Cait’s ARC Review of “Child of Earth” by Lela Grayce

By: Cait Marie

*I received a free advanced copy of this book from the author for my honest review.*

This is the second novella in the Lunar Medallion series. Reviews for the rest of the series:

Child of Earth picks up right after Child of Water, so if you haven’t read that first novella, this will contain spoilers.

In Child of Earth, Jonavon is struggling with guilt over the events that transpired in Child of Water. He didn’t realize just how bad things were until his life-long friends, Elara and Kaelyn, were being hurt by his teammate Brayson while the rest of the team stood by.

His teammates’ memories were all wiped of the mythical creatures that stepped in, but there’s still a lot of mistrust going on. Jonavon tries to bring his team back together now that Brayson is gone, while also trying to make up with Elara and Kaelyn.

When Clea’s village in Gaai is attacked, she and her brother run from the skotos. They don’t make it far, though, and are taken prisoners. After being experimented on, and having a demon-like soul invade her own, she manages to escape. Her best friend, a kelpie named Aynin, finds her and realizes the demon is trying to take over.

To stop the demon, Aynin brings Clea to Earth, where he hopes there will be help. Soon, Jonavon is thrown into the magical world of Gaai where he promises to fight the darkness within her and rescue her brother with the help of his friends.

I really enjoyed this short story. I love how there’s the main series, and then there’s this smaller story interwoven into the world. It gives a better understanding of the different elements, creatures, and the villain they’re all facing.

This book was a very quick and easy read. It was fun jumping back into this world I’ve come to love so much. The overall story idea is so original and fantastic. I’ve been very lucky to have become a beta reader for Lela, so every time she messages me about a new book I get super excited. This one did not disappoint.

I’m not usually a fan of novellas, but these feel like their own series. It’s its own story, which connects to the others through the magical world of Gaai. This book is full of magic, romance and, of course, a lot of sarcasm. I love Lela’s balance between serious moments and humor. The references to pop culture always make me happy, too.

Jonavon and Clea were great. All the characters in these books are so loveable and real. There’s something relatable to each of them, and it’s easy to get attached. In fact, my favorite character changes with each book pretty much. Okay, just kidding, it’s still a tie between Thomas and Velkan. The latter of which makes an appearance in this book!

If you enjoy fantasy, definitely give this series a try. (They’re free on Kindle Unlimited right now!) It’s fun and very entertaining. I can’t wait to see what the twins are up to in the next book!

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