Hello folks, and welcome to your second Otherworld stop of the week. Every day this week we’re going to be making interesting stops, with two of them occurring alongside interviews from interesting authors. Today, we’re visiting an island far out at sea in a world filled with magic and majesty that you will have to see to believe. Read on to find out more about Strands of Existence.
Flip through the first few pages of author Aino Lahteva’s debut fantasy, Strands of Existence: Island Girl, and you’ll find a story that has all the makings of a great epic. Lahteva has developed great characters that feel as though they fulfill a purpose, and aren’t just existing for the sake of fulfilling the need to push a plot forward. Island Girl also introduces an interesting magic system that is tied to the culture of its world, leaving it feeling fully realized by its creator.
Can you find yourself when you didn’t know you had lost yourself?
As an opportunist, Istrae yearns to get off her insignificant home island and visit Kerth, the City of Light and Abundance. Her preferred method of travel, however, didn’t include drowning. And she didn’t expect the city to be so dirty. Her memories are as broken as her body. She begins to piece them together with the help of a spirit bound to a statue and an ambitious army captain called Rime she enjoys teasing. While Rime guides Istrae in her new life, it becomes evident the rigid rules of society and the city’s Temple do not welcome those who seek to shake the established rules, which is something Istrae is incapable of resisting.
Strands of Existence: Island Girl is filled with poetic prose. Lahteva is Finnish, but it feels as though her words are carefully chosen in English for flow and elegance. It props up the rest of the strong plot as well, as readers will become emotionally attached to the characters as they read along. Lahteva’s talent at worldbuilding is impressive too, as Kerth has potential, and it will be great to explore further in the upcoming book. Now is a great time to pick up the first one as well, because the sequel will be out later this year. Check out Strands of Existence 1: Island Girl on Amazon today!