The Secrets of Yashire: Emerging From the Shadows is a young adult fantasy adventure that occurs within the framework of a young girl’s subconscious mind. The main character, Brianna, finds herself thrown into a world called Yashire where she is forced to deal with circumstances that are threatening Yashire’s existence. Against her will, she is sent on a journey to restore unconditional love back to the land while also contending with the evil force in the land, Zolan. Brianna is sent on her mission by Libban, Keeper of the Land. Along the way, Brianna travels with the mystical tiger, Angelos; a huge, whitish-tan tiger with thick black stripes who sings only the purest songs of love, and the wondrous little one-eyed bird named Abiba. During the journey, Brianna is also preparing to meet her soulmate-the one she longs to be with and the one who will bring complete healing back into her life. Together they travel through fantastic lands filled with magical creatures that could only exist in the wildest of imaginations. Through her treacherous brushes with danger and heartwarming experiences of love and acceptance, Brianna discovers many things. It is here, amidst the powers and phantasms of the mind that Brianna receives life lessons and virtues to help her. Will one of her greatest triumphs be achieved as she learns to believe in herself? For only then can she truly see all of the wondrous things that life has to offer.
The eye catching cover of this story describes its premise perfectly. Recounted through Brianna’s thoughts and feelings; ‘The Secrets of Yashire’ is Brianna’s journey of self discovery.
The imagery is vivid and easy to visualise, as you read. The characters are interesting, a tiger, a quirky bird and a host of other animals all play an important role in Brianna’s journey.
As the first part of a series, it sets the scene well and allows the reader to see, how Brianna changes and develops, through her adventures and experiences.
The story’s pacing is on the slow side and sometimes lacks the momentum the action in the plot demands. The relationships explored and the characters’ behaviour, make this seem more of an older children’s read, rather than young adult.
The ending is suitably gripping and makes you eager to find out what happens next.
I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars