Daughters of Terrafauna by Tanya Cousins
Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, YA
Length: Full Length (237 Pages)
Age Recommendation: 12+
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Reviewed by Cyclamen
“Daughters of Terrafauna” follows the exploits of fifteen year old twins Sasha and Lilly. They are shocked to learn about a forgotten past, where their lives are intertwined in an ancient prophesy. A prophesy that, if fulfilled properly, will save not only one, but two worlds!
Moving to a new area and a new home can be challenging, but for Sasha and Lilly, fifteen-year-old twins, the challenges become even greater as they uncover a portal into an entirely alien world. They soon discover that they have a long forgotten past and that they are destined to fulfill an ancient prophesy which, if they manage it correctly, will save both the alien world and their own human world.
Tanya Cousins has written an exciting story filled with wonder and terror. She has created an alien world that is fully realized and her descriptions of the terrain are rich and vivid. I really like both Sasha and Lilly, and I was quickly caught up in their discoveries. The differences between the human world and Terrafauna bring many challenges to the twins, and they were lucky that they met Wikan when they entered Terrafauna, a world where the slugs are large enough to eat the humanoids, and where they have to stay under fern fronds to avoid the birds.
The story is very engaging and the demon is truly scary and evil. The twins must kill the demon in order to save both worlds, and the task is by no means easy. Wikan and the twins soon discover that there are family secrets and the twins’ father knows a lot more than he is letting on. I would have liked more depth to the character of the father, since he turns out to have such a pivotal role, and I also would have liked at least a brief mention of what happened to the twins’ mother. They call their father’s wife Maria, so I figured she was a step-mom, but that is not really clarified until the reader is well into the book. In fact, for much of the book, the parents seem to be nothing more than a nuisance, which is totally in keeping with the adolescent mind set, but the nature of the father’s secrets are such that I would have expected more information.
The plot is very fast-moving and exciting and the dangers are real and terrifying. The conclusion is most satisfactory indeed, all the way up to the last sentence in the book. And that sentence is a real cliff-hanger that has me hoping that another novel is on its way! Fantasy readers are sure to enjoy this wonderful adventure.