Oranyn, only she can awaken the seven Elysares and save Astrofyr. Elia is reluctant to leave her family and face the past she thought was behind her, but she has no other choice. She must face her memories and uncover secrets from her past while turning to her allies for help facing dangers and traveling home. Before Elia returns to her world, an absence is deeply felt so when she receives the living memory of her sister, a void is filled but a distance is still present between them. The memories also hold pieces of her past which are woven through various memories, revealing the presence of a blue-eyed boy. This sparks a greater mystery about who he is and his identity plays into her role as the Oranyn.
Elia has a great deal of pressure on her shoulders and to work through as she's the only one who can save this world from being destroyed. Before she can be the Oranyn, she has to confront her memories and face the past she's buried, taking her on a journey to accept who she is and who she's meant to be. She has to deal with the tragedy and darkness from her past in both worlds in order to find a way to move forward. Memories play a key role in how the story progresses as the literal living memory of Elia's sister stays at her side throughout everything while acting as her confidant and her support. This relationship is one of the most important as her sister's loss constantly weighs on her. The grief is felt from the beginning and Lang brilliantly weaves the sisterly dynamic and previous issues they buried into their relationship. Lang also weaves in elements of romance which are heartfelt and add a spark of light throughout the story. The Oranyn is an adventure filled with danger, self-discovery, and romance, exploring the bonds of family and friendship, and the journey to overcome past darkness and find the light.