Published by Vulcan Ink on September 22, 2020
Series: Girl With Three Eyes #1
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy & Magic, Romance
Source: eARC from Publisher
She would hate her third eye less if it actually gave her special powers.
"In this series opener, Ardis...presents an engaging mix of fantasy worldbuilding and teenage courtship...A piquant mix of adolescent romance and adventure." Kirkus Reviews
Sixteen-year-old Kira puts on a show about having empathic abilities, but she miraculously wakes a highborn boy from a coma after a near-fatal accident on mountainous slopes. When his father threatens to expose her “magic” to the queen, she attends the kingdom’s most elite academy as a bodyguard.
Soon, she’s immersed in a strange new life—one of being a simple student trying out for the school’s skyboarding team. Her fake life becomes the life she’s always wanted, but Kira cannot escape who she truly is. Nothing in the court of the Raj is as it seems…
Will she risk her freedom to unmask a killer before the crown falls?
Girl with Three Eyes is a young adult fantasy series. If you like strong female protagonists, futuristic fairy tales, and epic tournaments, you’ll love this blend of Hindu lore and political intrigue in Priya Ardis’s academy fairy tale.
Girl With Three Eyes is a young adult fantasy by Priya Ardis. I loved Priya’s Merlin series, which I read ages ago, so I was super excited to see a new book from her. Girl With Three Eyes is a futuristic fantasy with some scifi like elements. It was a really cool story setup. I was digging the whole thing- the world, the characters and the plot. I am keeping all of the my fingers crossed that there is a second book in this series. It seems like there is going to be one with the way this book ended, so I better be right!
In Girl With Three Eyes, we meet our main character Kira, as she is sent to attend the kingdom’s most elite academy- Raj Academy. The academy setting is really cool. It was a little Harry Potter-esque. All of the students are sorted into houses based on their abilities and personality traits. The school is also very sports centric, with it’s own sport called Skyboard. Skyboard is kind of like a snowboarding competition but with hoverboards. It sounds really cool and I loved the scenes describing the competitions. I love an academy setting in a book. I think it lends itself really well to both secrets galaore and is a really good way to get to know about about the characters as we see them navigate both school and living on their own. I was a little bummed that there was not more romance in this book, but the story is much more focused on the plot/adventure than romance.
The cast of characters in Girl with Three Eyes was a great addition to the story. There is even a prince at the school! This book read as a younger YA novel, and like Harry Potter I am hoping that we see the characters mature as they get older in the next installment(s). I loved the pacing of the story because everything flowed really well, I was never bored. Priya Ardis keeps the story clipping along at a constant pace and there was is always something happening. Learning about the futuristic world and all of it’s technology and cool gadgets was also a lot of fun. The secrets presented themselves along the way, and there is a bit of a quest to save the kingdom woven in throughout the story that added to fun element quite a bit. Priya Ardis does a great job throwing surprising secrets and twists at the reader throughout the book. I think it is impossible to get bored while reading Girl With Three Eyes. There is always something going on, which I really enjoyed.
Bottom line: if you are a fan of fantasy and cool technology, I think Girl with Three Eyes will be a fun read for you to check out. This book was a lot of fun, and I am really hoping that there is a sequel in store for us. I can’t wait to revisit Kira and her friends.
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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2020 New Release Challenge
- ARC August 2020
- Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge 2020