When I saw the cover of The Power of Destiny I just *had* to get my hands on a copy & when it arrived I stuck my head straight in… I adored this little story & I’ll definitely be reading the rest of the series.
This book contains very mild violence
Akea is born into a family of sled dogs and a life that follows a predictable path, but from the day she first sees the lone wolf, Kazakh, Akea knows her future lies beyond the safety of her home. Kazakh is well aware of Akea’s destiny and the pack laws he will break to help her reach it. Regardless of the challenges ahead, he must make sure this young husky will be ready, even if it means his life.
Akea is a snow dog, one that is destined for wonderful things & the first book in her series focuses on Akea finding out the truth about who she’s supposed to be. This book is stripped back & doesn’t have background plots to distract you from the main point – instead readers are able to focus on Akea & her journey, & I just know that many, many children will find themselves lost deep in the snowy lands of Akea’s world.
I loved the characters in this story; each snow dog & wolf was individual & played their part in Akea’s story perfectly. There’s a nice mix of “goodies” & “baddies” laced throughout the book & you find yourself questioning people along with Akea. The plot of The Power of Destiny moved well & things happened at a good pace – as I’ve said, this book is stripped back, but that didn’t lessen my enjoyment or interest in the events of the book. I feel like this story is perfectly paced for the readers it’s aimed at, & the language is perfect for young readers who want to read a book themselves, rather than be read to.
It wouldn’t feel right if I didn’t dampen this review slightly by mentioning a scene that I found a little unsavoury. Starting around page 52 there is a scene where Akea on the verge of being forced to mate with a male dog that she does not want to mate with; Akea manages to escape this situation but the scene left a bad taste in my mouth with the implied violence that was meant to occur. I’ve spoken to the person that manages the author’s Twitter account about my issue with this particular scene & I’ve been told that my views have been passed on.
I want to end this review on a positive note though because, other than that scene, I did really enjoy the book – it’s exactly the type of story that would have encouraged me to read at a younger age & I’m looking forward to finding out what’s in store for Akea in the next book.
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Elizabeth Jade was born in North Yorkshire, England, in 1998 and moved with her family to Wellington when she was very young. Her early schooling did not go smoothly and she began home schooling at the age of 7. She stumbled into writing at the age of fourteen when she began to struggle with depression and anxiety, and quickly found her story ideas pouring out faster than she could get them onto paper. It wasn’t until the age of eighteen that she realised her struggles in school had been due to Aspergers Syndrome (an autistic spectrum disorder). She has always had a passion for animals and has volunteered at various animal rescues, so it seemed only natural that her stories would revolve around them. You can find Elizabeth Jade’s website here.