Genres: YA Fantasy, Young Adult, Fantasy | Release Date: 26 June 2020 | Series: The Sapeiro Chronicles | Series Book: #1 | Pages: 408 | Indie Author | Review
When I dived into A Forgotten Past by indie author Tiffany Lafleur, I really wasn’t sure what kind of story I’d get. But now I’ve finished it? I can definitely say it’s an epic YA fantasy, one which readers of Tamora Pierce and Kristin Cashore are going to love!
An adopted child, Lily has no memory of her past. All she knows for certainty is that she’s a Beast Whisperer, and can persuade animals to do her bidding. But when Lily does something more, something unexpected? Word spreads across the realm that there is a Spirit Hopper… And with this rare magic, Lily can enter into (and control) both beasts and people. But with this revelation comes a target on her back. The land of Sapeiro may never be the same, if the wrong people find Lily. Is anywhere truly safe for her now? And why is Lily’s forgotten past so important? With her newfound powers, can Lily turn the tide against the evil spreading across this broken kingdom?
Like I said in my introduction, if you like Tamora Pierce and Kristin Cashore’s writing, you are going to *love* A Forgotten Past! Lily’s power over animals really gave me Daine vibes from the Immortals quartet by Tamora (my absolute favourite series by the author), and the stakes are just as high here in The Sapeiro Chronicles. Throw in secrets, crafty villains and a horse named Fang? I’m hooked!
We have a pretty decent sized cast within this YA fantasy, all of whom are integral to the story! And just quietly, I think Baluka is going to be a fan favourite with everyone who reads this. But the most interesting character is Lily, especially as her memories start to come back. When her past is revealed, how can she reconcile the two parts of her? Does knowing her past mean her brother Quinn will lose her? Tiffany’s given her readers such brave characters, even as they struggle with the consequences of who they are (and who they’re fighting against).
While it was pretty easy to ‘spot the villain’, A Forgotten Past gives us an unexpected bombshell near the end of this first book in The Sapeiro Chronicles. And that’s a huge happiness boost! Just when I thought I knew exactly what path we were on, Tiffany changed it on me! Couple that with light banter, sassy and determined magic users, even a field of lightning and death? I devoured this beautiful book. It has had me on tenterhooks the whole way through.
Although I know I said it’s not hard to guess the villain, that doesn’t mean there’s a downside to A Forgotten Past! Because honestly, I’ve enjoyed every second of this YA fantasy and wouldn’t change a thing.
A Forgotten Past by indie author Tiffany Lafleur is a must read for anyone who loves YA fantasy and exciting characters. We’re given deadly plots, a broken kingdom, and the biggest sacrifices anyone could ever make. If that doesn’t excite you, I’m a little worried… Because what more could you want?! If you love the sound of this story from my review? Just click on any of the links below to order a copy! Happy reading, glitterbugs!
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