Welcome to my tour stop for Esme’s Gift!
This is the sequel to Esme’s Wish, which I’m also about going to review because you need to hear my thoughts on both these simply delightful books 😙 This series is a thrilling fantasy adventure series where Esme Silver must face her fears and find hope in the darkest of places. Perfect for readers 12 and over, especially for fans of Percy Jackson and The Chronicles of Narnia! It has such a crossover appeal too, so if you tend to like younger-YA or upper-MG, you’re going to love this one.
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Terror was within. Terror was without. Like her mother, she was at the water’s mercy.
In the enchanted world of Aeolia, fifteen-year-old Esme Silver is faced with her hardest task yet. She must master her unruly Gift – the power to observe the past – and uncover the secrets she needs to save her mother, Ariane.
In between attending school in the beguiling canal city of Esperance, Esme and her friends – old and new – travel far and wide across Aeolia, gathering the ingredients for a potent magical elixir.
Their journey takes them to volcanic isles, sunken ruins and snowy eyries, spectacular places fraught with danger, where they must confront their deepest fears and find hope in the darkest of places.
Esme’s Gift, the second instalment in the Esme trilogy, is an enthralling fantasy adventure for readers 12 years and over.
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ELIZABETH FOSTER lives in Sydney, Australia, where she is hard at work on the third and final novel in the Esme series. Much of her inspiration comes from nature, especially the ocean. Her first novel, Esme’s Wish, for kids aged 10–14, has been enjoyed by readers around the world. Esme’s Wish is a recipient of a Purple Dragonfly award, an award which recognizes excellence in children’s literature. Esme’s Gift, the sequel to Esme’s Wish, recently won an IPPY medal for best fantasy. Find out more about Elizabeth on her website.
I truly use the word delightful because that just sums up my feelings so well. It felt like old style YA; younger characters, focused on friendships, the good ol’ trope of searching for missing parents, the whimsy and wonder of a wholesome magic system, and portals to other worlds! It also is set on an Island by the sea so that just made me personally happy because I adore the sea.
The story follows Esme as she refuses to give up on her missing mother, and ends up vanishing into a portal in the sea and finding the world of Aeolia. She finds more questions than answers, but makes some lovely friends and never stops pushing to find her mother. It’s a gentle fantasy; the world seemed so sweet and idealistic too. Sure there’s evil lurking, but most people are kind! The magic is so much fun — dragons, breathing underwater, everyone has a special gift, etc. There’s no romance, but just Esme falling into an easy and comfortable friendship with Daniel and Lillian (who have a childhood feud between them and are kind of bickery and adorable).
I dove into Esme’s Gift one straight after reading Esme’s Wish, and it was like being immediately engulfed back in a world of soft whimsy and wonder.
This time we have MAGIC SCHOOL and if you crave stories with friendship groups and interesting side characters, magical creatures, mysteries to solve, and elixrs to make — this one is for you.
The sequel takes off directly after book one ends. Esme comes back to her world to convince her father of Aeolia’s existence and her mother’s magical coma, but of course…her dad doesn’t believe any of it. Esme being gaslit in her world really made me angry 😩like her dad was so negligent. It’s a relief when she leaves for Aeolia again and her wholesome incredible friends, Lilian and Daniel. And okay this time, we’re more settled in the world, so the magic school aspect just made me comfortable and happy. Plus the world is so lovely. Definitely more on the black-and-white side (the good people are all really good and the bad people are pure snakes) and nothing gets too graphic or wild, so again, it’s super good for younger readers.
Also the friendships are so wholesome 😩💛 I love how they don’t doubt each other and there’s no hesitation before plunging into trouble together as they search for the elixir ingredients to save Esme’s mother.
Set in a sparkling and magnetically magical fantasy world, the Esme series is simply a delight, with friendship and mysteries and whimsy.
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tell me what kind of fantasy you love the most 😍 whimsical or dark? and have you heard of this series yet?