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Book Review: Eubeltic Descent by Nadine C. Keels

I’ve got a NEW book review for you all!!!

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I was given a free copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. I know I post a lot of good reviews on here, but I usually don’t waste my time if a book isn’t worth posting about. I don’t believe in giving out a good review that is not deserved and never will.

Now, that I’ve prefaced this review with that disclaimer let me get on to it.

I was instantly intrigued by the plot of this story when it was submitted to me. I LOVE that old world kind of fiction that takes you to a fictional place set long ago.

Eubeltic Descent is based around the life of main character, Abigaia Grena, a mute female reduced to stealing in order to feed her uncle’s family. The tragic events that took place the morning she lost her mother caused little Abigaia to fall mute and also see a side of her father that she wished she hadn’t. After he was taken away, Abigaia was raised by her aunt and uncle. She had a small circle of friends who drew her in to deception and stealing in order to get by. Once she reached adulthood, Abigaia became extremely remorseful and sickened by the thought of stealing.

She wanted so badly to find her place in the world. A place where she felt loved and where she could communicate and be a part of something. Her father used to convey the significance of her Eubeltic heritage and the story of how her ancestors came from an amazing place known as the Diachona in the Eubeltic Realm to settle in Rhee. Abigaia longed to visit the place she had heard so many wonderful stories about to see if there may be something more there for her. Maybe there she could find her place in the world.

When one of her friends comes up with a once in a lifetime chance to visit the Eubeltic Realm and take along guests, Abigaia knew it was an opportunity she could not pass up.

There is a sort of love triangle going on in this story that keeps the reader on edge. Abigaia’s first real childhood friend, Tarek, seems to have already assumed that Abigaia would marry him as if she had no other choices and has planned out their lives for them. When she speaks of her Eubeltic heritage and the land where her people came from, he comes off as offended and cuts the conversation short. It is obvious that he does not like her thinking about this place because that means she would possibly leave.

Abigaia does not seem interested in marrying Tarek, especially when she becomes mesmerized by one of capital guardsmen, Daun who she meets during Abigaia’s and her friends’ trip to the capitol. As soon as she arrives, Abigaia finds an advertisement for applicants to the Premier Dance Company to possibly get a contract to perform with them and receive room and board. She gets in, but only on a trial basis. If she is let go, then she will return home with her friends. If she makes the cut, then she has a new home and job in her family’s homeland.

During her stay, Abigaia bonds with the intriguing guardsman, Daun. Their friendship is effortless and one of love and equality. Daun makes her feel as if she has a real place in the world and unlike Tarek, he is more than willing to communicate with her through sign language instead of reducing her to writing everything down. Their love blossoms quickly and everything seems to be going great for Abigaia. The only thing looming over her was that she was on a trial period with the Premier Dance Company. The moment they let her go, she would have nowhere to live and no job. She would most likely have to return to Rhee and to her old life.

Also, Abigaia seems to find inconsistencies with the historical performance being given by her dance company and the stories she grew up hearing. Something wasn’t right and she was going to do whatever it took to find out what the truth was about the past king and his efforts. Even if that meant breaking a few rules to get into a highly guarded library full of the historical records…

This book was amazing. Five Stars all the way! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I loved Keels’ use of sign language and how she depicted life for those who are deaf/mute. If no one else knows sign language or refuses to use it, then a deaf/mute person is reduced to a lonely existence yearning for someone to communicate with. I know this to be true because I have seen it first hand.

My only complaint is not really a complaint at all, but a compliment. I was so upset when I turned the last page and the story was over…until you get to book 2. I will definitely be reading book 2 in this series!

This book will warm your heart and keep you engaged throughout the entire thing. Here’s a link so you can get your copy on Amazon:

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