Saturday, 8 October 2016

Haven by AR Ivanovich

Title: Haven
Series: The War of the Princes (#1)
Author: AR Ivanovich
From: Netgalley
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: 26th May 2013
Challenges: 2016 Blogger Shame2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge
Links: Goodreads - Amazon
Synopsis (from Goodreads): From missing socks to missing people, nothing could remain hidden from seventeen year-old Katelyn Kestrel for long, but after locating a forbidden passage out of her isolated country, Haven, she discovers for the first time that there are some things that should never be found. Outside the safety of her homeland's borders, Katelyn meets Rune, a young soldier who will die without her immediate aid. She never considered that helping him would lead to her capture. While being held prisoner by the handsome Lord Dylan Axton, she learns that the outside world is rife with war and controlled by people with extraordinary powers. It becomes clear that there was a very good reason the founders of Haven locked their people away from the rest of the world. The depth of her peril reaches a fever pitch when a ruthless Commander wants Katelyn dead. Her only hope is to return to Haven, but can she survive long enough to find her home?

It took me a few chapters to get into Haven, but once I had it drew me in and kept me interested right until the very end. I think one of the big things for me was slight confusion over why everyone had alliterated names, but once that was explained I found it much easier to slip into the world. 

There were two very different worlds created in Haven, though both of them had the same foundations. On the one hand there is Haven where everyone is peaceful and there's no real violence, and then there is the outside world where there is a war going on, and a lot of the focus is on power and gaining more of it. 

Katelyn was someone that wanted more from life than just living in her valley and she went on an adventure to the outside. Possibly the most noteable thing about her story is that she actually realised that some of the things she did were a mistake, which seemed quite self aware for a main character! Once she was in the outside world events went at a great pace and were interesting. 

There were several secondary characters to Katelyn, including a couple of love interests; Rune and Dylan. However I didn't ever really feel that there was a love triangle going on. Despite the interest of one of the parties, Katelyn didn't really feel it and I liked that she stayed true to herself and didn't cave.

There was plenty of action towards the end of the book, and at least one twist that took me by surprise. Really it was the ending that sold this book to me, and made me interested enough to check out the next book in the series.