Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Book Shelf: Vardaesia (The Medoran Chronicles #5) by Lynette Noni

“When Day and Night combine and fight against one Enemy,
then Dark and Light shall meet mid-strike and set the Captives free.”

In the wake of loss and devastation, Alex must cast aside her grief to seek aid from those who banished the Meyarins long ago. But the proud Tia Aurans care little for the woes of mortals and demand that Alex—and her friends—undergo the Gates of Testing to prove their world is worth saving.

With an ancient prophecy looming, Alex must confront the secrets of her past if she is to survive long enough to see the future. For if she returns to Medora without the Tia Aurans by her side, all hope will be lost.

In this explosive conclusion to The Medoran Chronicles, the fate of Medora hangs in the balance as Alex readies herself to face Aven one final time.

Who will survive, and who will fall?

“If, however, darkness wins, there is no strategy
to keep from all that will be lost, and so will always be.”

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Vardaesia is the exciting finale in Lynette Noni’s Medorian Chronicles and brings to a close what has been a thrilling and engaging series with a powerfully packed, eventful and highly satisfying conclusion!

Alexandra Jennings has already faced unimaginable loss in her fight to stop Aven from destroying Medora but the devastation is set to rise if Alex can’t find a way convince a long lost race to join the war. Travelling to the golden city of Tia Aura, Alex and her friends hope to convince the proud immortals to fight beside them as they prepare to engage Aven one last time. With an ancient prophecy in place and time running out, Alex and her friends will have to pass a series of tests set out by the Tia Aurans to prove their world is worth saving. Passing is far from certain but failing won’t just spell the end of the teens, it will mean the end of any hope Alex has of potentially defeating Aven for without the Tia Aurans help, her fight against Aven is sure to fail….

Since the beginning, Lynette Noni has continued to captivate with this series, time and time again. From the first novel Akarnae to this final instalment Vardaesia, the Medorian Chronicles has been a lush, imaginative experience that has drawn me as the reader into an excitement filled adventure full of danger, romance and moments of triumph.

Beautifully written, Vardaesia is a testament to the series and features all of my favourite elements of fantasy; bring the story to life with wonder and grace. The world building within the series has always been spot on. Even as the last novel in the series, Vardaesia still allows readers a glimpse into a new branch of Noni’s world with protagonist Alex exploring the world of Tia Aura.

As our main character, Alexandra Jennings has developed and grown an immense amount throughout the series. Vardaesia sees Alex make her final stand against Aven; highlighting just how much she has changed from the seemingly normal, mortal schoolgirl she was when she stepped through the doorway to Medora to become the battle ready fighter she now is. Alex has honed and developed her skills whilst studying at Akarnae under the watchful eyes of unique, passionate professors. I honestly adore Alex and feel she has always been a solid, well written voice to follow. I’ve loved following her on her journey and am happy with all she has accomplished. She’s just the perfect balance of capable kick-ass female and down to earth friend.

Throughout each instalment, Alex has always been supported by a strong, personable and larger-than-life cast of characters. Lynette Noni has created individuals who jump off the page and whose personalities are all unique and vividly different. From the enthusiastic and occasionally eccentric professors to Alex’s fellow Akarnae students and her best friends D.C, Jordan and Bear to the Meyan council and royal family including but not limited to Niyx, Roka, Zain and Kyia, all the minor characters have been instrumental in bringing to the series an abundance of passion, purpose and personality. And I’ve loved every one!

Full of twists and turns and endlessly magical, Vardaesia was a superb ending to what has been spectacular series. Through the highs and lows, losses and gains, The Medorian Chronicles has been a pleasure to read and will always retain a special place as one of my all-time favourites, deserving to be right up there with the greats!

Source: Sent for review by publisher (Thank you guys!)
Publisher: Pantera Press
Format: Paperback
Australian RRP: $19.99
Release Date: February 18th 2019
Buy: Angus & Robertson | Booktopia | Amazon
Final Thoughts: A simply stellar conclusion--I'll read whatever Lynette Noni releases next!

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