As a break from the reality I have been experiencing lately, I decided to read/review a fantasy novel. "Unknown" by Melissa Pearl was given to me through a goodreads book club for review.
In a world covered in darkness a light falls to earth and awakens two Seekers who will help return a god to earth and smite the darkness, restoring balance to the world. We follow the journey of the Seekers as they make their way across the lands acquiring allies to help them return their god to earth.
All of the characters from main to supporting were well described and deeply believable. As I was reading I found myself cheering on or ranting at each character in turn for an action they did. Kyla is a strong stubborn young woman who you can't help but cheer for as the book progresses. She doesn't have much of a character arc in the first book, but she starts out so strong to begin with. I hope to see more in the next two books. Jethro and Kyla have been friends since birth and as the pair grow older Jethro begins to pull away from the young woman replacing his childhood friend. When the two are thrown on this journey together we see the most character growth from Jethro as he finally learns to listen to his heart and reconnect with his childhood companion.
Unknown's world is filled with magical creatures and fantastical regions. In book one we are transported to a sand canyon, a water jungle and the beginnings of a frozen desert. All of these locations are so richly described that the reader does not need to expend much effort to visualize them. As having to describe in enough detail multiple settings can be, this story did so flawlessly.