Tuesday 21 December 2021

Book Review: Luminous by Mara Rutherford (YA Fantasy)

Title: Luminous
Author:  Mara Rutherford
Publisher: Inkyard Press
Publication Date: 2021
Format: Paperback
Genre: YA Fantasy
Source: Review Copy from Publisher

Liora has spent her life in hiding, knowing discovery could mean falling prey to the king’s warlock, Darius, who uses mages’ magic to grow his own power. But when her worst nightmare comes to pass, Darius doesn’t take her. Instead, he demands that her younger sister return to the capital with him. To make matters worse, Evran, Liora’s childhood friend and the only one who knows her secret, goes missing following Darius’s visit, leaving her without anyone to turn to.

To find Evran and to save her sister, Liora must embrace the power she has always feared. But the greatest danger she’ll face is yet to come, for Darius has plans in motion that will cause the world to fall into chaos—and Liora and Evran may be the only ones who can stop him.


Luminous by Mara Rutherford was a mostly enjoyable read. I liked the premise, and the action moved along at a good pace that kept me turning the pages, wondering what would happen next. On the downside, I would have liked a little more world building, with more background on the use of magic and the society in which the characters lived. I also didn't feel any chemistry between the romantic pairing. A little more detail, particularly in regards to the darker elements like the creatures and the tapestry, would have helped to elevate this book to a higher level, but as it stands, it was a pleasant enough read to while away a few hours and I would give it 3.5 stars. If you are a YA fantasy fan, it's worth checking out, even if it doesn't become one of your all-time faves.

I received this book as a free review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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