June 2, 2019
The Islands of Chaldea is a basic fantasy book. It's full of obvious events and endings. Even from the beginning, it was easy to tell what was going to happen for the author had way too much foreshadowing. A girl who can't do magic suddenly is able to conquer an old, evil wizard. That same girl also has the classic "magical animal companion" that was originally thought to be an ordinary cat, but showed it's true colors when the characters least expect it. A boy outcast trying to fit in and please everyone, turns out to hold a very powerful position on another island. The only other problem was that one of the minor characters had a huge drinking problem. I thought it wasn't really necessary given the fact that the author later writes that the character acts the way she does even when she is sober. Therefore, if you're mainly a fantasy reader, this book is an easy pass. If not, you should let your imagination run wild with an adventurous tale filled with magic.