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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
The Refuge is a work of fiction in the fantasy, action, and drama subgenres, and it serves as the first installment in The Refuge Trilogy. Written for the general reading audience, the work was penned by author N Ford. This conceptually-rich tale holds up a mirror to our society's divisive social issues by taking us away to a fantasy world – Physis – where centuries-old borders have been drawn between different territories and the races who live within them. The plot follows a group of new thinkers who would like to shake off the old ways in favor of something more harmonious, and we see how they are met with difficulty along their path of discovery.
Sometimes, we need to step into a space of fantasy and make-believe in order to process and learn something about our own reality, and that’s the beauty of this clever and concise novel by author N Ford. The glorious descriptive quality of the different lands and cultures of Physis shows us a great juxtaposition between the attitudes of the people and the potential they possess to become one beautiful, unified land. I really enjoyed how this was woven naturally into the dialogue and the scenes that further the plot rather than being a big prosaic discussion. The character development was well achieved to make everything so relevant and emotive. Overall, I would highly recommend The Refuge to any fantasy reader seeking an adventure that is also serious, poignant, and meaningful. It’s a book I’ll remember for a long time after closing the cover.