Ella Eris and the Pirates of Redemption
"Okay then. Julius. How long will you be staying here in Caelum?"
"I'm just passing through on my way to the coast. The next town is almost a whole day's journey down the road, so I thought I'd stop here and save myself the trouble of bedding down under the stars."
"It's a good thing you did," said Ella's mother. "That road is dangerous even during the day and at nighttime it can be deadly."
Ella caught herself nodding, thinking of the dead man. Her mother went on talking without taking notice.
"You'll be sure to take extra care when you leave tomorrow Mr. Julius -Oh I'm sorry, I mean just Julius."
"It's okay ma'am," Julius said. "I appreciate the concern. I'll be sure and keep an eye out for trouble."
"Well, come along Ella," her mother said. "We should be getting lunch ready," she turned back to Julius. "Will you be joining us?"
Julius grinned. "Never say no to food ma'am. I'll be there
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First, it's full of typos and missed commas. Whether this is the author's fault or not, I don't know, but it's distracting.
Second, there wasn't enough backstory for my taste. The main character, Ella, is a shape-shifter, yet she only uses her power a few times in the book. It seems like it would be a major plot point, but it turns out not to be, which is somewhat disappointing.
Ella finds a magical ring which catapults her into this headlong dash away from a mysterious dark monster... who remains mysterious. Who is he? Why does he want the ring? What does the ring do, and where did it come from, anyway? I'd still like to know the answers.
While it wasn't the epic tale I was hoping for, it was a decent story nonetheless. I read it in three hours, always wanting to know what happened next. A good read, even with its flaws.