Thursday, October 09, 2014

"The Wilds" by Jules Hedger


SERIES: Reign and Ruin #1
PUBLISHER: This Thistle Press
GENRE: NA Fantasy
SOURCE: Author
LINKS: Goodreads | Book Depository

Coming home to New York in summer holidays is nothing short of torturous. Maggie's mother is officially the worst widow ever and her wayward uncle can't see past the heroin or the twisted pictures he paints. Lonely is normal and normal is becoming unbearable. Plagued by nightmares and left behind to pick up the pieces of a fallen king, an opportunity of escape leads Cirrus to take a dangerous gamble; a gamble that snatches Maggie out of her uncle’s apartment and into a dangerous world of shifting sand and treacherous beauty. Now Maggie must fight for a nation she never knew existed. But who can she trust when everything around her is melting like paint? Even more, the man she's fighting against is at once the captor and her savior, the villain and her friend. They could be each other's salvation or destruction, the choice is up to them...


Jules Hedger has such a great imagination that beta reading for her is not just a pure pleasure, but an adventure I claim and wait for with big anticipation. The world she has created, Palet, is incredibly fascinating and so unique that how can I not possibly want to go there every chance I get?

The first time I read "The Wilds", I thought it had a sort of The Princess Bride/Stardust vibe and not because of the romance, but the adventure, the challenges and a few 'peculiar' characters we encounter during the read. They're all very entertaining, some fun, some creepy and others cryptic as much as it takes to pique your curiosity and make your mind wonder. The villain then—is he really?—is terribly charming... He's most certainly my personal favourite and, call me crazy, I can see his point and feel his pain. But he, and so Palet, needs to be understood a bit at a time, so put yourself in Maggie's shoes, start the Walk ride and find out how twists and turns at every corner make this story a winning one.

"The Wilds" is adventurous, exciting, captivating and also fun. A fantastic debut novel from an author with a wild imagination that just begs to be discovered. Grab your own copy now not just because it's FREE (already on Smashwords and soon on every other platform!), but because you'll live an adventure like no other and end up wanting this book on your physical shelf as well!

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