Aerisia: Land Beyond The Sunset
(The Sunset Lands Beyond #1)
by Sarah Ashwood
The mystery of other worlds is not one Hannah Winters ever thought she’d solve. However, the day she spots a brown-robed stranger with a magical staff in a neighbor’s field is the day she also discovers Aerisia, a magical land beyond Earth’s sunset. Here in Aerisia, Hannah is believed to be the Artan, a legendary heroine prophesied to deliver Aerisia from the Dark Powers. Plenty of people, including the Simathe, a race of immortal warriors, and the Moonkind, people of the Moon, are willing to help her discover her true identity, but Hannah’s just an ordinary girl from Earth. She doesn’t have any latent magical abilities and she’s not the Artan. However, her allies aren’t seeing it that way. Neither are her enemies. In fact, Hannah’s life is in jeopardy nearly from the moment she arrives in Aerisia. And becoming the Artan may be the only way to survive…
Hannah Winters was just an ordinary girl, helping out her sister who recently got engaged. The day they were supposed to meet her sister’s in-laws, was the day something weird and unexpected happened. Risean Wy’ Curlm happened. Soon Hannah was transported to another world where she was called the Artan, the savior. The one foretold by the prophecy to give hope to the city of Laytrii and to the Moonkind, to take on Evil and save their world, Aerisia: The Land Beyond Sunset .
But Hannah wasn’t convinced and didn’t believe she’s the one the Moonkind are looking for.
This has been a really entertaining book. I wasn’t quite sure how to like it at first, given that the main character Hannah didn’t come up heroic or a tribute because she was deemed as an ordinary girl. But then I realized, she was exactly the anti-hero that represents us common people. She didn’t have powers; we aren’t entirely magical and powerful. She was a doting daughter looking after her family; we are just the same, looking out for our families. And when something magical and unexpected happens, we are left dumbfounded, doubtful and stupefied. Just like Hannah.
Sarah Ashwood was able to create a whole new world, a whole new concept with a whole new bunch of characters to watch out for. Aerisia is such a beautiful place, I wonder if there really is a world out there that’s as beautiful and magnificent as the land beyond sunset. The ending was promising, it opened doors to a new story that will further take on Hannah’s future as the Artan of Aerisia. Definitely watching out for the second book in the series.