Falling Out of Focus


PORTAL FANTASY:  On a visit to her grandparents in Scotland, Novaleigh starts her day with a casual walk across a bridge, but where she ends her day is a place of mystery. Sacrife, a land with talking otters, fae people, magic, and unwelcoming creatures, is an entirely new world to Novaleigh, a land she believes only to be a dream. After all, otters do not talk…nor do trees. When her adventure through Sacrife becomes all too real, Novaleigh learns the hard way that this is a journey about self-discovery and she may be stuck in this fantasyland indefinitely if she cannot come to terms with her reality. 

In this cross between “Alice in Wonderland” and “The Wizard of Oz”, the reader is thrust into a world of fantasy, where every page brings a new mystery and every chapter adds another layer of drama. Rich descriptions of this fairytale world are a testament to the author’s ability to craft a beautiful story. Written in the first person, the reader experiences this exciting world through the eyes of the heroine, though at times her inner dialogue or memories can feel scattered, which kicks the reader out of the story. The main storyline takes longer than usual to come to a head, and feels slightly tedious in areas. However, if one is patient and up for a ride through an exciting fantasy world, the wait will be worth it in the end, as the author brings all the scattered pieces together, forming one beautiful and thought-provoking conclusion. 

Dahlia Gosney