Highly recommended for fantasyfans but also for anyone who just likes a compelling story. I read this while travelling in Malaysia. It felt pretty bizarre, in a kind of magical way, to be inside the water laden world of Esperance while I was surrounded by water, catching a Ferry from Langkawi to Penang. The main characters are well drawn and believable and easy to invest in. The very real human tension, angst and self-discovery solidifies the fantastic surroundings – dragons and all – and makes it feel very real.
Getting sucked up into a strange, new world is what a good book is all about for me. Foster writes with a rolling poetic flow which contrasts nicely with the well-crafted plot that jolts us just at the right moments into a conflict or plot twist. The heroine, Esme is gutsy and determined. And the discord of remarriage against parental loss is cleverly addressed. This a great debut novel for Foster. Highly recommended for older MG readers and younger YA fantasyfans.
Esme’s Wish is a YA fantasy/mystery and opens up with Esme’s father getting married. It wasn’t long before I was swept up in the mystery of what had happened to Esme’s biological mother and the worlds of Esperance and Splinter Bay. Foster does an awesome job of building her fictional world and her characters are believable and well done. Perfect for YA fantasyfans.