Ennara and the Fallen Druid by Angela Myron
Publisher: Stardance Publishing
Genre: Young Adult/Middle Grade, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Paranormal, Action/Adventure
Length: Short Story (122 pages)
Age Recommendation: 10+
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe
When a mysterious curse threatens to transform everyone into shadowy demons, a magical eleven year-old girl must travel to a sunken city ruin—fighting pirates, monsters, and an undead sorcerer along the way—to find a weapon that can save her world.
Sometimes you choose the quest. Sometimes the quest chooses you.
I liked Ennara immediately. She’s brave and resourceful, but she also isn’t afraid to admit it when she doesn’t know something. The explanation for why she knows so much about magic was as satisfying as it was useful. It was even more interesting to see how she reacted to spells and other incantations that she hadn’t actually tried before. I know there is a sequel in the works for this book and am looking forward to seeing what sort of adventures she has next!
There was a lot of backstory that needed to be explained before Ennara’s adventures can begin. The first twenty pages or so were dedicated to explaining her society as well as why people like her are so highly valued. In a full-length novel this amount of detail would have been perfect, but explaining all of it at the beginning of a novella weighed down the pacing at a time when I would have otherwise expected things to move along quickly.
With that being said, the worldbuilding itself was fascinating. The bad guys were deliciously scary. What made them even better was how much about them was left up to the imagination. There were basic descriptions of their abilities and looks, of course, but I liked having a few of my questions about them unanswered because it allowed my imagination to fill in the blanks. It’s rare for me to be just as interested in the villains as I am in the protagonists, but all of the ones in this tale were well worth my time.
Ennara and the Fallen Druid was a fun read. I’d especially recommend it to anyone who enjoys action-heavy fantasy.