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January 23, 2020

My Rating - 3 out of 5 stars
Publisher - Odyssey Books
Genre - Fantasy
Publishing year - 2017
Language - English
ISBN - 978-1-925652-24-6
Pages - 241

My Review - 

Esme's Wish is a debut book and first in the Esme Series trilogy written by an Australian author, Elizabeth Foster. This fantasy work has based on an underwater city named Aeolia. A fifteen-year-old Esme felt something unusual at this father's second marriage. She tried to express herself but was ignored by everyone. Esme lost her mother when she was little. No one knows the details of her disappearance. People assumed that she lost her mind, and Esme's father hide the truth from her. 

But somehow, Esme knows that there's a lot she doesn't know; to find the truth, she accidentally entered into Aeolia, a city of dragons and enchanters. At first, Esme thought that she is gone deranged, and it is all just in her head. Soon she finds out that her mother visited this place, and her world starts changing. With the help of her new friends, Daniel and Lillian, Esme unfolds many mysteries. 

The plot revolves around Ariane's dual life and how Esme finds a lead on her. Everyone shares their pieces of information with Esme. Aeolia is suffering from earthquakes, and Esme finds the connection between her mother and Aeolia's legends. It makes her a target in this unique land. Will she able to find missing pieces at the right time or lost her mother forever?

Characters - Esme, Lillian, and Daniel's trio are ambitious, stubborn, kind, and brave. Their friendship felt real. Daniel and Lillian helped Esme to trust and rely on others. They helped each other grow. 

Mare's character has a dark and mysterious side, but when he appeared in the cave, I felt he is a frail person; that scene didn't work for me well. I felt the thrill was missing. I hope to read more about him in the second book. Apart from this, I don't think any other character plays a significant role. 

The language is explicit and error-free; the description is pleasant. The narrative is slow-paced but engaging. I appreciate Elizabeth Foster's attempt at writing; being a debutante, she did a good job. If you like to read about magical creatures and appealing adventures, this book is for you. I can't wait to read the next book, Esme's Gift. 

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