The penultimate book in Lynette Noni’s fantasy pentalogy erupts into epic proportions I had not seen coming. This YA series has been thrilling from the start but the forthcoming conclusion has built slowly and, often subtly, now promising a climax worthy of any Hollywood blockbuster.
As evil Prince Aven expands his control, Alex finds herself at the whim of a mystifying new mentor who joins in the quest to complete her training. The gang is all back by Alex’s side to aid in her desperate attempts to get all the players in place before a war between the races breaks out. Graevale is darker and edgier without losing the humour and joy that’s found so abundantly in the relationships of the characters.
Noni’s storytelling has matured with each volume and Graevale is a hard one to put down. It’s a page turner from start to finish and even the quieter moments carry an undertone of danger that makes you want to keep reading. This has been an exceptional series so far. Noni’s ability to describe new worlds and cultures, delve into the heart and soul of characters, spring unexpected twists, and pace her plots so effectively has culminated in the best YA fantasy series I’ve read so far. The fact that it’s Australian is an added bonus.
Lynette Noni releases the first book in her next series, Whisper, in May this year, but it will be a hard sell for fans of The Medoran Chronicles who are eagerly awaiting the final tome of this series.
Reviewed by Rod Lewis
Rating out of 10: 9
Distributed by: Pantera Press
Released: February 2018
Read our reviews of the other titles in this series:
- Draekora: The Medoran Chronicles Book 3
- Raelia: The Medoran Chronicles Book 2
- Arkanae: The Medoran Chronicles Book 1