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Rise of the Sons


Loved it! 😍

If a Brother's Grimm tale was a modern day good vs. evil with an unknowing teen's revelation of magic.

This modern day YA Fantasy fulfills every kid's dream of waking up one day and learning that magic is real. Mitchell tells this story in the third person, so at times the language becomes reminiscent of a Brother's Grimm fairy tale. While the tone is very fluid and enjoyable, the characters are really what makes this story shine.

Ali, our teenaged MC, embodies the oddball in all of us, the uncertainty and trepidation of being a teenager, and her self awareness of this makes for a few chuckle inducing moments. The cast of supporting characters were quite large, but Mitchell does a great job of ensuring each is a well rounded individual.

I love the story of the Tuatha De Danaan and Mitchell's spin on the Irish mythology. This helped aid the old world/Brother's Grimm feeling within the story. However, Mitchell didn't stop there. She seamlessly blended the old with the new, bringing modern day technology to a magic fight, and honestly, it was really fun to witness within the epic fight scenes.

The characters are what really make this book relatable and aid in the emotional investment within the story. The plot, while engaging, is fairly straightforward, and you won't find many plot twisting reveals. Simply, the good guys are trying to get rid of the bad guys, and our MC is just trying not to embarrass herself in front of the cute boys in the process.

As far as world building goes, Mitchell left a lot to be discovered of the magical world, but in a way that left me wanting to know more instead of feeling a lack within the story.

While this book could easily be read as a standalone, I am left wondering what Ali's estranged father has to do with the strange interest from the magical world, and the recognition from characters Ali doesn't know. It creates this strange dichotomy within the ending that feels satisfactory but incomplete. (Gimme more, essentially!)

If you're looking for a Good vs. Evil modern day story with a magical twist about lovable and relatable characters, you'll really enjoy this (kinda) standalone tale!

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About the author

JD Mitchell is an Indiana native and member of the Indiana Writers Center where she’s able to share her passion for storytelling. Tapping her love of fantasy and mythology, JD released her debut YA novel, RISE OF THE SONS, and is working on the second and third installments of the series. view profile

Published on April 15, 2020

90000 words

Worked with a Reedsy professional 🏆

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

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