The authors of this unique project approached me about doing a review, and while I’m not really a book blogger, I was so intrigued by the concept I agreed. I really enjoyed these two stories and recommend them to people looking for a slightly different take on fantasy. The two books are Blind Sight: Through the Eyes of Leocardo Reyes By Ermisenda Alvarez and Blind Sight: Through the Eyes of Aniela Dawson By Eliabeth Hawthorne.
The two authors got together and decided to tell the same story but from the point of view of two different characters. I do recommend you read Leocardo’s story first. I think everything makes a little more sense if you do it that way. Aniela’s story then fills in the details and answers the questions that you were left with after reading Leocardo’s story.
The basic premise is that there is this island nation called Edaion. People on this island have magical abilities but they can only use them publicly in the winter when the tourists are all kicked off. Sometimes the island calls people too it as is the case with Leocardo, his sister Odette and his dog. The island apparently needs their special abilities to help it protect its citizens. Odette strangely develops the ability to draw even though she’s been blind since birth. It’s this drawing that pulls them into their new life on Edaion.
Through the Eyes of Leocardo is obviously told from Leocardo’s point of view. Originally a citizen of Spain, he is not terribly happy with their new situation. Odette seems to adapt more quickly. This story tells of his struggle to adapt and figure out what is going on and his growing interest in Aniela, a native of the island, and royalty. I liked this story but Leocardo kind of annoyed me a little. To me he was a little overly dramatic at times. The beginning of the book drags a little, but the ending is quite interesting as Leocardo and Aniela start to put the pieces of the puzzle of Odette’s gift together.
I liked Through the Eyes of Aniela better. Her character didn’t annoy me and I felt the writing was a little stronger. It tells the story of Aniela’s tough family life, her strength at trying to overcome those challenges and be her own person despite her mother’s wishes. It also shows her compassion as she helps Odette and Leo adapt to their new lives and her bravery at dealing with the scary side effects of Odette’s gift.
Overall this was a really interesting project and I enjoyed reading the novels and being part of the blog tour.
I was given copies of the books in exchange for a fair and honest review.
This post is part of the Blind Sight Blog Tour. Blind Sight is an urban fantasy novel written in two volumes, each telling the story through a different character’s perspective.