A blind girl drawing is abnormal even on the magical island of Edaion where leaves brush themselves into piles in the middle of the night. As an immigrant, Leocardo is not biased by accepted rules of magic and determines that Odette’s drawings are premonitions. Aniela grew up with magic and knows premonitions are impossible. She determines Odette is a medium channeling voiceless spirits.
As I have mentioned in the past couple of days I was super excited about reading a story told from two different characters perspectives. My only real concern was that the book was written by two separate people. I wondered if two people could write characters similar enough to be identifiable in both. In both books there are characters that are in both books, so for me it was super important that the characters in both books stayed true to who they were in each of the books respectively. I have to say that I was impressed at the ability for the two authors to create a world that was so cohesive and characters that worked in both books.
That being said comparing the two of the books, I have to say I enjoyed the pace of Leocardo’s story more than Aniela’s. Leocardo’s felt like it had a better pace to it from the beginning whereas Aniela’s started off a little bit on the slow side. I also think that maybe you should read Leocardo’s story before Aniela’s because there were some instances where I think I would have had more information if I had chosen to read Leo’s first and not Aniela’s.
I liked both stories in their own right though. I think what I like the best is that they are both good on their own and then together it comes together so well. When you have already read one of the books and then move on the next, you start to have these “Oh that’s how that happened” moments, or you have an “Ah ha” moment. It’s really fun to find those moments and think back to the first book and think to yourself, “I totally get it now”. That being said you don’t necessarily need those “ah ha” moments and you can read the books on their own if that is your choosing. But you can also read them both without the worry that they get super repetitive or aren’t fun rides in their own right, because they are both fun reads.
You can tell the difference in writing styles, but it’s not a bad thing. It doesn’t detract from anything actually. I think it is part of what helps with keeping them each fresh in their own right. Both books leave you wanting to know what is going to happen next in the series, which is a strong indication of them both being good.