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Fractures is the second book in the Heartwood series by Nance Newman and is a gripping fantasy story that follows Elathea’s battles with demons bent on breaking the earth. Ela happens to be that one in-a-hundred-years’ descendants of Xylem to be gifted with the powers to face powerful and magical enemies. The world’s ecosystem is threatened by an invincible foe, and after destroying one demon, Ela realizes that Pennsylvania is the epicenter of the new battle. A demon is using fractures to create a powerful army, and it is growing by the minute. While she struggles with the power within her and while learning to tame and use it for a good purpose, she finds few allies, with Tavon, the Amaranth Ranger, giving full support to her. Can she gain full control of her powers and discover what it takes to save the earth from the encroaching demons?
The story begins strongly, introducing a premise where Ribesal discovers an opportunity given to him by the stupid humans drilling the delicate shale of the layer that holds the earth’s core together. The supernatural element of the story gripped me from the start and I enjoyed the subtle way the author introduces the environmental crisis into the novel. The prose is very descriptive and filled with good imagery. Nance Newman creates a memorable female character and readers will want to follow her journey as she learns to harness her gifts and use them in the battle to save the earth from unforgiving demons. Fractures is an epic fantasy written in a cinematic style; it has compelling characters and strong environmental themes. It is an easy and delightful read with short chapters and focused scenes.