on January 6th 2018
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Nyira is a seven-year-old healer who hid in the jungle and watched as slave hunters burned down her village. Devastated she ventures deeper into the jungle where she befriends a gorilla and his family before being captured and put on a slave ship destined for Haiti.
Ten-year-old “invisible boy” Enriquillo’s tribe is hidden in the Haitian Mountains for hundreds of years. After his father and friend are murdered, he vows revenge. In the village he meets Nyira and realizes that she is the dark princess who is destined to be his future queen. They form a bond and together try and help the people in their lives find peace and freedom. When Nyira’s magical and healing capabilities are discovered, she is in great danger and Enriquillo and his tribe must help to save her and their friends.
The cover of the book is beautiful, but the story has some dark and haunting scenes with glimpses of light. The book deals with heavy subject matter such as death, slavery, being torn from your family, abuse, fighting, and loss of culture. The lighter side of the book deals with friendship, what makes a family, loyalty and love. Of course, there is magic, healing and invisibility in this book as well! The parts dealing with magic and healing feel very natural to the story and helped show Nyira’s personality as she used her magic for good and to help people.
There are a lot of characters in this book which also has the main plot and subplots going on. The characters in this book are unique and have their own distinct personalities and issues which they are facing. The Author was kind enough to provide a glossary of characters, but I found it very easy to keep track of everyone and didn’t need to utilize the glossary. Younger readers may benefit from the glossary of characters.
This book does end with the reader wanting to know what happens next for the characters and it appears as if this is the first book in the series, so keep your eyes peeled for the next in the series. I found this book to be enjoyable and must give it props for being original and unique. The two young characters are likable and readers will root for them!
I received a copy of this book from the Author in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions in this review are my own.