Florisia by Jennifer Redmile
The Children of When: Book 1
Publisher: J J Ellington Ashton Press
Genre: Middle Grade, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Contemporary
Length: Full Length (163 pages)
Age Recommendation: 12+
Rating: 3 Stars
Review by: Astilbe
Leah, Raff, and Belle have been raised in separate “foster-homes” until they turn fourteen. On that day, the law states they must leave everything for an unknown future. When they are magically transported to another world, they discover not only each other, but a prophecy that has waited 1000 years for their arrival. To fulfill the prophecy, they must find and reunite three missing pieces of an ancient amulet, and in the process learn to control and use their unique Gifts. Dark forces conspire to prevent the resurrection of the Amulet, and the journey becomes one of survival. Turning fourteen was NOT supposed to be this hard!
Sometimes just one hero isn’t quite enough for the task at hand.
The pacing in this book was strong. I actually had trouble finding good places to stop reading so I could do other things because there was always something exciting going on in this tale! Every single scene either pushed the plot forward in some way or gave me valuable background information. There was never a point when I wished things would speed up or slow down. Everything was always delivered to the reader right on time, and I appreciated that.
This book had three main characters and many secondary ones. While I genuinely liked all of them, it was distracting to keep track of so many of them. Had the overall number of characters been smaller this might have been easier. Combining a large cast with so many protagonists made it difficult to remember who was who, though. It was especially tricky to remember the names of all of their foster siblings and guardians as at least two of the main characters came from homes that were raising larger than normal families. I would have loved to get to know Leah, Raff, or Belle each really well instead of learning less information about all three of them.
I really enjoyed the world building in this story. The narrator spent so much time sharing little details about the various settings that I was easily able to imagine what they looked and sounded like. It was especially interesting to see how my mental pictures of these places shifted over time as I learned even more about the people who lived in them and why they were important to the plot. These sections were done quite nicely!
The Children of When: Florisa is a good choice for anyone who is in the mood to travel to another world.