This book was an Advanced Reader’s Copy (ARC). Its publication date is November 14, 2021. It is currently not available for pre-order on Amazon. Here is my review and recommendation for this book.
Author: Jo Visuri
Publisher: Pohjola Press
Genres: Sci Fi & Fantasy, Teen & YA, Children’s Fiction
Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5/5
On a remote island in the heart of a northern archipelago, lives a teenage girl named Elin Bodil. She lives a happy, normal life with her family and friends in their small town. However, the new school year sees new circumstances as her friends are now attending school on the mainland and she finds herself all alone. That is until several new faces move to the island, one mysterious family and a mysterious young man meant to find them. Elin is suddenly thrust in to the world of the supernatural and finds herself in the middle of it all. Secrets, untruths, hidden powers, and sinister schemes await you on Auor Island.
This book is the start of what I’m sure will be a great fantasy series. If you like awkward teenage girl who has multiple love interests or fantastical made up worlds that are connected to mythology, this is the book for you. If you like magickal powers and abilities or unlocking your hidden potential, this is the book for you. If you like stories about friendships and strong family ties, this is the book for you.
I was completely taken in to the world of Auor Island and the Clans. It was such a good read, that I finished this 600+ page story in less than 24 hours, I could not put this book down for a second. I don’t think I made myself water or ate anything while I was reading this book. If you do pick up this book, please remember to eat and drink something, sleep can wait.
Undiscovered Descendants is not without its faults. It is a really slow burn for about 60% of the book and then all of a sudden you’re going a mile a minute and the story is over. Everything happens in the last 40% and there still wasn’t enough time to resolve anything, but it leaves a lot to be explored in the coming books, as long as the rest of the series addresses those things, fingers crossed they do.
If you’re not a fan of seeing the same events multiple times through multiple perspectives, this might not be the book for you. Virtually every chapter circulates points of views between our three main characters. I think there was a singular not-important-to-the-plot event that was described by all three of them in their respective POV chapters. Not to mention it’s not always clear whose POV we’re reading from in the beginning of the chapter.
However, I feel like the story is fairly well written enough that you can still get lost in this world and feel the magick it has within. Yes it will get boring in some spots and it will be a depressingly slow build. Yes it has a lot of things going on and they might feel insignificant, but there is so much potential for this series to be amazing and we can only hope that it is. If you want to go on this journey, I highly recommend reading this book.