Posted March 6, 2015 by The Book & Alcohol Girls in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from the author or publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Temperance Book Cover Temperance
Ella Frank

“Tell me about this place. This…Arcania.”

What if your life as you knew it ceased to exist?

That is the question Naeve Brannigan and her three sisters are faced with on the eve of their 25th birthday.
Continuing a tradition they’ve hidden from their mother for years, the four women arrive at a tarot shop to have their futures told.
Only this time their futures aren’t predicted—they’re forever changed.

They’ve awoken in a strange time and place with no knowledge of how they got there. All they have to go by is the word of a man who claims to be family—a family they’ve never heard of.
He tells them of a world they could never have imagined. One that has been cursed by an Empress fueled by old revenge—revenge their mother appears to be at the center of.

As they fight to survive the people and dangers of an unknown land, they slowly begin to unravel its mysteries to find that they hold the key to saving this world…this Arcania.

The question that remains for each of them is: Who do you become when the you that you always were is no longer?

One word: Spellbinding.

Who do you become when the you that you always were is no longer?”

There are so many characters in this book. The world building is quite intricate. It is almost impossible for me to explain without confusing you, but I will say that it is worth experiencing for yourself. Ella Frank is already a 5 star author, but when she takes you in the fantasy genre she goes further than I ever thought she could. This story is full intrigue and impossible to put down. Each character mattered as they were woven into the story.

I cannot say enough about the world building in this book. I was in awe from beginning to end. What an amazing mind Ella Frank has! It was like I was in a dream state the entire time I read. I was beyond impressed. And frankly, fantasy is not usually my genre of choice, but I will definitely be reading more from this series!

Despite the sophisticated and elaborate plot, following this story was a breeze. It was truly enchanting. I was whisked away and never looked back! Frank does a great job of elucidating this special word so you never feel lost.

If that isn’t enough, the love story is timeless. Kai was my favorite character with his brooding and darkness. I am definitely a sucker for that. But really, you just have to read it to understand. I wish I could give you more. Well, maybe this quote will give you a taste of what I’m talking about…

From the beginning Kai had overwhelmed her, frightened her, and controlled her destiny. But right near and now, the look in his eyes told her that she was the one in control. HE was under her spell.”

This will be a series and each book will contribute to the story.

I know this is a short review, but there really is no way to capture the magic and beauty from this book other than to read it. I highly recommend it.

5 Stars and horn of mead for this phenomenal book!

Purchase link – Temperance (The Arcanian Chronicles Book 1)

More books from Ella Frank

Exquisite (Exquisite Series Book 1)
Entice (Exquisite Series Book 2)
Edible (Exquisite Series Book 3)
Blind Obsession


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