I loved seeing these two very different characters interact and get a stronger connection across the year Darin spends there. Even though they are so different, something connects them: both are incredibly ambitious. While Darin starts off just wanting to survive, he is soon striving for something bigger, and Rinloh equally starts to dream big…

Arvia is such a spectacular place, and not all of what we experience is just ‘good’. Like in many fantasy adventure games and movies, there are some more and less gruesome aspects to this fantasy world too, and the author doesn’t spare us either end of the spectrum. The start may have been a tad slow, but it made sense – it was the life on Earth Darin told us he was sick of.

Can we also just take a moment to appreciate the cover of this book? A round of applause to the cover artist – what a great representation of the content!

I can’t wait to find out what else Arvia has in store for both Rinloh and Darin – reviews of book 2 and 3 are to follow, so stay tuned! If you are looking for a fantasy adventure with lots of humour, this first book in the Arvia series is for you!
4.5 stars from me!
Thank you so much for reading!