This books deserves 3 1 2 4 stars.
I have to admit that I was equally impressed by the story as well as the illustrations.
When I started the book, I knew it had something to do with sea creatures, but was not sure what to expect I was told by the author that it was a fantasy novel and I love those, so I started it I liked the world that the author created.
It was imaginative and reasonably original.
Aster is an island where both humans and merfolk sea creatures mermaids live Humans live on the Dark Aster which got its name by the dark flower and the merfolk live on Aster mostly the sea and the coasts.
Both races used to live in perfect harmony but this hasn t been the case for years There seems to be a great conflict between humans and merfolk, but no one really knows the exact reason, its origins lost in time The Marilena Mexi and her debut novel, Antara, where a nice introduction into the mermaid s books Is true that is not easy to write in a language that is not your mother tongue but Marilena s writing and descriptions are not only good but very enjoyable.
Asteria is our main character, the queen of the merfolk and her world is in constant danger thanks to the humans who once were friends and allies But not any , now Orestis, king of Dark Aster, is always attacking and killing merfolks he doesn t even care if they are kids.
But the same disaster that once broke the peace between our species is coming back and this time the merfolks are not going to wait, this time they want not to only save the humans even if afte QUICK THOUGHTS Set during the Middle Ages where two kingdoms resided next to each other One of humans that lived on a large island surrounded by a beautiful forest and the Merfolk that live in the ocean in the White Palace After a terrible disaster struck the island killing many humans the two kingdoms friendship turned to hate, leaving the Merfolk saddened and the King an Queen disappeared not long after Now the children of both kingdoms rule that lands, the young Merfolk Queen will do anything to convince the Human King to stop the war between them and help each other before another disaster hits.
REVIEW Asteria is the young Queen of the White Palace she and her people have gone through many years staying away from the humans on the Island, too many death have accrued because of the hate She is chosen to go ashore and tr This is a hard book for me to review I want to separate it into two reviews One for the story and one for the artwork Therefore I think that is what I will doThe story isof a young MG type of read It is sweet and the adventure is a good one to get kids involved into fantasy You have mermaids and a handsome prince on which to swoon The world is sweet with just enough of scary to bring together the couple The lesson in the book is a good one about not condemning someone or something without evidence and that people are not static One that might have been bad in the past can choose to be good Although I thought this was a sweet book for the MG crowd, the pictures for some parents might have problems with the bare breasts of the mermaids I live in America and they frown on that here However, even having said that I did not see the pictures for the book as overtly sexual It w Antara is a compelling story that hasthe feel of a fable or fairy tale than that of your average mer novel This aura does not mean that it isn t as good as a regular novel It is the feeling of a fable that makes Antara different and therefore enjoyable.
In the Greek language, Antara means, among other things, disturbance or turbulence which perfectly describes the situation on the large island of Aster The name of the island comes from the only kind of flowers that will grow there Asters Set in medieval times, Antara deals with the two peoples who inhabit the island The humans who live on one side of the island where the aster flower takes on a dark red hue and the merfolk who live on the land and under the waters of the opposite side of the island Both of the disparate populations had lived in both mutual With Antara Marilena Mexi makes her entrance to the publishing world an entrance that is quite promising and shows that we can expect even greater things from the author in the future I really enjoyed the story of the merfolk which goes a bit beyond what we usually encounter in fantasy fiction A great plus were, of course, the amazing illustrations that accompanied the book, all made by the author The story is likely to appealto fantasy readers and generally to a younger audience, although it can definitely be read also by older readers Just a few information about my rating as this is a novel I based my rating on the prose and not the illustrations I think Marilena deserves a 5 5 for her amazing work with the latter A rating of 3 is on the premise And Tranquility On The Island Of Aster, Home To Both Humans And Merfolk , Has Long Been Broken By A Devastating Phenomenon, Recurring Every Five Years A Storm Including Gusting Winds And Huge Waves Mysteriously Appeared And Eradicated Much Of The Population The Misunderstandings, Suspicion And Hate Born Of This Disaster Have Torn The Two Races Apart, And The Peace Loving Merfolk Are Now In A Never Ending Struggle To Prove Their Innocence And Restore Peace To The [ read Online Antara - Non-Illustrated Edition ↠´ habsburg-spain PDF ] by Marilena Mexi ☆ Island On The Human Side, Things Are Even Worse Under The Tyranny Of Cruel King Orestis, The People Suffer And All Their King Cares For Is Vengeance Against The Fish , As He Spitefully Calls Them, Executing Merfolk After Merfolk For Just Being Near His Lands Secrets, Intense Emotions And Strange Phenomena Will Upset Their Lives Forever ↠´ Antara - Non-Illustrated Edition ã Two worlds are at stake when a kingdom comes under attack by a force of nature so great it takes even the future king s mother away in it s wake As these once friendly kingdoms continue to grow their animosity towards each other does as well especially that of King Orestis Having lost his mother, King Orestis will do everything in his power to destroy the merfolk he believes are behind it With only days before another mysterious attack is to happen the Queen of the merfolk, Asteria sets out to remedy the situation and ends up withthan she could have hoped for.
Antara was a wonderful look into the world of mermaids I thoroughly enjoyed the story and how creatively the world was set up Not only that, but the author who is also an artist illustrated many of the scenes from the book, which were absolutely gorgeous I d highly rec Source Received from author courtesy of the Teen Book Scene Many thanks goes to Marilena Mexi and Teen Book Scene for sending me a copy of this book for review I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review My rating 3 5The land of Aster has been divided into two parts, one ruled by merfolk, and the other by humans The people and merfolk of Aster were united peacefully at one time, but due to some devastating storms that return every five years, both have parted ways The people of Aster blame the merfolk for these storms as they feel they have been brought upon them by the merfolk Now, under the tyrannical rule of King Orestis, Aster has become a deadly place for the merfolk as they are tried and executed if captured What I LikedHigh Fantasy WorldI was completely drawn into the beauty that is this world The mermaids are peaceful and gentle creatures that live on both land and in the sea They are beautiful loving and caring to no end The beauty that Marilena creates with both the words and the pictures are breath taking and touching I would love to be a part of this world she has created.
CharactersAsteria Queen of the Merfolk mermaid A very gentle, kind, sweet and loving ruler of her people She is willing to risk her life to save her people and the humans that hate merfolk I love her passion and her desire to not let others walk over her, no matter who she maybe pretending to be.
King Orestis human A corrupted ruler that has a good side I love his type, the

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