HALFWAY by Stephanie Void
Released: July 2011
Review Format: Kindle e-book
Source: From the author in exchange for an honest review
Series: Wizards & Faeries #1
Cemagna and her brother Temet grew up in hiding. She never thought about the reason for this until Temet is kidnapped and taken to a place known only as the Wizardly Order.I really enjoyed Halfway. It was quite a short book and only took me two evenings to read. If you’ve read Running From Secrets by the same author, you will have come across one of the main characters in Halfway before – Cemagna. Saying that, Halfway is it’s own story so you do not have to read Running From Secrets first.
Temet grows up inside the Wizardly Order, which he learns is an extremely dangerous organization. Ostensibly to help the general population, the Order actually exists to corrall and control all wizards. The Ten Ring, the leaders of the Wizardly Order, enjoy the power this gives them... until they begin to view Temet as a threat.
Ten years later, no longer a child, Cemagna begins her search for Temet. She attracts the attention of Duke Von Chi, who takes her in and agrees to help her in her search. What Cemagna doesn’t know is that Von Chi has his own plans for her, and so does Ormas, his son.
From the synopsis you’ll already know that Cemagna and her twin brother Temet grew up in hiding, and this is their story. The chapters were split between each of the protagonists and written in first person for Cemagna and third person for Temet. I know this probably sounds confusing but it worked really well and never dragged me out of the story.
Both Cemagna and Temet were good strong characters, each with their own story, although Cemagna was my favourite. She seemed more ‘real’ to me than Temet and her journey through this story was most definitely harder than Temets, or maybe I just love female kick-ass protagonists! Saying that, I really did enjoy Temet too although I would have loved to have learned more about the Wizardly Order and what Temet was learning.
Halfway was a definite page turner. There were plenty of surprises along the way and the plot was intriguing. If you’re looking for a quick read with plenty of magic and action, then I most definitely recommend you grab yourself a copy of Halfway!
My rating: 4 stars