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The Secrets of Solace
By Jaleigh Johnson
March 8, 2016
From Jaleigh Johnson, the acclaimed author of The Mark of the Dragonfly, comes another thrilling adventure in the magical world of Solace.
Lina Winterbock lives in the mountain strongholds of Solace. She’s an apprentice to the archivists, the wise men and women whose lives are dedicated to cataloging, studying, and preserving the objects that mysteriously fall from the sky in the scrap towns.
Lina should be spending her days with books, but the Iron War has changed everything. The strongholds are now a refuge, and the people Lina once counted on no longer have time for her, so she spends her days exploring the hidden tunnels and passages of her home. The strongholds are vast and old, with twisting paths, forgotten rooms, and collapsed chambers, some of them containing objects that have been lost and forgotten even by the archivists.
And in one of the forgotten chambers, Lina discovers a secret.
Hidden deep in a cavern is a half-buried airship like nothing she has ever seen before. She’s determined to dig it out and restore it. But Lina needs help, and she doesn’t know anyone she can trust with her secret.
Then she meets Ozben, a mysterious boy who has a secret of his own—a secret that’s so dangerous it could change the course of the Iron War and the world of Solace forever.
Praise for The Secrets of Solace
Deep within the mountains of Solace, young Lina Winterbock studies as an archivist apprentice. The archivists study the many objects that fall onto Solace from other worlds. Lina discovers something extraordinary: a buried airship unlike anything she’s seen. Lina must keep her discovery a secret as she tries to dig it out, but she soon finds that the intense Iron War, between the Merrow Kingdom and the Dragonfly Kingdom, is fast approaching her mountains. When Lina meets the mysterious Ozben, the two find themselves on an incredible journey that just might save all of Solace!
In The Secrets of Solace, a companion to The Mark of the Dragonfly, author Jaleigh Johnson returns to her enthralling and unforgettable world, where objects fall from the sky. Like its companion novel, The Secrets of Solace excites, enchants, charms, and dazzles with superb storytelling, captivating world-building, and irresistible characters. The world of Solace, with its clever mix of fantasy, sci-fi, and steampunk elements, is beyond awesome. Johnson has done a wonderful job of creating a complex, fully realized world that young readers will love escaping to. The world of the archivists, in their mountain strongholds, vividly comes to life through lush world-building, smart details, and fantastical elements. This world is infused with so much imagination!
Lina and Ozben make for an engaging and likable heroine and hero. Both young characters are bursting with courage, compassion, heart, and intelligence. I just love their genuine, endearing friendship! Their adventures take them high and low, near and far, and up against friends and foes, and through it all they rely on their own special talents, and their bond, to get them through. Young readers will be rooting for these two until the very end!
My final thoughts: Returning to the magical, thrilling world of Solace was such a treat! The Secrets of Solace is a spectacular companion novel in a thoroughly enjoyable and special series!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jaleigh Johnson is a lifelong reader, gamer, and moviegoer. She loves nothing better than to escape into fictional worlds and take part in fantastic adventures. She lives and writes in the wilds of the Midwest, but you can visit her online at jaleighjohnson.com or on Twitter @JaleighJohnson.
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