Title: WRATH AND WING
Author: MEGAN O’RUSSELL
Series: ENA OF ILBREA #0.5
Publication Date: DECEMBER 9, 2019
Home, love, safety. They are all a lie.
Healing is a hanging offense, and End is done risking her neck to watch her patients die. Fleeing a future of blood and death, Ena braves the dark unknown. Life taught her the cruelty of the world. But she never imagined the dangers of her journey.
As evil surrounds her, Ena is threatened with a fate worse than the one she escaped. Legends and dark magic stand between her and the future she dreams of. A future that will cost more than pain.
When innocent lives depend on her mercy, Ena must face an enemy with the power to set the sky on fire.
A life of romance and adventure wait for Ena, if she can survive the road ahead…
This was an enjoyable book to read. If you love reading short fantasy stories that has some great actions and nice world-building with a beautiful concept, you’ll love this one.
Honestly, I was shocked at how short the story was, but it was really worth the read. I’ve been reading a lot of long fantasy stories lately which can get very exhausting, and reading this short fantasy story was a nice change for me.
Even though it wasn’t a long story, but it was an excellent one. I loved how this short story includes some great actions, a unique magic system, brilliant world-building, and lovely romance. It has everything a fantasy story needs, and it was written really well too. I appreciate the author’s effort for putting all of this into the story, she really did well. It was rare to find a brilliant short story like this one, and this only makes the book unique and different than the others.
The story has some great flow and a fast pacing. I loved that everything are straight to the point, no filler or unnecessary parts. It wasn’t too confusing at all, I’m sure everyone can easily understand what was going on in the story. But, there are some things that still need an explanation and answer, especially the whole deal with the Guild sorcerers.
As for the plot, it was really interesting and a bit unpredictable. And the storyline is focusing on Ena’s journey to start fresh in another town (Nantic), but on her way to Nantic she met two strangers who apparently had a secret plan that has to do with the Guild sorcerers. To me, the storyline of this book was unique. I enjoyed it a lot, but it was lacking when it comes to the Guild sorcerers. There are more things that I need to learn about them and the whole children who were born with magic, and I’m sure all will be explain more clearly in the upcoming installments.
Ena is a great heroine, and all she wanted to do was to save lives. I do understand why she did what she did. She was so done for being helpless and just wanted a fresh start. Ena as a character isn’t perfect—nobody is— and she does have some flaws in her, but she tried to make herself be better. I liked her personality and attitude. She was just so kind, so helpful, and fierce. She doesn’t cower in fear, but instead she face her enemy with full confidence even after knowing her enemy has more power than her. She did make a lot of effort trying to save the lives of the innocent children that the Guild sorcerers try to take away. I hope Ena will keep on being brave and stay fierce throughout the whole series.
Cal is the hero of the story. Even though he doesn’t have much appearances in the story, he is still important nonetheless. I’m not sure what his role exactly is other than being Ena’s lover and his family own a tavern or something like that—honestly I forgot. But I have a feeling that he really is important and might have a bigger role in the upcoming installments. He was so kind and also fierce, but there’s more to him that I want to learn. He literally is a major sweetheart, and I hope his importance will be shown in the upcoming installments. He really need to have a major role like Ena.
Aside from Ena and Cal, one of the Guild sorcerer also made an appearance in the story. The Guild sorcerers are more of a group of bad sorcerers. I wouldn’t say they are the villains, but they are definitely bad people. I have a feeling they work for the main/actual villain of the series. There’s more to them and what their actual mission is than what were being shown in this book so far. I can’t wait to learn their background story, and why they did what they did. I admit that the guild sorcerers are more powerful because of what they can do, and the fact that they were taking away children that has magic just to train them smell so fishy to me. I feel like they have sinister reasons for taking away those children, and I just can’t wait to figure out the truth.
The story also mention about the sudden disappearance of Ena’s brother. Her brother was said to go to somewhere else boarding a ship, but it was weird how he just left and never return. My gut feeling tells me that his disappearance had something to do with the Guild sorcerers. Just imagine the plot twist when Ena find out the truth. I was so pumped to meet Ena’s brother because of how genuine Ena talks about him, and finding out he just up and left and never return was odd.
Something wasn’t right about the whole thing; Ena’s brother went missing, the Guild sorcerers taking away children because they wanted to train them, Ena repeatedly saying how those children never returns, Ena talking about ghosts, Cal’s worried expression when Ena was looking for her brother at the blacksmith shop. There are so many things I find really odd and just doesn’t add up. I’m guessing all of this has something to do with something more sinister, my first guess is the Guild sorcerers, but then again what if they were working for the bigger evil? I really can’t predict this whole thing, and I just have to wait and see what the author has in store for her readers.
There was a little bit of romance between Cal and Ena, and I truly find their relationship is very sweet. They look so lovely together, and I hope their relationship remain strong despite all the challenges they have to face. They have a strong chemistry and their bond is powerful, I can’t even deny that. I loved how they cared for one another. I need to see more of their relationship in the upcoming books. Also, I hope there will be trust and honesty between them. I don’t want to see either of them keeping secrets from one another that can potentially ruin their relationship, and also secrets that can put either of them in great danger. I’ve seen enough characters keeping secrets from one another in so many books, and nothing good came out of it. I hope Ena and Cal will continue to keep their special bond strong.
This series has a lot of potential, and I’m just excited to see what the author will do with it next and hopefully the potential won’t be wasted. I really enjoyed this one, and will be looking forward to read the other books.