Wilde's Fire by Krystal Wade
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Goodreads Says: "There is no pain in this death, only peace, knowing I am going to die with the one I love the most." - Katriona Wilde. Katriona Wilde has never wondered what it would feel like to have everything she's ever known and loved ripped away, but she is about to find out. When she inadvertently leads her sister and best friend through a portal into a world she's dreamed of for six years, she finds herself faced with more than just the frightening creatures in front of her. Kate's forced to accept a new truth: her entire life has been a lie, and those closest to her have betrayed her. What's worse, she has no control over her new future, and it's full of magic and horrors from which nightmares are made. Will Kate discover and learn to control who she really is in time to save the ones she loves, or will all be lost?
As the synopsis states Kate, her sister Brit and her best friend Brad unknowingly enter a portal that sends them into another world. This new world, Encardia, is one that Kate knows well because she has been dreaming about it for years as well as the man who awaits her on the other side of the portal, Arland.
Wilde’s Fire started off on fire. I was digging it from the very beginning! That was until I got to the middle. The middle consisted of Kate finding out more about Encardia, her ties to this world and learning to fight. It also consisted of Kate going back and forth about her feelings for Arland and her best friend Brad. I think this last part was overdone… by a lot. These were moments when I couldn’t see growth in Kate and she became a bit whiny for me. (I can’t do whiny, sorry.)
Once we got passed this middle it went right back to a very action packed, fast paced story which I enjoyed until the end. The plot is a very interesting one and I really did enjoy this read. One of the best parts of this book was how the author was able to make Kate and Arland’s love believable even if they had physically been around one another for only 3 weeks or so. It felt totally plausible and allowed me to accept their instalove as one that was built on a very sturdy foundation. (If you read the book you’ll know exactly what I mean.) All of the characters were well developed and the world building was impressive. This one is definitely a keeper. So much so that I delved right into book 2, Wilde’s Army, right away.
Congrats to Krystal Wade on a wonderful first book!
ARC provided by Curiosity Quills Press via NetGalley