miercuri, 29 iulie 2015

"Lexan's Pledge" ("Starbright", #1.5) by Hilary Thompson - Review

Title: Lexan's Pledge
Author: Hilary Thompson
Release Date: 03/09/14
Edition: Kindle (provided by YA Bound Book Tours as part of the Starbright series tour)
Book Links: Amazon / BN / iBooks

Summary from Goodreads:
Author's Note: this is not the full-length sequel to Justice Buried. It is a short novella telling Lexan's side of the story!

There will come three...
A child of peace, born in a place of war.
A child of right, born in a place of many wrongs.
A child of lawfulness, born in a place with no laws.

The secrets of Asphodel continue to spill as Lexan tells his side of the story. Lexan has been pretending for so long that he barely remembers why. All he knows is that it's getting harder to be the image of perfection that everyone expects. With Keirna plotting murder, Saloman having visions, and Trea throwing tantrums, Lexan just might be ready to risk his world for the chance at a better one.


After reading Justice Buried I knew I had to read Lexan's Pledge. Unlike Stian's Mistake (another Starbright novella, centered on Stian), I have had no hard time deciding whether to read it or not. Of course, I really liked Stian's story (and my review stands proof), but I  wasn't that keen on knowing it. However, this was not the case, as I was and still am eager to discover this character - Lexan - in detail.

Lexan's Pledge consists of the same plot as the one in Justice Buried, but narrated by Lexan. This is very important because in the first Starbright novel he is such a mysterious personage and his actions sometimes seem quite bizarre or suspicious. Not to mention that he obviously knows something more than Astrea does, still he says no word. Well, Lexan's Pledge came and saved the day. I found out some weighty things concerning the prophecy and both Astrea and Lexan's role in the big prediction. Plus, now I understand why he acted like he did in Justice Buried and this makes me like him more.

Lexan is different. As I said in my Justice Buried review, he is one of the few male characters I fell in love with not just for the looks, but for his personality and line of thought. He is surprisingly mature, lucid and self-conscious. Also, he is not the typical YA book boy who knows just how to punch, on the contrary, he is studious (although not in an exaggerated way). I find it interesting that Lexan, in contradistinction to Astrea, doesn't make such a big fuss about the prophecy and their dictated destinies, he is rather resigned and determined to do his best. As far as I am concerned, he does his best: he tries hard to get near Astrea and protect her, he tries hard to be a good son and become a good minister. Yet, Lexan is quite fragile - or sensible. His father's death affected him and he wishes for love, support, for someone to be there for him and someone that needs his presence for who he truly is. This is the reason why he doesn't protest partnering with Astrea: it is because he hopes she will start caring for him and they will eventually develop, together, a beautiful, strong relationship, which would fill the gaps in their lives. There are many telling quotes in Lexan's Pledge that show what lies in Lexan's soul, thus I am so glad that the author wrote this book.

Without further ado, I certainly recommend this Starbright novella. Lexan is a rare character in YA literature and at the present time he is my favourite good guy. I look forward to reading more about him in the next books.

My Rating: 5/5

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